Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022: Winner, mob details, and everything we know

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Minecraft would not exist as it does without the input and participation of its expansive and perpetually growing community. One of the most exciting ways that Minecraft players contribute to the development of the world's most successful game is the annual Minecraft Mob Vote, which arrives every year as a part of the Minecraft Live event.

Here's everything you need to know about Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022, including which mob was announced as the winner during Minecraft Live 2022.

Note: The Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022 has officially concluded! You can see which of the three mobs won the vote and is destined to be added to Minecraft down below.

What is the Minecraft Live Mob Vote?

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Minecraft attracts a player base millions strong, and the community continues to grow over time to solidify Minecraft's position as one of the best-selling games of all time — and one of the best games you can play on Xbox. Once a year, Mojang Studios more directly involves the Minecraft community than usual during Minecraft Live, a spectacular event that reveals the next year of plans for the Minecraft universe, through the Minecraft Mob Vote.

The Minecraft Mob Vote sees Mojang Studios reveal three potential new mobs for Minecraft, each with unique traits and designs, that could be included as part of the next major Minecraft content update. It's up to the Minecraft community to vote for their favorite of the three, ultimately eliminating two of the mobs and leaving one victor to be brought to life. The Minecraft Mob Vote always accrues a huge amount of attention from the community, with each group stubbornly fighting for their favorite mob to be chosen.

Another year has passed, and another Minecraft Mob Vote is on the horizon. Here's what you need to know.

Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022: The winner

Almost as exciting as the build-up to and the actual Mob Vote are the results being announced during Minecraft Live. Learning which of the three mobs will be added to Minecraft in a future update is always a fun affair, especially if the winner happens to be the mob for which you voted.

Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022 — The Sniffer

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The Sniffer is the official winner of the Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022, beating out the Rascal and the Tuff Golem. Over 3.5 million people participated in this year's vote, and the Sniffer walked away with over half of the total votes. The Rascal came in second place, while the Tuff Golem finished at a still-respectable third. The Sniffer will be added to Minecraft as part of a future update, possibly in 1.20.

Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2021 — The Allay

Minecraft Live 2021 was packed from end to end with amazing Minecraft announcements, but the reveal that garnered the most attention was the news that the adorable and helpful Allay won the Minecraft Mob Vote. The Allay has since been added to Minecraft via The Wild Update and is a beloved mob by many. Who knows which mob will be added to Minecraft next?

Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022: The new mobs

Each Minecraft Mob Vote features three brand-new mobs. Each mob brings something special to Minecraft, and features unique designs and behaviors that differentiate it from "just another mob." Here's everything we know about each mob choice from the Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022, including the Sniffer, Rascal, and Tuff Golem.

The Sniffer

The Sniffer is an absolutely adorable first entry in the Minecraft Live Mob Vote for 2022, and it comes with some truly interesting characteristics to boot. According to Mojang Studios, the Sniffer is an ancient, long-extinct mob that used to roam the Overworld in Minecraft. However, dormant Sniffer eggs can be discovered in underwater treasure chests. If players bring those eggs back to the surface, they can help the Sniffers hatch and nurture them into a thriving species once again.

Their backstory isn't the only intriguing aspect of Sniffers, however. These cute, moss-laden mobs are possessed of a powerful sense of smell and an acute obsession with plant life. Sniffers are able to track down and dig up ancient seeds for rare, exotic plants that players can grow. That's right, you're not just getting a new mob when you vote for the Sniffer — you're getting unique new plants that can only be found via the Sniffer.

The Rascal

The second entry to the Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022 is none other than the Rascal, a shy, friendly mob that dwells deep underground in dark caves and loves to play Hide & Seek with players. Like the Sniffer, the Rascal is a friendly mob that poses no danger to the player, according to Mojang Studios. Instead, this cute, shuffling creature wants to play a game and reward you for your time.

Should you happen to spot a Rascal while exploring Minecraft's diverse cave ecosystems (anywhere below "y = 0"), be sure to track it down and seek out its hiding spots. If you manage to find the Rascal three separate times, it'll reward you with a thoughtful gift before teleporting away! One example Mojang Studios provided is an enchanted iron pickaxe, although there are almost certainly other gifts to be had for playing with the Rascal. Mojang Studios also noted that, while the Rascal is mischievous, it'll never seek to lure players into danger, such as Warden dens.

The Tuff Golem

The final addition to the Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022 is the Tuff Golem, a third variant of the Golem category of mobs that is entirely neutral and destined to bring new life and character into your homes and bases. According to Mojang Studios, The Tuff Golem is built by players, just like Iron and Snow Golems, but is unique in a variety of ways. For one, Tuff Golems are usually completely still, as if they're statues.

While Tuff Golems are statuesque, players can give them an item to display. When Tuff Golems wake up from their slumber, they'll wander around your base, either picking up any items they come across (if their hands are empty) or presenting your given item to new areas of the home. When they're satisfied with their walk, Tuff Golems will return to their original spot and resume their statue-like sleep. Finally, Tuff Golems are actually customizable in a way, unlike their more aggressive counterparts. If players include a wool block in the construction of the Tuff Golems, they'll don a cloak matching its color. Tuff Golems can also be stacked, if players would prefer to create a mobile shelf.

Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022: How to vote

Previous iterations of the Minecraft Mob Vote saw players participating in polls on Twitter during the actual event, resulting in a frenzy of internet discussion lasting for hours. This process also led to suspicion regarding people potentially voting numerous times, however, and gave players little time or opportunity to make their voices heard outside the actual event. In 2022, Mojang Studios changed how the Minecraft Mob Vote works to include more people and be fairer.

Minecraft Live 2022 aired on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. CT / Noon ET / 5:00 p.m. BST. The Minecraft Mob Vote began exactly 24 hours before the event, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. CT / Noon ET / 5:00 p.m. BST and lasted until 15 minutes after the show began. Mojang Studios announced the results of the Minecraft Mob Vote during Minecraft Live 2022.

Players could participate in the Minecraft Mob Vote 2022 through:

  • Minecraft.net
  • A special, carnival-themed Minecraft: Bedrock Edition server
    • Players will need to be on Minecraft: Bedrock Edition 1.19.31 in order to vote (the most up-to-date version that isn't a Minecraft Preview or Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta)
  • The Minecraft Launcher on PC

In order to vote, players needed to sign in with their Microsoft Account, which is the backbone that powers all Minecraft games and services. This was to help protect the integrity of the vote. Players could cast their vote at any point during the 24-hour period, and could change their votes as many times as they wish before the voting period ended.

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Players who wished to represent their mob of choice during the Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022 period could do so by downloading the free Mob Vote Skin Pack 2022 from the Minecraft Marketplace. The free pack includes a variety of skins, each inspired by one of the mobs in 2022's Mob Vote. The pack is compatible with Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, meaning the skins can be used on practically every platform imaginable.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.