Over the weekend, the big Minecraft event that was Minecraft Live 2020 took place. Not only did fans and players get a new mob in the form of the Glow Squid, but there was also a big announcement about the next big update coming to the game. The new Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update will change up how these areas function in the game, including adding new life and looks to the proceedings. Although we have no set date yet for the update, it will arrive sometime during summer in 2021.
The Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update will have plenty to get excited about. Mojang has shared that the generation of caves will see more variety. Instead of just open, hollow holes, there will be more tunnels, caverns, cave lakes, and even waterfalls inside caverns that await. Adventures in the depths of these areas will be more exciting now. We can also expect new Minecraft blocks. The first is the Sculk Sensor block, which reacts to movement with a redstone signal. This will allow players more freedom to build intricate systems.
There are also new stalactite and stalagmite blocks that will populate the caves. A new copper ore can be mined and used to craft a lightning rod block. There are also teases about a new telescope, which can be made using rare crystal geodes. This will all fall in line with the new archaeology system being added in the Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update. Artefacts will be able to be unearthed by players in buried ruins. This will be done via a new method of mining, where a brush is used to carefully uncover the artefact without damage.
The Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update will also see new mobs coming. The two revealed so far are the Warden and Axolotl. The former are hostile mobs that will react to movement, rather than sight. The latter is less terrifying, residing in pools of water and can even help you in battle.
As for the cliffs, the changes are less intensive. Players can expect more visually appealing mountain generation, snow traps, and even mountain goats.