Minecraft Snapshot 21w05a Includes New Features, Bug Fixes, and More

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Mojang Studios recently released a new update for the testing version of Minecraft: Java Edition's called Minecraft Snapshot. The new update adds tons of new features and items like moss, spores, drop leaves, cave vines, and glow berries. This will make the Minecraft ecosystem more refreshing with new crafting materials.

The stonecutter is a tool useful in crafting various copper blocks, such as Weathered Copper Block and Exposed Copper Block. Powdered Snow received changes including its interaction with flaming arrows. More details can be found within the patch notes.

Minecraft Snapshot 21w05a

New Features in 21w05a

  • Azalea bushes as well as flowering azaela bushes!
  • Added cave vines and glow berries!
  • Added drip leaves!
  • Added decorative blocks for the upcoming lush caves: hanging roots and rooted dirt!
  • Added moss!
  • Added spore blossom!

Cave Vines and Glow Berries

  • Cave vines grow down from the ceiling, like weeping vines.
  • When they grow they have a chance of producing glow berries.
  • Glow berries are a natural light source as well as a food source.
  • Foxes eat glow berries.
  • Use glow berries to plant new cave vines.
  • Bonemealing a cave vine will create glow berries.


  • Small dripleaf needs moisture, so it grows on clay or underwater.
  • Small dripleaf grow into big dripleaf when bonemealed.
  • Big dripleaf grows taller when bonemealed.
  • If you stand on a big dripleaf, it will tilt after a while and you will fall off.
  • You can crouch or jump to prevent a big dripleaf from tilting.
  • A tilted big drip leaf will tilt up again after a while.
  • The big dripleaf will break when hit by a projectile.
  • The wandering trader will sometimes sell small dripleaf plants.


  • Two new decorative blocks: moss block and moss carpet.
  • Moss carpet can be crafted from moss blocks.

Spore Blossom

  • A beautiful large flower placed on ceilings.
  • Particles drip from it.

Changes in 21w05a

  • The stonecutter can be used to craft the different copper block variants.
  • The stages of copper oxidation are now called “Copper Block,” “Exposed Copper Block,” “Weathered Copper Block,” and “Oxidized Copper Block” in sequence of least to most oxidized.
  • Drowned now have a chance of dropping a copper ingot, they no longer drop gold ingots.
  • Added new sculk sensor events.
  • Changes to powder snow.

Powder Snow Changes

  • Flaming arrows now get extinguished when they collide with powder snow.
  • Skeletons now convert to strays when frozen.
  • Powder snow is now pushable by pistons and sticky pistons.
  • Foxes can now walk on top of powder snow without falling in.

You can read more about the update here.

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