Check out all the latest additions to the first Update Aquatic snapshot in this guide to Minecraft 1.13.

What’s New in the First Minecraft 1.13 Aquatic Snapshot Update

Check out all the latest additions to the first Update Aquatic snapshot in this guide to Minecraft 1.13.

After many months of development, Mojang finally released the very first Update Aquatic snapshot for Minecraft 1.13, which includes new mobs, blocks, and items that we’ve all been awaiting for so long.

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It’s still not a full release, so certain changes may still be implemented. However, you can already get the first taste of the new things in the Minecraft Aquatic Update and try them out with your own hands. If you want to know more details about all the additions of the latest 18w07a snapshot, then follow our quick guide below.

New Mobs: Turtle and Phantom

A Minecraft turtle hanging out on a sandy beach

You can now find these adorable little mobs on the warm beaches of Minecraft. Usually, they spawn in small groups and drop sea grass, a new type of block, if you decide to kill these harmless creatures.

You can breed turtles by feeding them grass, which will result in them laying eggs. These eggs will hatch and spawn baby turtles. The process may take from four to six minutes, and you’ll end up with a cute Minecraft turtle.

This Minecraft phantom will attack the sleep deprived

Another new mob in Minecraft 1.13 is Phantom. This time it’s a hostile mob that attacks players who haven’t slept in a while (five in-game nights to be exact). This flying mob was voted by players at the last Minecon to be included in the next update.

If you manage to kill a Phantom, it’ll drop leather, which can be used to craft all sorts of gear. However, killing such a mob is not that easy due to its speed of movement. Currently, it’s the fastest-moving mob in the game, covering 31.25 blocks per second.

New Weapon: Trident

The trident is shown in the latest Minecraft snapshot

Trident is a heck of a weapon, probably the best one yet in Minecraft. It can be used both in melee and ranged combat due to its throwing ability. If you want to throw it, you’ll need to press the right mouse button.

This new weapon can be enchanted with the following enchantments:

  • Unbreaking
  • Mending
  • Loyalty
  • Impaling
  • Riptide
  • Channeling

The best one is Loyalty, which makes the Trident immediately return to you after you throw it at an enemy. This is a particularly useful ability under the water, where it is so easy to lose a throwable weapon — but not if you have Loyalty, which brings it back to you right away.

New Headwear: Turtle Shell Helmet

That adorable Minecraft turtle can be a great source of scutes

Baby turtles are a great source of scutes — items which can be used to craft turtle shells. They drop one scute when they grow into adults, so keep an eye out for them.

You only need five scutes to be able to craft a turtle shell, which can be used as a protective headwear — and quite a strong one. But the best part about it is that it has a temporary Water Breathing effect.

This means that while wearing a turtle shell in your helmet slot while out of water or in a bubble column, you will get Water Breathing for 10 seconds, which basically gives you extra time to breathe underwater.

New Ability: Stripped Logs

Now you can also strip wood logs of their bark by pressing the right mouse button with an equipped axe. It will take one durability to remove one block of bark, but the effect is simply gorgeous.

Stripped wooden blocks can be used for building nice-looking fences and such.

New Prismarine Stairs and Slabs

Fans of prismarine blocks will enjoy making stairs with the Minecraft 1.13 update

If you like prismarine blocks, you can now craft prismarine stairs, which look great. The crafting process for this new type of stairs is the same as before: it’ll take you six blocks of the prismarine blocks to craft one row of stairs.

Prismarine blocks can be crafted by killing underwater mobs and obtaining prismarine shards. One block equals nine shards, and if you want to give it a darker hue, then attack squids for their protective ink, and just add it to the mix.

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