MINECRAFT SNAPSHOT 18W45A Illager Patrols, Signs, and Scaffolding

Watch Out for the Illagers

As of the latest Java Minecraft snapshot, Illager beasts and Pillagers now spawn naturally in the world in packs of 5 called “Illager Patrols.”  These five Illagers are composed of one Illager beast and four other random Illagers.  At this time they will only spawn in Plains, Taiga, Deserts, Savanna, and their variations.

Each patrol will feature a leader, which will sport a “scary-spooky new banner” on top of their head.

A patrol of illagers, with the leader sporting a banner on it’s head. Screenshot from Minecraft.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs

Signs get a much needed update.  You can now move your cursor for free text editing.  In addition, there is selection support, as well as the ability to copy and paste.  Hallelujah, about time.  It was always a pain in the rear to have to break a sign when you accidentally had a typo and have to start all over again.

To recap, signs have been updated quite a bit so far in this Village and Pillage update.  In a previous snapshot, signs got the fence treatment and they made signs able to be colored depending on what wood you use.

Put Bamboo to Use with Scaffolding

Scaffolding has been added.  They’re easy to build, easy to take down, and easy to climb, making it a useful addition to the game.

Scaffolding allows you to stand on it while you’re building, making tall builds much safer. Screenshot from Minecraft.

It’s the Little Things

I don’t normally go into detail about the technical parts of updates, but I have to share this little tidbit.  They changed the command for drops to “loot” instead of “drop.”  And when my favorite games are loot-based, this just tickles my fancy.

To read the rest of the technical updates, including bug fixes from previous snapshots, read the official announcement on