Minecraft 1.9 update now available with drastic changes to combat

Combat is getting a serious upgrade in Minecraft 1.9 - Combat Update.


Mojang released the long-awaited Minecraft 1.9 - Combat Update today.

The Minecraft 1.9 - Combat Update features a lot of changes, with the most notable being improvements made to the combat mechanics to make fighting more interesting. Players can now hold shields, dual wield, and attacks now have a cool down delay, making it important to time attacks properly. Swords can now make a sweep attack, while axes are able to deliver a crushing blow attack.

Here’s a complete list of changes that have been made to Minecraft with today’s update:

  • Added the elytra
  • New mob: Shulker
  • Expanded The End
  • Added Chorus plants
  • New Purpur blocks
  • New End Rod block
  • Added dragon head block
  • Ender Dragon can be resummoned
  • Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE)
  • Added grass path block
  • Added igloos
  • Armor protection values have been lowered
  • Added tipped arrows
  • Added spectral arrows
  • Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
  • Added a whole bunch of new sound effects
  • Added sound effect subtitles
  • Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate
  • Added skeleton riders
  • We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
  • Removed Herobrine

Today's update comes just a few days after the Minecraft 1.9 pre-release patch was made available. The pre-release patch introduced various bug fixes, increased durability of shields, and crystals in the end being protected by cages again.

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