1.11, officially titled the Exploration Update, is a major update to Minecraft, released on November 11th, 2016.

1.11 is slightly bigger than update 1.10, but still a relatively small update. The main focus for 1.11 is survival mode




Splash Texts
  • "Javalicious edition"
  • "Should not be played while driving"
  • "you're going too fast"
  • New strings within the game were made available for internationalization:
    • World selection error messages.
    • Customized superflat preset names.
    • Spectator Mode-specific options and messages.
    • In the options menu: the words "chunks" and "fps".
    • In item tooltips: the words "Color: ", "NBT: ", and "Durability: ".
    • The F3+Q keybindings and text associated with other F3 actions.
    • Text associated with downloading resource packs from servers.
    • /save-all flush command output.
NBT tags
  • New display tag entry for items: LocName for translation strings.
  • CustomPotionColor integer tag for potions and potion arrows to overwrite/set the color.
  • ColorMap integer tag for filled maps to overwrite/set the color of the marks in the item texture.


  • doWeatherCycle.
    • Determines whether the weather will change.
    • Defaults to true.
  • maxEntityCramming.
    • Defaults to 24.
    • If one entity tries to push 24 other entities, it starts to suffocate.
    • Setting to 0 disables the rule.
    • Affects mobs and players only.
  • Curse Enchantments:
    • Enchantments with negative effects.
    • Two curses added: the Curse of Binding (Enchantment ID 10) and the Curse of Vanishing (Enchantment ID 71).
      • Curse of Binding will bind the item to a player, making them unable to drop it or take it off if it is an armor item, although it will drop when they die.
      • Players in Creative Mode are unaffected by this curse.
      • Curse of Vanishing will make the item disappear if a player dies. /gamerule keepInventory true will prevent this.
    • Cursed tools and armor can be found as loot in some generated structures.
  • Sweeping Edge - A sword enchantment that applies a damage multiplier to every enemy hit within the arc of a sweeping attack.


  • Evoker - Hostile iillager-type mob, found in new Woodland Mansions.
  • Llama - A neutral mob that can be used to transport goods.
  • Vex - A hostile mob summoned by evokers.
  • Vindicator - Hostile illager-type mob, found in new Woodland Mansions.



  • Exploration Map - Obtained from cartographer villagers, shows treasure locations in the Overworld.
  • Shulker Box - Like a chest, but it keeps content inside when broken.
  • Shulker Shell - Crafting item needed to craft the shulker box.
  • Totem of Undying - Resurrects a player when they die, if equipped.
  • Iron Nuggets - Obtained from smelting iron tools and armor or putting an iron ingot in a crafting table.

World generation



  • The cross-hairs of the attack indicator now informs players with an exclamation point if the target is within range.
  • Fireworks can now give players a temporary speed boost while flying with an elytra. This is done by right-clicking while having the fireworks selected during flight.


  • Bows with the infinity enchantment cannot be enchanted with mending.


  • Gold nuggets can be obtained from smelting gold armor or tools.
    • This also applies to the iron nugget added earlier in this update.
  • Horse armor can now be crafted.


Minecraft The Exploration Update - 1

Minecraft The Exploration Update - 1.11 now live on PC & Mac!



  • 1.11 was split into two separate updates (1.11 and 1.11.1) because the update was so big.
    • 1.11.1 was released on December 20, 2016.