Minecraft 1.10 Officially Released!

Minecraft's 1.10 Update has been released! Let's talk about it!

Minecraft’s newest update has officially been released! With plenty of hype surrounding the various concepts that have been leaked on social media by staff of Mojang, we can assure you that we’ve all been getting excited. This major update has brung us a brand new mob (and two variants of old mobs), a new way to save specific builds, and much more. In this article, we will be discussing the various changes brought in the 1.10 Minecraft update! Let’s get started!


https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/718368993015414784. Jens Bergensten / Mojang

Minecraft’s arsenal of mobs within the game has been growing from the very beginning. From Creepers, to Skeletons, to Wolves, Enderman and much more, we’ve noticed these mobs are getting more and more complex. Whether features be added or removed from mobs or we get a new mob entirely, the addition to these various characters goes a long way in terms of bringing more diversity to Minecraft’s portfolio of creatures.

If you’re a fan of the world’s Arctic animals, Minecraft has officially added an astounding new mob! Polar Bears have finally been brought into the video game for your enjoyment and for more assortment in terms of mob interaction. These mobs can be neutral, passive, or hostile. If a player attacks a Polar Bear, the attacked animal will respond with an attack towards the player. In Peaceful, the Polar Bear will attack the player and deal no damage. In Easy, it will deal four points of damage, Normal will deal six points of damage, and Hard will deal nine points of damage. If a player kills a Polar Bear, the animal will drop either Raw Fish or Raw Salmon. The Polar Bear and its cub variant can be found in the Ice Plains, Ice Spikes, and Ice Mountains biomes.

If you’ve ever thought that the old mobs in the game could use an override, look no further! Skeletons and Zombies have officially been upgraded (well, some of them)! In Ice Plains, Ice Plains Spikes, and Ice Mountains, Skeletons have an eight out of ten chance of spawning as a “Stray”. These Strays will shoot Slowness tipped arrows, causing any target that is hit to deal with the effects for 30 seconds. When a Stray is killed, this mob will drop the normal drops for a Skeleton and has a 50% chance to drop its famed Slowness tipped arrow.

In the Desert and Desert Hill biomes, Zombies have an 80% chance of spawning as a “Husk”. While they may seem like normal Zombies at first, Husks have plenty of strange abilities that set them apart from the rest. Husks, unlike Zombies, will not burn in direct sunlight. If a Husk attacks a player, the player will be given a hunger effect. These mobs can spawn as a Chicken Jockey, like their normal Zombie counterpart, but can not spawn as a Villager version of themselves.


Occasionally, Mojang will add new structures to their video game that can be randomly spawned within the world. At times, these structures can be altered to add new, exciting bits of fun to what may have originally been somewhat bland. Minecraft’s ability to change and manipulate what you know and expect will certainly send you on a wild ride when observing these creations be formed right before your very eyes.

If you’re a fan of Minecraft’s mushroom biome, you’ll definitely love the extremely tall Huge Mushrooms within! As many players are aware, Huge Mushrooms may spawn throughout the world, becoming structures that players may tear apart to harvest many (or to build upon if they are creative enough). What players may not be aware of though is that tall Huge Mushrooms are a thing! These specific Tall Mushrooms have a 8.3% chance of spawning twice as tall as they normally would. While they have no other specific traits that make them stand out from normal Huge Mushrooms other than their height, they are a definitely a sight!

If you look and dig hard enough, you may find yourself looking into the face of a large, unknown monster (or its ribcage, either one). In our wonderful world of Minecraft, players may run into what appears to be Fossils! While we have no names of what these Fossils are specifically, we can only hope that these Fossils will be revisited in a future update. These various Fossils can be found in Desert and Swamp biomes (including the biome’s Hills and M counterparts). Each Fossil should be created entirely out of Bone Blocks, as to be expected. In rare cases, Fossils may have Coal Ore randomly placed where a Bone Block should be.

New Blocks

As per usual, new blocks tend to get added within the various updates that come to our favorite game. In this update, we’ve gained plenty of new additions to the arsenal that is known as Minecraft blocks.

Have you ever wanted to copy a schematic from one location and put it in another? If you’ve never wanted to do this, you may want to now! With the addition of Structure Blocks into the world of Minecraft, players are now officially able to copy schematics from one location and can paste them into others. Usually, this type of ability is only gained when players use an outside source like a mod or something along those lines.

“It’s a block for map makers, similar to the Command Blocks, but this one can save a structure that you can build in the world, for example a house, and save it. It is then possible to place it in the world multiple times. So, it’s basically saving templates and then copying them back into the world at any position. The nice feature is that every structure can be rotated or mirrored when it’s placed,” stated Minecraft’s developer Searge when speaking about the Structure Blocks.

As mentioned previously in the “Structures” section, Fossils are created out of Minecraft’s new material Bone Blocks. These blocks can be found within a Fossil, or can be crafted by filling the Crafting Table’s three by three crafting interface with Bone Meal. Players are able to then place their Bone Blocks into the crafting interface once again to receive nine Bone Meal. This allows for better storage of Bone Meal for farming and its various other uses.

If you’re a fan of the Nether, you will fall in love with these new blocks pertaining to that specific realm within Minecraft. Three new blocks have been found that have relation to the Nether. These blocks are the Magma Block, the Nether Wart Block, and the Red Nether Brick Block. The Red Nether Brick Block is purely a variant on the Nether Brick Block that can be created by using two Nether Bricks and Nether Warts in a Crafting Recipe. Using a two by two crafting space within the Crafting GUI, place a Nether Wart in the top left/bottom right corners, while also placing a Nether Brick in the bottom left/top right corners. Using this crafting recipe, players will find themselves with a much brighter version of a once extremely dark block.

Minecraft’s new Nether Wart Block has also been added into the game as of this update. This block serves no purpose, other than being purely decorative. To craft this new block, players must use nine Nether Wart in a Crafting Recipe in a three by three space. Surprisingly, if a player puts this block into his Crafting GUI in an attempt to regain his nine Nether Warts, they will fail. Only craft this block if you are for sure you will not need the Nether Warts you are putting into it, as you will not be getting them back.

This new block is hot! If you’ve ever wanted a solidified version of Minecraft’s Lava, you’re in luck. Magma Blocks are Mojang’s answer to the childhood pastime “the floor is hot lava”. Rather than sinking into Magma Blocks as if they were a fluid block (like Water or Lava), Magma Blocks can be stood on. Jeb has came out and warned about this new block on his personal Twitter saying, “Don’t step on it!”, however. Any living entity (besides Shulkers) that stands on top of said block, will lose half of one heart for every tick they stand.

Magma Blocks behave very strangely, at times. When water is placed on top of the Magma Block, it will instantly evaporate. Another strange thing to note about Magma Blocks are how they receive and retain light. If a Magma Block is placed near a torch, it will immediately retain and emit the light level that is within it’s vicinity. If the torch is broken, the Magma Block will emit the level of light it has absorbed (whatever the torch’s level of light was when it was near the block).

In Conclusion

Minecraft’s 1.10 update has definitely brought many new features that can be used in plenty of new ways. Players are for sure to find plenty of uses for things such as the Structure Blocks, the Magma Blocks, and much more. As new mobs, structures, blocks, and features are added to our game, us as a community of players will begin to understand a plethora of untouched concepts and ideas. Time and time again, the Minecraft community has found new ways to innovate what we’ve once thought has already been innovated to the extent in which it could be.

With Minecon coming up in the next few months, we can only assume bigger and better things in the next update! Until then, we must work with we currently have. 2016 has definitely been the largest year in terms of Minecraft’s creative side, so I doubt Mojang would leave us hanging at Minecon without something new by time for the convention.

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