Minecraft Nether Update Release Date: Major new download adds new biomes & more

Minecraft's big event, Minecon, takes place this weekend and today Mojang and Microsoft revealed the next big Minecraft update coming to the game.

It's all based around a massive refresh of the games deadliest destination, The Nether.

For the sake of anyone only just making their first forays into one of the biggest games on earth, The Nether is a red, molten, hell-like dimension that contains fire, lava, and dangerous mobs.

However, it's been some time since Mojang showed it much love, which is why it's going to be overhauled in the upcoming Nether update.

What is the Minecraft Nether update release date?

There's still a long wait as Microsoft has indicated that they are aiming to release the Nether update before the end of the year.

This will form part of the Minecraft Java Edition 1.16 release.

What's new in the Minecraft Nether update?

The following features, additions and changes have been mentioned as coming to the game as part of the Nether update:



What could be more welcoming than a new biome full of blue fog and blue flames (courtesy of the new blue fire block!), and ominous gigantic fossils everywhere? Don’t answer that, just get hyped for this barren wasteland that can’t wait for you to risk a visit…


A dense forest, with swirling particles and dense atmosphere, deliberately designed by our meanest level designers to make you get lost. Mwahahaha!


Well, less another biome, more a variation on Netherwart Forest Red (oh great – I only just managed to escape from that) but with its own unique atmosphere, and its own unique blocks! For example, watch your step for that twisty new Nether Fungi covering the ground…

Despite the dangers of these new Nether biomes, we do want this update to make the Nether more accessible (albeit still a dangerous place to live!). You'll be able to build a base there, respawn there, and even find food! Speaking of which…



What’s a new biome without a new mob to cause chaos within it? Meet the Piglin Beast, the tusked little terror that’s Minecraft’s newest hostile mob! It can be bred as a source of food in the Nether (and let’s face it, you’re not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch options in the Nether, are you?).

Plus! Start thinking of what you’d like the Piglin Beast to be called, because we want YOU to help us come up with its final name ( click here to submit a suggestion! ). Anyone who suggests ‘Tom Stone’ as the name is going straight off my Christmas card list.


Speaking of names, we’ve renamed the Zombie Pigmen to Zombified Piglins, and we’re introducing a new hostile mob to Minecraft… the Piglins! Piglins live in the Nether, and are hostile to you and most other mobs. You’ll also find small fortifications they’ve built in the Nether, called bastions.

Just like the person writing this post, Piglins are constantly on the hunt for gold, which is something you can use to your advantage. Wear gold armour and the Piglins will ignore you… unless you start rifling through their chests. Then prepare for a Piglin battle! Want to be more of a Piglin pacifist? It’ll be possible to trade with Piglins, but don’t expect the same experience as trading with villagers. This will be known as bartering and it'll be far less friendly!



Not completely related to the theme of the new update, but a brand new block designed for redstone enthusiasts! Shoot the block with an arrow, and it’ll emit a redstone signal. The closer your arrow to the bullseye on the Target Block, the stronger the emitted signal. We can’t wait to see what redstone contraptions you make with this one!

We’ll have more to share about this upcoming Nether Update very soon.

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