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 the player swings, and regenerates over time. The more the bar is filled, the more damage the player will do.
  • Added Shields, which block attacks when the player right clicks. Axes have a chance of disabling the shield for 5 seconds. The 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 the 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.





  • 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 the player Shears a Snow Golem, its Pumpkin will come off of its head.
  • Wearing a certain mob head will allow the 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


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