Minecraft: Java Edition's 'Nether Update' 20W28A snapshot improves custom world generation and more

Minecraft Nether Update Java Image
Minecraft Nether Update Java Image (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • To no surprise, Minecraft: Java Edition is getting a new snapshot, 20W28A.
  • The snapshot for 'the Nether Update' has lots of fixes, but also some neat changes.
  • Some of the biggest changes are for custom worlds, improving tools and allowing custom biomes.
  • The snapshot is available now, and could be part of a future update for 'the Nether Update.'

If you enjoy creating custom worlds for Minecraft, you'll be a big fan of the 20W28A snapshot for Minecraft: Java Edition, which continues adding fixes and improvements to the Nether Update. This snapshot has lots of little changes and tweaks, but the biggest ones apply to custom worlds, including the support of custom biomes! The notable changes in this snapshot include:

  • Brewing stands can now be crafted with blackstone
  • Villagers now emit green particles when joining a village, setting a home bed, or acquiring a job site / profession
  • Totems of Undying now give the fire resistance status effect for 40 seconds when activated
  • Tweaked bartering loot
  • Custom worlds now support custom biomes
  • Dedicated servers can now rate limit clients

There are more specific changes on top of these, as well as a decent list of bug fixes, so if you're interested you can check out the full changelog here. Otherwise, you can find out how to check this snapshot out here and try out the new changes made here.

Do you create custom worlds for Minecraft? Are you excited by this snapshot? Let us know in the comments below!

Zachary Boddy
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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.