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Surprise beta for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition adds a new mob for 'the Nether Update'

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

What you need to know

  • The Nether Update officially released for Minecraft this Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
  • In a surprise move, Mojang Studios is releasing another beta for the Nether Update on the Bedrock Edition.
  • The beta comes with more fixes, but also adds a brand new mob to the Nether, the piglin brute.
  • The new mob should also come to the Java Edition in the future.

Source: Mojang Studios (Image credit: Source: Mojang Studios)

Well isn't this a surprise? Just two days after the Nether Update is officially released, Mojang Studios is releasing another new beta for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition. This by itself wouldn't be that much of a surprise, since Mojang Studios will be working on implementing new fixes and needs feedback before pushing those updates out to the public. What is shocking is that there's a completely new mob included in today's 1.16.20.50 beta update: the piglin brutes!

Related: Your one and only cheat sheet to the Nether Update

According to the official changelog:

  • Piglin Brutes are stronger versions of Piglins that live in bastion remnants and protect the treasures there
  • Unlike their cowardly and greedy counterparts, the Piglin Brutes cannot be distracted by gold and aren't afraid of anything
  • Piglin Brutes attack players on sight, no matter how the player is dressed
  • Piglin Brutes wield axes and don't need any armor, because they're just that tough!

According to Mojang Studios, the piglin brute will also be added to the Java Edition in the future, but for now only those enrolled in the Bedrock Edition beta get a chance at checking out this new aggressive mob. If you're interested, you can find the full changelog here, including all of the fixes that Mojang Studios is including. Of course, the real headliner here is the piglin brute, which looks to make bastion remnants much more interesting to conquer.

Are you surprised by this random addition? What do you think of the piglin brute? Let us know in the comments below!

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.