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Minecraft Dungeons for Xbox and PC announces its next DLC, 'Flames of the Nether,' and free update coming February 24

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What you need to know

  • Minecraft Dungeons is a co-op focused ARPG spin-off of Minecraft from Mojang Studios.
  • The game continually adds more content through DLC expansions, with three already out.
  • The fourth expansion will be the biggest yet and takes Minecraft Dungeons to the Nether alongside a free update.
  • Six new missions, new gear, enemies, pets, cosmetics, end-game content, vendors, and more are all here.

Minecraft Dungeons is starting the week with a huge announcement: the next Minecraft Dungeons DLC is Flames of the Nether, and it's coming this month alongside a massive free update. After tons of speculation, teases from the Minecraft Dungeons team, and sneak peeks at Minecraft Live, it's finally official. Minecraft Dungeons is heading to the Nether. The Flames of the Nether DLC launches for Minecraft Dungeons on February 24, 2021.

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Flames of the Nether will include a ton of new content for Minecraft Dungeons and should be the biggest DLC we've seen yet. This means six new missions, instead of the usual three, featuring biomes from Minecraft's the Nether Update, weapons, artifacts, gear, mobs, cosmetic skins, and the Baby Ghast cosmetic pet.

However, there will also be an equally ambitious free update launching alongside Flames of the Nether that adds Ancient Hunts, which are procedurally-generated end-game missions. These missions offer nearly infinite replayability for players in exchange for some of the most powerful gear and equipment in the game. You can also earn Gold from Ancient Hunts, which can be used at the new Piglin Merchant that will set up shop in Camp. Finally, Apocalypse Plus mode will be getting some new changes and additions.

You'll probably be able to buy Flames of the Nether by itself, but it'll also be included in the already-available Season Pass, which includes the Howling Peaks DLC, Flames of the Nether DLC, and the next two DLCs after that, which will likely go underwater and to the End.

We've been waiting for Minecraft Dungeons to go to the Nether ever since we found the remnants of a Nether Portal hidden in the Camp, and one of the biggest things Minecraft Dungeons was missing in comparison to other popular ARPG titles was the existence of true end-game content. Flames of the Nether should fix both of these problems. Fortunately, we truly don't have long to wait, as Flames of the Nether and its free update hit Xbox, PC, Switch, and PlayStation on February 24, 2021.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.