Easter Eggs are hidden messages that are usually difficult for a player to find. Minecraft features various easter eggs.
The Locked Chest Easter Egg was a naturally generated block that was used for the 2011 edition of the annual April Fools Joke by Notch. If the player attempted to open the chest, they would get a message stating that a key from the Steve Co. was needed.
The Minecraft Store was also modified on April 1, 2011. If one were to go to the site, they would also find many easter eggs such as the following:
- Clicking "Proceed to Checkout" would trigger a screamer followed by a dinosaur from Jurrassic Park to begin to fly across the screen.
- Entering items at a value of over $10,000 would send a pop-up message asking if you were prone to seizures. If the player would to say yes, the screen would start to flash.
- If one accessed the script to the Dinosaur easter egg, a reference to the Konami Code would appear.
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During 2013, Mojang released a pre-release for a fake future version to various YouTubers.
A post was added to the Mojang blog that stated:
|“The long-nosed villagers introduced in Minecraft beta 1.9 have become sentient. They have taken over our skin servers and content delivery networks (CDN), so unfortunately you will not be able to change your skins until we fix the problem. We are desperately trying our best to pull the plugs, but we should prepare ourselves to serve under our new villager overlords. Singularity may be upon us.„
In-game however, villagers still acted the same with their programmed AI; however they did make different sounds.
Every player's skin was replaced by a villager skin, complete with a trademark long nose. Not all players had the villager skin and skins varied by player. Non-villager parts of the game also included villager noises. All noises were replaced with the sound effects of Element Animation's "T.E.A.V.S.R.P" (The Element Animation Villager Sound Resource Pack). In-game villager music was also added. The title screen music contained a parody of the Game of Thrones theme, due to the new series starting in early April and also because it was included the original trailer for "T.E.A.V.S.R.P.".
The skins were reverted back to normal on April 2, 2014.
An updated version of TEAVSRP, complete with the new music, was released by Element Animation on April 2, 2014.
15w14a was released as an April Fools' joke for the "1.10" version; the next update was actually supposed to be 1.9. This "Update" is called the Love and Hugs Update. There was a hidden QR code written in the snow that read "1.9 The Combat Update" when scanned.
1.RV-pre1 was released as an April Fools' joked for the 1.RV update. This "Update" was called the Trendy Update.
On October 31, 2012, all Zombies, Skeletons, and various other hostile mobs had their standard heads replaced with Pumpkins or Jack-o'-Lanterns. Killing them would have the block on their head drop.
From December 24–26, all chests had their original skin change to a present. Two special skins were also added for the player to use.
When opening the 1.8 .jar file in the entities folder, both Guardian textures say "jeb" in an unused space.
In an unused and unseen portion of the Zombie Pigman's Texture, one can see "THX XAPHOBIA". This was written by Notch to give credit and thanks to the original creator of the texture, XaPhobia.
If a player were to delete the file splash.txt without deleting META-INF, The text on the screen will appear as MissingNo. This is a reference to the Pokémon Easter Egg.
This is a one in 10,000 chance that the title screen will display "Minceraft" instead of the normal "Minecraft". There also a Splash Texts that says: "You should try our sister game, Minceraft!"
Various Splash-Text References
- Han Shot First- An obvious reference to Star Wars: Episode IV. Simply states the opinion in the fact that Han Solo shot at a bounty hunter first.
- Over 9000- A reference to a famous meme forged from a phrase from Dragon Ball Z: "His power rating [Goku's] is over 9000!" ~Vegeta.
- <various>- several possible splash texts state a comparison between Minecraft and another game, some even saying things like "less exiting than" as the descriptor.
- Merry X-Mas!- A special splash text that appears on Christmas Day.
- Happy birthday, Notch!- Every year on the first of June, Minecraft’s splash text will state “Happy Birthday, Notch!” This nod was added by Notch himself
Console Edition Exclusives
If one were to find a way up the Minecraft Logo in the Tutorial World, they will have an opportunity to enter it. Once inside the logo, after doing a little walking, the player will come across a Nether Portal. In the new Xbox 360 title update, the floating logo is now empty as there is a separate building housing the Nether Portal.
Tower of Pimps
In the Title Update 12 Tutorial World, if the player were to enter the Sandstone Pyramid, go to the top floor where the hidden Music Disc is. There will then be four blocks of Gold on top of a single block of Obsidian. It resembles the Tower of Pimps that was created by Gavin Free of Achievement Hunter. In their video "Let's Play Minecraft Part 2- On A Rail!" Gavin first created the structure while drunk by using materials they needed to get the On A Rail achievement .The Tower of Pimps has now become the one of the many things that are featured in majority of their Minecraft videos. Currently is no longer a Xbox 360 exclusive as it also appears on the PS3 and PS4 versions
If one were to write the word "Squidward" on a sign, it would be replaced with a "!?". It is unknown why this occurs.
In Title Update 19, 4J Studios built a replica of the popular Minecraft youtuber StampyLongHead's house that he made in his Minecraft Xbox series.