Minecraft Aquatic Update Phase 2 Is Out, Brings Realms Functionality to Switch

Plus a whole host of other additions and changes to boot.

Posted By | On 10th, Jul. 2018 Under News

The Aquatic Update for Minecraft, which was going to be broken into two phases, is now out in its entirety for the Bedrock versions of Minecraft (i.e. the “better together” ones). This means that the update is now available for Xbox One, Windows 10, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.

It is planned to come to PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, and Xbox 360 some time later. Note that, as previously announced, all of these systems except for PS4 won’t get Minecraft updates after this one. The Java Edition will get it by the end of July.

The update adds a litany of features (you can see a list below), and, specifically on Switch, enables the functionality to join realms- but not servers yet. That will be coming at a later date, apparently.

You can check out the full patch notes for this update, including new additions, and multiple changes, as well as a new trailer for it, for yourself below. Minecraft is available on *takes a deep breath* Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Windows 10, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, iOS, Android, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch.


  • Realms are now available on Nintendo Switch
  • The Drowned – These dangerous, underwater zombies lurk in dark, deep water and will come up to the shore at night
  • Sea Turtles – These gentle creatures can be found swimming in oceans and tanning on beaches. Protect their eggs so more can hatch!
  • Turtle Shell and Scute items
  • Potion of the Turtle Master
  • Nautilus Shells – Can be found while fishing or held by the Drowned
  • Conduits can now be constructed underwater and give players the Conduit Power effect. Craft them with Nautilus Shells & Heart of the Sea
  • Bubble Columns – Magma Blocks create downward flowing columns and Soul Sand creates upward flowing bubbles
  • New Achievements!
  • Added new commands that only affect worlds with Education Edition enabled: 1. /ability – Sets a player’s ability 2. /immutableworld – Sets the immutable state of the world 3. /worldbuilder – Toggle World Builder status of caller


  • Changed the menu background to be themed for Update Aquatic
  • Undead mobs will now sink in water and can walk on the bottom
  • Improved the steering of Boats when using keyboard and mouse by pressing W to move forward and S to reverse
  • Dolphins can now be given Raw Fish or Raw Salmon and will swim towards the nearest Ocean Ruins or Shipwreck
  • Husks that have sunk in water will now transform into Zombies and Zombies will transform into Drowned
  • Skeleton Horses can now be ridden underwater
  • Skeletons and Strays will switch from ranged to melee attacks while underwater and switch back when out of water
  • Coral blocks will no longer die as long as one side is touching water
  • Improved player swimming at the surface of water
  • Tridents can now be enchanted with Mending and Unbreaking
  • Added an animation when using Riptide in first person perspective
  • Slightly decreased the friction of Blue Ice
  • Updated the texture of the top of Kelp
  • Updated the texture of Cooked Fish
  • Updated the Riptide spin texture
  • Default Field of View has been reduced from 70 to 60 and can be adjusted in Video Settings
  • Tridents will no longer break blocks in Creative mode
  • The Inventory button has been moved to the top of the Store page

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