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Minecraft Fireflies: when are Fireflies coming to Minecraft?

Fireflies will give swamps a glow up in Minecraft

Want to know more about Fireflies in Minecraft? Frogs need something to eat, so when they arrive, so too will Fireflies. These tiny glowbugs will mostly float around and wait to get whipped out of the sky by a Frog tongue, so there aren't loads of new gameplay elements to learn here. They certainly look pretty though, so you can expect them to add a certain flair (or flare?) to some tranquil Minecraft biomes. Below, we'll share all of the information that we do know, including when Fireflies will come to Minecraft and what they will do.

Of course, as we learn more about Fireflies and any other 1.19 features, we'll update any related guides to give you all of the latest info. Check back regularly to see if anything new has been announced!

When are Fireflies coming to Minecraft?

Fireflies will arrive in 2022 as part of Minecraft 1.19, which is called The Wild Update. Frogs and the Mangrove Swamp biome will also come in The Wild Update, along with the Warden and the Deep Dark, which were both originally meant to launch in Minecraft 1.18 before they got delayed into the next content update. Of course, Caves and Cliffs Part 2 still contained plenty of goodies, including a dramatic terrain generation overhaul and Dripstone caves.


What will Fireflies do in Minecraft?

At the very tiny size of two pixels, Fireflies will be the smallest creature in Minecraft. It is not currently clear whether Fireflies will actually count as a mob that players can interact with, or if they will merely be a lighting effect instead. Either way, there’s definitely some role they’ll play in the larger Minecraft world. Frogs burn a lot of energy doing all that hopping around, and that means they need a snack every now and then. Apparently, there’s no better snack than a Firefly, because frogs will occasionally just gobble them up.

Again, it isn’t clear how this actually affects frogs. It could be used to make them enter love mode, similar to how you can breed horses using a golden apple, or foxes with sweet berries. However, the team has not yet specified the role Fireflies will actually play. As soon as more is revealed, we’ll update you with all the new information.

Other than being the local fast food joint for frogs, Fireflies will also illuminate the night sky with their signature glow. This creates a lovely atmosphere that you can bask in after a difficult day of mining diamonds.


That’s everything you need to know about Fireflies in Minecraft. If you can’t wait for these beautiful bugs to arrive, take a look at our list of shaders to find another way to make your world prettier. To find something new to explore, check out our list of the best seeds in Minecraft. There’s plenty more that you can look forward to in The Wild Update, including the addition of the Allay, which was the winner of the Minecraft Live 2021 mob vote!

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