Minecraft 1.17 Snapshot Is Available Now. Here's What It Does

Minecraft Snapshot 1.17 is available to download now for PC Minecraft players, and with it comes the first glimpse at a cache full of what Mojang has in store for the final Minecraft 1.17 update.

Not everything in the Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update is making it into the 1.17 Snapshot, though.

Mojang split development of the update in half to deal with COVID-19-related disruption issues, but there’s still a hefty amount of new content in the Minecraft 1.17 Snapshot.

From new blocks and trees to dripstone growth and a laundry list of bug fixes, Minecraft Snapshot 1.17 is one of the biggest yet and completely transforms how we experience the game.

The Snapshot releases alongside a smaller patch designed to fix a few important bugs plaguing both PC and console users.

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Minecraft Snapshot 1.17 Patch Notes

New Features

  • Azalea and Flowering Azalea can now be bonemealed to get an Azalea Trees
  • Added dripstone growth

Dripstone Growth

  • If a stalactite is hanging from a dripstone block with a water source above, it will slowly grow both the stalactite from above and a stalagmite from below
  • Growth speed is random but very slow, a single growth step can take several minecraft days
  • A stalactite will only grow up to 7 blocks long
  • A stalactite will only cause stalagmite growth if the floor or stalagmite below is within 10 blocks
  • If the stalactite tip is inside water it won’t drip, and therefore won’t trigger any growth
  • If the stalagmite tip is inside water it won’t receive drops, and therefore won’t be grown by a dripping stalactite. Same thing if there is any fluid between the two tips
  • A stalagmite or stalactite will never grow into a fluid


  • Tweaked the texture of raw ores and raw ore blocks
  • New raw ore textures in snapshot 21w16a. Click here for a link to the full resolution image.

Changes to the Caves and Cliffs Preview

  • Download the updated datapack here
  • A lava aquifer in snapshot 21w16a. Click here for a link to the full resolution image
  • Aquifers below height 0 will sometimes be lava aquifers instead of water aquifers
  • Ore veins can now spawn underground

Ore Veins

  • Ore veins are large, rare, snake-like underground ore formations
  • Copper veins form above height 0 and are mixed with granite
  • Iron veins form below height 0 and are mixed with tuff

Technical Changes

  • Users who previously permanently declined server resource packs will now still be shown the pack prompt if the pack is mandatory (instead of being immediately disconnected)
  • The statistic for play time has been renamed to play_time
  • There is now a statistic for “Time with World Open” (total_world_time) that also includes the time when the game was paused

Minecraft Snapshot 1.17 Bug Fixes

MC-29522 – stat.playOneMinute adds a value of 1 every tick

  • MC-55775 – Statistics screen sometimes doesn’t show up to date information
  • MC-111534 – The firework rocket use statistic doesn’t count rockets used for elytra boosting
  • MC-117653 – Recipes and advancements are not granted while most GUIs are open
  • MC-136560 – minecraft.used:minecraft.elytra not functioning
  • MC-136681 – Debug Stick use statistic increases when not allowed to use it
  • MC-157116 – Food that is plantable counts towards using when right clicked on the ground
  • MC-190128 – Using a flint and steel to ingite TNT is not tracked by the in-game stats
  • MC-203637 – Mobs don’t avoid lava cauldrons when pathfinding despite of setting themselves on fire
  • MC-205236 – Frozen State doesn’t go away after respawn when on a server
  • MC-208598 – Baby axolotls take damage when touching a solid block from below / eye height is outside of their hitbox
  • MC-212113 – Glow Lichen can spawn underwater whilst not in a cave.
  • MC-212863 – Glow lichen use the same color as vines on maps
  • MC-213927 – Using bone meal on a sapling that is on a moss block consumes bone meal, but doesn’t grow into a tree
  • MC-213998 – root_vines_head is unused in-game files
  • MC-214129 – Several dirt blocks are not part of the #minecraft:lush_plants_replaceable tag
  • MC-214293 – Mobs can spawn on top of azaleas
  • MC-215270 – Moss requires air above a replaceable block to spread
  • MC-216787 – Cobwebs in mineshafts can generate as if supported by chains
  • MC-217411 – Anvils can become damaged when only falling one block
  • MC-218590 – Error message for commands.give.failed.toomanyitems doesn’t translate item name
  • MC-218592 – Azalea trees can generate inside of lakes (even completely submerged in water)
  • MC-218614 – Inconsistency: Infested Deepslate can’t be placed along axis
  • MC-218637 – Inconsistency: Infested deepslate is not rotated randomly like normal deepslate
  • MC-219155 – Cast fishing line is disconnected from the rod
  • MC-219211 – Two mysterious white pixels can be seen in the upper left corner of the recipe book icon
  • MC-219851 – Applying bone meal to a waterlogged big dripleaf stem creates more waterlogged big dripleaf stems
  • MC-219903 – Silverfish infesting deepslate cause it to rotate
  • MC-220024 – Shader compilation slows or fails the more asterisks are in a multiline comment
  • MC-220307 – TrueType Font glyphs render incorrectly
  • MC-220641 – Loyalty tridents disappear when your inventory is full
  • MC-220887 – Shader includes fail to compile correctly when missing newline at end of file
  • MC-221560 – Copper/Coal Ore in Deepslate Patches aren’t Deepslate Ores
  • MC-221628 – Entities don’t stop glowing after losing the glowing effect
  • MC-221652 – Teleport command to player does not work as in previous versions
  • MC-221655 – Glow Squids and Axolotls Spawn in Monuments
  • MC-222004 – Grass block isn’t apart of the #dirt block tag
  • MC-222517 – A large amount of slime or honey blocks will crash the game
  • MC-222684 – You cannot grow azalea trees by bonemealing Azalea plants
  • MC-222778 – minecraft.used:minecraft.candle doesn’t increase when placing a candle on a cake
  • MC-223260 – Emerald ore does not generate as intended
  • MC-223553 – minecraft.used:minecraft.glow_ink_sac doesn’t increase when applying a glow ink sac to a sign
  • MC-223554 – minecraft.used:minecraft.ink_sac doesn’t increase when applying an ink sac to a sign
  • MC-223555 – minecraft.used:minecraft.COLOR_dye doesn’t increase when applying a dye to a sign
  • MC-223557 – minecraft.used:minecraft.bucket doesn’t increase when taking powder snow, lava, or water from a cauldron using a bucket
  • MC-223558 – minecraft.used:minecraft.glass_bottle doesn’t increase when taking water from a cauldron using a glass bottle
  • MC-223563 – minecraft.used:minecraft.glass_bottle doesn’t increase when collecting honey from a beehive or bee nest
  • MC-223638 – minecraft.used:minecraft.shears doesn’t increase when carving a pumpkin
  • MC-223639 – minecraft.used:minecraft.shears doesn’t increase when collecting honeycombs from a beehive or bee nest
  • MC-223756 – minecraft.used:minecraft.powder_snow_bucket doesn’t increase when filling a cauldron with a powder snow bucket
  • MC-223757 – minecraft.used:minecraft.lava_bucket doesn’t increase when filling a cauldron with a lava bucket

[Source: Minecraft]

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