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Minecraft 1.20 – New Blocks!

Posted: Mar 29, 2023 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


Minecraft, the popular sandbox video game, has been a mainstay in the gaming community since its release in 2011. Over the years, Minecraft has continued to evolve and improve, adding new features and updates to keep the game fresh and exciting for players. The latest update to Minecraft has introduced a host of new blocks that are sure to delight both new and seasoned players. From decorative blocks to new particle effects, these new additions offer even more opportunities for creativity and exploration in the vast Minecraft world. In this essay, we will take a closer look at these newest blocks, their functions, and how they enhance the gameplay experience for Minecraft players. Let’s begin.

bamboo wood

Bamboo Wood

Wood is one of the most important resources in Minecraft, and it has a wide range of uses throughout the game. In this update, you can expect to see an entire array of new blocks in the form of Bamboo wood. All the usual suspects have brand-new Bamboo variants, and they look great! Interestingly enough, since there’s no such thing as a Bamboo tree, the crafting recipes for this wood type are pretty unique.

  • Stairs: crafted by placing six bamboo planks in a staircase pattern
  • Slab: crafted by placing three planks horizontally next to each other
  • Fence: created by surrounding two sticks with four bamboo planks
  • Fence Gate: created by reversing the arrangement of a fence’s recipe
  • Door: crafted by filling two adjacent columns with bamboo planks
  • Trapdoor: crafted by filling two adjacent rows with bamboo planks
  • Sign: created by filling two adjacent rows with bamboo planks and putting a stick below the middle cell
  • Button: crafted by placing a bamboo plank in the crafting area
  • Pressure Plate: created by placing two bamboo planks in adjacent columns
  • Raft: same crafting recipe as boats in Minecraft; crafted by combining 5 bamboo planks in a hollow semi-square
  • Raft With a Chest: a combination of a chest with a raft

I’m a big fan of the dark green color. It is worth noting that the Raft is simply a reskinned version of the boat. Unlike the other boats, it doesn’t have a rim, but this doesn’t affect functionality whatsoever.

Minecraft Cherry Designs

Cherry Blossom Wood

Two wood types being added in the same update? Could you imagine! This new Cherry Blossom wood type is an instant fan favorite! Just like Bamboo and every other wood type, you can expect to craft all the typical wooden blocks and decorative pieces. This wood can be acquired by finding the new biome, the Cherry Blossom Forest.

Cherry Blossom Forests, also known as sakura forests, are beautiful and iconic natural landscapes in real life. These trees are known for their relatively short lifespan, with cherry blossoms only blooming a few weeks each year, typically in the springtime. After they bloom, the petals all fall off the trees and cover the ground like a pink snow. Don’t worry though, the wood stays pink no matter what! I can’t wait to build many adorable pink structures and accentuate my other builds with this new wood type.

mob heads note blocks

Mob Head Functionality

Do mob heads count as a block? Whatever! Now, mob heads actually serve a purpose! The newest feature coming to the next Minecraft update is playable mob sounds. When a mob head is placed on a note block, it will play the corresponding ambient sound of that mob. This feature also adds piglin heads to the collection that includes zombie, creeper, skeleton, wither skeleton, and Ender Dragon. Players can create unique sound compositions using this feature, such as a zombie symphony or an Ender Dragon alarm system.

The feature will be available in Java snapshots and Bedrock betas & previews. Something also worth noting is that the Piglin head’s ears flap up and down when being used by the note block. Hilarious!


In conclusion, the latest Minecraft update has introduced a plethora of new blocks and features that are sure to excite both new and seasoned players. The addition of Bamboo wood and Cherry Blossom wood offers new crafting options and decorative opportunities. At the same time, the playable mob sounds feature adds a new level of creativity and fun to the game. Minecraft continues to evolve and improve, ensuring that it remains a beloved game in the gaming community for years to come.

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