The Wild Update is coming
Experience the greater outdoors on June 7
Explorers, adventurers, mud enthusiasts – lend me your ears! The moment we’ve all been waiting for since its announcement at Minecraft Live 2021 is almost here. The Wild Update will be both beautifying and terrifying the Overworld on June 7, so start compiling a list of all the stuff you’re going to pack in your boat’s chest!
The Wild Update will add new biomes, mobs, and blocks to Minecraft. There is going to be so much to explore, so let’s take a look at what’s coming so we can plan our first expedition accordingly.
The Overworld is getting two brand new biomes – the deep dark and the mangrove swamp. The deep dark lies far below the surface. To get there, find the base of a cave and start digging (not straight) down. Keep your eyes but mainly your ears peeled. One of the many remarkable things about this biome is how silent it is. That is, until you set off a shrieker. Don’t worry, the name is misleading! If you trigger it, you can expect sweet nothings to be whispered into your ears. Dear reader, I am lying again! If you set off a shrieker, you have until the fourth shriek to get out of there unless you want to come face to face with the only mob that dwells in the deep dark. But before you go, don’t forget to use silk touch to mine some of the other forms of sculk blocks that are only found in this very scary biome.
If horror isn’t your cup of tea, why not retreat to the safety of the mangrove swamp? Unless you hate trees with big roots. In which case, you might want to move on because these swamps are full of just that, namely mangrove trees. As majestic as they are magnificent, they aren’t just decorative but also bring a new type of wood to build with alongside the new mud block! You can craft this natural resource using two of my favorite things: dirt and water. Speaking of water, if you want to head out on a big body of it, you can set sail in a boat with a chest! Fill it with whatever your expedition calls for, whether it’s adventure gear, exploration supplies, or all the cakes you can carry.
This update also brings three new mobs! Are you ready to meet the warden? I’m not! But for those that want to tackle a challenge unlike any they’ve ever seen, you will find this creature in the deep dark. Stealth is the key to getting out of there in one piece, so stay sneaky!
Another mob that is joining us is one that arrives by special invitation! The allay was voted into the game during last year’s Minecraft Live. This blue beauty is ready to fly through the game, help you collect items, and dance at the drop of a note block beat!
The third mob is one that a lot of us have been waiting for a long time – the frog! Not only is it adorable, but it creates beautiful froglight block if it attacks magma cubes. That is impressive on so many levels. But it you want to give your frog something safer, you can feed it tiny slimes!
But do you know what the best part of the frog is? It’s actually two mobs! What? Math was never my strong suit. But in case you need to check my work, let me explain. The frog is hopping into our hearts, that’s one. Well, there are three types of it but let’s not dwell on that. But before a frog is a frog, it’s baby frog, which is actually a tadpole, making it the only mob that has a different baby version of itself. Technically, before it’s a tadpole it is frogspawn. So is it technically three mobs? Hmmm. Still following? No? That’s fine. The point is, frogs are great and tadpoles are also great!
Now that the frog math is all squared away, we can get back to planning which path into the wilderness we’re going to take first. The Wild Update will be available to download on June 7 for for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Xbox , PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and Windows – and Minecraft: Java Edition on Windows, macOS, and Linux. You’ll find me at sea diving headfirst into a chest full of cake, but in the spirit of the wild – to each their own!
- Sofia Dankis