Minecraft 1.9 finally released 545 days after Minecraft 1.8

About one and a half years after the release of Minecraft 1.8, Mojang has finally released the complete Minecraft 1.9 update. The update is nicknamed "The Combat Update" by Mojang, due to the update's completely revamped combat mechanics.

Here's the entire changelog, straight from Mojang's website:

  • 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


There's also the usual bug fixes and such included. Let us know what you think of the update in the comments section below!

Source: Mojang

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