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1.9 (also referred to as The Combat Update) was an update for Minecraft, released on February 29, 2016.

Additions

Weapons & Combat

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The logo for the Combat Update

  • New "tipped" arrows, which apply Potion or status effects.
  • New "spectral" arrows that create a glowing outline around the target, making them visible to the attacker through any Blocks.
  • Axes do more damage, but swing slower.
  • Weapon damage is now dependent on an attack strength bar that is depleted when a player swings, and regenerates over time. The more the bar is filled, the more damage a player will do.
  • Added Shields, which block attacks when a player right clicks. Axes have a chance of disabling the shield for 5 seconds. a player can combine a Banner and a shield to make the shield have the banner's design and colors on it.
  • New "sweep attack" when attacking with a Sword while crouching or standing. It can knockback multiple enemies at once.
  • Dual-wielding. If a player puts an item in the off-hand slot, they can use it by right clicking, and typing F (that is the default button) switches the main-hand and off-hand items.
  • Mobs now give off particles when hit that show how much damage was done to them.
  • New items called Lingering Potions. They are thrown like splash potions, but create a cloud affecting anyone who walks through it.

Structures

Blocks

Items

Mobs

  • There are new mobs called Shulkers, new mobs that spawn in End Cities.
  • There are now Skeleton Horses, which is a Skeleton on top of an undead Horse.

Other Changes

  • If a player Shears a Snow Golem, its Pumpkin will come off of its head.
  • Wearing a certain mob head will allow a player to get a bit closer to that type of mob before it starts chasing them.
  • Now Blaze Powder is needed to operate a Brewing Stand.
  • It is no longer possible to craft Enchanted Golden Apples, but they may still be found rarely within chests.
  • Added new enchantment (Frost Walker), which creates solid frost blocks when walking over Water.
  • Some enchantments have been re-balanced.
  • New sound effects and sound effect subtitles

Breeding

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