1.6 - The Horse Update

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1.6.1, the first release of the Horse Update, was a major update for Java Edition, released on July 1, 2013. This update added many new features including horses, leads, blocks of coal, carpets, new commands, resource packs (replacing Texture packs), and a new Minecraft Launcher.

Java Edition version history
1.51.61.7

Additions[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • A new resource pack system to replace texture packs. It contains:
    • Textures
    • Sounds
    • Fonts (partially)
    • Language file
    • End Credits
    • End Poem
    • Splash texts


Mobs[edit | edit source]

Items[edit | edit source]

Blocks[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Commands[edit | edit source]

  • /spreadplayers – spreads certain players from an origin point.
  • /playsound – play sounds to the player, with the ability to change the pitch and/or volume.
  • /gamerule arguments.
    • naturalRegeneration – toggles natural health regeneration.
    • doDaylightCycle – toggles the day-night cycle.

Changes[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • No longer supports Java 5 or Power PC.
  • Improvements to the chat/message system.
  • Improvements to the Minecraft Launcher.
  • Improvements to Minecraft Realms.

Mobs[edit | edit source]

  • Group-spawning mechanics fixed.
  • Applying the name "Dinnerbone" to a name tag flips the mob upside-down.
  • Changes to zombie combat and spawn mechanics.
  • Sounds added to villagers.
  • Spiders can spawn with active status effects.

Items[edit | edit source]

Blocks[edit | edit source]

Biomes[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

  • Health bar added for mounts and changes to the dismounting method.
  • The "Respiration" enchantment now improves visibility underwater.
  • Changes to mob difficulty.
  • Added various tooltips in the Creative Mode inventory.
  • The strength of some status effects has been decreased (instant health and regeneration).
  • No longer possible to break blocks with a sword in creative mode.
  • Changes to hunger and health regeneration.

Subsequent updates[edit | edit source]

1.6.2[edit | edit source]

Released on July 8, 2013, 1.6.2 was mainly a bug fix update.

1.6.4[edit | edit source]

Released on September 19, 2013, 1.6.4 was a minor update that fixed a bug where structures would not save with the world file. It also added the player-idle-timeout option to the server.properties file.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The specific incremental number for this update was actually 1.6.1.

Video[edit | edit source]