Mojang has now released update patch 1.9 for Minecraft. This new update focuses heavily on the combat system and also adds several weapons and items.
Mojang said the combat mechanics have been updated to make “fighting more interesting and offer more map-making options“. The full update patch notes for Minecraft can be seen below.
Minecraft update 1.9 includes: Added shields, Attacking now has a “cool-down” delay, making it more important to time your attacks, You can now hold items in both hands (default quick key to swap items is ‘F’), Swords have a special sweep attack, Axes have a special crushing blow attack, Added the elytra, New mob: Shulker,, Expanded The End, Added Chorus plants, New Purpur blocks, New End Rod block, Added dragon head block, Ender Dragon can be resummoned
Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE), Added grass path block, Added igloos, Armor protection values have been lowered, Added tipped arrows, Added spectral arrows, Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block, Added a whole bunch of new sound effects, Added sound effect subtitles, Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate, Added skeleton riders, We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues and Removed Herobrine
The aforementioned update is available now for the PC version of the game. Presumably, the console versions should see this new update in the near future.