Minecraft Weakens Swords and Strengthens Shields

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Minecraft developers have released a test version of the changes that will appear in the game.


Yesterday evening a new Snapshot appeared, which reveals the developers’ plans for the following weeks. Thanks to this, we know what to expect from the next updates.

Weakened swords

Swords received the biggest changes, although the shield deserves to be mentioned.

  • Sword Attack Speed ​​reduced
  • Attacking while crouching turns off the shield when attacking
  • Shields again protect against critical damage
  • Removed auto-attack while holding the button

The entire description can be found on Reddit, there is also a download link.

Update: Custom Java Edition snapshot to test new combat mechanics (version 2) from Minecraft