As Of Update 1.9, Combat Is Different In Minecraft


Until now, fighting in Minecraft was as simple as the repeated press of a button, but Mojang has now spiced that up. The new Update 1.9 adds a “cool-down” period for sword strikes, meaning you can’t just whack at things — you’ll need a battle strategy now. You’ll have help — players will be able to wield shields from this point, which will let them dodge attacks whenever they can’t swing. Certain weapons will also have special attacks that can be used at crucial moments.

Mojang’s full list of additions within Update 1.9 is below.

  • 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
  • We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
  • Removed Herobrine

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