Minecraft the Aquatic Update logoFinally, the long-awaited update is here, after a record of 10 pre-releases, nearly a year of development and over a year of waiting since 1.12! Minecraft version 1.13, known as the Aquatic Update, is here, available for Minecraft: Java Edition as of the release day, 18th July! Time for me to get back into survival, and get out my fishing rod, buckets and the mighty trident. As they say, gotta go with the tide!

What new things does the update bring? (A lot!)

After 10 pre-releases and 42 snapshots, it’s one big update; Considering that it was originally supposed to be spread over 2 versions – 1.13 being Technically Updated, and 1.14 being the Update Aquatic (both names pretty self-explanatory!) But of course, in the end, we got one ginormous chunk of an update: the version 1.13 as we know it! Which merges the updates, adding a bit of technicalities and plenty of ocean features to Minecraft! So what had exactly changed? And what additions were put in place? Let’s do a quick overview – There are too many features to say them all, but for more info, you can check out this handy article by Mojang staff, or for a more technical, in-depth overview go on the Official Minecraft wiki!

There’s a whole new ocean of features, impatiently waiting for you to dive in! Take a delightful swim with dolphins and tropical fish. Explore mysterious ruins and tragic shipwrecks while hunting for new deep-sea treasures. Meet turtles on the shore and defend their eggs from mobs with the new trident!

You just read a great compact overview of the update from the handy article linked above! But the list of features is much, much longer than that, especially if you go into the small technical bits. But don’t worry!

I’ve prepared a quick(ish) overview of the major changes and additions…
  • Minecraft’s seabed was at last livened up with many (colourful!) additions! Including many types of fish, dolphins, coral and seaweed. Underwater ravines and caves, as well as underwater ruins and shipwrecks with treasure. While turtles inhabit the shores; They might possibly be guarding the new buried treasure chests hidden under beaches! Some of the things mentioned here can be seen in the post thumbnail.
  • Water physics got an upgrade, with water now being able to flow through half-solid blocks. For example, trapdoors, slabs, fences… even grass and stairs! Or something like that anyway. As Jeb explained it “if you have a fence and you put water on it, that’s gonna be a water source block, but water itself won’t flow through fences […] because that would break a lot of contraptions that people make using trapdoors and such.” Hmm, I’m still a bit worried about the mob grinders of older Minecraft that use water as their main component… I’ll have to experiment on that!
Ok, this is already longer than I thought. But at least detailed, right?
  • The world as we know it had a few changes too, hopefully for the better! Multiple ocean biomes were Stone brick underwater ruinsadded. A few from the list are the warm, lukewarm and frozen oceans! The End was divided into new biomes too. New structures include icebergs, as well as the previously mentioned shipwrecks and underwater ruins, caves and ravines. Sounds like a new milestone for keen miners and explorers! You’ll be rewarded with magma blocks which are now found in ravines. They should be easy enough to find as they give off bubble columns! And don’t forget those treasure chests, corals and more.
  • But hold up! Before you go off to explore, take caution (apart from the obvious trying not to drown!) Minecraft’s hostile mobs will now sink and drown if in water for too long – but this isn’t as good as it seems. Because prepare yourself for the Drowned! It’s created in 2 ways. Firstly, when a zombie drowns; Or it can naturally generate in the darker parts of the oceans; And will continue the Zombie’s mission underwater, and make your life as miserable as it can even in the seemingly perfect underwater world.
Still not finished, heh. Reading on…
  • The Phantom, or Monster of the Night Sky, is finally here too! It’s the first Phantom aka Monster of the Night Skies mobproper flying mob in Minecraft – at least in the Overworld, as I don’t know about the Ender Dragon! And will attack players who haven’t slept for days. So you better watch your back if a bed is not your best friend yet!
  • The Trident was added. You can use it as a melee or throwable ranged weapon, and you can also enchanted with the new enhancements.
  • You can now mark maps with… well, markers! Done by holding a map and right clicking a banner in the place where you want the marker.

Other additions of the Update Aquatic are new potions, effects and (trident) enchantments, varieties of wood; Including the now craftable all sided wood block, stripped wood, and variants of all types of woods for pressure plates, trapdoors and buttons. Prismite stairs and slabs, some texture changes, new items and drops (from mobs). A new “Buffet” world type, allowing for worlds with a unique biome (more info & updates on it are said to come soon). You can also eat the new fish types raw or cooked. Did you know that you can put fish in buckets as well..? Might make fishing easier for once!

And that’s all for the long, “quick” overview!

Thanks for reading; I hope you learned something! The Update Aquatic is really one update to remember. And not just for its size or number of pre-releases, but obviously it’s features. The seabed changes will be a big part of Minecraft for versions to come, and the little big things like a new mob or biome will change the game forever to some extent, and hopefully for the better! I think so anyway.

EDIT: But there’s a catch! Or maybe not – I just forgot to add something! It’s worth mentioning that the update is so big that it was actually spread out over 2 phases! But don’t worry, as both are now out, and all is good as ever. There was the Java Edition release, but phase 2 includes a bit of ocean fun for other devices too! So don’t worry if you prefer to play on Xbox, Windows 10, VR, mobile or whatever else floats your boat! Oh, and the Mojang staff are already working on releasing Minecraft 1.13.1, as announced on the 25th! They’re some quick workers – must have been bribed with a deadbush..!

As always, you can say what you think in the comments. Did I miss something major? Or said something wrong? Or maybe you just want to share your story of how once upon a time you nearly drowned in a lake (in Minecraft, of course!)? Well, I’m not the one to judge. For more information on the update, you can also go to its official page on minecraft.net. It contains helpful stuff such as how to get the update, links to even more useful posts, and funky pictures of dolphins, turtles and more..!

Image credits: logo&thumbnail/minecraft.net, top&bottom/minecraft.gamepedia.com

Minecraft 1.13 – Update Aquatic is here!
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