Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.2 secures Pre-Release 3 snapshot with fresh improvements

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

What you need to know

  • The next patch update for Minecraft: Java Edition is version 1.18.2, which will likely include dozens of changes and fixes.
  • The update is in the final stages of testing, with Mojang Studios releasing incremental pre-release snapshots.
  • Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.2 Pre-Release 3 is now available with a fresh batch of fixes, and little else on top of that.
  • The 1.18.2 patch update doesn't have a defined release date, yet, but it should be just around the corner.

Mojang Studios is in the process of finalizing the 1.18.2 patch update for Minecraft: Java Edition, an update including dozens of fixes, quality-of-life improvements, technical updates, and much more. Before the patch is officially released to all Java Edition players, Mojang is polishing it through pre-release snapshots.

On Wednesday, the studio released Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.2 Pre-Release 3, the latest snapshot for the Caves and Cliffs Update patch. This snapshot follows hot on the heels of the last pre-release snapshot with a small number of additional bug fixes and nothing else.

It takes a lot to be considered one of the best PC games ever made, but Minecraft comfortably secures that title. The upcoming 1.18.2 patch update should make the game even better than it already is.

In case you missed it, Mojang Studios also released the first Deep Dark experimental snapshot based on The Wild Update, which comes to Minecraft in 2022 with new biomes to explore, mobs to discover, and features with which to play. The first experimental snapshot specifically highlights the Deep Dark biome and terrifying Warden mob.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition 1.18.2 Pre-Release 3 includes:

Fixed bugs

  • Glow berries and glow lichen generation does not cause light updates across chunk borders
  • Can't double-click to join a realm
  • /locate command not working properly in Flat Worlds
  • The game output and server console are logged and spammed with "Creating a MIN function between two non-overlapping inputs" when joining or creating a world
  • Crash when opening singleplayer screen due to StackOverflowError in net.minecraft.nbt.CompoundTag$1.skip
  • The world freezes on superflat when using the locate command to find a pillager outpost
  • Explorer maps leading to custom structures can cause the server to hang
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