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Minecraft Beta 1.9 Pre-Release Review | NPC Villagers, Snow Golems and More

Updated on September 22, 2011

Well the Minecraft 1.9 Pre-Release is out and much sooner than any of us (ie, me) expected. It's an exciting release, with the most notable addition being NPC villagers in the game. Let's start with them and move onto the other interesting additions like snow golems, new marsh biomes, lily pads, and netherblocks later on.

 A minecraft 1.9 NPC villager.
A minecraft 1.9 NPC villager.

Minecraft 1.9 NPC Villagers

I'm not sure what I expected of NPC villagers. I thought they'd probably look much like Minecraft Steve and the NPC villagers that one finds in the popular Millenaire mod. As it is, they look more like elephant men, with weird nasal structures that descend ponderously towards their chests. They wear brown robes (although occasionally you'll come across one with a black vest, who could very well be the mayor) and wander around with their hands clasped together constantly, like monks. Attacking them elicits no aggressive response. They'll simply allow you to beat on them until they fall over and despawn.

How To Spawn In A Minecraft NPC Village

If you want to spawn in the middle of an NPC village, you can use the seed 'gimmeabreak'. You will then spawn under the strange and seemingly dissaproving gaze of a NPC Villagers.

Lag in Minecraft 1.9

Yes, it's laggier than ever before.This is what you get for being an early adopter.

A minecraft snowman/ snow golem.
A minecraft snowman/ snow golem.

How To Make A Minecraft Snow Golem

You can make a Minecraft snow golem (snowman) by placing two snow blocks on the ground and putting a pumpkin on top. The moment you place the pumpkin, the snow golem will grow stick arms and come to life. Snow golems are known for their playful nature, so expect the odd snowball to be tossed. If you build your snow golem in a hot clime (like the desert) it will not spread snow as it walks. I had heard reports that they would melt in warm conditions, but I haven't seen any evidence of that happening yet in the pre-release.

New and improved lilypads!
New and improved lilypads!

Marsh Biomes

These biomes (which are new to me at least) with their deep green grass and dark trees and vines, not to mention lily pads, are an interesting addition to the Minecraft landscape. The water has a greenish, unhealthy glow to it and the lily pads don't appear to be of any use to anyone. Like vines, you can walk through them and destroying them drops nothing.

Fire proof nether fences demonstrating their skills.
Fire proof nether fences demonstrating their skills.

Netherblocks and Nether Fences

A new building block, the netherblock has been added. There are also netherblock fences, which, unlike wooden fences, do not burn. This is a pretty handy trait. Nether fences will not join up with wood fences.

Lava and water leak through stone floors and down walls.
Lava and water leak through stone floors and down walls.

Leaking Water / Leaking Lava

Water and lava now leak through blocks placed below them. This means you can now check your tunnels for signs of impending floods whilst mining deep beneath the ground in dangerous territory.

Mushroom Biome

You'll spot a Mushroom Biome right away. It's the purple grass that gives it away.

Mooshroom Cows

Found only in mushroom biomes, mushroom infected cows known as 'Mooshrooms' can be 'sheared' for mushrooms. Possibly the strangest of all the additions to this latest minecraft update.

A nether blazeman and a new nether bridge, automatically generated by the world itself.
A nether blazeman and a new nether bridge, automatically generated by the world itself.

Minecraft 1.9 Nether Mobs and Items

Blazeman: Fire elemental nether mob, similar to ghasts. 

Magma Cube: A nether version of the slime. Magma cubes bounce around and if hit, can split into many small versions of themselves.

Netherwarts: Your very first farmable Nether food!

There are also new complex structures built in the nether for you to explore, these can be massive, so bring plenty of warts to eat on your journey!


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      Maria 2 years ago

      So my boyfriend and I are plnnaing in going shopping together on Black Friday together. I plan on getting all my Christmas shopping done that day but I don't know what to get my boyfriend. He's a raiders fan and I got him a raiders SnapBack a while ago. I was thinking about getting him a raiders letterman jacket but I don't know if that will be doing to much. Should I get him the jacket or something else?

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      Hind 2 years ago

      Could you plz put one up for the pocket ediiotn? Thnx in advance (shop)!Advance shop... get it? Like from the GBC versions? Ahhhh, I explained it and now it's not that funny. =[

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      Ben 6 years ago

      Awesome! I will get it when the mods have developed its new features.