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Published July 6, 2023       6 minute read

The Minecraft 1.20 Update: Trails and Tales

Discover the highly anticipated Minecraft 1.20 Trails and Tales update, filled with new mobs, biomes, and exciting features.

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Minecraft enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the next major update after the release of Minecraft 1.19, known as the “Wild Update.” Although the previous update introduced exciting new features, such as biomes and the formidable Warden mob, it fell short of some players’ expectations. Determined to learn from their past mistakes, the developers at Mojang took a different approach with the upcoming update, choosing to withhold an official name while incorporating a plethora of captivating and evolving features.

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Finally, the rumors have been put to rest as Mojang has unveiled the official title for the next update: Minecraft 1.20 Trails and Tales. This highly anticipated update, set to arrive in 2023, will introduce a range of exciting features, including long-awaited archaeology elements, two new mobs (the camel and sniffer), a new biome, armor and shield customization options, and much more. Let’s delve deeper into these new features and discover what awaits players in Minecraft 1.20.

Enter the Camel

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Minecraft players will soon encounter camels roaming the vast desert biomes. These majestic creatures, among the largest in the game, provide a safe haven from hostile mobs during nighttime. When tamed, two players can ride a single camel simultaneously. If you’re curious about riding a camel in Minecraft 1.20, our comprehensive guide will have you saddled up in no time. Keep in mind that while camels are slower than horses in complex terrains, their dash ability allows them to cover flat areas quickly and even jump over ravines. Additionally, camels can be bred using cacti as food, making them a valuable addition to any player’s mob breeding endeavors.

Introducing the Sniffer: Winner of the 2022 Mob Vote

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The Sniffer’s unique gameplay mechanic involves sniffing out seeds for new and exclusive plants in the overworld. This mob has garnered excitement within the community, as its addition may lead to the development of innovative Minecraft farms. Minecraft’s official social media handles recently offered a sneak peek at the Sniffer’s appearance, showcasing its large size and intricate textures.

While it is unlikely that players will be able to ride the Sniffer, the new ride command in Minecraft 1.20 may provide a workaround for those yearning for an adventurous mount.

Unveiling the Cherry Blossom Biome

In previous years, Minecraft has teased various new and revamped biomes that never made it into the game. While players initially anticipated updates for existing biomes such as the desert, savanna, or badlands, Minecraft 1.20 surprises us with the addition of a stunning cherry blossom biome.

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As a delightful Valentine’s Day surprise, Mojang announced the introduction of the Cherry Blossom Biome in Minecraft 1.20. This enchanting Overworld forest biome features iconic cherry blossom trees adorned with delicate pink leaves. The flowers within this biome share the same soft hue.

To complement this new biome, Minecraft 1.20 introduces a cherry wood set, featuring light pink blocks and items. Players can acquire cherry blossom saplings and cherry logs from this biome. Notably, the cherry blossom biome showcases densely packed trees with unique branch-based generation, providing an ideal backdrop for concealing hidden bases.

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Exciting Features in Minecraft 1.20: What to Expect

The Minecraft 1.20 update, as revealed during Minecraft Live 2022, promises a wealth of new features. While many more features are yet to be disclosed, the developers have unveiled several exciting additions that are confirmed for this update. Let’s explore some of the standout features that players can expect to enjoy in Minecraft 1.20.

Archaeology Features

After years of anticipation, Minecraft is finally introducing long-awaited archaeology elements to the game. Players can embark on archaeological expeditions across their worlds, searching for suspicious sand and gravel blocks. Unearthing these blocks reveals pottery shards, renamed “pottery sherds” in Minecraft, which can be combined to create ancient decorated pots.

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These pots feature unique designs inspired by elements from the Minecraft universe. Additionally, the archaeology system introduces a new tool, the brush, used for dusting off the blocks. Currently, there are 20 distinct pot designs, with more added since the initial reveal.

Players can find suspicious sand and gravel blocks within existing structures such as Desert Temples, Ocean Ruins, and a new location called Trail Ruins. Trail Ruins are fascinating structures that require excavation to fully access their treasures. If you’re eager to discover these archaeological wonders, our dedicated guide will help you locate Trail Ruins in Minecraft 1.20.

Armor Trims and Customization

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Prepare to elevate your Minecraft fashion game as Minecraft 1.20 introduces armor customization options. Each piece of armor can be adorned with 16 pattern designs in 10 different colors, allowing for a vast array of styles. Armor customization is made possible through the introduction of “armor trim” items, which can be found in major structures throughout the Minecraft world.

To apply armor trim, players must combine it with their desired armor and color using the new Smithing table UI. While armor trimming is purely aesthetic and does not confer additional benefits, the ability to create unique and stylish armor sets will undoubtedly appeal to players, especially in the competitive PvP Minecraft servers where coordinated team uniforms make a difference.

Bamboo Wood and Rafts

Minecraft 1.20 introduces a new family of bamboo wood, complete with unique planks, blocks, and more. This addition reflects the developers’ ongoing efforts to provide a more comprehensive representation of wood types in the game.

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The bamboo wood set stands out thanks to its exclusive blocks, including decorative bamboo mosaic blocks that are not available for other wood types. Players can also utilize bamboo wood to craft rafts, an alternative to boats with a more open appearance.

Chiseled Bookshelf

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Bookshelves finally become more useful in Minecraft 1.20 with the introduction of the chiseled bookshelf. This new type of bookshelf allows players to store regular and enchanted books. Each storage slot emits a Redstone signal of varying strength, enabling players to use chiseled bookshelves for innovative purposes such as creating secret doorways. This addition adds depth and functionality to an existing in-game block.

Changes to Netherite

Obtaining Netherite items becomes more challenging in Minecraft 1.20 due to the introduction of the Upgrade Smithing Template. This new item is now a prerequisite for upgrading armor or swords to Netherite on the Smithing Table. To acquire the upgrade template, players must explore Bastion Remnants, making Netherite item upgrades more demanding. Each upgrade requires a separate template, adding another layer of complexity to the Netherite crafting process.

New Default Skins

For over a decade, players have been limited to two iconic default skins, Steve and Alex. However, Minecraft 1.20 introduces a fresh set of default skins for players to embody.

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The new default skins include Noor, Sunny, Ari, Zuri, Makena, Kai, and Efe, offering a more diverse selection for players to represent themselves in the Minecraft world.

Conclusion: Get Ready for Minecraft 1.20

Minecraft 1.20 Trails and Tales is set to revolutionize gameplay with its extensive range of new features. From the introduction of camel and sniffer mobs to the cherry blossom biome, players have much to look forward to in this update. With archaeology elements, armor customization, bamboo wood, banner shields, hanging signs, and various other enhancements, Minecraft 1.20 promises to captivate and inspire players’ creativity.

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