Lots of fixes and changes appear in the newest Minecraft snapshot

Minecraft: Java Edition secures another snapshot for The Wild Update.

What you need to know

The next content update for Minecraft will be The Wild Update, releasing later in 2022.
On Wednesday, Mojang Studios released Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w18a to test more of The Wild Update.
The snapshot includes plenty of technical updates and bug fixes, but few new features or other improvements.
A new Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta was also released today.

2022 continues to march inexorably forward, and the release of The Wild Update continues to inch ever closer. Mojang Studios is working tirelessly behind the scenes to deliver a comprehensive and feature-packed update later this year, and it’s involving the Minecraft community at every step of the way.

Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w18a is releasing alongside a new Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta with plenty of changes and fixes for The Wild Update, the major content update releasing to Minecraft players at some point in 2022.

This release doesn’t include any new feature additions, and instead focuses on technical updates like commands and a handful of important bug fixes. While not a particularly exciting snapshot, Minecraft can’t maintain its spot at the top of the PC games pile without constantly improving every aspect of itself, and Mojang Studios is distinctly aware of this.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 22w18a includes:

Changes

Allays now follow their liked player even if they can’t see them
Allays will only lose track of a player if they are more than 64 blocks away
The texture of the sonic boom particle has been updated
Vibration listeners such as Sculk Sensors, Sculk Shriekers and Wardens now listen to the closest vibration instead of the first vibration in the tick

Technical updates

Banner patterns available in the Loom can now be controlled with tags (banner_pattern/no_item_required for no pattern item and banner_pattern/pattern_item/* for specific banner pattern items)
Servers can now define different chat style formats for clients
Removed the placefeature command
Added the place command
The bundled Java runtime has been upgraded to 17.0.3
Removed loot table function set_goat_horn_sound
Added loot table function set_instrument
Chat from the /say, /msg, /teammsg, and /me commands are now all also cryptographically signed

Chat types

Different chat style formats can now be controlled by the server through the chat_type registry
These are synchronized to clients when they join the server
The translation key or translation format can be defined, like chat.type.text or %s says: “%s”
Chat can be similarly optionally narrated with a custom translation key or format
The entire message can have formatting applied, such as italics or a specific color (but currently not click or hover events)

place command

New command that replaces placefeature and can place features, jigsaws and structures at a given location
Syntax:

place feature <feature> [pos]
place jigsaw <pool> <start> <depth> [pos]
place structure <structure> [pos]
feature: The namespaced id of a feature to try to place
structure: The namespaced id of a structure to try to generate
pool: The namespaced id of a template pool to start generating
start: The namespaced id name of a jigsaw to use as the starting anchor
depth: The maximum number of jigsaw connections to traverse during placement
pos: The position to use as the origin for the generation (if omitted, ~ ~ ~ is used)

Loot tables

set_instrument

Sets item tags needed for instrument items to a random value selected from a tag
Parameters:
options — a tag reference specifying the instrument options to pick from randomly

Fixed bugs

Simultaneous vibrations don’t trigger as expected
Minecraft does not resolve SRV records correctly
The invitation and news buttons aren’t consistently displayed within the realms menu
The walking animation of frogs doesn’t change in relation to their movement speed
Only one sculk vein drops when using a Silk Touch hoe on multiple in a single block space
Sculk Catalysts will spread sculk if a baby mob that does not drop experience dies around it
Allays lose picked up items on world restart
Allays leashed to a fence do not move and refuse to pick up items
Ancient Cities can be submerged in aquifers
Parity Issue: Allays don’t follow the player / note blocks as closely on Java
Snow layers cannot be placed on top of mud
Improper advancement description for “Sneak 100”
“Sneak 100” advancement includes sculk shriekers as a block that can “hear” the player
Warden / frogs continue animations when the game is paused
Warden can still detect things after it dies
Warden continues to roar when angered by an ignited creeper
Warden continues to roar when the target of the enraged warden suffers an unnatural death
Warden continues to roar at disconnected players
Warden continues to roar at targets in unloaded chunks
Warden continues to roar at despawned target
Warden continues to roar when the target enters the nether portal, end portal or end gateway
Warden sonic boom attacks can hit player even if the player has entered another dimension
Wardens can sometimes freeze when overwhelmed with enemies/attacks/sounds
Mangrove leaves can appear at a higher altitude when grown below y = 0
Allay permanently stuck trying to pick up item stack if its slots contain stack of the same type with differing NBT (and vice versa)
Game fails to load worldgen settings when .DS_Store files are present in datapack
There is a goat horn in the creative Destroy Item slot / all tabs within the creative inventory contain goat horns
User skins don’t load in singleplayer
Game crashes when a goat horn with an invalid sound variant is used / java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: Index <index> out of bounds for length 8
Player is assigned a new UUID in singleplayer
MinecraftClientHttpException when opening / creating a world

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Lots of fixes and changes appear in the newest Minecraft snapshot