Llamas and more coming to Minecraft in the Exploration Update

Remember when Minecraft was still in beta and the unofficial “end game” was finding diamond? Yeah it’s definitely not that anymore, and the upcoming Exploration update brings it even further from that.


Coming soon

The new update features some changes that have been outlined in a sort of unofficial change log on the Mojang site:

  • Added cursed enchantments
  • Added the Observer block
  • Added escape portals in The End
  • Added the Shulker Shell and Shulker Box
  • Added exploration maps
  • Added the Woodland Mansion
  • Added Illagers, and the Vex
  • Added Llamas
  • New command: /locate
  • Removed Herobrine

Among your villager friends, you will now find the Cartographer residing in the library. Spend your hard-earned emeralds to obtain maps leading you to adventurous locations such as the Ocean Monument and the new Woodland Mansion.

This procedurally generated dungeon is the home of the villager’s outcast cousins, the Illagers. This insidious and spooky crowd will not tolerate any trespassers in their home, so you should expect a fight when you venture there for the mansion’s treasure.

The Exploration Update also brings the Shulker Box, an inventory-expanding chest originating from The End itself. This box’s primary property is to keep items inside of itself even when the box is knocked down. This behavior is something that contraption tinkerers should find useful as well, as it enables large amounts of items to be transported in a predictable manner.

Speaking of transporting items, Minecraft now hosts llamas! The llamas live in the mountains and can be equipped with chests to carry items for you. Well-mannered as they are, they will also politely form caravans whenever you lead one in your travels.

Yeah Minecraft has certainly changed.

This newest update focuses mainly on Survival mode, and getting player really out and adventuring (hence the title) in whatever world the game has created for them.

There is no release date as of now, but expect it sometime soon.

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