Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta focuses on parity, bugs, and creator features for 'the Nether Update'

Minecraft Nether Update Java Image
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What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition has a beta program to test new features and changes before release.
  • The newest beta is, and it follows the previous 1.16.2 update that rolled out earlier this month.
  • This beta features quite a few smaller changes, focusing on parity, bug fixes, and creator features.
  • It's rolling out now for beta subscribers on Windows, Xbox, or Android devices.

Mojang Studios is rolling out another beta on top of the Nether Update that follows the previous 1.16.2 update from earlier this month. The new beta for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition features a surprisingly extensive changelog that ranges from parity changes to bug fixes to new features for creators. There are no new mobs, or anything of that sort, but it's still a solid release with lots of improvements.

The highlights from this beta include:


  • Brewing Stand can now be crafted with Blackstone
  • Players can now spawn farmland with the /give command and pick it with Pick Block
  • Cod and Salmon killed by fire damage now drop cooked fish

Performance & stability

  • Fixed a crash that occurred when entering a game with specific texture packs enabled
  • Adding tags to the Ender Dragon will no longer crash the game when reloading the world


  • Fence gates now align with Blackstone Walls
  • Placing blocks on Crimson Roots and Warped Roots will now properly remove the roots
  • Target blocks no longer power additional blocks above them
  • Cocoa Beans can now be placed on and survive on all jungle wood variants


  • Mobs in lava were not able to find a path out. This fix makes it so they can enter a lava block if they are already in lava
  • Pathfinding will now account for "minecraft:scale'" component
  • Updated BrewingStand, ButtonBlock, ChestBlock, EnderChestBlock, SlabBlock, and SoulSandBlockblock types to allow path-finding and navigation

As mentioned before, there are also lots of changes for creators, other bug fixes, and much more. If you're interested, be sure to check out the full changelog for the beta. Otherwise, check out our guide to joining the Minecraft beta to find out how you can test these early builds.



Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

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.