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Minecraft Warden: when is the Warden coming to Minecraft?

Learn everything we know about the Warden in Minecraft

Want to know when the Warden will arrive in Minecraft? Those of you wanting a little more horror in your Minecraft should be very excited. The Warden is coming to add some much-needed terror to your underground escapades. This new mini-boss mob has ravaged the darkest depths of the overworld, creating Deep Dark cities that are teeming with Sculk growths. Below, we'll explain everything you need to know about the Warden, including when the Warden will come to Minecraft, what it will do, and how to distract it so that you can make it home alive.

When will the Warden release?

The Warden and The Deep Dark biome will launch in Minecraft 1.19, also known as The Wild Update. This is set to launch at some point in 2022. Fortunately, The Wild will also introduce cute frogs and fireflies. Maybe we'll just stick to exploring the new swamps and avoid the Deep Dark altogether, actually. Adorable frogs sound way better than being scared out of my skin, thank you very much.

The Warden was originally planned to launch in the Caves and Cliffs update in Summer 2021. However, this update was split into two parts, with The Warden and the Deep Dark pushed into the second half, known as Caves and Cliffs part 2, or Minecraft 1.18.

At Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang then revealed that the Warden and the Deep Dark would be pushed back even further, announcing that they will now arrive in Minecraft 1.19 in 2022. Caves and Cliffs part 2 is now available, bringing a significant overhaul to terrain generation with lots of new biomes, such as Dripstone caves.

What is the Warden in Minecraft?

The Warden is an extremely powerful hostile mob that can kill you in one hit, unless you wear Netherite armour. However, it has a key weakness that you will need to exploit if you want to escape alive.

The Warden is blind, meaning it can only locate you by following sounds. If you want to survive an encounter with this fearsome foe, you need to sneak around until you find an exit. Even Mojang themselves say you shouldn't fight Wardens, describing them as "more like a natural disaster" than a traditional boss.

Every noise you make will create a vibration that will alert the Warden, drawing it closer. If you want to go mining, it's best to go alone, as the Warden will also hear and attack other mobs, including friendly axolotls and foxes.

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

How do you find the Warden in Minecraft?

The Warden will spawn in a new biome called the Deep Dark. This is found in the deepest part of the Overworld, near the Bedrock layer. As you explore the Deep Dark, you will find Sculk growth, which is a new type of block that will come to Minecraft alongside the Warden.

As you move around and make sounds, the vibrations that you make will travel through Sculk growth and work their way through the Deep Dark. As the vibrations travel, the Warden will hear the movement and come to investigate.

Very little is known about the Deep Dark yet, but it does seem to contain some valuable loot. In the first look at Minecraft 1.18 shared during Minecraft Live 2020, we got a glimpse at some chests hidden within the Deep Dark. If you are brave enough to sneak around, and skilled enough to avoid the Warden, you might find some valuable treasure to take back home.

Minecraft Live 2021 shared more details about the Deep Dark, showing that it will contain entire cities that have been overgrown with Sculk. The Warden will haunt these cities, but you can find valuable loot within that should tempt seasoned adventurers.

How to distract the Warden in Minecraft

You’ll know when the Warden is close, as nearby candles and other light sources will start to flash. If the Warden is nearby, you can distract it by throwing something to make noise. For example, if you fire an arrow or throw a snowball, the Warden will investigate the sound and give you a chance to sneak away.

As the Warden is so powerful, you should avoid fighting it at all costs. If you do decide to attack, the Warden will grow in power and become even more formidable. Killing players wearing full Netherite armour in two hits is bad enough, so please don't make this any worse. Just make sure you have some snowballs around instead.

That's everything that you need to know about the Warden right now. As more information is released, we'll be sure to update this guide with anything new. If you want to avoid the terrifying Deep Dark and enjoy the overworld, check out our list of the best Minecraft shaders to make it look even more beautiful. If you want to explore something new right now, take a look at our list of the best Minecraft seeds.

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