Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta brings more parity changes to 'the Nether Update'

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What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is getting a new beta update, this time
  • The newest beta for Minecraft focuses almost entirely on parity changes between Bedrock and Java Editions.
  • This brings all versions of Minecraft on the Nether Update closer together than ever before.
  • There's also a handful of bug fixes and other improvements, like usual.

Minecraft releases new betas pretty regularly, and this week isn't any different. We now have the update, this one focusing a lot more on parity changes than previous betas. This aims to bring the various editions of Minecraft closer together, so that there are less differences between Bedrock and Java Editions of Mojang Studios' ultra-popular survival game. Like usual, there's also some other general improvements included in this beta, but they aren't the focus.

The changes in this beta include:

Performance and stability

  • Fixed issue where the game could crash if player joined the game in a sleeping state
  • Fixed a bug which would cause a crash after killing an Elder Guardian or Guardian
  • Fixed a crash that could sometimes occur when using fireworks to propel elytra

Vanilla parity

  • It's now possible to place chains so that they are aligned horizontally
  • Floor and ceiling surface generation now correctly match Java
    • Soul Sand Valleys now have ceilings covered with Soul Soil and Soul Sand
    • Basalt Deltas now have Basalt ceilings
  • Striders with riders can now be tempted
  • Piglins now drop their inventory when "zombified"
  • Piglin Brutes now give 20 XP instead of 10 when killed by player
  • Allow Piglin to preserve equipment when zombified
  • Lanterns can now be placed underwater and do not pop when a water source block is placed on them
  • The Piglin in Bedrock will now offer similar bartering items as it does in Java
  • Soul Fire now doesn't melt snow or ice blocks
  • Soul Campfires now does twice as much damage as regular campfires
  • Zombified Piglin is no longer floating above the strider while riding
  • Warped Fungus can now grow in Crimson Forest on Bedrock
  • Piglins can no longer drop Nether Brick Blocks after bartering on Bedrock
  • Baby Zoglin and Baby Hoglin now have drops after being killed by the Player
  • Wither Skeletons now automatically attack Piglins and Piglin Brutes
  • Hoglins will now flee from Respawn Anchors
  • Iron Golems now attack Hoglins on Bedrock
  • Zoglins now take damage from Healing effect and heal from Harming effect
  • If Ruined Portal chests contain glistening melon slices they no longer contain only a single melon slice
  • Zombified Piglins that are jockeys on Striders now hold a Warped Fungus on a Stick
  • Piglin Brutes no longer have enchanted Golden Axes to have parity with Java
  • Nether Sprouts can be used in the Composter again
  • Soul Speed Enchant found in chests is now limited to Bastion Remnant chests
  • Netherite armour items no longer takes durability loss from player standing on magma
  • Soul Campfires now drop Soul Soil instead of Charcoal when mined
  • Strider health is now on parity with the Java version
  • Piglins can now equip Shields, Elytra, Turtle Shells, and various Mob Heads
  • Piglin Brutes no longer become angry from specific blocks being broken, they still always attack a player on sight though
  • Zombified baby piglins now correctly display items held in their hands
  • Quick crafting Piston will now work with Warped planks and Crimson planks
  • Baby Hoglins now deal appropriate damage
  • Piglins now spawn naturally in Nether Wastes on Peaceful difficulty


  • Updated Splash texts and loading screen tips
  • Added screen reader support to gamepad helpers on main menu
  • Corrected map color representation for multiple blocks
  • Nether and Warped wart blocks are no longer in an unfolding section in the creative menu
  • Totem of Undying now applies the correct effects upon dying
  • Loading screen hints now have punctuation


  • Mobs can no longer power Minecarts they stand in
  • Fixed a bug where the player and mobs wouldn't take damage when walking through sweet berry bushes
  • Slimes can climb ladders again
  • Fixed bug where ladders were not displayed in special cases when placed next to each other
  • Killing mobs that have armour equipped with ranged weapons now result in armour loot
  • Compass with custom name retains its name when linked to a Lodestone
  • Lodestone Compasses can now be enchanted with the Curse of Vanishing using an Anvil
  • Compasses with Curse of Vanishing now retain their enchantment when linked to a Lodestone
  • Slimes now spawn in slime chunks inside frozen biomes
  • Iron pickaxe can now be dropped during raids
  • Brown and Red Mushrooms can now be grown into huge mushrooms on Nylium
  • Crimson and warped fungus can now be placed on Mycelium


  • Striders now have a separate texture mapping for each leg, and their leg textures are properly mirrored
  • Created an updated biomes_client.json file for 1.16.100 that links each biome to a fog definition identifier
  • Created /fog command for managing active fog settings for players; these fog settings override fog driven from the client such as biome location of player camera
  • Created a json file for each fog definition which contains the new "fog_start", "fog_end", "fog_color", and "render_distance_type" settings for parity with previous data and hardcoded values
  • Added child object "volumetric" which contains "density" and "media_coefficients" objects. These hold the data values used for the volumetric fog
  • This beta includes Render Dragon on W10
  • This beta includes OpenXR for W10 VR
    • While we are in the process of reworking the VR part of the codebase to work with RenderDragon, there will be optimizations that have not yet been ported to the new rendering system. Until we have finished, you may encounter performance differences in various gameplay scenarios, but we are excited to make this transition and bring you even more improvements in the future
    • For W10 VR, the input work is still in progress, including for mouse input
    • Oculus players may experience issues with suspending and resuming the game

If you're interested, you can find out how to enroll in the Minecraft betas, or you can simply be content knowing that all of these improvements will eventually find their way to the public release of Minecraft in the future. Keep in mind, these betas are still underneath the Nether Update banner, and do not include any work for the possible future update, the Mountain Update.



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.