Mojang and 4J Studios are about to launch a huge new update for Minecraft that will add new features, animals, blocks and biomes.

The update, titled ‘Patch 1.22’, was submitted to Sony for certification earlier this week and is set to go live shortly.

When the update is released, the PlayStation Vita version of Minecraft will be almost identical to the PC version – with only a few items missing.

Take a look at the full change log for the update below, courtesy of Minecraft Forums;

Change log for Patch 1.22 – December 10th 2015

New Items:-

  • Armor Stand, Raw Rabbit, Cooked Rabbit, Rabbit Stew, Raw Mutton, Cooked Mutton, Rabbit’s Foot, Rabbit Hide, Potion of Leaping, Potion of Water Breathing, Salmon, Cooked Salmon, Clownfish, Pufferfish, Blue Orchid, Allium, Azure Bluet, Tulips, Oxeye Daisy, Sunflower, Lilac, Poppy (replaces Rose), Rose Bush, Peony, Double Tall Grass, Large Ferns, Prismarine Crystals, Prismarine Shard.
  • Creative Mode only – Rabbit Spawn Egg, Endermite Spawn Egg, and Guardian Spawn Egg.

New Blocks:-

  • Podzol, Granite, Polished Granite, Andesite, Polished Andesite, Diorite, Polished Diorite, Prismarine, Dark Prismarine, Prismarine Bricks, Red Sand, Red Sandstone, Smooth Red Sandstone, Chiseled Red Sandstone, Red Sandstone Stairs, Red Sandstone Slab, Sea Lanterns, Wet Sponge, Slime Blocks, Coarse Dirt, Packed Ice, Acacia Saplings, Dark Oak Saplings.

New Mobs:-

  • Endermite, Guardian, Elder Guardian, Rabbit, Chicken Jockey.

New Biomes:-

  • Mesa, Mega Taiga, Roofed Forest, Birch Forest, Forest, Savanna, Extreme Hills+, Deep Ocean, Snowless Taiga, 20 new Technical Biomes.

Updated Features:-


  • Fishing now has particle effects – bubbles will show up moving towards the bobber just before the player has something on the hook. This has the appearance of a fish swimming towards the hook.
  • Treasure can now be caught while fishing.Treasure is split into 3 categories:-

1. Fish: Raw Fish, Salmon, Clownfish and Pufferfish.

2. Treasure: Enchanted Fishing Rod, Enchanted Bow, Enchanted Book, Name Tag, Tripwire Hook, Lily Pad and Saddle.

3. Junk: damaged Fishing Rod, Water Bottle, Rotten Flesh, String, Leather, Bowl, Stick, Bone, Tripwire Hook, Ink Sacs and damaged Leather Boots.


  • Enchanting now consumes Lapis Lazuli.
  • Enchanting has been rebalanced.
  • Enchanted Books can receive multiple enchants at once.


  • Villagers have additional professions and trading schemes.
  • Villagers will now harvest crops.
  • Villagers will only breed when willing (and can be made willing by giving them 3 bread, 12 carrots or 12 potatoes).
  • Villagers will turn into Witches when struck by lightning.

Nether Portal

  • New Nether Portal building rules: Any rectangular shape from 4×5 to 23×23
  • If the portal in the nether is big enough, Ghasts can travel through.
  • Will now be activated by any fire block within the frame.


  • Can place Pumpkins or Wither Skeleton Skulls to spawn Golems and Withers.
  • Will only place them if the body of the Golem or Wither is already built, in a valid configuration.


  • Anvil has been rebalanced.


  • Moss Stone, Mossy Stone Bricks and Chiseled Stone Bricks are now obtainable via crafting.


  • Cracked Stone Bricks and Sponge are now obtainable via smelting.
  • When a Furnace runs out of fuel, the smelting progress will rewind at 2× speed.
  • Empty Furnaces will only accept fuel and empty Buckets in the fuel slot.

Item Frame

  • Item Frames now emit a Redstone signal, and can rotate in 8 directions.

Redstone Comparator

  • Can now detect the rotation of an item in an item frame and output an equivalent power signal.


  • Buttons can now be placed on the top and bottom of blocks.

Powered Activator Rail

  • Powered Activator rails now dismount entities riding Minecarts.


  • Cauldrons with water in them will put out burning entities, taking away one water level each time.

Huge Mushroom Block

  • When harvested with Silk Touch enchantment, they drop blocks with corresponding Mushroom texture (red or brown) on all sides, rather than the one with spores.


  • Reintroduced Sponge to Survival Mode, with new behavior and texture.
  • Sponge turns into Wet Sponge when it soaks up water.
  • Water particles appear around the Sponge when this happens.
  • Sponge destroys water blocks from 5 blocks away in a kind of sphere.
  • Sponge soaks up water, only when some water is touching it.

Sugar Cane

  • Color/Shade is affected by the biome color (similar to leaves, grass and vines).

Baby Zombie

  • Now drop XP Orbs.


  • Can now be ignited with Flint and Steel.

Zombie Pigman

  • Adult Zombie Pigmen will forgive after a short time (and lose the aggro speed boost), but will continue to attack until the player escapes their aggro distance.


  • Now drink a Potion of Water Breathing, when they are trapped underwater.
  • Can drop a Potion of Water Breathing upon death, as a rare drop.

Jungle Biome

  • Melons can now be found in patches similar to Pumpkins.

Swamp Biome

  • Spawn with Blue Orchid Flowers.
  • In shallower parts, the coast is covered in staggered dirt block with Lily Pads between them.

Plains Biome

  • Generates three of the new flowers – Azure Bluets, Oxeye Daises and sometimes Tulips.
  • Can generate Double Tall Grass.

Extreme Hills Biome

  • Snow at higher elevations.
  • Gravel can replace ground cover.
  • Flat valleys near sea level.
  • Can generate slightly higher now.

Ocean Biome

  • Contains only Gravel on the floor instead of Sand, Dirt and Gravel.

Desert Temple

  • Now spawn with Stained Clay instead of Dyed Wool.

New landscape feature:-

  • Ocean Monument

New Enchantments:-

  • Luck of the Sea (I-III)
  • Lure (I-III)
  • Depth Strider (I-III)

Changes & Bug Fixes:-

  • Sheep now drop Mutton when they die.
  • Arrows decelerate much more quickly underwater, and extinguish if on fire.
  • Most mobs can now swim.
  • Skeletons flee from wolves.
  • Creepers, Skeletons, Wither Skeletons and Zombies drop their heads when killed by Charged Creepers.
  • Spiders no longer see players through solid blocks.
  • Babies’ growth can be accelerated by feeding them.
  • Fix for players adding additional layers above the maximum height in Superflat.
  • Added Flint and Steel and Fire Charge sound effect when igniting blocks.
  • Updated audio for Cows and Mooshrooms.
  • Updated audio for Minecarts.
  • Created a new Tutorial World.
  • ruefrak

    Minecraft is the best thing to ever happen to the Vita. You’d think that Sony would make a bigger deal out of it.

    • Minecraft is one of those games that doesn’t need advertising. Its in the top ten sales every month on every console.

      • ruefrak

        Sure, people know Minecraft is out there, but do they know it exists on the Vita? Or that there’s this thing called the PlayStation Vita which is pretty much the ultimate Minecraft device? It’s too late now, but had they pushed it earlier, it really would have helped the Vita out.

        • I love my vita and Minecraft on it but its not the ultimate Minecraft device. Minecraft Pocket on a mobile device is the ultimate. Unlimited worlds controller support and multiplayer with pc. That said I would still rather play it on my vita.

          • vongruetz .

            Let me chime in on this one. In my house we have Minecraft on tablets, phones, ipod touch, PS3, PS4, PSTV, and Vita. Every morning my daughter asks to have the Vita so she can play Minecraft. Having physical controls and the touchscreen make it the most preferred way to play (unless she’s playing with a friend, and then they turn on the PS4).

            I’d argue the Vita version is the best because its the perfect combination of controls and convenience.

          • Like I said Minecraft pocket has controller support now.

          • gamezalv

            Imo I’d also say that minecraft vita is the ultimate portable minecraft experience. Playing on the vita, with physical controls make a whole lot of difference and it’s far more enjoyable than playing on a touchscreen. Yes you may say that the pocket edition supports external controllers but that doesn’t end up making it completely portable now, does it? You’ll have to carry a controller with your phone (or tab). On the other hand the vita comes with physical controller built in.

          • well you’re already carrying a phone like you said so in this case you have to either carry an additional device like the vita to play it or just a controller if you want to play it on your phone or tablet. Sounds about the same thing to me. The also have things like the wikipad or gamevice controllers which fit nicely on either end like the vita controls.

            Like I said before I prefer playing Minecraft on my vita regardless of the advantages of the mobile so there is no need to defend the vita to me.

          • gamezalv

            Lol I’m not defending the vita to anyone dude! Anyways I carry my phone and I carry my vita with me as well. The vita fits nicely in my pocket and is a massive help when I’m bored somewhere.

      • Yoyitsu

        It would really help to sell a Vita bundled with it, throw in a couple of skin or texture packs and maybe even Tearaway. That would help the Vita sell during the holiday season!

  • Marius Henriksen

    This is awesome. So many new features. Vita is my favourite place to play Minecraft.