Minecraft’s overworld has recently become much more interesting with the arrival of the Caves and Cliffs update, which has overhauled terrain generation and cave biomes. With Minecraft’s next content update arriving later in 2022, Mojang Studios is continuing the work with new biomes, mobs, features, and more. On Thursday, the studio released a new Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot allowing interested players to preview what’s to come.

The successor to the first Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot for The Wild Update, Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w12a includes a ton of features first introduced in February 2022 via a single experimental snapshot. With the release, players will be able to further explore and provide feedback on the Warden Crowd, Darkness Crowd Effect, Sculk Howlers, and how it all relates to the Deep Dark biome.

Ships with chests from the recent Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta also make an appearance with this snapshot, giving players plenty to try out. On top of that, there’s the usual batch of bugfixes and general changes.

The Wild update is coming to Minecraft on all platforms later in 2022, and aims to reaffirm Minecraft in its place at the top of the best PC games you can play. We probably still have a few more months of testing ahead of us before The Wild Update officially arrives, as Mojang Studios continues to add new features and polish existing additions.

The complete changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition 22w12a Snapshot understand :


  • Added Darkness Crowd Effect
  • Added Sculk Shrieker functionality
  • Added Warden mob
  • Added boat with chest
  • Added Swift Sneak enchantment

screamer sculk

  • Added functionality to the Sculk Shrieker
    • Notable for its bony appendages, this block responds to vibration-detecting Sculk sensors by sending a warning call to distant Guardians
  • Be careful when stepping on them because they will smell it too and send out a call!
  • Initially, it may take a while for a Guardian to arrive, but you’ll hear them respond in the distance…
  • Once it’s close enough, a call from the Sculk Shrieker will summon the nearby Guardian – be ready!


  • The horror of the Deep Dark! An eyeless creature, roughly resembling the Sculk that can be found in the Deep Dark, the Warden is an unstoppable force of nature that inhabits this biome.
  • Much like Sculk Sensors, these terrifying creatures use vibrations as a way to navigate their surroundings
  • When vibrations aren’t enough, they also use their sense of smell to stalk prey – you can watch them sniff their surroundings to get close to unsuspecting players and mobs
  • To add to their myriad ways of detecting you, try not to get too close! If you collide with a Guardian, they will notice you
  • In the Deep Dark, Guardians are everywhere – you just can’t see them. They sleep under your feet and only dig when enough Sculk Shriekers have alerted them to your presence.
  • Be careful where you step: the more vibrations a guardian detects, the angrier they get. You can hear and see this how fast the souls in his chest beat
  • Once a mob has pushed past the Guardian’s Wrath Threshold, it will face its prey and roar before charging
  • If, however, you keep the guardian from noticing you or getting angry for 60 seconds, he will dig underground and disappear
  • They have a special interaction with thrown projectiles
    • If the guardian receives two projectile vibrations within 5 seconds of each other, they will get more angry at the shooter
    • If the guardian receives a projectile vibration more than 5 seconds after the last projectile, they will not become more angry at the shooter
    • This allows you to strategically distract the Guardian without them getting angry while you grab loot from nearby chests
  • Unfortunately for all players, guardians will also disable shields when hitting them with their fists
  • They don’t drop any loot
  • Guardians are powerful creatures, and it’s often best to sneak around the one that has emerged instead of taking it head-on – you’ve been warned


  • A unique new mob effect for the Warden and Sculk Shrieker, which will afflict you when nearby
  • Lowers the gamma to an equivalent of “Moody” while having this effect
  • In periodic pulses, will reduce the overall brightness of the world so that darkness creeps against light sources
  • When the guardian is here, torches will be more important than ever!
  • A new accessibility slider has been added to your Options menu called “Darkness Pulsing”
    • Controls the intensity of the Darkness effect when given to you by a Guardian or Sculk Shrieker, but will not affect fog distance

Boat with trunk

  • Allows you to bring more stuff on your boating adventures
  • If you’re in the boat, press the open inventory key to access the contents of the chest
  • If you are not in the boat, shift-right click to access the contents of the chest
  • If you break the boat, the contents of the chest will spill out, as with other chests
  • Also works with hoppers, droppers, and other blocks that interact with chests
  • Like other chests, opening a boat chest or breaking the boat will irritate the pigs, as they think all chests belong to them.

Sneak quickly

  • Imbue your leggings with this shiny new enchantment to move as fast while crouching as you normally would while walking!
    • When applied, it will increase your movement speed while sneaking
    • Has three different levels with different speed boosts
    • This is the first enchantment unique to leggings equipment!


  • Deep Dark biome is now less flooded than surrounding areas
  • Leaves are now floodable
  • Removed debug hotkey cycle render distance

Bugs fixed

  • When editing a book, you cannot use Ctrl + Home Where Ctrl + End to jump to the beginning or end of the text
  • Fence doors (between walls) are not affected by ambient occlusion/soft lighting
  • walkers with NoAI it’s still cold
  • Soul Sand has no soft lighting/ambient occlusion
  • Path of the foxes to the origin (0.0) during a thunderstorm
  • Pressing Esc or using the “Cancel” button in the “Experimental Settings” warning returns to the main menu
  • can’t use Ctrl + Backspace to delete whole words in the “Edit Sign” GUI
  • You cannot use Ctrl + Backspace to delete words in the “book and pen” GUI
  • You cannot use Ctrl + Arrow key to navigate the cursor between words in the “book and pen” GUI
  • Some end towns can spawn floating above the ground
  • /locatebiome the command does not consistently locate the nearest cave biome
  • Creating TagKey results in memory leak
  • Mangrove Fence Gate & Mangrove Fence are in the wrong tab in creative inventory
  • Place water inside the mangrove propagule the breeze
  • Mud brick slabs use a generic stone sound
  • Ender dragon fight not triggered when entering the End
  • The subtitle “Frog hatches” should be “Têtard hatches”
  • Mud, Mangrove Roots and their variants are too noisy compared to other blocks
  • The map color for the Mangrove Log is incorrect
  • The map color for the mangrove slab is incorrect
  • The map color for the mangrove hatch is incorrect
  • The map color for Mud Bricks, Mud Brick Stairs, and Mud Brick Walls is incorrect
  • Powered Rail/Enable Rail Update Order Reversed
  • The recipe for mangrove fencing is not grouped with the fencing recipes for other wood species
  • Some mangrove propagules float after the leaves decay
  • Bee tries to pollinate waterlogged mangrove propagule and dies
  • Mangrove leaves don’t have a hoe as their tool of choice
  • Mangrove leaves cannot be composted
  • Mud Brick Slab has slower mining speed than other Mud Bricks
  • Mangrove fence, fence gate and boat cannot be used for fuel

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