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


Weapons & Combat


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 you swing, and regenerates over time. The more the bar is filled, the more damage you will do.
  • Added Shields, which block attacks when you right click. Axes have a chance of disabling the shield for 5 seconds. You 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 you put an item in the off-hand slot you 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.





  • 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 a undead Horse.

Other Changes

  • If you shear a Snow Golem, its Pumpkin will come off of its head.
  • Wearing a certain mob head will allow you to get a bit closer to that type of mob before it starts chasing you.
  • Now you need Blaze Powder 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


Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.