List of features in Minecraft April Fool's Vote Update 

Moon dimension in April Fool
Moon dimension in April Fool's snapshot. (Image via Mojang)

Mojang's annual April Fools' Day Minecraft snapshot is always highly anticipated since it ushers in some of the most bizarre and unusual features in the game. These experimental versions are designed to offer players unexpected gameplay elements, such as the infinite dimensions introduced in snapshot 20w14∞. April Fools' snapshots have become a popular tradition, with fans eagerly waiting for some wild surprises every year.

However, it's worth noting that these snapshots are exclusive to the Java Edition of Minecraft. Players on other platforms won't be able to experience these unconventional versions.


New features in Minecraft's The Vote Update snapshot

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The 23w13a_or_b is the 2023 iteration of an April Fool's Minecraft snapshot, titled The Vote Update. As the name suggests, it adds a system that allows players to vote for gameplay features and mechanics that will be implemented in-game.

A voting proposal in snapshot 23w13a_or_b (Image via Mojang)
A voting proposal in snapshot 23w13a_or_b (Image via Mojang)

In the announcement video, the narrator revealed that the developers had been working on this snapshot since early 2017. Upon creating a world in this snapshot, players will find themselves involved in endless voting as different proposals keep popping up. Players can respond to them through a GUI that can be accessed by pressing V.

Advancements in this snapshot. (Image via Mojang)
Advancements in this snapshot. (Image via Mojang)

Choices will instantly be implemented in the game, allowing players to change the rules of Minecraft. A new "I voted" goal can also be unlocked upon voting once in a fresh world. There may be some advancements later on as well since that menu shows up empty for now in this snapshot.


Features list

The snapshot comes with a bunch of new additions.

New blocks and items

  • Cheese: Can be found on the moon dimension
  • Bottle of mob: Allows players and mobs to morph
  • Potion of Small: Decreases entity size
  • Potion of Big: Increases entity size
  • Air blocks: Can be unlocked through voting. Once unlocked, it can be crafted using four empty glass bottles. Players can use it to fill cows with air to make them baloon cows or refill air on the moon.
  • Packed Air: It can be crafted using nine airs to permanently fill the player's breath when standing in it. Players can place it on the moon in closed rooms.
  • Copper sink: Needs to be unlocked through voting, and then it can be crafted using seven copper blocks. Players can use it like regular cauldrons, but it cannot store lava or powdered snow.
  • Copper spleaves: Generates on the moon as part of the lunar base structure.
  • Other portal: Needs to be unlocked through voting or can be directly placed using the /setblock command.
  • Pickaxe block: This has to be unlocked through votes and can then it can be crafted.
  • Place block: It is craftable and can be used to place blocks in front of it.
  • Bottle of Void: Unlocked through voting and can be used to obtain Bottle of Entity.
  • La Baguette: An edible french bread that can also be used as a weapon.
  • Ruby: Re-added after ten years and has to be unlocked through votes. Replaces emeralds with rubies upon activation.

Mobs

A new variation of cows called moon cows has been added, and they can be found on the moon dimension. This intriguing mob walks backward and drops glass bottles, bones, and cheese upon death.

A new item called Bottle of Entity allows Minecraft Java players to store mobs in a bottle. Players can morph into the stored mob by drinking the bottle's contents. The effects of this item can be reverted using a Bottle of Void.

Two new Minecraft potions, the potion of small and the potion of big, are also present in this snapshot, allowing the players to shrink or increase the size of entities, including themselves.

A new Minecraft mob called Ray Tracing can also be spawned in the game through voting. Creative players can quickly summon it using the "/vote rule minecraft:ray_tracing approve" command. It is a humanoid mob that wanders around the world and sends random messages in the chat window.

Moon Dimension

Steve on the moon with moon cows. (Image via Mojang)
Steve on the moon with moon cows. (Image via Mojang)

A whole new dimension has been added, which can be accessed through voting for proposals that increase the moon's size. Voting thrice for this proposal will increase the moon's size to the point where its gravitational forces start pulling entities off the Earth.

Eventually, the player will enter the moon dimension, where the land is made of a new cheese block, moon cows spawn, and lunar rover and bases generate. The gravity here, as expected, is lower. Therefore, players can jump higher than usual and not sustain fall damage.