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Top 5 Expected Additions to Minecraft in 2022

Boats with chests are the tip of the iceberg for new content coming in 2022 (Image via Mojang)

2022 is only a few months away, but Minecraft players already have a ton of content to look forward to this year. Probably the most notable Minecraft content addition this year is the upcoming version 1.9 update, also known as The Wild Update. It promises to improve many aspects of the game’s great outdoors, including implementing new monsters and biomes for players to explore.

However players enjoy their Minecraft experience, there will be a little something for everyone in 2022, likely even after The Wild Update concludes. Mojang rarely takes long content programafter all.


Minecraft: 2022 game features to look forward to

5) Reworked swamps, and mangroves

A work in progress generation of a mangrove swamp (Image via Mojang)
A work in progress generation of a mangrove swamp (Image via Mojang)

Swamps have been lacking in Minecraft for quite some time. Aquatic biomes have their own distinct style, but there isn’t really much to distinguish them from their counterparts.

Thankfully, The Wild Update is looking to change that in a meaningful way. Including the addition of mangroves with their own mangrove trees, the standard swamp biomes will also get an overhaul. Some of the upgrades include mud blocks due to the presence of water in the biomes, mobs of frogs and tadpoles becoming animals native to the region, and even fireflies lighting up the night sky.


4) New blocks

Froglights, a new light source created by mobs of frogs (Image via Mojang)
Froglights, a new light source created by mobs of frogs (Image via Mojang)

The new biomes are just part of the wave of content Minecraft players can look forward to this year. Another big part is a slew of new blocks, some of which are naturally generated in different biomes.

However, other new blocks can be created either by the player or by mobs in the environment. For example, new frog mobs are able to create frog light blocks after eating magma cubes, and slime blocks found in swamps can be reformed into mud bricks to create earthy mud huts and other structures. Blocks exclusive to mangrove trees also exist, and players who venture into the Deep Dark biome can find sculk and reinforced slate blocks.


3) New mobs to interact with

The Allay is a new mob that can help players collect items (Image via Mojang)
The Allay is a new mob that can help players collect items (Image via Mojang)

No major Minecraft update would be complete without launching a few new mobs, and The Wild Update is no different. New mobs can be found throughout the landscape redone. This includes tadpoles and frogs in the swamps, but also the Allay, the winner of the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote.

The Allay is a player-friendly mob capable of collecting loose items and bringing them back to the player, making it a beneficial aid for those hoping to collect materials in a hurry.

There’s also the new boss Warden to consider, who will now spawn in the Deep Dark biome as a defender. An incredibly powerful enemy, players should exercise extreme caution if they attract the Guardian’s attention.


2) The Deep Dark biome and ancient cities

Ancient cities are full of both danger and riches (Image via Mojang)
Ancient cities are full of both danger and riches (Image via Mojang)

Arguably one of the most exciting implementations to come in The Wild Update is the Deep Dark biome, an underground land with very dim light and strange sounds around every corner. This biome comes with creepy sculk blocks, including sculk howlers that release a piercing scream into the biome, causing the new Darkness status effect to be inflicted. Not only does it impair a Minecraft player’s vision, but howlers also possess the ability to summon the guardian, which can really complicate things for players.

In addition to the Deep Dark biome itself, players are able to find ancient cities within the biome. These long-forgotten structures will no doubt have plenty of treasure to loot, but chances are the Guardian won’t be happy with the looting of their domain.


1) New stealth oriented gameplay

The Warden and the Deep Dark will emphasize stealth gameplay (Image via Mojang)
The Warden and the Deep Dark will emphasize stealth gameplay (Image via Mojang)

While it’s already possible for Minecraft players to sneak around a bit, the Deep Dark biome will dramatically increase that gameplay. Due to the fact that the guardian is incredibly powerful and screw up the blocks being able to get his attention, players will be forced to rely on stealth in order to avoid mob attacks from heavy bosses. Stealth has been a part of Minecraft gameplay for a while, but never quite like it, which makes The Wild Update’s implementation rather unique.


Edited by Sandeep Banerjee