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Minecraft Update 2.18 Patch Notes

This update brings new capabilities for add-on creators and map makers.

by Diego Perez

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Update 2.18 for Minecraft has been released, and here’s the full list of changes and fixes added with this patch. The Bedrock version of Minecraft now sits at version 1.16.100 across all platforms as of this patch. This update weighs in at just over 200 MB, so it shouldn’t take too long to download. Here’s everything new with Minecraft update 2.18.

Minecraft Update 2.18 Patch Notes

New Features

  • Added a new Achievements screen design and brand new achievement artwork
  • Over a dozen new Character Creator items have been added and can be unlocked with achievements

Vanilla Parity Changes and Fixes

  • Sea Turtles now play a sound when they lay eggs
  • Dolphins will now dry out at the same rate as they do in Java Edition; 120 seconds
  • Undamaged Mending items will no longer prevent damaged Mending items from being repaired
  • Basalt can no longer be destroyed by Ghast fireballs
  • Basalt blocks now take slightly more time to destroy
  • TNT no longer activates when a Redstone Torch is placed directly on it
  • Experience Orbs now float in water
  • Adjusted Netherite movement in lava
  • Netherite armor no longer take durability loss when standing on magma blocks
  • Trade discounts from Hero of the Village and Curing Zombie Villagers now match the Java Edition
  • Phantom wings now make flapping sounds
  • Pistons can no longer be extended above the build height limit or into the void Brewing Stands can now be crafted with Blackstone
  • Players can now spawn farmland with the /give command and pick it with Pick Block
  • Cod and Salmon killed by fire damage now drop cooked fish
  • It’s now possible to place chains so that they are aligned horizontally
  • Floor and ceiling surface generation now correctly match Java Edition
    • Soul Sand Valleys now have ceilings covered with Soul Soil and Soul Sand
    • Basalt Deltas now have Basalt ceilings
  • Striders with passengers can now be tempted
  • Piglins now drop their inventory when zombified
  • Allow Piglins and Piglin Brutes to preserve equipment when zombified
  • Piglin Brutes now give 20xp instead of 10 when killed by player
  • Lanterns can now be placed underwater and do not pop when a water source block is placed on them
  • Piglins now offer similar bartering items as they do in Java Edition
  • Soul Fire no longer melts snow or ice blocks
  • Zombified Piglins no longer float above Striders while riding
  • Warped Fungus can now grow in Crimson Forests
  • Piglins now offer Nether Bricks instead of Nether Brick blocks when bartering
  • Baby Zoglin and Baby Hoglin now have drops after being killed by the player
  • Baby Zoglins now have cute, oversized heads
  • Wither Skeletons now automatically attack Piglins and Piglin Brutes
  • Hoglins will now flee from Respawn Anchors
  • Iron Golems now attack Hoglins
  • Zoglins now take damage from Healing effect and heal from Harming effect
  • If Ruined Portal chests contain Glistering Melon, they no longer contain only a single melon slice
  • Zombified Piglins that are jockeys on Striders now hold a Warped Fungus on a Stick
  • Piglin Brutes no longer have enchanted Golden Axes
  • All expected Nether plants can now be composted
  • Crimson and Warped Fungus can now be placed on Mycelium
  • Soul Speed enchantment found in chests is now limited to Bastion Remnant chests
  • Soul Campfires now drop Soul Soil instead of Charcoal when mined
  • Increased Strider health from 15 to 20 (MCPE-76425)
  • Piglins can now equip Shields, Elytra, Turtle Shells, and various Mob Heads
  • Piglin Brutes no longer become angry from specific blocks being broken, they still always attack a player on sight though
  • Baby Zombified Piglins now correctly display items held in their hands
  • Quick crafting a Piston will now work with Warped Planks and Crimson Planks
  • Baby Hoglins now deal appropriate damage
  • Piglins now spawn naturally in Nether Wastes on Peaceful difficulty

Changes

  • Added several new experimental toggles to enable previews of upcoming engine technology and support Add-Ons and Marketplace content
  • Added the new Mojang Studios logo splash screen on Android devices

Fixes

  • Performance/Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur during gameplay
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when the player opened a Shulker Box they’re standing on after rejoining a multiplayer session
    • Fixed a crash that could occur if a player joined a game in a sleeping state
    • Improved reliability of Nintendo Switch players joining other Nintendo Switch games
    • Adding tags to the Ender Dragon will no longer crash the game when reloading the world
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when a stunned entity loaded into the world
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when Player 1 in a split-screen session disconnected their controller
    • Optimized chunk loading performance
    • Various bandwidth optimizations
  • General
    • Fixed worlds disappearing from the worlds list during crash at world start on Xbox One
    • “The Beaconator” achievement can now be reliably unlocked
    • The “Archer” can now be reliably unlocked
    • Fixed the ‘Super Fuel’ achievement not being awarded when using lava bucket in a furnace
    • 24-bit PNGs without an alpha channel are no longer accepted as valid custom skins
  • Gameplay
    • Fishing Rod will now correctly cast when close to a mob
    • Custom named boats and minecarts will now save their name after placing and breaking. Their names will also be shown in the world
    • Fixed empty worlds getting generated after closing a PS4 world import midway through the process
    • End City loot chests once again generate correctly
    • Fixed players and mobs not taking damage when walking through berry bushes
    • Killing mobs that have armor equipped with ranged weapons now results in armor loot
  • Mobs
    • Villagers no longer get locked into the wrong profession
    • Bees now leave their hive/nest after an allotted time in the End and Nether dimensions
    • Hostile mobs can now spawn in thunderstorms during the day
    • Foxes no longer take damage when falling on berry bushes
    • Fixed Vex movement along the x and z directions
    • Blaze now switch between melee attack and ranged attack based on the distance from the player
    • Mob’s inactivity timer is now reset when closer than 32 blocks from the nearest player
    • Shearing a Snow Golem now drops a carved pumpkin
    • Turtles and Dolphins on land will now successfully move towards water
    • Ghasts once again spawn in all light levels
    • Mobs in lava were not able to find a path out. This fix makes it so they can enter a lava block if they are already in lava
    • Mobs can no longer move Minecarts they stand in
    • Mob spawn range now scales with simulation distance
    • Villagers from older versions now level up correctly when trading
    • Improved performance of farmer villagers when harvesting or sowing crops
    • Fixed a bug which could prevent farmer villagers from harvesting crops
    • Player-ridden Striders now jump onto magma blocks as well as non-full blocks in front of them when guided by Fungus on a Stick
    • Baby animals can once again be tamed, before growing up
    • Bees can now only exit Beehives and Bee Nests through air blocks
    • Slimes can now spawn in slime chunks inside frozen biomes
  • Blocks
    • Fixed issue where some walls were not correctly connected on world load
    • Walls converted from Console Edition saves are now joined properly
    • Water from bubble columns now flows as it should
    • Hoppers with containers above them can no longer collect dropped items
    • Fence gates now align with Blackstone Walls
    • Placing blocks on Crimson Roots and Warped Roots will now properly remove the roots)
    • Target blocks no longer power additional blocks above them
    • Beehives and Bee Nests now show the correct front-facing texture
    • Lava and water textures are now visible after placing Slime block or Honey block next to or above them
    • End gateways will now correctly calculate distance to the center block when searching for an exit position
    • Plants and crops now grow more consistently when near chunk borders
    • Brown and Red Mushrooms can now be grown into huge mushrooms on Nylium
    • Cocoa Beans can now be placed on and survive on all jungle wood variants
    • Gravity affected blocks no longer break when their supporting block is moved by a piston
    • Falling blocks now break after falling for extended periods of time
    • Podzol no longer generates below the top layer when spawning large spruce trees
    • Observer block textures no longer get stuck in an active state after being moved by a piston
    • Fixed a bug that could cause falling blocks to duplicate near a portal
    • Fixed an issue that caused rails to not be powered correctly along the x-axis
    • Saplings no longer incorrectly transform into a bee nest when next to a tree and flowers
    • Dragon Egg no longer disappears if placed on pedestal and Ender Dragon is respawned
    • Signs can no longer be placed on End Rods
  • Items
    • Compass items will now point the correct direction when the player is in a boat
    • Compasses with custom names now retain their names when linked to a Lodestone
    • Compasses with Curse of Vanishing now retain their enchantment when linked to a Lodestone
    • Lodestone Compasses can now be enchanted with the Curse of Vanishing using an Anvil
    • Boots enchanted with Soul Speed no longer become stuck on mobs or the player after breaking
    • Smelted items (prior to 1.13) no longer contain incorrect damage values and can be stacked
    • Dropped items no longer float too low to the ground
    • Dragon Egg now always drops when it is destroyed by an explosion
    • Totem of Undying now applies the correct effects upon dying
    • Armor no longer gets stuck in the hot bar after interacting with an armor stand
    • Corrected map color representation for multiple blocks
    • XP orbs once again ignore world lighting, allowing it to always be at max brightness
    • Banner patterns can now be crafted in the 2×2 crafting grid
    • The “Thing” banner can now be crafted at the Loom
    • Fixed an issue that caused item durability to not be assigned until a world was reloaded
    • Spawn Eggs can now be used on an underwater Monster Spawner
    • Fixed dropped item stacks becoming invisible after merging with another item stack
    • Iron pickaxes can now be dropped by mobs during raids
  • Realms
    • Added more detailed error messages with possible solutions when a world fails to upload to a Realm
    • Fixed a crash that occurred when downloading large worlds from Realms
    • Selecting the “Manage” button for Realms subscriptions now opens the appropriate Microsoft account page
    • Content that is owned through a Realms Plus subscription now roams across all platforms
  • Graphical
    • Fixed an issue with the skybox background graphics not rendering correctly on some devices
    • Fixed an issue with missing animation when damaging bamboo
    • Fixed a graphical issue with glass blocks on the City Living world that affected some devices on Windows 10
    • Touchscreen input “Chat and Commands” UI element now has a darker border
  • Audio
    • Music is no longer interrupted when entering water in ocean biomes
    • Reduced raid horn sound
  • Crafting Screen
    • Various improvements to the Crafting Screen experience when using a controller
    • Cobblestone is now shown as the default ingredient for stone tools
    • Items in the inventory will no longer move into the crafting grid when hovering over recipes
    • The selected recipe will no longer be cleared when changing tabs, even if you don’t have all the necessary ingredients for that recipe
    • Picking up items while the cursor is hovering over a recipe now updates to the recipe’s new index
    • Crimson and Warped Stems/Hyphae are now in their correct Creative inventory groups
    • Nether and Warped Wart blocks are no longer in an unfolding section in the creative menu
  • Structure Blocks
    • Removed the name field from the structure block 3D Export screen
    • Fixed incorrect chunk position calculation for block changes that occur during the Structure Block preview window
    • Structure loading/saving no longer affects ticking blocks in nearby chunks
    • Fixed the Reset button not re-rendering the wireframe bounding box
  • User Interface
    • Added Noto Sans font license button and pop-up dialog to Profile section of the Settings screen
    • Updated splash texts and loading screen tips
    • Fixed system language settings for Simplified and Traditional Chinese not honored by the game
    • Fixed an issue that meant the block highlight/selection box was extending above blocks
    • Time played now displays correctly on the Achievements screen
    • The Beacon container interface no longer shuffles items around the inventory slots when trying to quick-move items from the inventory while the hotbar is full
    • Pressing the ‘Leave Boat’ button on touch devices will no longer make the player hit a passenger or destroy the Boat
    • A button icon has been added to the NPC dialog screen to show which gamepad button to press to close the window (Education Feature)
    • The hovered slot data is now cleared properly whenever the cursor is moved off an item slot. This way the gamepad helpers are correct when not hovering over an item slot
    • The item name text that appears when the player changes the hotbar selection now anchors from the bottom. This way when it grows, it will not overlap with the hotbar
    • Fixed the ‘Profile’ button in the Pause Menu not being sized correctly
    • “Ride Exit” hint now clears action bar messages
    • The Smithing Table screen now contains the hammer icon and user interface elements appear correctly when using the “Pocket” UI profile setting
    • Custom names now modify boss bars
    • Grindstone no longer shows a result unless it changes the item Fixed navigation problems between Featured Items, Achievement Rewards, Emotes, and the Dressing Room
    • Change Gamertag and Manage Account buttons on the Settings screen now open xbox.com URLs on iOS and Android
    • The Dressing Room now shows cached items when not connected to the internet
  • Commands
    • Fixed a crash could occur when using the ‘/fill ‘ command to fill huge amounts of blocks with Portal blocks
    • Text and background for the title command (Title, Subtitle, and Actionbar) have been adjusted and spaced out
    • Fixed a bug where a request queued with ‘/schedule’ would not clear out when executed and would execute when re-entering a level
    • Added to the ‘/schedule on_area_loaded’ command with an overload that allows you to track a circular area, by specifying a center and a radius. Also added serialization for the queue of requests
    • Fixed issues with the ‘/schedule’ command that would consider an area loaded before it was actually loaded, and the command now respects which dimension it is queued in

For more information regarding this update, visit the official Minecraft site.

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