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
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.