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What's New in Minecraft 1.20 Trails and Tales Update: A Complete Feature Breakdown

Last updated June 28, 2023

The Minecraft Trails and Tales update is just around the corner, and as you read this, it may already be out. Let me tell you, it has turned out to be one of the best updates we've received in quite a while, which is truly remarkable considering its rocky start. 

This time, Mojang decided to shake things up. They kept the name and the features of the update under wraps, opting to "wing it" instead.

Over the past year, they slowly introduced new features, causing mixed reactions among fans. But regardless of their unconventional approach, the 1.20 update is now here, packed to the brim with fresh and thrilling additions. 

So, join us as we dive into each and every feature of this exciting update!


Let's kick things off with a brand new mob, the Sniffer! And trust me, the name will make perfect sense once I tell you what it does.

Drum roll, please... it "sniffs"! Yes, you heard that right, the sniffer sniffs. Who would've guessed, right? 

But hey, let's not underestimate the power of a good sniff! Now, picture this: a prehistoric mob that needs to be resurrected, just like in the movie Jurassic Park.

You stumble upon these Sniffer eggs, which are as big as cows. They hatch, and voila, you've got yourself a baby sniffer. 

The sniffer's specialty? Sniffing out ancient seeds, which grow into flowers that serve no purpose other than being breathtakingly beautiful.

And honestly, I have zero complaints about that. Who doesn't love a touch of floral elegance in their Minecraft base?


Next up, we have Camels. Finally, a mob that's exclusive to the desert! At least this will liven up the vast sandpit. Now, camels are quite special because they let not just one, but two people ride them.

Talk about carpooling in Minecraft! Plus, these hump-backed wonders can dash, making them incredibly versatile. 

They're like the sports cars of the desert, ready to zip around at your command. Oh, and did I mention they can walk right over fences?

Yep, camels have mastered the art of fence-walking, just as you master the art of trapping other animals in those fences. It's like the camel saying, "I see your fences, and I raise you freedom!" They're truly evolutionary in that aspect.

Ancient Plants

Now, let's talk about the plants that our trusty sniffer sniffs out of the ground. And let me tell you, they look absolutely adorable while doing it!

These plants, as mentioned earlier, serve no function other than being pleasing to the eye. But hey, who needs functionality when you have pure visual delight? 

Bamboo Blocks

Yep, you read that right! We have a brand new addition to the wood block family, and it's none other than Bamboo! Okay, okay, maybe it's not exactly brand new.

Bamboo has been around for a while now, but let's be honest, besides its role in making scaffolding, it didn't have much going for it. Well, guess what?

The tables have turned! Now, you can actually craft bamboo blocks and all the associated blocks that come with it.

Armor Trims

Have you ever dreamt of strutting around in a fancy-looking armor, feeling like a true king? Well, hold onto your helmets because now you can!

With these new armor trims, you can add so much personality to your armor that it's hard to summarize in just a few words. 

Picture this: you stumble upon these trims scattered across the world, and with a little crafting, you combine them with various materials.

Boom! You've got yourself a brand new armor that looks absolutely sick! It's like a fashion makeover for your Minecraft character. 

Netherite Just Got More Expensive

The armor trim feature, not only did it add some serious bling to the game but also made getting the netherite tools and armor more challenging, but it also brought some serious bling to the game.

Now, to obtain the coveted Netherite tools/armor, you have to get your hands on a very special item, known as the "netherite upgrade," available exclusively in the Nether bastion

Hanging Signs

There isn't much to say here; these are just hanging signs.

Chiseled Bookshelves

Introducing the magnificent brand new bookshelves that not only let you store your beloved books but also have a secret power—they send redstone signals when books are placed or removed from them.

Cherry Blossom

Yup, you heard it right! We're about to get our hands on the most cherished non-vanilla Biome in Minecraft. I mean, seriously, this biome has been the talk of the block for ages.

We've all been clamoring for it, and now it's finally happening!

It's like Minecraft heard our prayers and said, "Alright, alright, you can have your precious biome!" 

But hey, don't expect it to be too common.

Oh no, these biomes are as rare as diamonds in a haystack. They're like the unicorns of Minecraft, making them extra special and coveted.

And wait for it... there's a new particle effect in this biome too! It's like Minecraft sprinkled a little extra magic just to make our jaws drop.

Cherry Wood Blocks

The cherry wood blocks are the perfect pink blocks for your fairy castle!

These magnificent blocks arrived on the scene just in time for the upcoming Barbie movie

Calibrated Sculk Sensor

These sensors are the ultimate solution for redstone noobs like us!

These genius contraptions allow us to filter out unwanted frequencies, preventing random footsteps from triggeringthe sensor. Say goodbye to false alarms 

Trail Ruins

Trail Ruins are a brand-new structure that pops up all over the Minecraft world. Well, calling them structures might be a bit generous.

They're more like random blocks awkwardly mashed together, creating what vaguely resembles hallways.

Think of them as the quirky remnants of ancient builders trying to leave their mark.

But here's the kicker: you can unleash your inner archaeologist and do some Minecraft archaeology in these funky hallways! 


Now with just a simple brush in hand, you'll be able to uncover the secrets hidden beneath the sands. But here's the twist: not all sand is created equal.

We're hunting for a special kind known as the "suspicious sand." It's like Minecraft's way of saying, "Hey, there's something intriguing here, go dig it up!"

And the reward for brushing off the sand? Valuable loot!


Last but not least, we have Pottery. Yep, you can now create pots that look pretty cool and have unique patterns.

They don't serve much purpose other than adding some style to your Minecraft world. To unlock different patterns, you'll need to gather pottery shards found in the Trail Ruins. 

And that's a wrap for the 1.20 update! As I mentioned earlier, it's a big one. Now you're armed with all the juicy details about what this update has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and dive in!

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