1.9 - The Combat Update

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

Java Edition version history


Weapons and Combat

  • 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. (JE only)
  • Axes do more damage, but swings slower. (JE only.)
  • 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(JE only). 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.(JE only)
  • 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.(JE only)
  • 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.





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.
  • You can 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
  • Revamped Ender Dragon fight to be harder and more challenging.
  • Golden apples and armor have been re-balanced.


Subsequent updates


1.9.1 was released on March 30, 2016 with changes to armor toughness and mob AI, the addition of sounds for Elytra, and fixes for 13 issues.


1.9.2 was released on March 30, 2016, and fixed some bugs – one of which was a major multiplayer bug.


1.9.3 was released on May 10, 2016, and added the /stopsound command, improved the /tp command, and better manages memory.


1.9.4 was released on May 10, 2016, and fixed a few bugs.