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Everything you need to know about Minecraft’s major Nether update

Striders and Netherite and Piglins, oh my!

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Today’s Minecraft update revisits the Nether, the spooky realm filled with lava, pig enemies, and terrifying fortresses. The Nether is now much more fleshed out and includes a new resource, Netherite, that’s even stronger than Diamond. Here are the biggest changes in today’s Nether update, and how they change the standard Minecraft experience.


Minecraft players love mining and crafting, and Netherite is a powerful material. Mine ancient debris in the Nether, combine Netherite scrap with Gold Ingots, and players will earn Netherite Ingots. They can then fuse the Ingots on their Diamond gear to create items that float in lava, last longer, and look neat.

New biomes and environments

If a player explores the overworld in Minecraft they’ll stumble on to different environments called biomes; jungles, deserts, badlands, swamps, forests, and icy tundra are common. Before the update, you could also explore the Nether using an Obsidian Portal, but it was just a big expanse of red rock — a single biome.

The traditional Nether environment that players are used to is still there as its own biome, which is now called the Nether Wastes. This Update also adds multiple new biomes to the Nether.

Minecraft - a player mines in a new Nether biome Image: Mojang / Microsoft Game Studios

Basalt Deltas

An area once scored by volcanic eruptions, this biome is full of white ash, magma cubes, and a new stone called Blackstone.

Bastion Remnants

The Nether’s version of civilization, these Blackstone ruins are full of Piglin and Hoglins. Bastion Remnants will spawn in all Nether biomes except the Basalt Deltas, and they act as the Nether equivalent of villages. Players can explore and loot these structures, which stops enemy spawns and allows the remnants to act as a base camp in a hostile world.

Crimson Forests

These fungal forests are full of big mushrooms and eerie lights. Players can farm Nether Wart and climb Weeping Vines in this overgrown biome, and the air is thick with spores. Players can mine glowing mushrooms known as Shroomlights with their hoe, and light up environments with these handy fungi.

Soulsand Valley

These open deserts are made of Soul Sand and Soul Soil, which look scary and slow players down. There are fossils, basalt pillars, and skeletons aplenty.

Warped Forests

The least dangerous Nether biome, these blue Warped Forests are full of all kinds of strange vegetation and fungi.

Minecraft - a player prepares for a battle in the Nether Image: Mojang / Microsoft Game Studios

New enemies and creatures

Zombie Piglins fill the Nether and attack players, but the new Nether update adds uncorrupted versions of these creatures, as well. The new Piglins are members of an aggressive civilization that live in Crimson Forests and Nether Wastes, and they will attack players who don’t prepare with the right armor, or who touch chests in the Piglins’ homes. They’ll also trade with players in exchange for Gold Ingots.

Meanwhile, Hoglins are big aggressive boys who live in the Crimson Forests and attack players with a big knockback effect. Piglins will occasionally hunt them for food. If a player brings the Hoglin into the normal world, they’ll turn into a terrifying new zombie enemy — a Zoglin!

Finally, players can saddle a new, passive Strider creature. A Strider’s long legs allow it to walk over oceans of lava, but it won’t move unless it can follow the scent of some tasty Warped Fungi on a Stick.

There’s a lot to uncover in the new Minecraft update, along with a bunch of quality of life features like better redstone wiring, villager AI updates, new enchants, and the ability to ignite TNT from afar with a burning projectile. Be sure to check out the full patch notes on the official Minecraft site for all of the details.

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