Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w18a focuses on technical changes and bug fixes

Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w18a focuses on technical changes and bug fixes

2022 continues to move inexorably forward, and the release of The Wild Update continues to draw ever closer. Mojang Studios is working tirelessly behind the scenes to deliver a full, feature-packed update later this year, and is engaging the Minecraft community every step of the way.

Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w18a will be released alongside a new Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta with many changes and fixes for The Wild Update, the major content update to be released to Minecraft players sometime in 2022.

This release does not include additional new features and instead focuses on technical updates like commands and a handful of major bug fixes. While not a particularly exciting snapshot, Minecraft can’t hold its place at the top of the PC gaming stack without constantly improving every aspect of itself, and Mojang Studios is clearly aware of this.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Instant Java Edition 22w18a includes:


  • Allays now follow their favorite player even if they can’t see them.
  • Allays will only lose track of a player if they are more than 64 blocks away.
  • Sonic Boom particle texture has been updated.
  • Vibration listeners like Sculk Sensors, Sculk Shriekers, and Wardens now listen for the closest vibration instead of the first vibration on tick.

Technical updates

  • The banner patterns available on the loom can now be controlled with tags (banner_pattern/no_item_required for no pattern element and banner_pattern/pattern_item/* for specific banner pattern elements)
  • Servers can now define different chat style formats for clients
  • removed the placefeature domain
  • Added the place domain
  • The included Java runtime has been updated to 17.0.3
  • Removed loot table feature set_goat_horn_sound
  • Added loot table function set_instrument
  • talk from the /say, /msg, /teammsgY /me commands are now also cryptographically signed

chat types

  • The server can now control different chat style formats via the chat_type Registration
  • These are synced with clients when they join the server.
  • The translation key or translation format can be defined, such as chat.type.text either %s says: "%s"
  • Chat can optionally be narrated in a similar way with a custom translation key or format
  • The entire message can be formatted, such as italics or a specific color (but currently no click or scroll events)

place domain

  • New command that replaces placefeature and you can place functions, puzzles and structures in a certain place
  • Syntax:
    • place feature <feature> [pos]
    • place jigsaw <pool> <start> <depth> [pos]
    • place structure <structure> [pos]
    • feature: The namespace id of a feature to try to place
    • structure: The namespace id of a structure to try to generate
    • pool: The namespace id from a group of templates to start generating
    • start: The namespace id name of a puzzle to use as the starting anchor
    • depth: The maximum number of jigsaw connections to traverse during placement
    • pos: The position to use as the origin of the generation (if omitted, ~ ~ ~ it’s used)

loot tables

  • set_instrument
    • Sets the required item tags for instrument items to a random value selected from a tag
    • Parameters:
    • options — a reference tag specifying the instrument options to choose randomly

fixed bugs

  • Simultaneous vibrations not triggering as expected
  • Minecraft doesn’t resolve SRV records correctly
  • The invite and news buttons are not displayed consistently in the realm menu.
  • The frogs’ walking animation does not change relative to their movement speed.
  • Only one scalp vein drops when using a Silk Touch Hoe on multiples in a single block slot
  • Sculk Catalysts will extend Sculk if a baby mob that doesn’t drop experience dies around it.
  • Allays lose items collected at world reset
  • Reliefs tied to a fence don’t move and refuse to pick up items
  • Ancient cities can be submerged in aquifers
  • Parity issue: Allays don’t follow player/note blocks as closely in Java
  • Snow caps cannot be placed on top of mud.
  • Incorrect trailer description for “Sneak 100”
  • The “Sneak 100” trailer includes Sculk Shriekers as a block that can “hear” the player.
  • Guardian/frogs continue animations when game is paused
  • Warden can still detect things after he dies
  • Warden continues to roar when angered by a lit vine
  • Warden continues to roar as the enraged guardian’s target suffers an unnatural death.
  • Warden continues to roar at offline players
  • Warden continues to roar at targets in unloaded chunks
  • Warden continues to roar at the missing target
  • Warden continues to roar when the target enters the nether portal, end portal, or end portal.
  • Warden’s sonic boom attacks can hit the player even if the player has entered another dimension.
  • Guardians can sometimes freeze when overwhelmed by enemies/attacks/sounds
  • Mangrove leaves may appear at higher altitudes when cultivated below y = 0
  • Allay permanently gets stuck trying to pick up a stack of items if its slots contain a stack of the same type with a different NBT (and vice versa)
  • The game can’t load worldgen settings when .DS_Store the files are present in the data package
  • There is a goat horn in the Destroy Item creative slot / all tabs within the creative inventory contain goat horns
  • Userskins not loading in singleplayer
  • Game crashes when using a goat horn with an invalid sound variant / java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: Index <index> out of bounds for length 8
  • Player is assigned a new UUID in single player
  • MinecraftClientHttpException when opening/creating a world

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