Minecraft Exploration Update has maps and llamas

There aren’t many things that could tempt me back to Minecraft, but the idea of an Exploration Update could potentially be one of them. Unfortunately the reality of said patch, which was released today, doesn’t seem all that enticing – at least to me. Millions will undoubtedly think otherwise.

According to Mojang’s announcement, the Exploration Update (aka Minecraft v1.11) offers up new and exciting treasure locations, guarded by fiendish new creatures and their dastardly traps. Defeat them and you get to take home lots of lovely loot on the back of a llama – or even a whole train of llamas, which means you can haul all sorts of stuff about the place. Just imagine how much sand you could shift with one of Minecraft’s new spit-balling choo-choos!

The trick is of course in finding where the treasure is, which is where the exploring part of the update comes in. Or rather, just hand over some emeralds to one of the new cartographer villagers and you’ll get a map telling you where to go: 

Some maps may point you to mysterious Ocean Monuments, patrolled by spiny Guardians, others to Woodland Mansions – a new location, inhabited by the Villagers’ creepy cousins: the Illagers!  These mean and miserly folk do not welcome interlopers: watch out for spells which summon toothsome traps from the floor, or conjure nasty impish foes called Vexes. Survive that, and you’ll find that the Woodland Mansion contains a rather powerful prize: the Totem of Undying. With this trinket to hand, you can face any peril without fear. Fall, and the Totem of Undying will bring you back from the abyss of death itself! 

In related news, the Windows 10 and Pocket Editions of Minecraft will soon receive The Ender Update, which will bring the game to v1.0 and allow junior Minecrafters to at last battle the game’s ultimate boss creature, the Ender Dragon. 


Richie Shoemaker

Richie has been writing about games since 1997, spending five years on the staff of PC Zone and more recently writing for Eurogamer. His greatest claim to fame is that Sid Meier once gave him a lift to the pub.

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