Minecraft's Discovery Update will bring loads of new stuff to Pocket, Windows 10 Editions

The folks at Mojang have taken the wraps off of the next big update to Minecraft Pocket and Windows 10 Editions, titled the Discovery Update. That name is no coincidence either; there's a strong emphasis on exploration in what's been revealed about the update so far.

If doing a little Indiana Jones-style roleplay is up your alley, the Discovery Update will have a new woodland mansion to explore where you can hunt down treasure. The update will also pack some new enchantments, including Frostwalking and Mending, which let you walk on water and keep your weapons sharp, respectively. Oh, and the highlight? There are llamas. Yes, llamas.

Here's a closers look at some of what's coming in the Discovery Update:

  • Adventure in Woodland Mansions: Trade with the new Cartographer villager to get treasure maps, follow the map, and journey to the woodland mansion. Battle Illagers – the villagers gone bad – to claim fantastic treasure.
  • Exploration: Beef up your storage with Shulker Boxes, Encounter Llamas (!!!) (OMG) (SERIOUSLY OMG) in the wild and make llama trains, Dyeable Beds, Smelt ingots to reclaim materials from tools, build colorful structures with Glazed Terracotta or Concrete blocks, and enchant your equipment with Frostwalking or Mending.
  • Add-Ons: Movement will become data-driven, meaning you'll be able to create remixed movement properties in your Add-Ons.
  • And adding a third gameplay mode, Adventure Mode, for folks who like to make custom games and scenarios.

The Discovery Update will pack version number 1.1, which is the first big update since The End update landed in December. There's no word yet on when 1.1 will land, but it's already in testing for Android players in the beta. Mojang says it'll have more to show off concerning the Discovery Update as we draw closer to release.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Pretty fast! Feels like yesterday we got the Windows 10 Mobile/End update.
  • Well, I can say that updates to pocket etc. are still very far behind. I mean, on PC we're getting parrots now with the latest preview. But they are catching up with pocket ed., and will probably be very close to PC in the future.
  • I gotta admit Microsoft was probably the best thing that could have happened to Minecraft when it comes to Pocket Edition
  • When will windows 10 mobile support an Xbox one controller so I can play this on the go without the clunky touch screen controls?
  • Minecraft 1.0.5 on my Lumia 950 shows controller support. I don't have a bluetooth xbox controller, so I can't test it, but it looks like the software is there.
  • I tried plugging in my controller using a micro USB and a usb a to usb c connector and it didn't recognize it in game even though the controller buzzed when it plugged in
  • Controllers are already supported.  It has been since the pocket edition on windows mobile was replaced with the UWP version and added achivements support.   I used the Xbox One bluetooth controler on my 950 XL to re-earn all the achivements on the win 10 mobile version when it came out last month.  
  • win key + F  let them know you want it :D 
  • I don't think a wired controller will ever be supported when most people would prefer to use bluetooth.
  • i was going to say that looks like chipster70's manson on the windows central realm. now i know where he got the inspiration :D