Minecraft: Java Edition 1.17.1 Pre-Release 1 includes some feature changes and bug fixes

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Minecraft is still reeling from the fateful release of 1.17 Caves and Cliffs Update Part One, which delivered a shipment of new features to the game with a ton of fanfare. Now, Mojang Studios is working on further post-release polish and tweaks now that the update is public, culminating in Minecraft: Java Edition 1.17.1 Pre-Release 1. Don't expect any new features here (Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is getting candles in this update, which are already in the Java Edition), just a lot of changes to existing features and the usual batch of bug fixes.

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The fact that we're already at the "pre-release" level indicates that the 1.17.1 update likely isn't more than a few weeks away, so players won't have to wait long to see these improvements in the official Caves and Cliffs Update. If you're waiting alongside the rest of us, be sure to check out our list of best Minecraft merch, toys, and gifts to pass the time.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition Pre-Release 1 includes:

ChangesBlue axolotls can now only be obtained through breedingNon-screaming goats now have a rare chance to produce a screaming goat when bredStatus effects on goats now also apply when the goat is jumping or rammingRaised the drop rate for copper ingots from Drowned to 11% + 2% per level of lootingPowder snow now fills cauldrons two times faster than before (still pretty slowly, though!)Zombies, Zombie Villagers, Husks and Drowned will no longer pick up glow ink sacsCaves and Cliffs Update previewDownload the new datapackTechnical changesIn case of DNS-based redirection, the client will send the hostname actually used to connect (this restores the pre-1.17 behavior)Bug fixesSun, moon, and / or clouds are not showing if render distance is below 4Enchantments are saved as shorts, but are loaded as and function with integer valuesTurkish lira sign () appears as in the gameDuplicate text mapping for U+00B7U+1FEC is wrong in Minecraft's fontPistons and dispensers can be used to create ghost blocks using powder snowGhost items can be created using /item (server doesn't update client inventory correctly)Loaded chunks sometimes don't render until the player moves their head slightlyHanging Roots appear large when an item entityLogs can be replaced with stone near lava poolsWithers are now affected by potion effectsWorld gen datapacks will likely crash or softlock the gameLag when placing heads of non-existent players when on serversroot_system feature config's codec uses a wrong fieldOverworld Fossils always generate at bedrock levelEnd portal texture appears stretched after world conversionSmall dripleaf is consumed without being placed when used on tall seagrassGroup for lapis lazuli ore smelting and blasting recipes is misspelledClient crash when trying to create/edit realm immediately after deleting previous oneEnder pearls despawn when player logs out of a serverThrown ender pearls disappear upon entering the exit end portaljava.lang.NullPointerException when random_selector default feature isn't foundVery long loading pause while booting the game ("Failed to add PDH Counter", caused by oshi)Specifying the --server parameter when starting the game, causes the game to crashBlue axolotls can spawn naturally Race to releaseHere's everything we know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox and PC

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