Java Edition: Snapshots 20w29a, 20w30a, Pre-Release 1, 2, 3

Its been a bit since we've updated you all on what's to come with Mojang Studio's next update for Java Edition, this is the first part of a three-part news dump to catch up with the latest news.

  • Tools are now sorted based on material in the creative inventory


Added angle parameter for setting the default facing angle of a respawning player.
Syntax: spawnpoint [targets] [pos] [angle]
Syntax: setworldspawn [pos] [angle]
New parameters:

  • angle - Floating point angle in degrees. Supports the relative ~ modifier

  • worldgen/noise_settings can now contain noise configurations

  • MC-194464 - “large_oak_foliage_placer” incorrectly serializes to “blob_foliage_placer”
  • MC-194298 - Bone meal can’t create flowers
  • MC-194257 - Several instances of “snowy” being spelled as “snovy” in the vanilla_worldgen configuration
  • MC-194220 - Totems of Undying give you Fire Resistance II instead of the maximum Fire Resistance I
  • MC-194200 - Birch trees are not generated correctly in the Birch Forest and Birch Forest Hills biomes
  • MC-194173 - Hitboxes are rendered offset while picking up items or experience on graphics settings Fast and Fancy
  • MC-193662 - Player flying in creative slightly above blocks while sneaking and jumping are restrained to that block
  • MC-193560 - Enchantment Glint doesn’t render on elytra in specific circumstances
  • MC-192021 - Enchantment Glint effect on transparent blocks not properly rendered on Fabulous graphic
  • MC-191623 - Ender dragon battle music does not stop after ender dragon has been defeated
  • MC-191031 - Players in spectator mode can interact with boats
  • MC-190559 - Baby Striders don’t die when it’s raining and they are in lava
  • MC-189788 - Certain mobs in boats sometimes take drowning damage while the boat is moving
  • MC-185019 - Worldgen settings with the empty structures parameter causes all structures to generate extremely frequently
  • MC-176836 - Unarmed vindicators raise their arm in offensive way when attacking
  • MC-176778 - Camera is reset when a block reappears due to high server latency
  • MC-166718 - Mobs no longer suffocate inside of soul sand, farmland or grass paths
  • MC-158735 - Pillagers without crossbows hold their arm up in an offensive way
  • MC-153230 - Players in spectator mode can stop minecarts

  • Modified how respawn positions are chosen for beds and respawn anchors
  • Lanterns can now be waterlogged
  • Soul Lanterns can now be waterlogged
  • Tweaked the Bastion Remnant chest loot
  • Chests in Bastion Remnants are now more likely to be located on top of gilded blackstone


  • Respawn anchors will prioritize cardinal directions over corners
  • Beds will prioritize the side of the bed the player entered from and then spaces circling around the foot of the bed up to the head of the bed
  • Respawning players will now face the block that they respawned at
  • Placing players onto dangerous blocks is now avoided when possible

  • The sign edit screen will now initialize from existing sign text (should have no noticeable impact on vanilla)
  • Tags can now have optional entries


Entries in tags can now be marked as optional. Failure to resolve optional entries does not prevent the whole tag from loading.


  "replace": false,
  "values": [
    "#minecraft:beds", // existing syntax
    { "id":"#missing:tag", "required": false }, // optional sub-tag entry

    "minecraft:anvil", // existing syntax
    { "id":"minecraft:stone_button", "required": true }, // new syntax for required tags
    { "id":"missing:block", "required": false } // optional single-element entry

  • MC-35765 - Viewing text in Right-to-Left language while in another language renders backward and non-connected
  • MC-57869 - Some item tooltips use § for coloring, rendering them incorrect in right-to-left languages
  • MC-116857 - Advancement descriptions use unnecessary capitalization on generic resource names
  • MC-148447 - Villagers often get stuck while trying to go through a door at the same time
  • MC-149060 - Villagers “spam” doors by opening and closing them really fast
  • MC-153195 - Mobs can drop items with duplicate enchantments
  • MC-181925 - Unarmed vexes raise their arms in an offensive way when attacking
  • MC-187344 - Fast graphics tooltip has incorrect ‘tree-leaves’ spelling
  • MC-187379 - Text for makes no sense
  • MC-187380 - Incorrect grammar in en_us translation of pack.dropConfirm
  • MC-188389 - Several minor errors in datapackFailure.title
  • MC-188390 - Comma splices in four strings
  • MC-188392 - Death message for getting shot by a skull is not grammatically correct in all situations
  • MC-188621 - Mojang “Production Manager” credit is indented further than other credits
  • MC-188880 - Baby zombified Piglins riding on chickens aren’t positioned properly
  • MC-189918 - Multiplayer warning uses “Mojang” instead of “Mojang Studios”
  • MC-190102 - Some UI strings are not consistently capitalized
  • MC-190288 - Fabulous and Fancy graphics tooltips have missing commas
  • MC-191441 - Right-to-left text is rendered bottom-up in some cases
  • MC-191562 - “Cancel” button overlaps “Done” button when uploading a world to Realms, making users unable to upload world
  • MC-192296 - Spider Jockey from a spawner minecart crashes with"java.lang.IllegalStateException: Entity is already tracked"
  • MC-193276 - Player floats slightly above strider while riding it
  • MC-193339 - NullPointerException during shutdown when rcon enabled with no password
  • MC-194263 - Large End Cities do not generate correctly/get cut off
  • MC-194273 - Save data of new Nether biomes is lost when upgrading a world to 20w28a or above
  • MC-194350 - Some feature configurations don’t load in a datapack (java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: value already present: [email protected])
  • MC-195052 - “angle” argument in spawnpoint command doesn’t use “minecraft:rotation” parser
  • MC-195582 - Typing a colon twice or after a slash in chat when specifying a function/item/block/etc. in a command crashes the game

  • New accessibility settings have been added to help with visual comfort

  • Distortion effects such as nausea and the Nether portal overlay can now be reduced
  • At lower values, the nausea effect is replaced with a green overlay as an alternative visualization
  • Field of view effects shown after speed modifiers are applied can now be reduced

  • Chains can now be placed in all orientations
  • Endermen will no longer place their held blocks onto bedrock blocks
  • Piglins now become angry with players who open or destroy a Chest Minecart
  • Villagers now lose their job sites when changing dimension
  • Chat delay has been added to the Chat Settings screen

  • Custom world generation and dimension settings now use the same folder pattern in data packs as other resources (namespace/<type>/resource.json)

  • MC-73884 - Throwable projectiles get destroyed on contact with non-solid blocks
  • MC-125758 - Bubble column does not affect egg, snowball, ender pearl, splash potion, lingering potion, fireball, and shulker bullet
  • MC-158987 - Raid still continues after a villager turns into a witch
  • MC-163767 - Villagers get ejected from a minecart when converted to a zombie villager
  • MC-167045 - Banners are rendered too dark in the inventory
  • MC-170900 - New Nether plants can be picked up without shears/silk touch
  • MC-174574 - Soul speed doesn’t work when slabs and blocks of similar height are placed above the soul sand block
  • MC-176015 - Strider suffocates when player is saddled on and looking up with Warped Fungus on a Stick
  • MC-176034 - You can walk on striders
  • MC-177651 - Despite being cold outside of lava, striders don’t try to stay in lava
  • MC-178061 - Chat Delay option doesn’t exist in Chat settings
  • MC-182330 - Crossbow-wielding Piglins behave weirdly when they try to pursue invisible players
  • MC-185490 - Separated trader llamas on leads cause TPS hit
  • MC-187398 - Smithing table and stonecutter recipes are not unlocked when used
  • MC-187904 - Data packs cannot replace settings of vanilla dimensions during world creation
  • MC-189414 - Smithing table doesn’t calculate amount of output items correctly
  • MC-189797 - Hoglins, Zoglins, melee Piglins, and Piglin Brutes do not properly attack invisible entities within normal range
  • MC-191168 - Piglins that convert into Zombified Piglins while sitting on a minecart sometimes sink into blocks
  • MC-192032 - Villagers don’t always try to claim the closest workstation and are sometimes focused on a non-existent one or one out of their reach
  • MC-193213 - Leads are positioned incorrectly on players and wandering traders
  • MC-194263 - Large End Cities do not generate correctly / get cut off
  • MC-194299 - Template pools fail to load via datapack
  • MC-194845 - Subspace Bubble advancement cannot be completed with 7 km distance
  • MC-195062 - Raids often will not end in defeat when all villagers are dead if there are job sites in the village
  • MC-195544 - Game crashes after killing a mob that is being ridden by a guardian while it is being ridden by a wither skeleton

  • Crimson and Warped Roots no longer require shears when mined


  • execute in now respects dimension scaling

  • MC-69876 - Pistons at Y=1 do not push downwards / at Y=254 do not push upwards
  • MC-124320 - Endermen can pick up and place snowless snowy grass blocks
  • MC-130558 - Item frames cannot be emptied if gamerule doEntityDrops is set to false
  • MC-134084 - If gamerule sendCommandFeedback is disabled, /msg or /tell don’t display the message to the sender
  • MC-136553 - Dyes in creative inventory are in reverse order
  • MC-152037 - Powered, activator and detector rails are deleted when pushed/pulled onto a block they cannot be placed on
  • MC-187357 - Strongholds will not generate in floating_islands or caves preset
  • MC-189736 - “distance” within predicate no longer works
  • MC-190552 - Demo mode resets position and inventory upon launch
  • MC-190859 - floating_islands or caves buffet worlds no longer generate strongholds and ender eyes do not locate previously generated strongholds after upgrading to 1.16
  • MC-192136 - Lava damage works differently than in previous versions
  • MC-192236 - Endermen can place blocks on top of item frames on the floor
  • MC-192371 - Paintings in the same block space pop off when chunk loads
  • MC-192845 - Block Event Lag in 1.16 is excessive
  • MC-194217 - Lava sets nether vegetation on fire despite it being fire resistant
  • MC-194867 - Minecarts come out the wrong side of a nether portal and lose momentum when coming back to overworld
  • MC-194953 - Custom Biomes are not useable in Predicates
  • MC-195803 - Mob kill statistics are formatted in reverse: “N killed you <mob> times”
  • MC-195851 - “Hat” layer on helmets detaches from Piglins’ heads while bartering
  • MC-196245 - Charged creeper does not always drop skull if zombie variants are nearby
  • MC-196441 - Stonecutter/Smithing Table recipes are not given after crafting a stack of more than one
  • MC-196469 - F1 hides the nausea green tint
  • MC-196473 - Pufferfish gives Nausea II instead of the maximum of Nausea I
  • MC-196653 - Creating multiple datapack dimensions which reference the same dimension_type string causes “unregistered dimension” crash
  • MC-196743 - Custom/modified biomes don’t work in the overworld

  • MC-105248 Wet wolves become nearly black in dark areas
  • MC-107529 Marker:1 Armor Stands render themself and their equipment dark if inside solid blocks
  • MC-167756 Wolf is rendered too dark when not directly affected by skylight
  • MC-190103 Crash when using a nether portal: java.lang.IndexOutOfBoundsException: fromIndex < 0: -2368549
  • MC-191388 “No key position_predicate in MapLike” console spam
  • MC-197053 Pressing F3+D clears the pending lines message, but doesn’t clear the pending messages
  • MC-197152 Ghost Blocks can be generated in some piston setups
  • MC-197218 Piston arm appears twice during retraction in some mechanisms


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