20w30a snapshot for Minecraft: Java Edition's 'Nether Update' tweaks bastion remnants and respawns

Minecraft Nether Update Java Image
Minecraft Nether Update Java Image (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Snapshots allow players to test fixes and changes for Minecraft before they're officially released.
  • The newest snapshot, 20w30a, tweaks bastion remnants, makes respawning safer and more consistent, and more.
  • It also includes lots of bug fixes and a few other minor changes to improve the experience.

Just a few hours after a beta was released for the Bedrock Edition, the Java Edition of Minecraft is getting its own beta build in the form of the 20w30a snapshot, which is a decent sized update with numerous changes. The three biggest changes include tweaks to bastion remnants, how respawning from beds and respawn anchors works, and making lanterns work underwater.

The exact detail of these changes include:

  • Lanterns can now be waterlogged
  • Soul Lanterns can now be waterlogged
  • Tweaked the Bastion Remnant chest loot
  • Chests in Bastion Remnants are now more likely to be located on top of gilded blackstone
  • Respawn anchors will prioritize cardinal directions over corners
  • Beds will prioritize the side of the bed the player entered from and then spaces circling around the foot of the bed up to the head of the bed
  • Respawning players will now face the block that they respawned at
  • Placing players onto dangerous blocks is now avoided when possible

As mentioned above, there's also a fair number of bug fixes and little improvements in this snapshot as well, aiming to make the Nether Update more stable and consistent for all players. If you're interested, you can find the full changelog here, or you can skip that and jump straight to installing and playing the latest snapshot so you can try out the new changes for yourself.

Zachary Boddy
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