You can dual wield anything you want in Minecraft’s Combat Update

Swords! Axes! Buckets of lava!

I haven’t played Minecraft in approximately twenty-six years, but lately I’ve been thinking about getting a group of buddies together and playing it to see how much has changed since the year 1990. Mojang must have sent its Thought Thieves into my California home, because today marks the PC release of the Combat Update.

You can now carry two things at once by tapping F to place your desired item in your off hand. There are also shields, cooldowns for weapons (you can spam attacks as often as you want, but they’re more effective if you pace them out), a new enemy type called the Shulker, a pair of wings that enable gliding, and all sorts of other little improvements.

Sure, using two diamond pickaxes is fun. Sure, using a tool in one hand and a torch in the other is practical when diving deep into caverns. But sometimes, you just have to dual wield buckets of lava. I may have destroyed Mr. Destructoid. I may upload pictures in the comments, if Niero doesn’t send a hitman after me. Here are the changes:

  • Added shields
  • Attacking now has a “cool-down” delay, making it more important to time your attacks
  • You can now hold items in both hands (default quick key to swap items is ‘F’)
  • Swords have a special sweep attack
  • Axes have a special crushing blow attack
  • Added the elytra
  • New mob: Shulker
  • Expanded The End
  • Added Chorus plants
  • New Purpur blocks
  • New End Rod block
  • Added dragon head block
  • Ender Dragon can be resummoned
  • Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE)
  • Added grass path block
  • Added igloos
  • Armor protection values have been lowered
  • Added tipped arrows
  • Added spectral arrows
  • Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
  • Added a whole bunch of new sound effects
  • Added sound effect subtitles
  • Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate
  • Added skeleton riders
  • We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
  • Removed Herobrine
Zack Furniss