Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta is here with plenty of fixes and tweaks

Minecraft Caves And Cliffs Update Beta Image
Minecraft Caves And Cliffs Update Beta Image (Image credit: Mojang Studios | Twitter)

What you need to know

  • 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two is right around the corner, with Mojang Studios working on final touches.
  • A new Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta is now rolling out to testers with a fresh batch of fixes and minor improvements.
  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta doesn't include any major new features this time around, focusing on polishing.
  • Of course, there's no sign of 'The Wild Update,' which is slated to release at some point in 2022.

As Minecraft Live 2021 fades into the past, Mojang Studios continues to work on delivering 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two to Minecraft players all over the world before the end of 2021. To that end, Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta is now rolling out to all Minecraft beta testers on Xbox, Windows, and Android devices.

The new Minecraft beta doesn't include any great new features or changes, as expected this late in the game. Instead, Beta focuses on further bug fixes, tweaks, and a general dedication to polish before the 1.18 update releases to all players on every platform. As such, this isn't a terribly exciting update, but does indicate that we're nearing ever closer to a public release in the next few weeks or months.

Of course, this beta doesn't include any mention of The Wild Update, which is the next major Minecraft feature update slated for release at some point in 2022. The Wild Update will follow 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two with lots of new features and improvements, including the arrival of The Deep Dark, but is still months away from showing itself to Minecraft players.

Even without The Wild Update, though, Minecraft is solidly one of the best Xbox games you can play, and steadily improves with the release of betas and updates like this one. As we near Black Friday 2021, we're already seeing the beginning of Minecraft Black Friday deals, so you can start your Holidays shopping early!

The full changelog for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta includes:

Features & bug fixes


  • Players can once again continuously place water, lava, and Powder Snow by holding down the "Place" button
  • Light blocks no longer support blocks that need support, e.g. Beds and Paintings


  • Mineshaft pillars should no longer generate in lava
  • Mineshafts will not generate Dirt floors anymore
  • Mineshafts now use Log Blocks for creating support pillars


  • Fixed a problem that caused certain worlds to increase in size, causing high RAM usage
  • Fixed shallow water turning brighter when aimed while holding a Small Drip Leaf
  • Tall flowers will now drop only one item when broken by water placed in the upper half of the flower
  • Fixed an issue where terrain could be seen through
  • Education Features: NPCs no longer have idle sounds
  • Chorus Fruit now works correctly at negative Y coordinates


  • Adjusted the smoothness of movement for Primed TNT, Lingering Potions, Splash Potions, and Bottle o' Enchanting when far from players
  • Multiple Education Edition items no longer show the craftingScreen.tab.none tooltip
  • All ground vegetation can now be placed on Mycelium


  • Increased the chances of Axolotl naturally spawning in Lush Caves
  • Fish now attempt to avoid Axolotls
  • Magma Cubes are now correctly aggressive towards Iron Golems and Slimes are no longer aggressive towards Snow Golems
  • Phantoms should now be able to free themselves after getting stuck when trying to pathfind into mountains

World generation

  • Ore generation has now been tweaked to be in parity with Java Edition
  • Gravel can now correctly replace Deepslate during world generation
  • Gold Ore in Badlands biomes are no longer generating in too large of quantities
  • Lava sources are no longer generated in Frozen Ocean biomes
  • Deepslate Copper Ore variant is now correctly generating in the world
  • Updated naming for new Caves & Cliffs mountain biomes to better match between Bedrock and Java Edition

User interface

  • Fixes the rendering of the icons in text, making the colors not distorted

Technical updates


  • Fixed mobs default summonability when not specified in JSON


  • Improved performance in RangedAttackGoal for mobs that do not move
Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.