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Minecraft: Java Edition/Version Differences/1.4

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This is a sub-page of Minecraft: Java Edition/Version Differences.

1.4, better known as the Pretty Scary Update, was released fairly close to Halloween 2012; or October 25, 2012. It fit with the earlier updates' trend of making the later minor updates into the actual full release, like 1.4.2, 1.4.4, and 1.4.6.

It is an update that added a lot of pretty things, and not to mention scary things, into the game. This was well demonstrated by Mojang at the time:

It's a combo meal!

The update was also released in two parts: 1.4.2 and 1.4.6. Despite this, all the snapshots and releases will be posted here.

This portion of the Pretty Scary Update introduced everything mentioned on the poster above.
This portion of the Pretty Scary Update introduced the content not included on the poster above, such as enchanted books and fireworks. It came after 1.4.5.

All of the other releases (shown below) are too small to put on their own sub-page.


1.4.3 is the first pre-release for version 1.4.4, released on November 1, 2012.


Music Disc

The music disc "wait" has been added.

Command Format


/enchant is a new command used to give specific enchantments to tools and weapons.




When in Creative mode, flying through cobwebs does not slow the player down, but walking through them will.


Baby Mobs

Baby mobs are now spawnable by right-clicking a mob with a corresponding Spawn Egg.


Squids now die when they are not underwater.

Bug Fixes

  • The disc "11" is now dropped by creepers in the same way as the other discs.
  • Enchanted book exploit fixed.
  • Slimes have correct collision box.
  • MC-2 - Enchanted items show its background on the beacon-block.
  • MC-5 - Emerald ore can be broken with a minimum iron pickaxe, but the block emerald can be broken with all the pickaxes.
  • MC-6 - Minecart sound doesn't stop.
  • MC-7 - Skeletons holding swords will shoot arrows.
  • MC-13 - Arrows do not stick (and stay) in mobs.
  • MC-15 - Item drops drop into transparent blocks and cannot be picked back up.
  • MC-17 - Anvil block collision box appears "sunken".
  • MC-20 - Getting door drop in creative.
  • MC-23 - Falling out of the world while chunks are loading.
  • MC-30 - Some of the regular sounds are now server-sided.
  • MC-33 - Placing 2 wooden slabs will play the sounds from 12w38a.
  • MC-34 - Pink dye on sheep appears white on top.
  • MC-36 - Using /tp on a player in a different world will teleport to needed coordinates, but not change the world.
  • MC-38 - Fence Gate Texture flips inside out.
  • MC-39 - Mobs in minecarts can vanish when minecarts are broken.
  • MC-40 - Calculate name plate length based on username stripped of color codes.
  • MC-47 - Slimes are invincible.
  • MC-51 - Duplication of Dragon Eggs, sand and gravel.
  • MC-54 - Mobs are immediately transferred back to the overworld upon spawning in the Nether.
  • MC-56 - Broken or missing animations with potion of invisibility.
  • MC-57 - Anvil rendering error in item frames.
  • MC-66 - Score doesn't work anymore.
  • MC-74 - When a block is placed next to an end portal block with an Eye of Ender in it, the block is see-through.
  • MC-81 - Item frames in multiplayer don't store item NBT data.
  • MC-86 - Graphical glitch with cactus in a flower pot near a wall.
  • MC-100 - Odd chance where you take fall damage when sprinting off 2 or 1 blocks.
  • MC-110 - Breaking effects sometimes duplicate sounds & effects.
  • MC-116 - Music discs reverting to original name after being played, even if they've been renamed by the anvil.
  • MC-118 - Dying dogs collar doesn't use your dye.
  • MC-125 - Signs missing text.
  • MC-147 - Tree leaves break half slabs.
  • MC-154 - Multiple consecutive newlines in books do not create a space between lines in editor.
  • MC-155 - Wither de-spawns in Peaceful and shouldn't.
  • MC-159 - Death from a 2-4 block drop while changing gamemodes.
  • MC-160 - Dragon Egg particles are missing.
  • MC-166 - Potatoes and carrots uproot themselves.
  • MC-176 - Map item placed in item frame experiences Z-fighting.
  • MC-187 - Teleporting a player triggers a pressure plate sometimes.
  • MC-191 - Minecart flickers when looking backwards.
  • MC-196 - Falling anvils do not maintain orientation while falling.
  • MC-218 - Breaking a block touching an open trapdoor closes it.
  • MC-222 - Vines, fern, grass and lilypad appear gray when held in F5 mode.
  • MC-231 - Teleport through walls glitch.
  • MC-264 - Different stacking slab sound.
  • MC-270 - Skeletons shoot arrows faster than humanly possible.
  • MC-298 - Text misplaced in demo mode window and 4:3 screen.
  • MC-303 - "Your game mode has been changed" shows in log when it hasn't.
  • MC-310 - Dropped items stop minecarts on their track.
  • MC-311 - If the player puts an anvil (or a few other items) into a display case and turn it upside down, the orange from the case will start to overlay the item in the case.
  • MC-313 - Chest hitbox is wrong.
  • MC-335 - Dropped items with NBT tags do not stack.
  • MC-347 - Open doors and levers don't work together.
  • MC-366 - The sound for cows are cut off early instead of playing all the way through.
  • MC-388 - Squids spawning rates are everywhere.
  • MC-398 - Structures generating in wrong biomes.
  • MC-418 - Particles don't show correctly when sprinting on blocks with different variations like wool, wood and biome colored grass.
  • MC-491 - Ladders breaking glitching out.
  • MC-504 - Mobs try to jump Nether brick fence.
  • MC-529 - Buggy fall damage in 1-deep water.
  • MC-541 - Flaming arrows won't trigger TNT when shot from above.
  • MC-598 - When the player have detailed item descriptions on, renamed item's name is not in italic.
  • MC-606 - Zombies can pick up items while dying.
  • MC-645 - Items at the top-left corner of a container cannot be duplicated with the pick block key.
  • MC-647 - TNT sometimes makes item drops when it is ignited by the explosion of another TNT.
  • MC-740 - Invisibility potions not completed in correct time displayed.
  • MC-743 - More Ender egg render problems.
  • MC-767 - Creating a world with seed and map world "QUATREPOINTDEUX" fails.
  • MC-771 - Death by bat.
  • MC-827 - Server Crash when client logs in with invalid difficulty.
  • MC-853 - Item frames do not show directly after entering the game.
  • MC-864 - Snow Golems won't die.
  • MC-894 - The "where are we now" disc is unavailable.
  • MC-973 - Bat noises are painful and cause headaches.
  • MC-977 - When riding a minecart, fall damage lags.
  • MC-1004 - Custom spawners with no delay variance crash the game.
  • MC-1023 - Potion of Weakness removes ability to destroy paintings and item frames.
  • MC-1037 - Missing pitch rotations in OpenAL implementation.
  • MC-1088 - Lightning strikes can create client side fires (ghost fires).
  • MC-1102 - Minecraft crashes in creative inventory.
  • MC-1132 - Nether portals create a huge lag, especially when several entities have to be teleported.
  • MC-1136 - Ender pearls (and other throwable objects) loose their link to the thrower when reloaded.
  • MC-1162 - When the player jumps on wheat crops, usually the farmland becomes dirt, then seeds and wheat are dropped; however, if the player jumps on potato and carrot crops, farmland become dirt, but crops stay there.
  • MC-1181 - SkullOwner lost when breaking a player skull block.
  • MC-1195 - Beacon particles show if below beacon.
  • MC-1236 - Escape key doesn't take you back to main menu from Multiplayer screen.
  • MC-1243 - Wither breaks End Portals.
  • MC-1285 - When breaking an item frame that contains an item frame, only 1 item frame drops.
  • MC-1301 - Named maps lose their title after copying.
  • MC-1318 - By placing a bed at the same time as throwing it away makes it a half bed.
  • MC-1319 - Getting bed drop in creative.
  • MC-1332 - Cobblestone wall has fence-collisions.
  • MC-1377 - Death caused by lag spikes on minecart over a lava field.
  • MC-1378 - Adventure mode graphical issue breaking blocks.
  • MC-1385 - Placing trapdoors on half-slabs.
  • MC-1399 - Block textures held by players (third-person view) are mirrored.
  • MC-1444 - Flying through cobwebs in creative affects the player and shouldn't.
  • MC-1454 - Shift (crouch) will not stop you from falling off of an anvil.
  • MC-1464 - Falling sand appears on fire when falling into lava.
  • MC-1473 - Fire doesn't show if the player shoots a mob in a minecart.
  • MC-1547 - Spinning while placing a bed creates a triangular bed.
  • MC-1574 - Can't destroy glass in Adventure Mode.
  • MC-1586 - Minecraft crashes if connection is lost when editing signs.


1.4.4 was a minor update to Minecraft that was released on November 14, 2012. The update was mainly intended to fix bugs from 1.4.2.

Bug Fixes

29 bugs have been fixed.

  • A bug involving the player taking random falling damage due to lag has been fixed.
  • A bug involving the player taking falling damage when riding minecarts has been fixed.
  • Slimes' hitboxes have been fixed.
  • Signs no longer lose their text client-side on servers.
  • MC-334 - Tab key not working for any function on Mac.
  • MC-450 - Chicken head movement is inverted.
  • MC-527 - "seed" command doesn't work in Minecraft server command line.
  • MC-984 - Internal exception: java.io.IOException: Bad packet id 249.
  • MC-1079 - Killing animals with fire aspect on the first hit does not cook the drops.
  • MC-1153 - Torch texture is rendered incorrectly.
  • MC-1478 - Walking from ground level onto anvil.
  • MC-1608 - Iron Golems crash the player when they walk.
  • MC-1611 - Torches don't place properly, get adjacent to wall.
  • MC-1612 - Water current too strong / Can't swim up in deep water.
  • MC-1622 - Enderchest doesn't have the right hitbox.
  • MC-1647 - Cannot fall into void.
  • MC-1661 - Crash when placing minecart on powered rail.
  • MC-1741 - Loading a world that has been moved or deleted causes a crash.
  • MC-1745 - Player can jump over cobblestone walls.
  • MC-1789 - Squids do not suffocate on land.
  • MC-1793 - Nether Brick Fence has an incorrect texture.
  • MC-1845 - Crash when rendering entities.
  • MC-1860 - Block and item duplication.
  • MC-1871 - Running on leaves produces gray particles.
  • MC-2229 - Fences are not rendered correctly from underneath.
  • MC-2304 - Redstone repeaters above 1 tick do not receive a pulse at all when sent a 1-tick pulse from redstone wire or repeaters.
  • MC-2362 - Item frames disappear without drop when a block is placed in their position.
  • MC-2400 - Disappearing mobs and items after dying.
  • MC-2422 - Pistons are invisible and make blocks invisible while pushing.
  • MC-2447 - Cannot break block behind gravel, sand, dirt with Efficiency V diamond pickaxe.


1.4.5 was a minor update to Minecraft that was released on November 20, 2012.

Bug Fixes

74 bugs have been fixed.

  • A bug involving LAN servers not connecting correctly has been fixed.
  • MC-113 - Wolves will teleport to player when player goes far enough from where the wolves are and the chunk unloads.
  • MC-161 - Random floating gravel.
  • MC-168 - Lag on some superflat maps.
  • MC-169 - Pickup sound after following arrow into portal.
  • MC-232 - Wolf attacks once, then stops attacking.
  • MC-245 - When the player builds a 1x1 tower, sometimes they would glitch through a block and fall down.
  • MC-274 - [Multiplayer only] When using water on mob heads, for some players the head appears to be a skeleton.
  • MC-280 - Die suffocated on the wall.
  • MC-305 - Blocks are not shaded when selected in beacon GUI.
  • MC-332 - Pet dog / cat randomly falls on certain blocks and dies.
  • MC-333 - Invisibility on riding entities not working properly.
  • MC-343 - Animals getting stuck in blocks and die.
  • MC-356 - Chunks won't load after /tp.
  • MC-396 - Players falling through half-slabs.
  • MC-481 - Entities of players and mobs stay after leaving/exploding.
  • MC-520 - Cave sounds being cut off.
  • MC-596 - Getting hurt by skeletons when in peaceful.
  • MC-730 - Slimes having choppy movement.
  • MC-733 - Extreme frame-rate drop.
  • MC-734 - Wither skeletons not spawning in pre-generated fortresses.
  • MC-759 - Arrows shot into bottom of block cannot be picked back up.
  • MC-773 - Partial transparent entity.
  • MC-851 - Memory leak when running a small server.
  • MC-898 - Zombies would be invisible to the player.
  • MC-901 - Teleporting using a Command Block and pressure plates occasionally stick a player into a block.
  • MC-903 - Client crash when logging in to 1.4.2 server.
  • MC-928 - Wood block doesn't break.
  • MC-946 - Command Blocks losing command data on multiplayer.
  • MC-968 - Back from the Nether glitch.
  • MC-978 - Maps in item frame in multiplayer.
  • MC-993 - After the server has had 24 hours of runtime, it would start spamming "Console stack trace :: Invalid argument".
  • MC-994 - Minecraft sound glitch.
  • MC-1031 - Can place blocks but cannot break solid blocks.
  • MC-1043 - Issue with dropping frames in 1.4.2.
  • MC-1059 - Bug that does not allow players to play on their server.
  • MC-1074 - FPS fluctuation after going into the Nether on a custom superflat.
  • MC-1173 - java.lang.ClassCastException: amg cannot be cast to amb.
  • MC-1232 - Blocks drop when you place a torch on them and mine them for a few seconds.
  • MC-1282 - Cannot exit Nether portal in Nether while open trap doors are adjacent to the portal.
  • MC-1289 - Zombie fall damage is irregular.
  • MC-1296 - Sound bug with arrows in water.
  • MC-1346 - Shooting a bow while in a boat causes the shot to be way off.
  • MC-1477 - Spider jockey skeleton takes damage in daylight, but does not appear to be on fire.
  • MC-1479 - Can't click in creative menu to get an item from it, must use keyboard.
  • MC-1557 - Enchanted items should appear enchanted when dropped on the ground.
  • MC-1563 - Command blocks teleporting wrong.
  • MC-1621 - Ender Chests still have the old collision box and bounding box.
  • MC-1919 - Tamed wolves won't get up.
  • MC-1965 - Double Digit Maps erase info on earlier maps.
  • MC-1997 - Spawners (edit: and possibly other blocks) disappear when torches are removed.
  • MC-2118 - When using 'pick block' on leaves, even though are already leaves in hotbar, you will get a new leaves block in the first empty slot.
  • MC-2132 - In a Superflat world, the player would overstep the ground, and would then have to fly and break the soil to pass up.
  • MC-2151 - When the player re-opens their game, it puts them in another location from where they were when they closed the game.
  • MC-2158 - Roughly every 24 hours, Minecraft server enters a state where players cannot connect.
  • MC-2170 - Dispensers are firing towards one side depending on the direction.
  • MC-2259 - Stacking anvil graphical glitch.
  • MC-2401 - On SMP when using a shovel to destroy dirt/sand no block lag, without a shovel block lags.
  • MC-2458 - Boats can pass through walls.
  • MC-2497 - Weird random flames from torches/spawners are appearing.
  • MC-2498 - Spawning baby wolves from wild ones.
  • MC-2500 - Spawning baby villagers creates farmer baby villagers only.
  • MC-2507 - Entering IPv6 server crashes the client.
  • MC-2508 - Last page of /help missing.
  • MC-2513 - Flying bug with damage.
  • MC-2590 - Entities teleporting to and from origin in multiplayer.
  • MC-2704 - Potion bubbles glitch when you're in minecart.
  • MC-2796 - Enchanted pickaxe works better than shovel.
  • MC-2910 - 1285 Out of Memory ### GL ERROR ###.
  • MC-3003 - Skeleton will always pick up items.
  • MC-3163 - Rail turnout bug.
  • MC-3239 - Spawner flame remaining.
  • MC-4525 - In full screen mode the panorama background on the menu screen is not shown.


1.4.7 was a minor update to Minecraft that was released on January 9, 2013. It was released to fix some of the bugs and crashes in 1.4.6.

Bug Fixes

  • A bug involving a long timeout when checking SRV records, and fireworks bug in creative has been fixed.
  • MC-60 - Joining a server, and leaving it, then trying to connect to any server crashes the game.
  • MC-467 - When killing the spider first in a spider jockey, the skeleton turns invisible.
  • MC-1300 - Falling sand entities with water or lava as block ids do not render properly.
  • MC-1433 - UDP Query Protocol does not properly unpack/pack integers, session IDs are not returned correctly.
  • MC-2776 - Sneak fails when placing slab on slab.
  • MC-2799 - Torches don't light the block that they are attached to when there is a block on top and at the sides of them.
  • MC-2902 - Signs remaining blank after edit in single player.
  • MC-4715 - Crash when using spawned in firework / Server kicks you with an End of Stream error.
  • MC-4913 - Bold text takes up lots of space sometimes.
  • MC-5246 - Crash on thorn enchant from arrow in dispenser.
  • MC-6232 - Minecraft client crashing frequently since Christmas.
  • MC-6947 - Anvil eats items when using the number keys to move stacks into it.