Save 35% on a Rock Paper Shotgun yearly subscription this Black Friday!

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Minecraft 1.19 release date: what's coming with The Wild Update?

Learn everything that you can expect with The Wild Update

Want to know more about the Minecraft 1.19 update? Caves and Cliffs part 2 draws near and is finally set to launch on 30th November. However, we're already looking ahead, as Mojang have announced the next major content drop for Minecraft: The Wild Update. There's plenty to look forward to in this update, including the addition of adorable Frogs. That should really be the headline right there, but there are other bits that we should mention, such as the Allay, refreshed biomes, and the highly-anticipated Warden mob. That sure is a lot, but fortunately, we've got all the details right here so that you don't go wild looking for them.

When is the Minecraft 1.19 release date?

Minecraft 1.19, also known as The Wild Update, is currently set to release in 2022. As we saw with 2021’s Caves and Cliffs Update, release plans can change quite drastically, and we’ll be sure to update you here with any news regarding the release plans for 1.19.

Now let's take a closer look at some of the biggest changes that The Wild Update will bring to Minecraft.

A Warden attacking a player in the Deep Dark biome in Minecraft.

The Warden and the Deep Dark

The Warden and the Deep Dark were originally planned for the Caves and Cliffs Update, but as the project grew and the scope of the Deep Dark expanded, Mojang decided that they needed more time to work on all of the features that will be included in this new underground biome. Due to these changes, the Warden and the Deep Dark biome will both arrive in Minecraft 1.19.

Not much was shown when the Deep Dark was first announced in 2020, but Minecraft Live 2021 has given us plenty of details. The main focus was to show that the Deep Dark is not just another cave. Instead, this underground network will contain ruined cities that are overgrown with Sculk. We also got a better look at how the Sculk growth spreads with the Sculk Catalyst, a new block that grows Sculk on the spot where a nearby mob dies.

pixelart of the allay celebrating the vote results from Minecraft Live 2021

The Allay

Minecraft 1.19 will also add the Allay, the winner of the community mob vote which took place during Minecraft Live 2021. The Allay is a little blue mob that looks like a kind of fairy or pixie. The Allay flies around the overworld and will collect items for you. Give the Allay an item and it will hunt the overworld for that object and bring them back in a tidy stack.

The Allay will drop the items when it is near a note block, and then have a little boogie before gearing up to collect some items again. It’s worth noting that the Allay will not be able to actually mine blocks itself, so don’t expect it to go mining for cobblestone whilst you sit and plan cool castle ideas.

Frog sitting on grass in Minecraft The Wilds

Frogs and Fireflies

If you’ve always felt that lakes and ponds are a little lackluster in Minecraft, The Wild Update aims to change that with the addition of Frogs. Three different types of frogs will be added to Minecraft: default, snowy, and tropical. You can get these variants by capturing Tadpoles - another new mob that will grow into frogs - in a bucket and taking them to different biomes. The frog variants will have different colours and behaviours, but this is still being worked on. We will update you when we find out more about frog variants.

Fireflies are also coming to Minecraft. This tiny mob will glow in the dark to add atmosphere to Minecraft’s swamps, whilst also serving as food for nearby frogs. It isn’t yet clear whether players will be able to interact with fireflies, but they certainly look pretty.

Concept art of characters rowing a boat under the roots of a mangrove tree in Minecraft The Wild update

Mangrove Swamps

Of course, the new mobs need a biome to populate, so we are also getting the Mangrove Swamps. These swamps are vast biomes populated by the new Mangrove tree type. The Mangrove tree can be planted either on land or in water, and grows very tall thanks to its large roots. I can't wait to see how ray-tracing looks as the sun sets over a mangrove swamp.

Chopping Mangrove trees will also grant you a new kind of wood, known as mangrove wood. This has a red hue that will give your creations a warm, cosy feel. This wood can be used for all of the usual blocks, such as doors, stairs, and trap doors, so you can add a little splash of colour to your defensive towers.

Steve rows down river in a boat with chest whilst a parrot sits on the leaves of a jungle tree

Boats with chests

Setting off on an adventure can always be daunting in Minecraft, because you have to carefully select which items you think you might need on the trip. Fortunately, The Wild will bring the highly-requested boat with chest to Minecraft, so you can load up all of your gear and set sail for new horizons. You won't need to worry about inventory space anymore, so you can take much more than just a set of Diamond armour and a few maps. Of course, this also has great risks. If you’re attacked by a player on your server, you could lose all of your items in the ocean.

Concept art of new birch forest in minecraft, showing biome diversity changes with taller trees

Biome diversity

Alongside the new Mangrove swamp biome, other biomes will also be getting an update in 1.19. These updates will focus on making the biomes more unique, so that you see true diversity amongst different areas when you explore the Minecraft world. This should make exploration a lot more interesting, and the redesigned biomes might also give you creative ideas and backdrops that you can incorporate into new Minecraft builds.

House made of mud bricks in Minecraft

Mud Blocks

You will also find mud blocks in mangrove swamps. In Minecraft, mud is made by saturating blocks of dirt with water. This happens naturally in swamp biomes, but you can also do it yourself by pouring water onto a dirt block.

Mud blocks allow you to create renewable clay by using the new dripstone block, a feature of Minecraft 1.18. If you place a mud block on top of dripstone, the water will eventually run out of the mud and through the dripstone, turning the mud block into clay. If you’d rather keep making dirt houses, you can also use mud to craft mud bricks.

That's everything that you need to know about the Minecraft 1.19 update. If you want to get out and experience the beauty of the overworld right now, check out our list of the best Minecraft shaders. If you are tired of waiting for a new experience, take a look at our list of the best Minecraft seeds to find a new world to explore.

Tagged With

About the Author

Hayden Hefford avatar

Hayden Hefford

Guides Writer

Zombies. Walkers. Shamblers. Whatever you call them, Hayden is definitely a fan. He can usually be found in front of a screen, playing the latest survival games and trying to hide from the real world. His eyes haven't turned square yet, but the possibility is certainly scary.

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Subscribe and get access to supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

More Guides

Latest Articles

Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch