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Minecraft Snapshot 23w07a

Posted: Mar 6, 2023 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


Minecraft 1.20 has been on the horizon for a while now, but this update is looking to be significantly more promising than 1.17, 1.18, and even 1.19. With the newest mob from the mob vote, the ever-sought-after archeology system, and the beloved armor trimming, this update is sure to be something else. Today, I wanted to go over the latest snapshot which almost doubled the size of the update with tons of new features. Let’s jump right in!

The Sniffer!

The winner of the Minecraft Live 2022 Mob Vote is finally making its debut in Minecraft 1.20! The Sniffer is an ancient passive animal that digs ancient seeds out of the ground and loves to sniff! Once extinct, you can decide whether or not to help this mob thrive. To bring the Sniffer back from the brink, you will need to find its eggs and help them hatch.


The first step in this process is getting yourself ready for an adventure, as you’ll need to find them! You’re going to have to search all throughout the Overworld. Sniffer eggs can be found in suspicious sand, which also contains other objects like pottery shards. Once you’ve unearthed an egg, it’s time to help it hatch! Pay close attention, as you haven’t really lived until you have seen a sniffle burst out of its shell. When the snifflet is born, it will eventually grow up into a full-grown sniffer. This mob is not only huge, but also helpful. The sniffer will sniff out seeds which you can then plant to fill your game with new unique decorative plants.

Sniffers typically wander aimlessly, avoiding hazards and obstacles. Occasionally smell their surroundings and track seeds by pressing their nose to the ground and when they find a seed, they drop to the ground and use their nose to dig until they get a torchflower seed. They can dig dirt, grass, podzol, moss, mud, and mangrove roots. Sniffers can be bred using torchflower seeds, which will create what is canonically referred to as a sniffle. For some odd reason, Sniffers have larger heads in Bedrock Edition than they do in Java.

Cherry Blossom Groves

The Cherry Blossom Groves are forests made up of white and pink Cherry trees. The trees are reasonably spaced to create glades in this biome, and lots of flowers dot the landscape. Pink daffodils, lilacs, peonies, and lilies of the valley can be found in the environment. Flowering oak bushes and clovers are also atop the mounds. The normal range of passive mobs also spawn here.


This biome has two variants, that being the regular version and the Bamboo Grove. Each Cherry Tree gives lots of wood due to its large size and branches. However, getting lost in this pink-and-white forest is quite easy. The oak trees that can be found occasionally grow fruit, so if you are running low on food you can harvest here. Cherry wood in particular has a lovely color with deep red planks, and the assortment of flowers can be crafted into beautiful dyes. Overall, this is a wonderful new biome.


Archeology is finally coming to Minecraft! Initially shown off years ago, this long-awaited feature is finally making its way into Minecraft 1.20. Now, you can start digging, dusting, and testing out all the new features in snapshots, betas, and previews that will be coming to you very soon! Keep in mind that this is still in its early stages, so everything is subject to change. Lots more will be added to the continued development of this feature.


After searching for an ideal dig site typically consisting of sand, you’ll be looking for a new block: suspicious sand! As the name suggests, you need to carefully brush along these new blocks, as they hold an air of mystery. Archeology brings a new tool: The Brush. Carefully brush your block of suspicious sand. This allows you to extract whatever is hiding within, which can be anything from pottery shards to random objects. Shards can hold patterns that are painted on them, and once you’ve collected four shards, you can put them together to form a pot. Different patterns tell unique stories and make for awesome decorative accents in your builds. As 1.20 develops, more dig sites will be added with new treasures. Get digging!


That’s all folks! Minecraft 1.20 is looking to be one of the…well, I was gonna say one of the best updates yet, but I don’t want to speak too soon. Regardless, it’s looking to be a very good update with tons of features that the players have been looking forward to. Archeology, new biomes, the beloved Sniffer, Armor Trimming, and much more to come. I hope that they come up with a good name for the update since there doesn’t seem to be a specific theme going on. In any case, be sure to tune in for the next snapshot. Have a wonderful day!

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