The Minecraft 1.21 update “Tricky Trials” adds new challenges, mobs, a weapon, and a lot more! Check out everything new in Minecraft 1.21 here.

Minecraft 1.21 Tricky Trials

The Minecraft 1.21 Tricky Trials update should be live on both Java Edition and Bedrock Edition versions of the game through the launcher.

New Features in Minecraft 1.21

Added a new underground structure called the Trial Chambers

Added 2 new mobs

  • Breeze
  • Bogged

Added a new weapon, the Mace

Added 3 new enchantments exclusive to the Mace

  • Density
  • Breach
  • Wind Burst

Added the following blocks:

  • Crafter
  • Trial Spawner
  • Ominous Trial Spawner
  • Vault
  • Ominous Vault
  • New variants in the Copper Family
  • New variants in the Tuff Family
  • Heavy Core

Added the following items:

  • Trial Explorer Map
  • Ominous Bottle
  • Wind Charge
  • Trial Key
  • Ominous Trial Key
  • Breeze Rod
  • 3 new Pottery Sherds
  • 2 new Banner Patterns
  • 2 new Armor Trims
  • 4 new Potions
    • Potion of Infestation
    • Potion of Oozing
    • Potion of Weaving
    • Potion of Wind Charging
  • 4 new Tipped Arrows
    • Arrow of Infestation
    • Arrow of Oozing
    • Arrow of Weaving
    • Arrow of Wind Charging

Added 3 new Music Discs by Aaron Cherof and Lena Raine

Added 20 new Paintings

  • 5 by artist Sarah Boeving
  • 15 by artist Kristoffer Zetterstrand

Redesigned Bad Omen to give access to Ominous Events

Added 6 new Status Effects

  • Infested
  • Oozing
  • Weaving
  • Wind Charged
  • Raid Omen
  • Trial Omen

Added 9 new music tracks by Aaron Cherof, Kumi Tanioka, and Lena Raine

Added 8 new Advancements

Added 4 new cave ambient sounds

Boats are now leashable

New Structure – Trial Chambers

  • Trial Chambers are a new structure in the Overworld where players can explore and take on combat challenges
    • Made out of a variety of Copper and Tuff blocks, and can be found in different sizes
    • A relatively common find throughout the Deepslate layer of the underground
    • Natural mob spawning does not occur inside, similar to Ancient Cities
    • Never starts inside a Deep Dark biome, but can sometimes overlap it
  • The layout of each Trial Chamber is procedurally generated, and can include traps, rewards and a variety of combat areas
    • Decorated Pots line the corridors and hold hidden treasures
    • Supply Barrels can be found between different rooms, and give you blocks and items which help you navigate your trials
    • Vaults are guarded by challenges in each room, and can be a source of many high level Enchanted Books and equipment including a very rare chance to receive a Trident
    • Ominous Vaults can be found in harder to reach places and give even better loot than standard Vaults, including some items which are exclusive to Ominous Vaults
  • Each Trial Chamber will include Trial Spawners with a melee, small melee, or ranged category:
    • Melee
      • Zombie
      • Husk
      • Spider
    • Small Melee
      • Slime
      • Cave Spider
      • Baby Zombie
      • Silverfish
    • Ranged
      • Skeleton
      • Stray
      • Bogged
  • Each Trial Spawner category will only use one mob for the entire structure when generated, and these mobs are randomized for each Trial Chamber
    • For example, one Trial Chamber might only spawn Zombies, Cave Spiders and Strays, while another might only spawn Spiders, Silverfish and Skeletons
    • The exceptions to this are some Trial Spawners in unique rooms which always spawn Breezes

New Mob – Breeze

  • A cunning hostile mob spawned by some Trial Spawners in Trial Chamber rooms
    • Drops 1-2 Breeze Rods when killed by a player
    • The number of Breeze Rods dropped is affected by looting enchantments
  • Moves primarily by leaping around its target
  • Deflects almost all projectiles, making it immune to ranged combat
    • With one notable exception: it cannot deflect Wind Charges
  • An aggressive adversary, it shoots volatile wind energy in the form of Wind Charge projectiles at its target
    • After colliding with an entity or a block, Wind Charge projectiles produce a Wind Burst, which knocks back entities in the area
    • Wind Charges deal a small amount of damage when colliding directly with an entity
    • Wind Charges break decorated pots and chorus flower blocks upon collision
  • Wind Bursts have the effect of ‘activating’ certain blocks:
    • Non-Iron Doors and Trapdoors are flipped
    • Fence Gates are flipped
    • Buttons are pressed
    • Levers are flipped
    • Bells are rung and swung
    • Lit Candles are extinguished
  • Wind Bursts do not have any effect on Iron Doors, Iron Trapdoors, or any block being held in its position by a Redstone signal
  • Will not retaliate against attacks from the following mobs: Skeletons, Strays, Bogged, Zombies, Husks, Spiders, Cave Spiders and Slimes
    • The same mobs will not retaliate against a Breeze when hurt by its Wind Charge projectile

New Mob – Bogged

  • A new variant of Skeletons that shoots poisonous arrows
    • They’re easier to take down with 16 health instead of 20 health
    • They attack at a slower interval of 3.5 seconds instead of 2 seconds
  • Has a chance to drop Arrows of Poison when killed by players
  • These mossy and mushroom covered Skeletons spawn naturally in Swamps and Mangrove Swamps
    • Can also be found spawning from Trial Spawners in some Trial Chambers
  • Drops 2 mushrooms when sheared (either both red, both brown, or one of each)

New Weapon – Mace

  • A new heavy weapon to smash your enemies!
    • Has a base damage of 5
    • Can be crafted with a Breeze Rod and a Heavy Core
    • Using it will decrease its durability like any other weapon; can be repaired with Breeze Rods at an Anvil
  • Has a unique attack called the smash attack. When the player falls more than 1.5 blocks before hitting, a smash attack is triggered which has multiple effects:
    • Safe Fall: Resets all vertical momentum and negates any fall damage accumulated from the fall
    • Extra Damage: Does more damage the further the player fell before hitting the target with it:
      • For the first 3 blocks fallen: Add 4 damage per block
      • For the next 5 blocks fallen: Add 2 damage per block
      • For any blocks fallen after: Add 1 damage per block
    • Great Knockback: Other entities near the struck enemy will be knocked back by the immense force of the Mace
  • Can be used in combination with Wind Charges to launch up and deliver devastating smash attacks to enemies
  • These existing enchantments can be applied to the Mace:
    • Mending
    • Unbreaking
    • Smite
    • Bane of Arthropods
    • Fire Aspect
    • Curse of Vanishing
  • The Mace also has 3 exclusive enchantments: Density, Breach and Wind Burst

New Mace-Exclusive Enchantments


  • Common Enchantment, accessible in the Enchanting Table and on Enchanted Books in random loot chests
  • Has 5 levels
  • Maces enchanted with Density do more damage per fallen block per Density level
    • Damage dealt per fallen block is increased by 0.5 per level of Density
  • Mutually exclusive with Breach, Smite, and Bane of Arthropods


  • Rare Enchantment, accessible in the Enchanting Table and on Enchanted Books in random loot chests
  • Has 4 levels
  • Maces enchanted with Breach reduce the effectiveness of armor on the target
    • The effectiveness of the armor is reduced by 15% per Breach level
  • Mutually exclusive with Density, Smite, and Bane of Arthropods

Wind Burst

  • Unique enchantment which can only be found in Ominous Vaults
    • Only Wind Burst I can be found, higher levels must be obtained by combining them in an Anvil
  • Has 3 levels
  • Maces enchanted with Wind Burst will emit a Wind Burst upon hitting an enemy, launching the attacker upward and enabling the linking of smash attacks one after the other
  • Successfully landing a Wind Burst attack causes the player to lose the fall damage protection they would otherwise have from landing a successful smash attack
  • Each level will bounce the attacker an additional 7 blocks into the air

New Blocks in Minecraft 1.21 Tricky Trials update

New Block – Crafter

  • A new block that enables the crafting of items and blocks via Redstone
    • Can be crafted with 5 Iron Ingots, 2 Redstone Dust, 1 Crafting Table and 1 Dropper
  • Will eject one crafting result at a time when powered by a Redstone pulse
    • Its current powered state is indicated by Redstone crystals on its back face, which will light up
    • The crafting grid on its top face will light up red when it successfully crafts a recipe
  • Upon receiving a signal, it will eject the recipe result from the front face
    • If the recipe output has any remainder items (such as a Bucket), the result and remainder items will be ejected together
  • When placed, the front face of the Crafter will face towards the player

Crafter User Interface

  • Has a 3×3 interactable crafting grid
  • The crafting grid slots are toggleable, meaning that the player can change the behavior of a slot by interacting with it while not holding an item
  • A slot that is ‘toggled’ cannot hold any items
    • Other blocks such as Hoppers and Droppers also cannot place items into them
  • Unlike the Crafting Table, the Crafter displays a preview of the crafted item which will be crafted and ejected on the next Redstone pulse, but cannot be manually taken out by the player
    • The arrow pointing out from the recipe grid will light up red when the Crafter is currently powered
  • The Crafter User Interface is shared between all players interacting with it, meaning that multiple players can interact with the Crafter at the same time, similar to Chests and Hoppers

Interaction with Other Blocks

  • The signal strength of a Comparator reading a Crafter is 0-9, where each non-empty or toggled slot adds 1 strength
  • Hoppers and Minecarts with Hoppers can be used to both insert and extract items from the Crafter
  • Droppers can be used to insert items into the Crafter
  • Items inserted from another block (ex: Hopper, Dropper) will fill the Crafter’s slots based on these rules:
    • Prioritize the first empty slot (from left-to-right, top-to-bottom)
    • If there are no empty slots then prioritize the smallest stack of the same item (pick the first if there are multiple)
    • If there is a toggled slot it will be skipped. The item will then be moved into the container
    • If the item cannot be moved, it will be ejected into the world
  • Items are removed from Crafters by Hoppers and Minecarts with Hoppers in the same order as from other containers like Chests

New Block – Trial Spawner

  • A new variant of Monster Spawners that ejects rewards upon defeat
    • Cannot be crafted nor obtained by players in Survival – instead, they can be found naturally throughout Trial Chambers
    • Very slow to mine and resistant to explosions, and will not drop even with Silk Touch
    • Cannot be moved by Pistons
  • The challenge level will increase for each new player a Trial Spawner notices nearby
    • The challenge level will not decrease until it is reset during a Trial Spawner’s cooldown
    • Trial Spawners can only notice players which are in line of sight, and will ignore Creative and Spectator players
  • Unlike normal Spawners, a Trial Spawner will spawn a limited number of mobs proportional to its current challenge level
    • It can only spawn a mob at positions that are within line of sight
    • It can spawn a mob regardless of any light level requirement the mob has
    • Spawned mobs are persistent
  • Once all mobs are defeated, the Trial Spawner will eject a number of rewards which is proportional to the current challenge level
    • After the rewards have been ejected, the Trial Spawner goes into cooldown for 30 minutes, during which it will no longer spawn mobs
  • When placed in Creative, Trial Spawners have no mob type set by default
    • The mob type can be set by interacting with it while holding a Spawn Egg
  • Has an Ominous Trial Spawner variant, accessible through an Ominous Trial

New Block – Vault

  • A block that holds locked treasure and loot – players must find the right key to eject its rewards
    • Can be found throughout Trial Chambers, containing the structures’ most valuable loot
    • Vaults in Trial Chambers require a Trial Key to be unlocked
    • Cannot be crafted nor obtained in Survival, and does not drop anything when mined
    • Explosion resistant and cannot be moved by Pistons
  • Can be unlocked by an unlimited number of players
    • After a player has unlocked a Vault, they cannot personally unlock that Vault again
    • If a player has not unlocked a particular Vault before, this can be seen by an orange stream of particles that flow from the player to that Vault when nearby
  • Has a keyhole that will be open or closed depending on the players nearby
    • If any nearby player has not unlocked that Vault, the keyhole will be open
    • If all nearby players have unlocked that Vault, the keyhole will be closed
  • Within its cage, it will cycle through and display items which are possible to eject from its loot table
    • Players cannot time their unlocks to eject the item that is currently displayed in the cage
  • The loot it ejects is randomized each time it is unlocked
  • Has an Ominous Vault variant, unlockable through an Ominous Trial

Copper Family

  • he Copper family of blocks has been expanded to add:
    • Chiseled Copper
    • Copper Grate
    • Copper Bulb
    • Copper Door
    • Copper Trapdoor
    • Oxidized and waxed variants of all of 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
    • Stonecutting a Copper Block into Copper Grates outputs 4 Copper Grates
  • Properties:
    • Transparent and allows light to pass through
    • Mobs cannot suffocate inside them
    • Cannot conduct Redstone
    • Hostile mobs cannot naturally spawn on them
    • Can hold water

Copper Bulb

  • A light-emitting block that can toggle its light emission through Redstone pulses
  • Oxidizes like other Copper blocks, and emits light based on oxidation level
    • 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 it is unpowered, it will toggle its light on or off when it receives a Redstone pulse
    • Its light will stay on even when the Redstone source is removed, and will only toggle off when it receives another Redstone pulse
  • A Redstone crystal can be seen in its center while it is powered by a Redstone signal
  • Similar to Glass Blocks, it does not conduct Redstone power
  • Comparators reading a Copper Bulb will output a signal strength of 15 if the Copper Bulb’s light is on
  • The crafting recipe for 4 Copper Bulbs is:
    • 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
  • Behaves like wooden doors, meaning they can be opened and closed with interaction as well as Redstone
    • Can be opened by mobs that have the ability to open doors
  • Crafted with Copper Ingots

Tuff Family

  • Tuff has been expanded to have its own family of blocks:
    • 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

Heavy Core

  • A mysterious, dense block which can be combined with a Breeze Rod to craft the Mace
  • Can only be obtained from Ominous Vaults

New Items in Minecraft 1.21

Trial Explorer Map

  • Used to locate a nearby Trial Chamber
  • Level up a Cartographer Villager to Journeyman for the opportunity to trade for this map

Ominous Bottle

  • An item which can be consumed by players to receive the Bad Omen effect for 1 hour and 40 minutes
    • Comes in 5 variations, one for each Bad Omen level
    • The bottle breaks when consumed
    • Can be stacked to 64
  • Ominous Bottles can be found uncommonly in any Vaults, and are dropped by Raid Captains which are defeated outside a Raid

Wind Charge

  • Become the Breeze! Using this item will fire off a Wind Charge projectile similar to the Breeze’s
    • Can be used to launch entities away from the impact of the Wind Burst
    • Grants 10% more knockback than a Breeze’s, but has a much smaller area of impact
    • Deals damage if it hits an entity directly
    • Has a half-second cooldown after each use
    • Can be fired from a dispenser
  • Players can use Wind Charges to propel themselves high into the air
    • Players that launch themselves with a Wind Charge only accumulate fall damage below the height of where they collided with the Wind Burst
    • As an example, if a player uses a Wind Charge to launch themselves 9 blocks into the air, and they do not land lower than where they initially launched, they will take 0 damage

Trial Key

  • An item that can only be obtained from Trial Spawners
  • Can be used to unlock Vaults

Breeze Rod

  • An item dropped by a Breeze that can be crafted into 4 Wind Charges, or used with the Heavy Core to craft a Mace

Pottery Sherds

  • Added Flow, Guster, and Scrape Pottery Sherds
  • These can be obtained by breaking Decorated Pots that display them in Trial Chambers

Banner Patters

  • Added Flow Banner Pattern, found in Vaults
  • Added Guster Banner Pattern, found in Ominous Vaults

Armor Trims

  • Added Bolt Armor Trim and Smithing Template, found in Vaults
    • Can be duplicated using a Copper Block or Waxed Copper
  • Added Flow Armor Trim and Smithing Template, found in Ominous Vaults
    • Can be duplicated using a Breeze Rod

There are a ton of other changes and additions, including new music and paintings, that you can check out on the official Minecraft 1.21 Tricky Trials update article.