Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w45a changes Vex design and adds new bamboo blocks

What do you want to know

  • Minecraft: Java Edition is testing upcoming changes and updates through pre-release snapshots.
  • On Wednesday, Mojang Studios began releasing Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w45a to interested gamers.
  • Changes shown in the snapshot include an updated design for the Vex mob and other creative inventory changes.
  • The snapshot also includes new bamboo blocks from the Minecraft 1.20 update.

One of the least mentioned hostile mobs in Minecraft is the Vex, a flying, sword-wielding creature summoned by the dangerous and elusive Evokers. For years, the Vex seemed a bit out of place compared to the rest of Minecraft’s cohesive design language, but a new Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot is testing a redesign to fix that.

Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w45a is now rolling out for interested players on PC and comes with a number of new features and changes. The addition of the headliner is, of course, an all-new design for the Vex that changes its dimensions and textures to align more closely with Minecraft visuals. Now, the Vex appears to be quite similar to the Allay, but with more aggressive wings, eyes, and of course, its deadly sword.

Elsewhere, bamboo is getting two new block types for the Minecraft 1.20 update with the bamboo block and stripped bamboo block matching the behavior of logs for other wood types. Creative inventory is also getting some final tweaks in line with community feedback, which has changed significantly over the past Minecraft: Java Edition snapshots.

One of the most legendary PC games, Minecraft: Java Edition is far from over. Mojang Studios is hard at work on what’s next for Minecraft with the feature-rich 1.20 update, which will focus on player expression, representation, and creativity. Minecraft’s next content update will arrive sometime in 2023.

The complete changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w45a includes:



  • Added new default skins for offline players

Minecraft 1.20

  • Added bamboo block and stripped bamboo block
    • Bamboo block can be crafted from 9 bamboo and can be stripped like other wood logs
    • Bamboo Planks crafted from Bamboo Blocks only yield 2 Planks compared to 4 for Wood Logs.



  • The Vex now has a new look
  • Wild update music changed to be slightly quieter
  • When opening, Shulker Boxes will blast blocks that are attached to open faces (like torches)
    • Blocks that require support cannot be placed on these open faces when the Shulker Box is open
  • “Teleport to Squad Member” option in the spectator menu now only appears for squads with viable target players
  • Added Operator Items Tab option in the Controls menu which is disabled by default
  • Creative Inventory Changes

Inventory of creations

  • Operator-only items now appear in a new Operator Utilities tab if you have both:
    • The Operator Items Tab option in the Commands menu is enabled
    • Required operator permissions
    • Tab is hidden if operator permissions are lost while inventory is open
    • Now also includes structure blocks and all light block light levels
  • Added Color Blocks tab
    • Contains all blocks with 16 color variants
    • Moved all colored blocks from the Building Blocks tab to this tab instead to make this tab less important
  • Consumables tab renamed to Food and Drinks tab to have a simpler name
  • Crafting tab renamed to Ingredients tab as not all items are used in crafting
  • Reorganized
    • natural blocks
      • More consistency between types for the top section
      • Eggs moved between seeds and single block plants
      • Climbing plants placed above double block plants
    • Food and drinks
      • Cooked versions of raw foods are now side by side
    • redstone blocks
      • Less cluttered
      • Items of greater importance at the top
      • Removed variants of doors, hatches, buttons and boats that have no functional difference
    • Ingredients
      • Placed Lapis in the same order as the ore blocks
  • Moved
    • Experience Bottle from the Tools and Utilities tab to the Ingredients tab next to Enchanting Books
  • Added
    • All axes to the Combat tab (they also stay in the Tools and Utilities tab)
    • All possible Suspicious Stews in the Consumables tab
      • The tooltip will show the effect of a stew before it is picked up from the creative inventory
      • Only stews with effects available through crafting or Mooshrooms are listed
    • Pressure plates and buttons of each type on the Building Blocks tab
    • Almost all light blocks at the top of the Function Blocks tab
    • The 3 fireworks flight durations to the tools and utilities tab and the combat tab next to the crossbow
    • Eye of Ender next to End Portal Frame block in Functional tab for better usability
  • Tooltips for all creative menu items outside of single category tabs will show the categories that item can be found in
    • Previously this only happened in the search tab


  • Changes to the Vex model and textures
    • The Vex retains a slightly oversized hitbox to make combat easier

Technical changes


  • `/publish` command has new arguments to enable commands and set default game mode
    • New syntax: `/publish [allowCommands] [gamemode] [port]`
  • Goes to the Open to LAN screen
    • The screen now allows you to select the port on which to host the LAN world
    • Game mode and cheat permission buttons are now initialized with world defaults
  • Resource pack version is now 12

Bugs fixed


  • Horses can suffocate when passing through lower portals
  • Result map tooltip when zooming out on a map shows the previous zoom value instead of the new one
  • You cannot empty buckets of water into waterlogged blocks
  • Enderman angry/screaming sound event captioned alike idle sound
  • Inconsistent eye level between piglins or zombified piglins and piglin bullies
  • Merchant Trade Selection Package (C2S) does not check for negative indices
  • Player desynchronization with Nether Portals
  • Empty tags correspond to empty slots in recipes in the form
  • Chat hover and click events are shifted if “Line Spacing” chat setting is used
  • The bee path finding system can cause performance issues
  • The camel’s neck is visible during the sitting animation
  • Non-controlling passengers can race the camels
  • Inconsistent textures with jungle hanging signs
  • Sounds for bamboo, crimson, and warped hanging panels use the generic sound of wood
  • Weighted pressure plates produce incorrect sounds
  • `FileAlreadyExistsException` if directory `resourcepacks` is a symbolic link
  • References to single player chat reports
  • Error in any model file causes resource reload to fail now
  • Monsters do not fire crossbows correctly
  • The word “messages” in the string `gui.chatSelection.fold` is always plural
  • New network protocols prevent connecting to offline servers
  • Lodestone Compass enchantment glow not scaled correctly
  • MC-256917 Death message from explosions by TNT and TNT minecarts that don’t cause a player or other mob changed
  • TNT Minecarts Doesn’t Record What Caused It to Explode
  • Multishot fires projectiles backwards
  • MC-256990 Superflat worlds can use disabled blocks as part of their layers
  • Missing structure block in creation tab
  • “Lava” in `gamerule.lavaSourceConversion` is misspelled as “Lave”
  • Buttons are placed differently from pressure plates in Creative Inventory
  • Applying Bone Meal to a Warped or Crimson Mushroom crashes the client in Multiplayer