Minecraft is getting a new crowd – but it’s up to you and the community to decide which option makes the cut. Mojang’s has revealed two potential creatures so far, and there’s a clear winner (in my opinion) that could be a game-changer for farming.
The community will decide in the annual Minecraft Mob Vote which of the three candidates should be added to the game. Mojang’s has revealed just two of the three options so far: the trickster, a hide-and-seek expert who has enchanted tools, and the sniffer, an ancient creature that looks like a cross between a truffle pig and a turtle. But the winner is obvious, right?
The sniffer caught my eye right away, as I need a useful farmmate. When the Sniffer is beside him, he will sniff out the undergrowth and discover all sorts of seeds and plants. Never again will you have to spend countless nights looking for elusive watermelon seeds or stocking up on pumpkins. I can see myself building a very useful automatic Sniffer farm in the future, which would mean I would never run out of seeds again.
Mojang also hinted that if Sniffer is voted on, we may see more plants and seeds added. As someone who is a sucker for creating farms, I’m already organizing the new gardens in hopes of some additions to my automatic food production.
How can the rogue hope to compete with that?
Sniffer has already made a big splash, and more splashes will come if he wins the contest. Sniffers are found in underwater ruins scattered among chests, so you’ll need to swim to the depths of the ocean to collect their eggs if you want to get your hands on them.
But you won’t just need your swimming trunks to find a Sniffer Egg. As they appear in underwater ruins, you’ll be swimming with the Drowned – the rotting corpses of zombies that have sunk into rivers and oceans. They are fast, silent and deadly. Fighting a horde of Drowned while trying to catch your breath underwater is not a fun experience. So make sure you don your best armor and equip your sharpest sword.
Understandably, Sniffers would be just as hard to find, though. In keeping with Minecraft lore, the Sniffers are an ancient mob that have only recently been rediscovered after becoming extinct. It’s up to you to bring these little gardeners back from the dead.
Sniffer looks like a cute and practical addition to Minecraft – my two favorite things. As sweet as it sounds, Rascal does nothing for me and my agricultural dream. Perhaps the third mob will find a place in my heart, but it will have to work hard to force the sniffer out.
According to the ad post (opens in new tab), voting will go live on the Minecraft website on October 14 at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST / 5 pm BST (or October 15 at 2 am AEST). Who knows, maybe the Sniffer will remain extinct.