Update 1.9, The Combat Update, is a version of Minecraft that was released on February 26, 2016.


New features

  • Grass/Dirt Paths, added first to Pocket Edition
  • An option to use your left hand, known as dual-wielding.
  • Off-hand items, as well as a Shield tab.
  • Captions/Subtitles for deaf people (e.g. *creeper hissing*)
  • Shields for blocking, instead of swords.
  • A new dungeon.
  • Elytras, which allow the player to glide. They can be found in End Cities.
  • Shulkers, a new mob found in End Cities.
  • End Cities, new generated structures found in the End. They contain shulkers, chorus fruit, and End Ships.
  • Chorus Fruit, new plants found in End Cities that when eaten teleport you to a random location.


  • Swords can no longer block.
  • New cloud rendering system.

Bug fixes

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