Minecraft Snapshot 23w05a: What’s New

Minecraft 1.20

Minecraft Java Snapshot

The latest Minecraft Snapshot 23w05a has been released and it brings some exciting new additions to the game. From armor trims to new bamboo uses, smithing templates, and the new mobs camels and sniffers, this update has a lot to offer.

Armor Trims: Armor trims have been added to the game and offer players the ability to customize their armor even further. Players can now add Gold, Copper, and other ores trims to their armor, allowing for a wider range of customization options.

1.20 Armor Trims

These are the ingredients you can use to change the color of your armor trim:

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Lapis
  • Emerald
  • Diamond
  • Netherite
  • Redstone
  • Quartz

Smithing Templates: Smithing templates have been added to the game, making it easier for players to craft items. Players can now create templates for their favorite items, making it easier to craft them again in the future. 

Armor Trim Smithing Templates are found all throughout the world, and each of the these structures contain their unique Smithing Template:

  • Pillager Outpost
    • Sentry Armor Trim
  • Desert Pyramid
    • Dune Armor Trim
  • Shipwreck
    • Coast Armor Trim
  • Jungle Temple
    • Wild Armor Trim
  • Ocean Monument
    • Tide Armor Trim
  • Ancient City
    • Ward Armor Trim
  • Woodland Mansion
    • Vex Armor Trim
  • Nether Fortress
    • Rib Armor Trim
  • Bastion Remnant
    • Snout Armor Trim
  • Stronghold
    • Eye Armor Trim
  • End City
    • Spire Armor Trim

New Blocks:  Bamboo & signs has been given a new lease on life in Minecraft Snapshot 23w05a. In addition to being used for decoration, players can now also use bamboo to create a variety of blocks/tools.

1.20 Bamboo

Block of Bamboo

  • New log-like block.
  • Can be crafted using 9 pieces of bamboo.

Bamboo Planks

  • Crafted from using a block of bamboo.
  • Can craft buttons, fences, signs, slabs, stairs, pressure plates, trapdoors, doors.
  • Can craft new bamboo rafts and rafts with a chest.

Bamboo Mosaic 

  • A new block to the bamboo plank set.

Chiseled Bookshelf

  • Are able to store up to six books, books and quills, or enchanted books.

Hanging Signs

  • 10 Wood Variants: Spruce, birch, jungle, mangrove, acacia, dark oak, oak, crimson, warped, and bamboo.
  • Can be crafted with 6 striped logs and 2 chains.

New Mobs: This snapshot introduces two new mobs to the game: camels and sniffers. Both of these mobs bring new challenges and opportunities to the game.

1.20 Camels


  • Are desert creatures that can be used for transportation
  • Can hold up to two players while riding.
  • Have 32 HP
  • Can be bred with Cactus


  • Won the Minecraft Live 2022 Mob Vote

Conclusion: Minecraft Snapshot 23w05a is a great update that adds a lot of new features to the game. From armor trims to new bamboo uses and the new mobs camels and sniffers, there is a lot to keep players entertained. The addition of smithing templates makes it easier for players to craft items, which is sure to be a welcome change. Be sure to check out this snapshot and let us know what you think!

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