Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta 1.18.30.26 brings goat horns and new sounds

Minecraft Caves And Cliffs Update 1.18.30.26 Beta Image
Minecraft Caves And Cliffs Update 1.18.30.26 Beta Image (Image credit: Mojang Studios | Twitter)

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios enlists the help of the Minecraft community with testing upcoming features and changes to the game.
  • On Wednesday, Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta 1.18.30.26 and Minecraft Preview 1.18.30.27 were released to interested testers.
  • The new build includes features like the goat horn and copper goat horn, which enables players to produce various goat noises.
  • There's also a handful of other changes and improvements, including additional vanilla parity updates.

Exactly one week detached from the last Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta, Mojang Studios is releasing a fresh build for the Minecraft community to dissect and test. Donning the 1.18.30.26 version number for the Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta and the 1.18.30.27 version number for Minecraft Preview, the identical updates include new features and plenty of changes.

The beta follows the last release that added the allay mob from The Wild Update. On Wednesday, the newest build brings additional upcoming features like the goat horn, which produces a sound mimicking the goat it came from, and the copper goat horn, which can produce three different sounds depending on how players are positioned. Expected changes and quality-of-life improvements are also included in this release.

Minecraft maintains its spot on the list of best Xbox games through tireless iteration and improvement, and these betas are all a part of the process. While these betas are still technically contained within the current Caves and Cliffs Update, Mojang Studios is hard at work on The Wild Update, which arrives later in 2022 with new mobs, biomes, features, and more.

Despite having different version numbers, this build is identical across the Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta and Minecraft Preview. If you're interested in trying Minecraft Preview, it's now available to test on Xbox consoles, Windows PCs, and iOS devices.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta 1.18.30.26 / Minecraft Preview 1.18.30.27 includes:

Known issues

  • Older worlds that have not yet been opened in 1.18+ may experience issues with unexplored chunks below y=0 not generating correctly
    • We suggest that you make backup copies of your worlds, and avoid opening pre-1.18 worlds in this Beta / Preview build

Experimental features

Goat horn

  • Added additional Goat Horn sounds, which are random per goat
  • Added special sounds for Screaming Goat
  • Is always dropped when a Goat with at least one horn rams these blocks: Stone, Packed ice, Iron Ore, Copper Ore, Emerald Ore, or any kind of wood log from the Overworld
  • Can be crafted into Copper Horn using 3 Copper Ingots in a "v shape" with a Goat Horn in the middle
  • Goats have a small chance of spawning with only one horn (Baby Goats will always end up with two horns)

Copper horn

  • Added Copper Horn item, which is crafted using three Copper Ingots in a "v shape" with a Goat Horn in the middle
  • Can play three different sounds, by looking up, crouching, and everything else
  • Added special sounds for Copper Horns crafted from Goat Horns found from Screaming Goats

Pillager outpost

  • Added Goat Horn and Copper Horns as loot

Features & bug fixes

Gameplay

  • Fixed an issue where the hunger bar would not deplete on some Marketplace worlds
  • Fixed Bad Omen effect not being applied after defeating a Pillager Captain
  • Mob hurt and death sounds no longer overlap
  • Knockback resistance now dampens the vertical lift received from the Iron Golem attack
  • Save Structure Blocks now correctly detect Corner Structure Blocks at negative Y levels

Vanilla parity

  • Nether Brick, Iron / Gold Nuggets, Red / Brown Mushroom Blocks, and Chorus Plant / Flower Blocks can no longer be used as fuel in Furnaces
  • Camera now shakes the same way it does in Java Edition when the player receives damage

Mobs

  • Fixed an issue where some large mobs in Marketplace maps could get stuck

User interface

  • When using the new touch controls on mobile devices, the size of the thumbstick can now be adjusted with the Button Size slider in the settings screen
  • Fixed an issue in Pocket UI where items could be dropped unintentionally in blocks with custom UIs, and resized those screens to allow for dropping items on the sides instead
  • Improved contrast on multiple UI elements
  • Enabled the Behavior Packs tab in the new Create New World screen

Technical updates

Components

  • Fixed an issue in the Knockback goal where the incorrect owner was being passed into the filter evaluate function

General

  • Limited the number of elements in the crafting_tagsfield of the CraftingTableComponent to 64

Stability & performance

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading entities in a chunk that contained entities pre-1.18.30

GameTest framework

  • Added event leverActivate — fires when a lever is toggled
  • Added optional argument showParticles: bool = true to function addEffect
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