Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.1 Release Candidate 1 includes final fixes for upcoming patch update

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Update Image
Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Update Image (Image credit: Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two was recently released with a ton of new features and changes for players to explore.
  • Since then, Mojang Studios has been developing and testing the 1.18.1 patch update for Minecraft: Java Edition players.
  • On Tuesday, the studio released the 1.18.1 Release Candidate 1 snapshot, which may be the build released to the public if no issues are found.
  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition players have already received their 1.18.1 patch update equivalent, which also includes bug fixes and tweaks.

Mojang Studios may have finished and released 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two to the world, thereby completing the Caves and Cliffs Update, but the work isn't done yet. On Tuesday, Mojang Studios released Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.1 Release Candidate 1 to testers everywhere, a snapshot that includes a couple of additional fixes for the upcoming 1.18.1 patch update.

As long as no additional critical issues are discovered in the patch update, this is the build that will be released to all Minecraft: Java Edition players in the near future. Minecraft: Bedrock Edition also got a 1.18.1 patch update, which rolled out to different platforms gradually. When Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.1 arrives, it will feature primarily quality-of-life improvements and fixes, with no new features or content in sight.

Minecraft is one of the greatest games ever made, and holds on to its title as one of the best PC games by continually evolving with new features and content. The Wild Update, releasing sometime during 2022, will update Minecraft's Overworld with new mobs, blocks, and more.

In case you missed it, here are all the changes and additions in 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.1 Release Candidate 1 includes:

Fixed bugs

  • Bees inside of beehives / nests sometimes despawn when the world is reloaded
  • Random nonfatal exceptions in console: Failed to store chunk ConcurrentModificationException
  • Entity fog doesn't match the fog of blocks around them
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