Minecraft update: what is in Minecraft 1.20?

There really is no better time to play Minecraft on mobile and join millions of others in exploring a fantasy world, and building… well, whatever you want! In this Minecraft update guide, we give you the lowdown on each Minecraft update coming to the game, along with details of what they change, and how to get involved for yourself if you like what you see.

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Minecraft is an ever-changing world, more living than not, with players constantly re-inventing and building to their heart’s desire. As such, the game also has to change to accommodate this. Every Minecraft update is a vital part of what keeps the game fresh and fun to play, making changes to crafting, creature mobs, building, and just general quality of life.

What is the next Minecraft update?

2023 will see the Minecraft 1.20 update release, and oh boy is it a big one! Currently, it doesn’t have a name, but we’ll call it the ‘Cherry blossom update’ for now, because that’s what we’re most excited for.

When is the 1.20 cherry blossom biome releasing?

There’s no set date just yet aside from a 2023 window. Hopefully, 1.20 will come sooner rather than later, but we’ll need to be patient. Snapshots have already started going live to show off some new features, though.

What will Minecraft 1.20 add?

Buckle up, block fans – this is a big one. Coming to Minecraft 1.20 is a new biome, a new mob, and a new mode of playing. Check it out:

Minecraft Archaeology

Archaeology originally got a mention a couple of years ago, but is now, finally, making its way into the game. Featuring a new block – suspicious sand – the archaeology activity allows players to dig around in desert biomes to find pottery shards, among other interesting items. You can then turn shards into decorative items to adorn your base.

Minecraft update 1.20 Sniffer: a new mob in minecraft

Minecraft Sniffer

This magnificent, hairy, six-legged beast is the Sniffer. A once extinct breed, they’re now back and blockier than ever, and will help us find valuable resources. By the way – they hatch out of eggs and their babies are called snifflets. How adorable is that?

Minecraft Cherry Blossom biome and wood items

Last but certainly not least is the Cherry Blossom biome. This includes a new type of wood which can be made into all the usual items, and saplings can be placed in plant pots for an extra cute touch.

There is sure to be even more coming in the 1.20 update, and we’ll keep you posted right here when we find out more.

The latest Minecraft patch notes

Minecraft update 1.19.51 (Bedrock)

  • Fixed a crash that could occur during gameplay
  • Pistons can no longer recreate moving blocks that were destroyed mid-move
  • Horses can no longer be pushed over Fences with Carpets on top
  • Touch control selection screen will no longer appear on Nintendo Switch
  • Fixed the Structure Block screen so the Y value field can properly be accessed with just the keyboard

Minecraft update 1.19.50 (Bedrock)

Spectator Mode

Spectator Mode has made its way into Minecraft: Bedrock Edition!

  • When cheats are enabled, players can go in and out of Spectator Mode using the Personal Game Mode option in World Settings or the ‘/gamemode spectator’ command
  • Spectators have a reduced HUD that does not show the crosshair, hotbar, XP, health, hunger, or armor
  • Players’ inventory, health, held items, etc, are unchanged when switching in and out of Spectator Mode
  • Spectators are always flying and cannot be grounded
  • Spectators pass through solid blocks and entities without collision
  • Spectators can see out of solid objects when inside blocks
  • Spectators cannot take damage and are not affected by any blocks, mobs, items, portals, or effects
  • Spectators cannot use items or interact with blocks or mobs
  • Spectators cannot open their inventory or interact with block screens, like Chests or Furnaces
  • Spectators cannot be seen by mobs or other players, except other players in Spectator Mode
  • Spectators appear as a transparent floating head to other players in Spectator Mode
  • Spectators are not needed to sleep to pass the night
  • When playing in first person perspective, spectators do not see their arm or held item
  • Spectators generate chunks, if they fly to new chunks
  • Spectators do not spawn any mobs
  • Non-persistent mobs around spectators will check for distance to any non-spectators when deciding if they should despawn
  • Commands can select and act on spectators

New Touch Controls

  • New touch controls are now enabled on touch devices by default
  • Players can choose between “Joystick & tap to interact”, “Joystick & aim crosshair”, or “D-Pad & tap to interact”

New Default Skins

  • New characters have joined Steve and Alex! These character skins can be selected in the Dressing Room


  • Updated the model and texture of the Vex
    The Vex retains a slightly larger hitbox to make it easier to fight

Experimental Features

  • Bamboo Wood Blocks
    • Added the Bamboo family of blocks as a wood type and use for Bamboo
    • Added Bamboo Raft
  • Camel
    • Added Camels, which can spawn in desert villages
    • Two players can ride Camels together
    • Camels are tall animals and riders are high enough off the ground, out of range from mob melee attacks
    • Camels can walk and sprint, or dash with a short burst of speed
    • Camels randomly sit down for short periods of time and flick their ears about
  • Chiseled Bookshelf
    • A new, chiseled variation of the Bookshelf
    • Can store Books, Book and Quills, and Enchanted Books
    • Holds up to 6 Books. Keeps the stories and lore of your world safe
    • Comparators can detect the last book placed/removed. Perfect for hiding secrets in your spooky library
  • Hanging Sign
    • A new type of Sign that can be placed beneath and on the side of blocks
    • Hanging Signs are available for all wood types
    • Hanging Signs can also be placed under narrow blocks with center support, like Fences

There are tonnes of other new things on top of these which you can view in-depth on the Minecraft feedback page. If you want to play Minecraft on mobile, you can also download it on Google Play and the App Store.

We also have a guide for how to play Minecraft: Pocket Edition on PC, and a guide for Minecraft Earth updates, just in case you fancy playing one of the best location based games on mobile.

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