Pandas, Cats and new add-on features in beta!

Available in betas on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Android!

It's barely been two weeks since MINECON Earth 2018, our live celebration of all things Minecraft where we announced so much news I'm surprised we didn't crash the internet. And already three of those announcements – cats! pandas! More add-on options! – are available to try in Minecraft Beta 1.8.0.8!

To try these features, you have to play a version of Minecraft that supports betas (so that's the Windows 10, Xbox One and Android versions). You can see how to sign up for a Minecraft beta on each version here. You can also find more help regarding this specific beta on our feedback site.

Remember, beta features can be unstable – the whole reason we want players trying them this early is to give us feedback and catch bugs for us to fix – so backup your worlds!

CATS AND PANDAS

JUST LOOK AT THEM. So adorable, I'm not sure my eyes can handle it.

Me-wow!

Pand-awww!

Ready to play with these cute new mobs? Once you're signed up for the beta, create a new world and make sure you toggle the Use Experimental Gameplay option in the settings:

This will activate the beta features!

This will activate the beta features!

Want to feed your new pandas? Try some bamboo. How about crafting them an enclosure with a new building material? Try scaffolding!

PARTICLE EFFECTS AND ANIMATION ADD-ONS

Not familiar with add-ons? They're a fantastic way to bring even greater levels of customisation to all editions of Minecraft. You can learn more about them here!

Previously, add-ons only allowed you to modify existing mobs in the game, but with New Entities you can add more mobs. You can use Data Driven Spawning to control which mobs spawn in your worlds. Animations will give you more customisation options, so you’ll be able to craft the horrifying eight-legged mob of your dreams/our nightmares. Particles will let you pretty up your mobs with cool effects.

These options are now in the beta, but we've also added resource and behaviour packs that you can download to access some special example mobs we showed off at MINECON Earth! Are they as cute and cuddly as the cats and pandas? Er... well...

Look, we're all beautiful in our own way, right?

First of all, make sure you're signed up for the beta. You'll be able to tell because the word 'Beta!' will be in large yellow text below the title on the main menu. In the smaller white text along the top, it'll tell you which beta you're signed up for. Make sure it says 'beta 1.8.0.8'. Use this link if you need more help!

Then you'll need to run these two files:

These are .McWorld files which means you can just select 'run' and they'll open Minecraft on your device and start importing into it. You'll see a screen like this:

[1/2] – You should see 'Level import started' across the top of the screen, shortly followed by...

[2/2] – 'Level import finished successfully.' Nice!

Next, you'll need to download these two files:

They're .zip files. Once they've downloaded, rename the files – you want to change the file extension from .zip to .McWorld

Once you've done that, open the file and it should automatically import into Minecraft.

[1/4] – Once you've clicked one of the green links above, you'll see this box. Click 'OK'.

[2/4] – Once it's downloaded, you'll have a .zip folder, ready to be renamed! Why haven't I found a more fun desktop background? BECAUSE I'M TOO BUSY MAKING GUIDES THAT'S WHY.

[3/4] – Change the file extension from .zip to .McWorld. You'll see this warning screen asking if you're 'sure you want to change it?' Of course we're sure! Go ahead and click 'OK'.

[4/4] – Assuming you spelt .McWorld correctly (and if you didn't come on) then you should see the file change from a boring beige folder into a beautiful Minecraft-y block! Go ahead and double click it to import it into your Minecraft beta.

All done? Excellent! You can learn a lot more about add-ons, and find some terrific tutorials on how to craft your own ones, on this page of the never-not-impressive Minecraft Wiki.

But you got this far in the article for those MINECON Earth mobs that show off the particle effects and animations, didn't you? Your wish is our command, because now you can summon them in your own world! Also: be careful what you wish for!

[1/5] – Things get off to a promising start when I use '/summon minecon:duck' and get this yellow-billed delight. Quack!

[2/5] – Alas, using '/summon minecon:scorpion' results in a far less cute creature. You wouldn't sting me when I'm this close to finishing writing this guide, would you?

[3/5] – Oh, er, hello again! 'summon minecon:spider_illager' anyone? Those pandas in the background are right to look worried.

[4/5] – Well at least 'summon minecon:vile_spider' is a lot smaller. Wish it was a bit less 'coming straight for me' though...

[5/5] – Finally, here's 'summon minecon:skeletaur'... I don't know if I want to write for Minecraft.net anymore.

I'm just joking – I love all these special MINECON mobs really, and can't wait to build myself a new home made of bamboo and scaffolding and overflowing with vile spiders. What will you come up with? Remember to tell us what you think about all these beta features on our feedback site!

Written by
Tom Stone
Published
10/12/2018

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