Minecraft players are by their very nature incredibly creative. Every block in the game has been experimented with to an extreme to find out how it can be used and in what contexts.
In a recent Minecraft snapshot update, the honey block was introduced. At first, players were skeptical about the usefulness of such a block. They've since changed their minds. Fittingly for honey, the block is sticky, and Minecraft players are already utilizing that stickiness to introduce wall running to the sandbox game.
Basically, if a Minecraft player is moving against the direction of a honey block, they'll move slower in a downward direction than normal. If players line up a series of honey blocks over a pit, they can simulate wall running. Minecraft players aren't going to look like Ezio from Assassin's Creed or anything, but it does add an exciting dynamic to movement. And in a game like Minecraft where movement can be kind of slow and predictable, honey adds newfound depth.
Minecraft creators who focus on creating parkour-related content are already having a great time with the new honey block. One of the most impressive videos comes from ub3rl337z4ur, who created a 16-block jump using the new honey blocks. ub3r uses water momentum to build up speed and then a cactus to damage boost into the air. They then use a line of honey blocks to slow gravity over their falling distance. This video, and dozens of other new honey block parkour videos, show off just how much fun a single new block can be in Minecraft.
It's probably no coincidence, but this isn't the first time wall running has been discussed in the context of Minecraft. A bug from earlier this year had allowed players to walk against blocks despite having nothing directly under their feet. The bug also resulted in a lot of new videos from content creators, including Minecraft parkour fans. Perhaps Mojang got the idea to add sticky honey blocks from this bug and its positive reception, or perhaps it's completely unrelated.
The honey blocks are currently only available in the Java version of Minecraft via snapshots, so they're effectively in beta. In order to experiment with honey blocks, players will have to go to the Installations tab in their Minecraft launcher on PC and then click the checkbox next to "Snapshots." The latest snapshot will then be shown next to a "Play" button. For those waiting for a full and tested release, it should be available in a matter of months. For Minecraft Bedrock users, it may be a while yet longer.
Minecraft is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices.