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Minecraft 1.19: everything that's been added in the Wild Update

Minecraft 1.19 the Wild Update - concept painting of Steve and Alyx in a boat holding a torch while rowing beneath tall mangrove tree roots in the swamp.
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Looking for more info around the Minecraft 1.19 update? The latest version of Minecraft sees us exploring new biomes, make friends with new mobs, and adds lots of blocks to the game. The Wild Update focuses on two kinds of wild: adventuring in the great outdoors and also delving into spookier times in the dark. In the new version of the swamp biome you'll discover towering Mangrove trees, and in the Deep Dark biome, there are fearsome Warden enemies and all sorts of scary stuff.

The Wild Update is here, and you can play it now! We've collected everything we know about Minecraft's new additions, including the new frog mob, the mangrove trees, and the Allay. Here’s everything we've learned about the Minecraft 1.19 Wild Update.

When did Minecraft 1.19 launch?

Minecraft 1.19 launched on June 7, 2022. We were expecting to wait for a release later in the year, but Mojang dropped the June date by surprise right at the end of May. The Wild Update is currently available on both Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft.

What’s new in 1.19?

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Here’s a quick look at what's new in the Wild Update:

Mobs

  • Warden: the huge, dangerous blind enemy in the Deep Dark biome
  • Frog: a new passive animal mob that likes eating slime
  • Tadpole: the baby form of a frog, found in the water
  • Allay: a passive helper mob that collects items for you

Biomes/Structures

  • Deep Dark: an underground biome full of sculk blocks where Wardens live
  • Ancient City: a structure found in the Deep Dark

Blocks

  • Mangrove log & stripped mangrove log
  • Mangrove wood & stripped mangrove wood
  • Mangrove roots & muddy mangrove roots
  • Mangrove items: boat, button, pressure plate, door, trapdoor, sign, slab, fence, fence gate, stairs
  • Mud and packed mud: wet dirt!
  • Mud bricks: made from packed mud
  • Mud brick blocks: Stairs, walls, slabs
  • Sculk: ground blocks found in the Deep Dark
  • Sculk catalyst: when a mob dies near it, the sculk spreads
  • Sculk shrieker: a block that can sense noise, and alerts Wardens of your presence
  • Froglight: created when a frog eats a small magma cube

Items

  • Mangrove propagule: The seed of a mangrove tree, found growing from its leaves
  • Goat horn: a horn with one of eight sounds created when a goat rams a tree
  • Music Disc 5: new tunes!
  • Boat with chest: for long gathering journeys

Minecraft 1.19 Mangrove Swamp Biome

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One of Minecraft’s oldest biomes has finally getting a new variant. The new Mangrove Swamp biome is full of towering mangrove trees, tons of mud blocks, and those new frog mobs too. 

Mangrove Trees

Minecraft has added a big, super neat new tree type to the game: the mangrove. They have vines that hang down from their leaves like swamp trees do currently, and also grow large, arching roots that you can walk and swim beneath. What’s particularly cool about mangroves is that they can be planted on land or in water. When they grow, they’ll have a base of twisty root blocks beneath their main mangrove wood trunks. Yup, that’s right, mangroves also have their own wood type.

Mud Blocks 

You’ll also notice that the ground in the mangrove swamp biome isn’t made up of dirt blocks. It’s actually covered in mud. You can create new Mud Blocks by dumping a water bottle on dirt. You can also put mud blocks on top of the new dripstone from the Dripstone Cave biome, which will dry out your mud block and turn it into clay. A renewable source of clay—neat! Now you’ll be able to farm your own instead of going diving in every single water source you stumble across. 

Minecraft 1.19 new mobs

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Frogs and tadpoles 

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Don’t hop on out of the mangrove swamps just yet! You’ll want to stop and meet the new frog mobs first. Unlike other mobs which have babies that look like smaller adults, frogs have actual tadpoles. Like axolotls, they can also be carried around in a bucket. That’ll be handy for transporting your budding little buddies to a new home.

Frogs come in three different variants: swamp, snowy, and tropical. They’ll grow up into an adult frog based on the biome they’re in when they mature. 

We also learned that frogs have a propensity to chomp both small Slimes and Magma Cubes, producing Slime Balls and the new Froglight item respectively. Froglights come in colors that match the frog that created them, and function similarly to Glowstone and Sea Lanterns as light-shedding decorations, while the Slime Balls are already used to make Leads and Sticky Pistons.

Tadpoles were also put on notice, as we found out axolotl's can chow down on them, while frogs won't have a specific predator if they survive that far.

Allay 

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The Allay is a helpful little mob that was chosen by Minecraft players during 2021's Minecraft live poll. It’s a very cute flying blue creature that loves collecting things. If you give it a particular item, it will grab similar ones nearby and bring them back to you. The Allay also loves music, so you can also use a Note Block to give it a different drop location for its items. They can be rescued from Pillager Outposts and Woodland Mansions.

Minecraft 1.19 Deep Dark biome and Wardens

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After originally being planned for the 1.18 update, Minecraft’s dangerous Warden mob has been delayed to the Wild Update in 2022. The Deep Dark biome we’d seen previously has been expanded further also. Mojang did a serious dive into the Deep Dark biome this year and it’s looking much scarier than before.

What makes the Deep Dark so much spookier now is the Sculk Shrieker blocks which will emit a screech when activated and put a darkness effect on the nearby area. You’ll need to get away from that Sculk Shrieker quickly and quietly because that loud noise will likely attract a Warden. 

As we’d already seen, the Warden mobs are very, very dangerous and will hunt down players by sound. The Shrieker’s pulsing darkness effect makes the stomping of the giant Warden sound like something out of a horror game. In the new video of the Warden we actually see one tunnel out of the ground through some sculk blocks, which is extremely frightening.

Also new in the Deep Dark are the big ancient city structures that you can find down in the dark. Mojang has hinted that there’s a structure at the center of every ancient city that may have its own secrets. You’ll also want to pay attention to the Sculk Catalysts. When an enemy dies near one, it will convert nearby blocks on the ground to Sculk Blocks, which you can mine to gather experience. 

Lauren Morton
Associate Editor

Lauren started writing for PC Gamer as a freelancer in 2017 while chasing the Dark Souls fashion police and accepted her role as Associate Editor and Chief Minecraft Liker in 2021. She originally started her career in game development and is still fascinated by how games tick in the modding and speedrunning scenes. She likes long books, longer RPGs, multiplayer cryptids, and can't stop playing co-op crafting games.

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