Minecraft Live 2023 Highlights

So, what exactly is Minecraft Live and what happened in the latest one? For those of you who might not know, let's start there.

Minecraft Live 2023 Highlights

The Minecraft Live event has come and gone, leaving all of us Minecraft enthusiasts with a bittersweet taste in our mouths. It's not because the features announced were bad - quite the contrary - but because we now have to wait for these amazing features to make their way into our beloved blocky world.

What is Minecraft Live?

Minecraft Live is the annual extravaganza where Mojang, the brilliant minds behind Minecraft, unveils exciting new updates, features, and goodies for all the Minecraft players out there. It's a day of pure Minecraft magic, where we get a sneak peek at what's coming next. It's like Christmas but with more creepers!

Now that you're up to speed on Minecraft Live, let's dive into the juicy details of what was revealed at this year's event.

The Mob Vote: Penguin, Armadillo, or Crab?

2023 Mob Vote Winner: Armadillo
2023 Mob Vote Winner: Armadillo

One of the most anticipated parts of Minecraft Live is the Mob Vote. This year, the choice was even more exciting because we had real-life animals to choose from: the Penguin, the Armadillo, and the Crab. Each of these creatures came with their own unique abilities and uses.

Let's break it down:

Penguin: These adorable waddlers promised to be our sea buddies by giving a speed boost to boats.

Crab: With the Crab, you could extend your reach, which is pretty nifty.

Armadillo: The Armadillo came in as the true winner. Not only could it roll up into a protective ball when it sensed danger, but it also dropped scutes. These scutes might not be like turtle scutes, but they're perfect for crafting armor.

Not just any armor, though - it's armor for wolves! That's right; your furry canine pals are getting an upgrade. Doggo lovers, rejoice!

So, which mob did you vote for? The Armadillo's victory shows just how much we adore our loyal wolf companions.

Meet the Crafter: Automated Crafting at Your Service!


Get ready to say goodbye to those long hours of manual crafting because of the Crafter! This nifty block is here to make your crafting life easier. While they didn't spill all the details on how it works into much detail the trailer clips hinted at something resembling a hopper system.

You can select a recipe, feed it the required items, and, voilà, it'll spit out the crafted item for you. It's like having your own personal Minecraft assistant. The Crafter is going to be a game-changer for all you farm builders out there. Many players are already getting creative with the Crafter and preparing schematics of many automated crafting processes such as the following where the process of crafting fireworks is automated

Automated firework crafting. Credit: billyK_
Automated firework crafting. Credit: billyK_

Trial Dungeons: Underground Adventures Await!

Trial Dungeon Spawner
Trial Dungeon Spawner

You thought the Ancient City was already challenging? Well, get ready for an even bigger adventure because Trial Dungeons are coming. These dungeons promise more challenges and, this time, you can tackle them with friends!

What's different, you ask? These dungeons will spawn underground at various depths, and each one will be entirely made of new copper and tuff blocks. New blocks are always a treat, right?

Our absolute favorite was the Copper Bulb which emits varying levels of light based on the oxidation of the block!

These dungeons also come with exciting features, like the brand-new Trial Spawners.

These spawners release mobs depending on your proximity to the spawner and the number of players nearby. So, more players equals more mobs - teamwork is key! Not just that, it also drops loot on successfully defeating all the mobs! Not only that, a new hostile mob joins the party in the Trial Dungeons, the Breeze. As its name suggests, it uses the wind as its weapon, looking somewhat like a cousin of the Nether mob Blaze, but with a windy twist.

The Breeze can shoot projectiles and launch melee attacks. But what's really intriguing is that it can trigger redstone blocks. How that's going to play out remains a mystery, but we're guessing it'll shoot some buttons to open secret doors for players to hide under when it goes on a rampage.

This is all speculation based on teasers, of course, but the Trial Dungeons seem like an exciting addition to Minecraft.

What's Next?

Despite the thrilling reveals at Minecraft Live, there's one thing that left many in the community feeling slightly unsatisfied. Unlike previous events, we didn't get a name for this upcoming update.

We'll have to wait until next year for the big reveal, and many features will remain shrouded in mystery until then.

But remember, Minecraft is more than just a game on one device. It's available on nearly every major console and platform, making it a mammoth task to roll out updates to all these devices simultaneously.

So, in the meantime, enjoy all the incredible features we already have and keep on crafting, exploring, and creating.

Minecraft Live 2023 may have left us craving more, but it's only a matter of time before we get to dive headfirst into these fantastic new updates.