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Minecraft Nether update: 1.16 adds new ore, blocks biomes and more

GamesRadar logo GamesRadar 2/6/2020 Sarah James
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The Minecraft Nether update, 1.16, adds a new Minecraft ore, Netherite, the Crimson Forrest, Warped Forrest and Soulsand Valley, and plenty more. The patch notes explain it all, including the fact that the 'old' Nether is now 'The Nether Wastes' and shipwrecks and Ocean Ruins are now harder to find "so you get more excited when you find one". 

Let's take a look at all the big Minecraft Nether changes: 

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New Minecraft ore: Netherite

Netherite is a new high-level material you can find in Nether that can be used to upgrade diamond gear. Once you've mined the relevant materials, refined them and crafted it, that is. 

How to find the new Minecraft ore and make Netherite

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You'll have to mine ancient debris in the lower depths of the Nether to start using Netherite. You can refine it in a blast furnace to create Netherite scrap and then combine four pieces of Netherite scrap with four gold ingots to make a single Netherite ingot. This stuff ain't cheap. 

Netherite effects

Obviously with a material that's so dangerous and expensive to gather, you want the risk and cost to be worth it so here's a quick run down of why you'll want it.  

  • Netherite tools are faster and last longer than diamond.
  • Netherite weapons do more damage than diamond.
  • Netherite armor has higher toughness and durability than diamond, and greater knockback resistance.
  • Netherite items have higher enchantment than diamond, but less than gold. 
  • Netherite stuff floats in lava. 

New Minecraft blocks in the Nether

The Nether is a large and very different place to previous Minecraft biomes and has added a range of new block types: 

  • Crimson Stems and Warped Stems are two new wood materials.
  • Crimson Nylium and Warped Nylium form new ground surface blocks.
  • Nether Sprouts, Crimson Roots and Warped Roots appear as new vegetation. 
  • Weeping vines, which grow downwards from the bottom of a block.
  • There's now Crimson and Warped fungi which can be grown using bone meal. While Shroomlights act as a light source.
  • Bone meal also makes Nylium grow on Netherrack.
  • Basalt blocks.
  • Warped Wart blocks
  • Soul Soil make fire burn with a blue flame and can be crafted into Soul Torches and Soul Lanterns!

New Minecraft locations

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There are three new Minecraft locations you can find in the Nether: the Crimson Forrest, Soulsand Valley and the Warped Forrest. Let's take a look at each in turn and see what they offer: 

The Warped Forrest

The Warped Forest again has a floor covered in nylium and features plenty of new vegetation (including Shroomlights). But its one of the safer Nether locations. So probably the best place to start. 

The Crimson Forrest

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This cave area is lined with nylium and filled with giant Crimson Fungi and Shroonlights. You can also find Weeping Vines and Hoglins. 

Soulsand Valley

This is an open area made from Soul Sand and Soul Soil, filled with Basalt pillars and fossils. You'll find skeletons here so be careful.

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