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Minecraft update out now (version 1.20.50), patch notes

Posted on December 5, 2023 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Minecraft update 1.20.50

Minecraft has come out with its latest update, version 1.20.50.

Leading the way for the update is a new look for bats, smashable pots, and some new experimental features like the crafter block. The ‘How to Play’ screen has also been revamped into the ‘Encyclopedia’ screen, plus there are fixes, improvements, and more.

Here’s the full rundown:

Minecraft update version 1.20.50 patch notes

New Features

Improvements to Decorated Pots

  • Decorated Pots now store up to a single stack of items
  • Hoppers, Hopper Minecarts, and Droppers can now insert and/or extract items from Decorated Pots
  • Comparators can now read the number of items in Decorated Pots
  • Players can interact with Decorated Pots to insert items into them
  • Decorated Pots have no user interface and need to be broken to retrieve or discover their content
  • Player interactions with Decorated Pots cause Decorated Pots to wobble and emit a vibration of frequency 11
  • Decorated Pots can be smashed by projectiles, which cause them to shatter and drop their content
  • Increased the maximum stack size of identical Decorated Pots to 64


  • The Bat now has a new look, thanks to an updated model, animations, and texture


  • Completely remodeled the “How to Play” screen and created a new “Encyclopedia” screen
  • Fixed various spelling mistakes
  • Removed obsolete references to “Old world”
  • Added missing references to Netherite related items (MCPE-90770, MCPE-165370)

Vanilla Parity

  • Vindicators and Evokers can no longer be spawned in a Peaceful world (MCPE-124736)

Experimental Features


  • Added the Crafter block to the game
  • Crafter can be crafted with Redstone Dust, Iron Ingots, Crafting Table, and Dropper
  • Crafter uses distinct particles when crafting
  • Crafter has distinct sounds for crafting and failing
  • Crafter has a blast resistance of 3.5
  • A Comparator connected to a Crafter now outputs a signal that is equal to the amount of non-empty slots plus disabled slots
  • Moving items into crafter from Hopper or Dropper distributes them evenly instead of first filling the first stack
  • Powering Crafter with Redstone signal makes it craft and output the item

Copper Family

  • The Copper family of blocks has been expanded, including:
    • Chiseled Copper
    • Copper Grate
    • Copper Bulb
    • Copper Door
    • Copper Trapdoor
    • Oxidized and waxed variants of all the above

Chiseled Copper

  • Crafted with 2 Cut Copper Slabs of a shared oxidation level
  • Can be crafted in the Stonecutter

Copper Grate

  • A new type of decorative block unique to the Copper family
  • Crafted with 4 Copper Blocks of a shared oxidation level
    • Can be crafted in the Stonecutter
  • Properties:
    • Transparent and allows light to pass through
    • Mobs cannot suffocate inside them
    • Cannot conduct Redstone
    • Hostile mobs cannot naturally spawn on them

Copper Bulb

  • A light-emitting block that can toggle its light emission through Redstone pulses
  • Oxidizes like other Copper blocks, and emits less light the more oxidized they are
    • Copper Bulb: Light level 15
    • Exposed Copper Bulb: Light level 12
    • Weathered Copper Bulb: Light level 8
    • Oxidized Copper Bulb: Light level 4
  • When placed, its light is off by default
    • While the Copper Bulb is unpowered, it will toggle its light on or off when it receives a Redstone pulse
    • Copper Bulb light will stay on even when the Redstone source is removed until it receives another Redstone pulse to toggle it off
  • A Redstone crystal will glow in the center of Copper Bulbs while it is powered by a Redstone signal
  • Comparators will read a signal strength of 15 if the Copper Bulb’s light is on
  • Does not conduct Redstone power
  • Can craft 4 Copper Bulbs with:
    • 3 Copper Blocks of a shared oxidation level
    • 1 Blaze Rod
    • 1 Redstone Dust

Copper Doors and Trapdoors

  • Copper variants of Doors and Trapdoors that can oxidize over time and be waxed
  • Works like wooden Doors in that they can be opened and closed with interaction as well as Redstone
  • Crafted with Copper Blocks of a shared oxidation level

Tuff Family

  • Tuff has been expanded to have its own family of blocks, including:
    • Stair, Slab, Wall, and Chiseled variants
    • Tuff Bricks with Stair, Slab, Wall, and Chiseled variants
    • Polished Tuff with Stair, Slab, and Wall variants
  • All Tuff variants can be crafted in the Stonecutter and Crafting Table

Villager Trade Rebalancing

  • Fixed an issue where experimental Librarians never sold the highest level of their common enchantments (MCPE-174861)

Fixes and Changes

Performance / Stability

  • A Sticky Piston pulling a retracting Sticky Piston that is pulling a player and another block no longer crashes the game (MCPE-175790)
  • Fixed a bug where the screen would freeze when uploading a world template to a Realm


  • The maximum render distance in Realms can be adjusted via backend updates. Expect an increase to the maximum render distance on Realms in the next week
  • Improved handling of unexpected errors during world export and better error messaging is now provided (MCPE-41898)
  • You can now launch Minecraft directly into a Realm using a link, even when the game isn’t running
    • Example link: minecraft://connectToRealm?realmId=<ID number>


  • Phantoms will no longer miss players who are gliding
  • Decreased the likelihood of players spawning above Leaves
  • Suspicious Sand no longer generates in Cold Ocean Ruins (MCPE-173492)
  • Fixed an issue where players couldn’t block with a Shield after releasing to use an item that had left their inventory (MCPE-171346)


  • Witches spawned via spawn eggs now join raids and throw potions at raiders
  • Raid mobs can now join existing raids
  • Mobs that grow up to be adults and are too large to fit inside Boats will now jump out (MCPE-171870)
  • Leads will no longer break if a leashed mob is not in the same chunk as the leash holder upon reloading a world (MCPE-157182)
  • Mobs on fire no longer spread fire to their target when holding something in their main hand
  • The calculations to determine whether a mob can attack a player or other mobs have been changed. Previously a mob’s horizontal width was used to determine their attack reach and their height had no effect. The area where a mob can attack is now their bounding box extended in horizontal directions
    • The mobs affected by this change are Axolotl, Bee, Blaze, Cave Spider, Dolphin, Drowned, Enderman, Endermite, Fox, Hoglin, Husk, Iron Golem, Panda, Piglin, Piglin Brute, Pillager, Silverfish, Skeleton, Spider, Stray, Vindicator, Warden, Wither Skeleton, Wolf, Zoglin, Zombie, Zombie Pigman, and Zombie Villager
    • The new reach calculation is the attacking mob’s bounding box extended by 0.8 blocks horizontally. If this extended box overlaps the target’s bounding box, then the attack can reach
    • This change does not affect the reach of players


  • Horizontal End Rod hitboxes are now rotated correctly (MCPE-171597)
  • Chorus Flowers can now be destroyed by any projectile, which will no longer disappear after impact (MCPE-176184)

Touch Controls

  • Sneaking in water is now possible with touch controls (MCPE-167218)
  • Touch input used for the Leave Boat button no longer continues to register input (MCPE-168574)
  • Fixed an issue where the player could enter touch control customization without having touch controls (MCPE-175530)

User Interface

  • Inventory option states such as the all/craftable toggle and selected inventory tab are now saved between sessions (MCPE-175159)
  • The loading screen now displays 3 categories of tips based on player progression
  • Added a game rule to turn off recipe unlocking messages
  • Recipe unlocking notifications no longer speed up when unlocking a lot of items
  • The search bar inside of the inventory is now aligned with the rest of the UI (MCPE-174298)
  • Added Menu Cancel as a remappable action and set Mouse Back button as its default
  • Fixed tips display for custom vehicles from Marketplace packs when using touch controls with a joystick
  • The Xbox On-Screen Keyboard now moves to a different position if it’s in front of the text user is inputting (MCPE-170831)
  • Fixed grammatical error in Magma death message (MCPE-64168)
  • Updated death message when killed by a Bed explosion in the Nether (MCPE-123604)
  • Made the hotbar less transparent (MCPE-31014)
  • Added background dimming on screens that didn’t have it (MCPE-168598)
  • Fixed an issue where the border around the ‘Creator’ tab in Settings would not be highlighted (MCPE-169617)
  • The classic skins info popup now sends you to the correct settings page (MCPE-175854)

All players on Switch can download the Minecraft version 1.20.50 update now.


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