The indie hit Minecraft has certainly been host to a lot of changes recently, with the Adventure Update not only adding Creative Mode, but mixing up Survival Mode by adding a lot of features and flair (read our Minecraft 1.8 Update Guide here). While the wait for the second half of the Minecraft Adventure Update (1.9) is expected to be at least a month, Notch has revealed the next mob, and it’s a little snowy – and a little silly. Behold the wonders of the Snow Golem.
Why the name may sound like a dangerous mob, the Snow Golem is a silly-looking snowman with stick arms, and he’ll be fighting on your side for the duration of his frosty life. Notably, this mob will be a craftable entity, meaning if you’ve got enough resources, you can make an army of Snow Golems to do your bidding! But what exactly do they do, you ask? Well, they… they throw snowballs – which do no damage – at your enemies. But I think the lesson here is that they try, and you should respect that.
Click the below image to see the Snow Golem in all its goofy-grinning glory:
The Snow Golems tend to cause a hectic distraction for creepers and hostile mobs, hitting them with snowballs and causing the mobs to attack the golems, as opposed to you. As much as we love a well-crafted snowman, we’d rather see a creeper blow it up then take on the explosion ourselves, which may be one of the main purpose of the odd-looking mob: to be a pure, random, cannon-fodder decoy.
The mob will follow the player, though it will reportedly start to melt if it leaves the snow biome for too long. It will also leave behind a layer of snow in its tracks which you can shovel up to make some snowballs out of, which seems to the main theme for the mob. No word yet on if you get epic snowball battles going online with other players, but we imagine it might put a strain on the servers.
Notch created the creature while he was ‘bored with AWS’, which we imagine is referring to the toolkit for Eclipse, a java development program. If getting bored at work means a brand new mob, we won’t mind if Notch gets a little hazy-eyed more often.
What do you think about the Snow Golem? Will you be crafting up some winter warriors in the next Minecraft update?
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