What you need to know
- Minecraft: Java Edition tests future updates through "slices" of updates called snapshots.
- The latest snapshot is 21w07a, which is rolling out today with some new features from the 'Caves and Cliffs Update.'
- Alongside changes to the recently updated cave generation, Minecraft is also introducing the new "grimstone" block.
- Players can take a look at the latest snapshot now and give Mojang Studios feedback on the changes and features.
Minecraft is rolling out a new snapshot today in the form of Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w07a. Last week's snapshot was already major and added the brand-new cave generation features being introduced in the upcoming Caves and Cliffs Update. Today, Mojang Studios is tweaking the cave generation while adding a brand-new deep-underground block called "grimstone."
The Caves and Cliffs Update is the next major update for Minecraft, and is expected to release sometime in Summer 2021. Minecraft is busy testing the update in its early stages through Minecraft: Bedrock Edition betas and Minecraft: Java Edition snapshots.
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The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w07a includes:
- Added Grimstone!
- Grimstone can be found in the deepest parts of the underground and is slightly tougher to mine than normal Stone
- Like Blackstone, Grimstone can be used to craft basic tools, furnaces and brewing stands
- You can craft the following blocks with this new stone type:
- Grimstone Slab
- Grimstone Stairs
- Grimstone Wall
- Polished Grimstone
- Polished Grimstone Slab
- Polished Grimstone Stairs
- Polished Grimstone Wall
- Grimstone Bricks
- Grimstone Brick Slab
- Grimstone Brick Stairs
- Grimstone Brick Wall
- Grimstone Tiles
- Grimstone Tile Slab
- Grimstone Tile Stairs
- Grimstone Tile Wall
- Chiselled Grimstone
- Tweaks and updates to world generation and ores
- Changes to the visuals of some ores and stone types
- Reordered Redstone Tab in Creative Inventory
- Tweaked huge caves to be more rare and decreased the chance that caves are filled with water
- Changed ore generation to match the new world height and to add more strategy to mining
- Tweaked size and positioning of diorite, andesite & granite generation
- Exception: Diorite and Granite and Dirt no longer generate below y = 0
- Strongholds are now mostly encased in stone
- Mineshaft corridors are now supported by log pillars below or chains above when needed
- Ores without unique shapes have been given new textures for accessibility reasons, so that each ore is distinguishable by shape alone
- Being the most iconic ore, Diamond Ore texture is staying the same to keep that classic feel maintained
- Blackstone, Polished Blackstone Bricks, and Cracked Polished Blackstone Bricks have had some minor touch-ups
- The Redstone Tab has been reordered to prioritize highly-used blocks
- Redstone items / blocks have been grouped and ordered in the following way:
- Unique activators
- Common activators
- Vines no longer randomly generate in jungles
- Amount of players who need to sleep to skip the night is calculated incorrectly
- Clicking on a bed immediately skips the night if gamerule
playersSleepingPercentageis set to 0
- Seagrass can occasionally replace parts of a swamp hut
- Crash after placing soul sand or magma under 2032 tall water
- Strongholds generate floating and without walls, floors, or ceilings when inside caves
- Bedrock can be exposed to the air at the very bottom of the new caves
- Beacon beam only render 256 blocks from source
- Powder snow bucket in a dispenser at y = 319 facing upwards or at y = -64 facing downwards is replaced with empty bucket, despite no powder snow being placed
- Large dripstones only generate as stalagmites below Y=0
Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
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