Developer Mojang has released its Exploration Update for the PC version of its hit sandbox game Minecraft. The update adds a number of new features and content to Minecraft, along with some bug fixes.


Mojang states that the Exploration Update adds the Cartographer character in the library, and players can purchase maps from him that will lead them to new locations such as Woodland Mansion.

This procedurally generated dungeon is the home of the villager's outcast cousins, the Illagers. This insidious and spooky crowd will not tolerate any trespassers in their home, so you should expect a fight when you venture there for the mansion's treasure.

The update also adds Minecraft's version of Llamas to the game:

The llamas live in the mountains and can be equipped with chests to carry items for you. Well-mannered as they are, they will also politely form caravans whenever you lead one in your travels.

Here's a look at what's new in the Minecraft Exploration update:

  • Added cursed enchantments
  • Added the Observer block
  • Added escape portals in The End
  • Added the Shulker Shell and Shulker Box
  • Added exploration maps
  • Added the Woodland Mansion
  • Added Illagers, and the Vex
  • Added Llamas
  • New command: /locate
  • Removed Herobrine

The update is available as a "snapshot" for Minecraft. Here is how to download it:

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the "New Profile" button. Call it "snapshots" and check the box saying "Enable experimental development snapshots" and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the "new profile" dialog).

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