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Minecraft Nether update: new biomes, mobs, and more

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Is the summer sun getting you down? Well no worries, the big Nether Update for Minecraft is out now so you can escape the cheery overworld and head down into the grim and dangerous underworld. The new update brings a lot of changes to the already difficult dimension. With a new ore that's precious enough to rival Diamond, new biomes, blocks, and enemies, there's a lot to catch up on.

Discover new forest biomes, covered in fungi and vines, or test your nerves in the Soulsand Valley. Barter or battle with Piglins to gain rewards, and try to keep out of the way of Hoglins. Mojang has said it wants to turn The Nether into a place that players actually want to spend time, even if parts of it are becoming even more dangerous than before. 

After you catch up on what all the news blocks are called, you may also want some help figuring out how to get Blackstone, how to get Netherite, and how to craft Respawn Anchors.

Here's everything you need to know about the Nether Update before you build that Obsidian gate into lavaville.

Minecraft Nether update release date

The Minecraft Nether Update is out now! It launched on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020. The Nether Update is version 1.16 of Minecraft.

You can jump in now with either the Windows 10 edition of the game or the Minecraft Launcher for the Java edition. If you use the Minecraft Launcher, make sure you've chosen "Latest Release" in the dropdown version menu before you hit play. The Windows 10 version of Minecraft should default to the newest release. 

Minecraft Nether update new biomes

Several new areas have been added to the Nether, with each sporting a unique atmosphere. Dig out your trekkin' boots: there are some forests and a lonely valley to explore. The old Nether biome adopts the new name, Nether Wastes and shipwrecks and ocean ruins are now significantly harder to come by.  

Soulsand Valley

Teeming with skeletons, Soulsand Valley is a spooky region filled with fossilised remains. The sky is thick with ash and the land is bathed in an eerie blue light. An area resting on Soul Sand and Soul Soil, this valley is heavily populated with Basalt pillars.

Warped Forests

A funky fungi forest. Shroomlights illuminate the dark walkways of a forest where Warped Fungi manifest as tall, tree-like structures. Warped Spores hang in the air like unfallen snowflakes as a blue fog shrouds the forest. Surprisingly, this is the safest area in the Nether.

Crimson Forests

Similar to the Warped Forests, Crimson Forests provide the perfect conditions for fungi and Shroomlights to thrive. Crimson Nylium is found everywhere, and Crimson Spores clog the air. Weeping Vines hang low from ceilings and Hoglins are found patrolling their territory.  

Basalt Deltas

They greyish Basalt Deltas are home to Magma Cubes, Ghasts, and the new Striders. It's a volcanic biome where white ash will float through the air around you. You'll find Blackstone and Basalt here surrounded by seas of lava.

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Minecraft Nether update new enemies 

Piglins/Zombiefied Piglins

Piglin mobs are hostile by default and love collecting gold. In fact, they love gold so much that they won't attack you if you're wearing gold armour. Turn up in your best golden ensemble and Piglins will even barter with you. Give them a gold ingot to receive Crying Obsidian.

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Previously referred to as Piglin Beasts, Hoglins are a mysterious species. They're a hostile mob and will attack using their sharp tusks. Their floppy ears make them look oddly sweet, but they'll give you a nasty nudge if you get too close. Breeding them requires patience and Crimson Fungus. When Hoglins are in the overworld or the End for 15 seconds, they transform into Zoglins.

Minecraft striders

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Striders are surprisingly cute passive creatures that walking around lava lakes in the Nether. Like pigs, they can be saddled and led around by players. Instead of using a carrot on a stick, Striders can be led with warped fungus on a stick.

Minecraft Nether update Netherite

Netherite is a new high-level ore found in the Nether. It possesses several properties that make it more valuable than Diamond. Netherite tools are more durable and mine materials faster. Netherite weapons do more damage than Diamond ones, too. Netherite armour is more durable, and has knockback resistance. 

Also, all Netherite items have a higher enchantment value than Diamond (but lower than Gold). These items also float in lava, so you won't lose them if you happen to take an untimely dip in a fiery pool.

Minecraft Nether update new blocks

Here are all the new blocks in Minecraft's Nether update:

  • Target blocks: hit with an arrow to send out a redstone signal. The closer you hit to the center, the larger the signal. 
  • Crimson Stems and Warped Stems: wood-like materials.
  • Basalt blocks: similar to pillars and can be placed in any direction.
  • Crimson Nylium and Warped Nylium: ground surface blocks. Nylium can be spread by using bone meal on Netherrack.
  • Nether Sprouts, Crimson Roots and Warped Roots: vegetation blocks.
  • Crimson Fungus and Warped Fungus: can be grown using bone meal.
  • Weeping Vines: climbable vines that grow from the bottom of the block.
  • Shroomlights: a source of natural light.
  • Soul Soil: when fire touches this soil the flames turn blue.
  • Warped Warts: decorative blocks.
  • Crying Obsidian: decorative blocks obtained from Piglins.
  • Soul Fire: Burns on Soul Sand blocks in the Soul Sand Valley biomes. Deals 2 hearts of damage per tick. Blue texture.
  • Soul Torch: Burns blue with a weaker light than normal torches
  • Soul Lantern: Light burns blue with a weaker luminance than normal lanterns
  • Blackstone: Stone found in basalt deltas that has a small chance to drop bold nuggets
  • Respawn Anchor: Used to respawn in the Nether, can be recharged to continue use

Minecraft Nether update: Soul Speed enchantment

The Nether update is giving players more reasons than ever to hang out in the Nether, and along with that comes a new enchantment to help you trudge through Soul Sand and Soul Soil.

  • Shine your boots of choice with this soul-sucking enchantment to speed around on Soul Sand and Soul Soil!
  • There's a downside, however: enchantments will slowly degrade your boots each Soul block you walk on
  • Can only be obtained by bartering with those pesky Piglins