Patch 1.9 for Minecraft is out – has flying, dual wielding, and more!

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Patch 1.9 for Minecraft

It’s been a good, long time since I found myself addicted to Minecraft. Years ago, I used to spend hour upon hour in the block-punching simulator, often going to bed only when the sun came up. And then, I stopped.

For me, Minecraft became a little too complex. Mojang introduced extra depth to the game, like alchemy for example, along with The End – an alternate dimension containing an ender dragon.

It was good fun, yes, but I ended up spending more time in Minecraft Wikis than I did actually playing the game. It proved to be too time consuming, so I moved on. I’ve never felt the urge to go back, till now.

Patch 1.9 for Minecraft is out, and it introduces some really cool stuff to the game – focusing mostly on combat. Here are all the changes (via PC Gamer):

  • Added shields
  • Attacking now has a “cool-down” delay, making it more important to time your attacks
  • You can now hold items in both hands (default quick key to swap items is ‘F’)
  • Swords have a special sweep attack
  • Axes have a special crushing blow attack
  • Added the elytra
  • New mob: Shulker
  • Expanded The End
  • Added Chorus plants
  • New Purpur blocks
  • New End Rod block
  • Added dragon head block
  • Ender Dragon can be resummoned
  • Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE)
  • Added grass path block
  • Added igloos
  • Armor protection values have been lowered
  • Added tipped arrows
  • Added spectral arrows
  • Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
  • Added a whole bunch of new sound effects
  • Added sound effect subtitles
  • Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate
  • Added skeleton riders
  • We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
  • Removed Herobrine
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What caught my attention first was the fact that dual wielding is now a thing. Having the ability to hold two weapons at the same time makes everything twice as nice. Trust me, I’m a gaming journalist!

There’s also a new cape. It isn’t listed in the patch notes above, but does feature the header image. It’ll allow you to actually freaking fly! Here’s what it looks like in action…

Yeah, that looks like a bunch of fun. I think it’s time I dived back into Minecraft. All I need now is time, and lots of it!

Last Updated: March 1, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    I should try Minecraft.

    • Hammersteyn

      Don’t, the addiction is REAL! You start out with nothing, then you punch your first tree for some wooden blocks, then you craft your first tools, then you punch the ground for dirt blocks so that can make a mud hut, so that you can survive the first night and it only escalates from there on until infinity. I managed to stop after defeating the Ender Dragon but that was mostly possible because I played with friends……. but I want to go back.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Rather come farm with me

        • Hammersteyn

          I’ll make you a deal, when PS dies I’ll give up console gaming and fully convert.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            If you said Xbox we’d have at least had some hope that you’d switch soon.

          • Hammersteyn


          • Commander Admiral Chief

            That is two deals you have now made with me regarding the Fawr…

            In any case, I accept your terms, and eagerly await you back, brother

          • Hammersteyn

            The first still stands. As soon as I win one it’s yours

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I wonder how many Steam games I can get for it……..

            Kidding, will call it the DeonBuddyStation

          • Hammersteyn

            Hahahaha sell it if you want to, my part would be done.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Except you just made a part 2 today

          • Hammersteyn


      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Hahaha. Yoh.
        It’s not on Steam, which means you forget that it exists. So, for once, Steam has SAVED me from an addiction. Imagine that.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          All hail

  • Commander Admiral Chief
    • Hammersteyn


      • VampyreSquirrel


    • hairyknees

      <3 this show 😀

      • Commander Admiral Chief


  • AfricanTime

    is it just for PC?

    • hairyknees

      I think initially, should make it’s way to consoles too. Will confirm when I know 🙂

  • This reminds me of the lazygamer server we had. Which died, and from what I recall, never really got much news about what went wrong. I worked my arse off on making hte spawn area look nice and building roads between player creations… Those were good days.

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