Nintendo releases "Six Quick Things!" feature on Minecraft Dungeons

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Mojang devs Laura De Llorens and Måns Olson share 6 Quick Things about the cross platform, dungeon-crawling, loot-hoarding action of Minecraft Dungeons on Nintendo Switch!

Check out the launch trailer for Minecraft Dungeons' "Flames of the Nether" DLC

The fourth DLC for Minecraft Dungeons has arrived! Minecraft Dungeons is heading to the Nether! Get Flames of the Nether now, and don’t miss out on all the hottest features as well as new missions, gear, mobs, and cosmetics.

Minecraft Dungeons updated to Version

Minecraft Dungeons has been updated to Version Check out the full patch notes below.

Ancient Hunts
Ancient Hunts are procedurally-generated end-game missions that weave in and out of the Nether. To access an Ancient Hunt, you’ll need to sacrifice some of your items. The combination of items changes which rare Ancient mobs you may encounter. Investing enchantment points further increases your chances to encounter ancient mobs. Defeating these mobs gives you brand-new Gilded gear, which is more powerful than anything you’ve yet encountered!

Gilded Gear
Gilded gear drops are part of the free update as ultra-rare items with an extra Enchantment slot built-in, making them some of the most powerful items in the game. To get these end-game level items, you’ll have to face the Ancient Hunts and travel to the dangerous Nether.

Gold Currency and Piglin Merchant
Once you get your first bit of gold from Ancient Hunts, the Piglin merchant will set up shop in the mysterious cave that’s popped up near camp. Trade the gold for items and possibly even rare Gilded gear!

Please note that gold must be earned in-game and cannot be purchased!

New Enchantments
- Pain Cycle (Melee)
- Artifact Synergy (Melee)
- Cooldown Shot (Ranged)
- Shock Web (Ranged)
- Artifact Charge (ranged)
- Reckless (Armor)
- Beast Burst (Armor)
- Beast Boss (Armor)
- Beast Surge (Armor)
- Fire Focus (Armor)
- Lightning Focus (Armor)
- Poison Focus (Armor)
- Soul Focus (Armor)

10 Million Heroes
The Minecraft Dungeons community has reached ten million players! To celebrate the amazing players supporting the game, we’re releasing a free cape and pet as part of this update

Return to Checkpoint
If you ever find yourself stuck in the world and unable to move head to the menu and select Return to Checkpoint!

New Achievements
10 new achievements/trophies to unlock on your adventures

Flames of the Nether DLC:

DLC Features
- Journey to the heart of the Nether in six new missions that will let you explore from the Minecraft universe in an all-new way. The adventure ahead will bring new artifacts and gear for those who are brave enough to face the fiery wrath of the Nether’s dangerous mobs.
- Two new player skins and a Baby Ghast pet

New Weapons
- Broken Sawblade
- Mechanized Sawblade (Unique)
- Boneclub
- Bone Cudgel (Unique)
- Twisting Vine Bow
- Weeping Vine Bow (Unique)
- Cog Crossbow
- Pride of the Piglins (Unique)

New Armor
- Sprout Armor
- Living Vines Armor (Unique)
- Piglin Armor
- Golden Piglin Armor (Unique)

New Artifacts
- Blast Fungus
- Powershaker
- Spinblade
- Thundering Quiver

Balance Changes:

Arch Haven and Soggy Cave
The unlock locations of these secret missions now always appear on Pumpkin Pastures and Soggy Swamp

Apocalypse Plus
- The previous twenty Apocalypse Plus levels have been compressed into ten levels
- Characters that had reached +20 prior to this update will now have +10 unlocked. Their gear will remain unchanged
- 15 additional Apocalypse Plus levels have been added, bringing the total up to 25
- Each Apocalypse Plus level now increases gear power and mob stats more than previously
- The difficulty curve has been adjusted behind the scenes such that Apocalypse Plus gives you a similar or slightly more difficult degree of challenge early on, but is significantly easier towards the end
- Every third Apocalypse Plus level now requires completing one or multiple boss missions to finish. Sorry, that means you can’t get to the end by playing Arch Haven many times over!
- There is no longer a small chance for mobs to respawn while playing on high Apocalypse Plus levels
- Drastically lowered the frequency of tier 2 and 3 variants of mobs (such as armored Zombies and Illagers) on Apocalypse Plus difficulty. This makes the gameplay feel more varied and alternating in pace and level of challenge when fighting mobs

Mob Enchantments
- Electrified interval from every 5s -> 4s
- Electrified damage from 150 -> 90
- This means that Electrified’s damage per second from mobs has gone from 30 to 22.5

- Each apocalypse plus threshold is now also a threshold for upgrading items at the Blacksmith

Enchantment Slots
- Bosses in Apocalypse are now more likely to drop triple-enchanted items
- Item drops now become guaranteed to have three enchantment slots partway through Apocalypse Plus

Artifact Cooldown Effects
- Cooldown decrease from armor buffed from 30% to 40%
- Cooldown decrease from a single enchantment slot buffed from ~30% to ~40%
- Stacked cooldown decreases from multiple sources of different types will now have diminished benefits
Example: Using Evocation Robes and 3x maxed out Cooldown enchantments, the cooldown change would go from an 87% decrease to a 77% decrease
Overall, this is a buff to most cooldown combinations, and a slight nerf to cooldown builds that use a cooldown armor with two or more stacked Cooldown enchantment slots. We’re hoping it will free up some enchantment slots for use on other things, while simultaneously fixing a few issues with stacking cooldowns we had previously

- Charge attack damage 350 -> 175

Rampart Captain
- Damage 440 -> 300

Wind Caller
- Updraft damage 110 -> 80

- Health 100 -> 200
- Damage 85 -> 100

- Third attack from 225 area -> 250
- Third attack damage from 90 -> 140

- Attack speed increased by ~30%

- Range increased from 330 -> 350

- Damage increased from 11 -> 13 (and 60 -> 70 for last attack)

Soul Scythe
- Damage 75 -> 80
- Splash factor 0.75 -> 0.85

Hunting Bow
- Increased quiver size by 50%
- Decreased charged shot damage multiplier from 2.5 -> 2.0

Power Bow
- Damage increased by 33%
- Fixed an issue where charged attacks weren’t extra strong as described

- Damage increased by 20%
- Projectile speed increased by 20%

- Increased quiver size by 20%

- Fixed an issue when attempting to delete a character while on “Create New Character” would delete a random character (MCD-3468)
- Fixed the threat slider moving back to the recommended threat level as soon as a new mission is started (MCD-4640)
- Fixed the explosion effect appearing underground for the Mountaineer and Rampart Captain (MCD-5035)
- Fixed Squall Golems and Ravagers not attacking summoned mobs (MCD-5051)
- Fixed the mission image staying red after adjusting threat level from Apocalypse Plus (MCD-4818)
- Fixed German subtitles in the outro of Desert Temple (MCD-4001)
- Fixed a crash that could occur when opening a chest on Pumpkin Pastures during 4-player local co-op, as well as other interactable items
- Fixed collisions on multiple walls and objects in several missions
- Fixed the texture of the Redstone Monstrosity’s head in the Camp house
- The loading screen now shows the proper chosen threat level for Apocalypse Plus
- The mission select map screens and settings screens can now be fully navigated with keyboard on PC
- Made several improvements and fixes to text-to-speech functionality in the menus
- Local co-op players can no longer be accidentally added if the friend screen is open after the player dies
- Fixed the Howling Peaks screen linking to the base game on the Nintendo eShop
- The mouse indicator no longer stays on items in merchant screens after changing the input from mouse to controller on PC
- Fixed a non-dismissible “controller disconnected” warning displayed after unsuspending the game from Sleep Mode and pairing a Pro Controller on Nintendo Switch
- Effects and sounds are no longer played twice for weapons with Shockwave if playing as a client
- Fixed issues with Xbox players being unable to rejoin session after losing network connection
- Improved messaging when linking to a Microsoft Account on Nintendo Switch while logged into that account on another device. The message now clarifies that “You are signed in to this game on another device. To use this Microsoft Account, sign out on the other device first”
- Goat and Arctic Fox pets now play the correct sound when equipped
- Lift gates in Windswept Peaks now play sounds when opening and closing
- Improved line spacing of text in several areas of the menus

Known Issues:
- In rare cases, multiple Ancient Mobs may spawn at once
- Completing missions in multiplayer as a client who does not have the level unlocked can fail to count towards Apocalypse Plus unlock progress
- Rarely, rolling off the map in certain areas in Warped Forest may cause the player to respawn at the beginning of an Ancient Hunt
- The objective marker can fail to guide players through the Nether Fortress mission
- Environmental fires in Nether missions do not damage players or mobs
- The Pain Cycle gilded enchantment description does not mention the health cost mechanic

Minecraft Dungeons' upcoming "Ancient Hunts" feature detailed

New end-game content to enjoy

Minecraft Dungeons is getting new "Flames of the Nether" DLC this month, and that content comes with a free update for the game as well. That free update is going to include some new goodies as well, including the Ancient Hunts feature.

Ancient Hunts are procedurally-generated end-game missions that weave in and out of the Nether and other familiar parts of the Overworld. If you'd like to read more about what Ancient Hunts include and how they work, you can check out Mojang's new blog here.

Get a closer look at Minecraft Dungeons' upcoming Flames of the Nether DLC and version update

Making a better Minecraft Dungeons

A couple weeks back, we shared news of the next batch of DLC heading to Minecraft Dungeons. The Flames of the Nether DLC is coming on Feb. 24th, 2021, and with it we're also getting a standard version update. That means there's tweaks and changes coming for all players of Minecraft Dungeons, and not just those who purchase the DLC.

In a new blog from Mojang, we get to see some of the many adjustments planned for both the DLC and the version update. If you want to get a rundown on some of the features you can expect with the DLC's launch, check out the feature here.

Minecraft Dungeons Video Diary Dives Into the Flames of the Nether DLC

Flame on!

Earlier in the week, we talked about the "Flames of the Nether" DLC, which comes to Minecraft Dungeons on Feb. 24th, 2021. In a new video from Mojang, find out how Minecraft’s iconic biome got a Dungeons twist with new biomes, mobs, and gear!

Minecraft Dungeons hits 10 million players

That's a lot of dungeon dwellers!

A couple weeks ahead of its next DLC release, Minecraft Dungeons is doing better than ever. Mojang has revealed that the game hit 10 million players worldwide across all platforms combined. Pretty good for a dungeon-crawling spinoff! Mojang also shared some other stats on the game, which we've compiled below.

- the Arch-Illager has been defeated a casual 5,934,629 times
- players have spent a combined total of 1141 years in camp
- the Redstone Monstrosity has been beaten a total of 7,044,521 times out of 19,511,994 attempts

Minecraft Dungeons getting "Flames of the Nether" DLC and a free content update on Feb. 24th, 2021

Fire it up!

There's not one, but two things to look forward to with Minecraft Dungeons. Mojang has revealed that the Flames of the Nether DLC is coming on Feb. 24th, 2021, as is a free content update. You can get the breakdown on both below.

The Flames of the Nether DLC will take you on a journey to the blazing heart of the Nether itself. Six new missions await you – featuring familiar biomes as you've never seen them before! Those who survive the adventure will collect new artifacts, weapons, and gear! I personally can’t wait to play these new missions. I just need to work up the guts to face the fiery wrath of the Nether’s most dangerous mobs. Very casual. Nothing worse than a Sunday brunch with the gals. On a less terrifying note, the DLC also includes two new skins and the adorable Baby Ghast pet! How can something so cute and precious grow up into something so bone-chillingly scary?


But we don’t just have the paid DLC coming out, we also have what might be the most ambitious free update in Minecraft Dungeons history! This update includes a major new feature called Ancient Hunts, which are procedurally-generated end-game missions that weave in and out of the Nether. Surviving these Ancient Hunts and beating the Ancient mobs within is the only way to get top-tier Gilded gear! There’s also a chance to get Gold, a new currency that a newly-arrived Piglin merchant in your camp will find very interesting! We’ll have more details about these new features as we get closer to release, so keep an eye on Minecraft.net for more information!

Nintendo the third most-seen gaming industry brand on TV for Dec. 16th, 2020 to Jan. 15th, 2021

A bronze for Nintendo this month

We have the first data on Nintendo's commercial spend here in the states for 2021, and they've managed to come in third place overall. Check out the data from Dec. 16th, 2020 to Jan. 15th, 2021 below.

- generated 159.9 million TV ad impressions from 887 airings of 20 spots
- with 28.7 million impressions, “My Way to Play: Minecraft Dungeons,” was the brand’s most-seen commercial.
- college football was the top programming driving impressions
- top shows included Big City Greens and SpongeBob SquarePants
- top networks included Disney Channel, ABC, and Nick

Minecraft Dungeons updated to Version

Digging deeper

Minecraft Dungeons has been updated to Version Check out the full patch notes below.

- Fixed the Apocalypse Plus prompt appearing after every completed mission (MCD-4879)
- This prompt will still appear once with each restart of the game and a full fix for the issue will come in an upcoming update
- Cooldown Reduction now affects Satchel of Elements and Scatter Mines (MCD-4892)
- Fixed mobs not spawning during Night Mode
- Disabled invisibility for enchanted mobs because that was too intense!
- Invisible mobs can still appear in Trials if the modifiers activate them


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