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Long story short: My god, it’s gorgeous.

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Most ray-traced games, such as Control and Metro: Exodus, embrace the technology in a hybrid manner. A couple of effects in those games use real-time rays for added fidelity—more lifelike shadows or reflections, for example—but the vast majority of the visuals are rendered using traditional rasterization techniques. (Our explainer to the DirectX Raytracing API goes into far more detail.) But Minecraft, like Quake II RTX before it, opts for full-on path tracing instead. That means all lighting in the game happens with rays, delivering incredibly realistic shadows, lighting, reflections, and more.

Heck, you can even see colors reflected off other solid surfaces, as shown below. Look at how the pink and yellow hues from the colored blocks reflect off the marble stairs.

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The Minecraft beta adds “physically based materials” that react to the realistic ray-cast lighting. In the standard version of the game, textures have only two material states: Color and opacity. Ray traced worlds support materials with not one, not two, but four additional states: Metallic, normal, emissive, and roughness.


These new materials make the game feel much more alive and natural, but requiring them means you can’t simply turn on RTX in your existing Minecraft worlds. Instead, you need fresh worlds (or migrated existing Java-based worlds) that are built around a seed with a ray tracing texture pack. Nvidia worked with members of the Minecraft community to supply texture packs for the beta’s launch, as well as five bespoke worlds designed to show off the potential of the new technology:

“Of Temples & Totems” by Razzleberries

“Imagination Island” by Blockworks

“Crystal Palace” by GeminiTay

“Aquatic Adventure” by Dr_Bond

“Color, Light, & Shadow” by Pearlescent Moon

“Neon District” by Elysium Fire

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The path tracing and new materials make lava much more ominous than before, as this scene from Of Temples & Totems shows. With ray tracing off, the orange lava looks lifeless against the flat, gray stone. With ray tracing on, everything takes on an angry glow emanating from the much more fierce-looking lava flow.

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This room from Color, Light, & Shadow—which is essentially a ray tracing tech demo—reveals how striking reflections can be using the new materials. The tiny room’s mirrored walls look spectacular with RTX On, but just like basic grey slabs with the technology disabled, as base Minecraft doesn’t support reflections like this. Wow.

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These additional scenes from Color, Light, & Shadow show a stunning combination of realistic lighting sources and reflective surfaces. The first scene speaks for itself. In the second one, pay attention not only to the light streaming in from overhead, but also the different hues on the roof farther down the hall. Alcoves down there include colored lights inside, and you’re seeing that reflected on that roof, like you would in real life.

It’s gorgeous stuff, and it makes Minecraft feel much more vibrant.


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Acer Aspire V5 Review: Beauty And No Brains

The Acer Aspire V5 isn’t a bad-looking machine, considering its price point. It’s heavier than it looks, but that heaviness translates into denseness, which translates into the machine feeling sturdy and stable. It almost looks like an Ultrabook – it’s relatively slim, it has a simple, sleek overall design, and an edge-to-edge glass display. But does this laptop’s performance live up to its prettiness? Read on to find out.

Our review model, which costs $729.99 as configured, sports a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U mobile processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. This V5 also has a 15-inch touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and a DVD-RW optical drive. The V5 runs Windows 8.


In PCWorld’s WorldBench 8 benchmark tests, the Aspire V5 scores just 42 out of 100. This means that the V5 is 58 percent slower than our testing model, which sports a third-generation i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. This is quite a low score, and even similarly-equipped laptops, such as the HP Envy TouchSmart 4-1102xx (which has the same processor as the V5), perform better. The Envy TouchSmart scored 57 on our WB8 tests.

The V5 doesn’t do much better in individual performance tests. It’s not an Ultrabook, and it has no SSD boot drive, so it takes a good 21.3 seconds to start up. In the PCMark 7 office productivity test, the V5 scores 751 – only the half laptop, half tablet Samsung Xe500T1C-A01 performed worse on that test, with a score of 608.

The V5’s graphics performance is slightly better, although it’s still not great, since the laptop has no discrete graphics card. In our Dirt Showdown graphics test (maximum quality settings, 1366 by 768 pixel resolution), the V5 manages a respectable 28.9 frames per second. This is better than the aforementioned HP Envy TouchSmart, which managed just 17.4 frames per second on the same test.

The Aspire V5’s battery life is pretty terrible. In our tests, we managed to eke out a measly three hours and 24 minutes before we had to plug the system back in. This is below average for the category, and generally kind of bad – it’s not a powerful or particularly light system, so there’s really no reason for its battery life to be so poor.

Design and Usability

The Aspire V5 is pretty sleek, considering its relatively low price point. The system measures 15 inches wide by 10 inches long, and is 1 inch thick at its thickest point. It weighs 5.3 pounds, and, thanks to the laptop’s relatively slim profile, looks a lot lighter than it is. Because of this, the system feels quite dense and sturdy when you pick it up.

The V5 we tested – officially the V5-571P-6499 – sports a soft, satiny-feeling silver cover with a metallic Acer logo in the middle. The laptop has a large black plastic hinge, which shows when the laptop is closed and looks a little out of place next to the very light silver lid. Inside, the V5 sports a full-size keyboard, a slightly off-set button-less touchpad, and an edge-to-edge glass display.

The V5’s full-size keyboard is backlit, with matte black island-style keys. The keys have a very soft feel – the tops are smooth and soft to the touch, and the keys are very quiet when you press them. The keyboard is fairly comfortable to type on, with decent tactile feedback. The keys are a little slippery, thanks to their soft-touch construction, and narrow, which makes typing quickly a little difficult. Next to the keyboard there’s a 10-key numberpad, which is always a nice feature on a 15-inch laptop.

Port-wise, the V5 is a little lacking. The right side of the system has no ports at all – just the tray-loading DVD-RW drive and a Kensington lock slot. The left side of the system has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI out port, a combination microphone/headphone jack, and a slim port that connects to either VGA out or Gigabit Ethernet. There’s an SD card reader along the front of the laptop. The biggest issue I have with the V5’s port situation is its USB placement – all three USB ports are located right next to each other, which can be a problem if you want to plug in more than one large-ish USB peripheral.

Screen and Speakers

The Aspire V5 sports a glossy 15.6-inch touchscreen with a disappointingly low native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. While this resolution is typical for 11-, 13-, and even some 14-inch laptops, it’s noticeably pixelated on a 15.6-inch screen. Images and text look a little fuzzy around the edges, thanks to the low resolution.

Resolution aside, the V5’s screen looks quite nice. Colors are bright and crisp, though they can look a little washed out at brighter settings. Off-axis viewing angles are okay – horizontal angles are fine, but vertical angles present a noticeable drop in contrast.

As a touchscreen, the V5’s display works well. The screen is accurate and responsive, and multi-touch gestures, such as pinch to zoom, are extremely smooth.

Video on the V5 looks and sounds quite good, considering the system has no discrete graphics card. Basic streaming HD video plays very smoothly, and in my tests I saw only a few instances of artifacting – and only in dark, high-motion scenes. The system’s speakers are located on the bottom of the laptop, near the front, and are quite loud. The speakers produce acceptable sound – it’s not tinny, even at the highest volume settings, but it’s also not deep. I wouldn’t want to listen to these speakers for several hours in a row, but for a quick Netflix fix they’re okay. The headphone jack is clean, and plays much better, fuller sound.

Bottom Line

The Acer Aspire V5 is a pretty sleek laptop at first glance. But don’t be fooled by its silky-smooth silver exterior – there’s not a whole lot going on inside this laptop. Sure, it’s got its strengths: the touchscreen is responsive and smooth, and video looks and sounds pretty good. But it’s got a heck of a lot more weaknesses, such as poor overall performance, lower-than-average battery life, a strangely loud fan, and a noticeably low screen resolution.

Blox Staking Ushers In New Phases Of The Ethereum 2.0 Roadmap

Ethereum launched in 2024 following its proposal in 2013 by Vitalik Buterin, and a subsequent crowdfunding drive in 2014. Since then, it has become a widely and actively used open-source blockchain. Its native coin, Ether (ETH), hit record highs recently with a price of $2151.25, thus continuing its upward trajectory. 

Of course, not only has this trajectory occurred in accordance with the technology’s own historic performance, but also with the course of cryptocurrencies in general. After all, just a matter of days ago, the entire market topped $2 trillion for the first time. 

Since the start of 2023, the very meaning of digital assets has undergone something of a revolution. ETH and other mainstream coins will continue to hold public interest because increased mainstream coverage has served to distill the complexities of cryptocurrency into an enticing and motivating form.

The Ethereum 2.0 Roadmap 

There is a roadmap for Ethereum 2.0 (ETH2). This is the series of gradual upgrades being implemented and set out by ETH2 researchers to build on the foundations and promise of scalability, security, and energy that Ethereum 1.0 has developed and actioned over its lifespan. 

Blox Staking will be an integral platform for these next few phases of the ETH2 rollout. It’s an open-source, fully non-custodial ETH2 staking platform, which will allow validators to stake Ether and earn rewards. They want to push and emphasize decentralized Ethereum staking, which will be accessible for anyone.

Making Decentralized Platforms Accessible

For Ethereum to hold onto its integrity and to the truth of itself then decentralized staking platforms like Blox Staking are an essential part of its ecosystem. Many criticisms are leveled at fiat currencies (those considered legal tender like dollars, swiss francs, and British pound sterling, for instance) and centralized cryptocurrency exchanges because they rely on hierarchical structures. In fact, for newcomers, it can be surprising to learn that in spite of the growing popularity of decentralized exchanges, the majority of cryptocurrency transactions take place through centralized options.

Of course, one driving force behind this is the fact that trading speed is often higher via these exchanges, and the interface is often much more user friendly – meaning that a lot of newcomers find a foothold on these sites and continue to because they are convenient. The issue is, for blockchain’s core concept, that there are for-profit entities supporting these centralized options, which will take a fixed fee from traders, store user information, and regulate supply and demand via their own algorithm.

Therefore, decentralized exchanges and staking platforms, at a time when ETH2 attempts to scale up, are integral. Blox Staking seeks to circumvent the need for these centralized exchanges by utilizing an easy-to-use dashboard within their staking platform – one that requires no coding experience. 

They will lower the existing 32 ETH users must pay to set up a validator with their decentralized staking pools and, also, afford instant liquidity of funds. Finally, their non-custodial staking platform will ensure that users needn’t worry about trust: blockchain should be a system for which trust (or a lack thereof) needn’t factor into the experience: there should be no shadows, and nothing to doubt.

Making the Non-Custodial Staking Platform the Standard

Blox Staking won’t hold onto private keys. Users manage validators in the Blox Live Desktop App Dashboard locally after they’ve signed in on a personal remote signer, where their keys are stored on their own private cloud. The user doesn’t hand over the details of their keys – they exist separately from Blox.

Many of the current options on the market are custodial (AKA centralized) or semi-custodial. This means that the management of the whole staking process is taken out of the user’s hands. The service has ‘custody’ of their keys. This obviously raises security concerns because, despite the logically unbreachable nature of blockchain, hacks do happen, and they often target centralized exchanges and services.

Blox Staking is making itself feasible, forward-facing, open to the growth and interest which Ethereum is generating. It’s a two-way relationship, though: they will be sustaining each other.

Slight Increase In It Salaries A Ray Of Hope

IT salaries appear to be on the rise, but don’t get too excited. According to the just-released Computer Economics 2010 IT Salary Report, IT organizations are budgeting to give the typical IT worker a 1.8 percent pay boost.

The glimmer of good news for IT workers comes at a time of high, double-digit unemployment rates across the economy.

But Computer Economics found that IT organizations plan to increase operational budgets by a median of 1.8 percent in 2010, and that more than a third are planning to increase staff, restoring some of the positions shed over the past two years.

Longwell took the findings as a sign that IT jobs and budgets are on the road to recovery, and said he was surprised to see wages bouncing back so quickly.

By historical standards, the 1.8 median pay rise is a pittance. But with the backdrop of high employment, Computer Economics said the finding indicates IT executives are responding to a need to retain their best workers and boost damaged morale.

“There is always going to be some skill set, like an expert on cloud computing or the hot technology of the day, that’s going to be in demand,” Longwell said. “Project management was an important area of growth before the recession and fell off a bit. As people start renewing their spending on new initiatives and capital spending returns, we may start seeing more demand for these kind of cutting edge technical skills.”

Good news for developers

Developers are slated to enjoy the highest salary increases with a 2.1 percent boost, according to the report. This group includes application programmers, data analysts, database administrators, business analysts, architects and others involved in the development of new systems and the maintenance of existing systems.

Not far behind are operations group staffers at 2.0 percent. The data center operations group includes computer operators, production control analysts, technical support representatives and help desk representatives. Computer Electronics also includes technical writers, trainers and librarians in this group.

Closer to the median increase are network and systems support personnel, set for a 1.9 percent pay bump. This group includes network administrators, system administrators, storage administrators, security analysts, telecom analysts, and webmasters, among others.

A breakout of the survey finds that C-level executives and directors will get the smallest raises, 1.3 percent at the median. But part of the reason for the smaller increase is that incentive pay typically makes up a larger portion of the total compensation package for executives and directors. Managers, at 1.7 percent, fall just a hair short of the media raise Computer Economics is forecasting, and the group predicts that as the economy improves, executives and managers will see compensation rise faster than the other groups.

Computer Economics has been publishing IT salary data for more than 20 years, including its annual IT Salary Report that projects total compensation for 70 specific IT job titles in 73 metropolitan areas.

Silicon Valley, still recovering

Separately, a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics had some less rosy news on salaries for IT workers in Silicon Valley. The report (available here in PDF format), said that IT wages peaked at $120,000 in 2000 during the dotcom bubble and have never recovered. After the bust, wages sank to $87,300 in 2002, but had recovered to $105,000 by mid-2009.

Viewed over the longer term, the bureau said there has been slow, steady pay growth since the 1990s. The average salary has grown 27 percent since 1998, from $83,100 to $105,500.

David Needle is the West Coast bureau chief at chúng tôi the news service of chúng tôi the network for technology professionals.

Thriving Baby California Condor Is A Ray Of Hope For The Unique Species

On May 9, a baby California condor hatched at Liberty Wildlife, a wildlife rehabilitation, education, and conservation organization in Phoenix, Arizona. The hatching is a ray of hope and welcome good news for the struggling species that was only recently brought back from the brink of extinction. 

Only 22 condors were believed to be alive during the 1980s after a maelstrom of habitat loss, poaching, lead poisoning accidents with power lines, and the insecticide DDT. Currently, about 275 wild birds are cruising the skies about California, Utah, Arizona, and Baja California, Mexico, more than 160 are in captivity, and more than 400 live worldwide. 

[Related: Inside the Yurok Tribe’s mission to make critically endangered condors thrive.]

The largest bird species in North America and a crucial part of the ecosystem, California condors are considered sacred to many indigenous peoples. The Yurok Tribe of the Pacific Northwest call California condors “prey-go-neesh,” and say the birds have been tied to the Yurok Hlkelonah, or the cultural and ecological landscape, since the beginning of time. The tribe has officially been a driving force on condor reintroduction since 2008. 

Now, these sacred and important birds face a grave threat in the form of a tiny pathogen. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1), also called bird flu, is threatening condors at an alarming rate. It was first detected in the California condor in late March, and more than 20 are known to have died since. 

“It is scary particularly for endangered species like the California condors. It has the ability to wipe out an entire species,” Liberty Wildlife’s Animal Care Coordinator Jan Miller tells PopSci. 

One of the birds that succumbed to the disease was the new hatchling’s mother, part of a breeding pair of wild California condors. The mother was found acting suspicious in a cave near the Grand Canyon and was brought to Liberty Wildlife due to suspected bird flu. She died eight days later.  

“Using telemetry, it was assumed that she had laid an egg, probably between March 13 and March 17, and it was predicted to hatch between May 9 and May 17,” Liberty Wildlife’s Executive Director Megan Mosby tells PopSci. “The limited movement of the male led to the assumption that he was trying to incubate an egg.  The biologists at the Arizona Vermilion Cliff site decided that it wasn’t safe for the male, a known breeder, to attempt to raise a chick solo and feed himself, especially in a dank, cool cave … a perfect place for flu contamination.”

[Related: Spy tech and rigged eggs help scientists study the secret lives of animals.]

“Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Lamb assisted in the freeing of the baby from the egg and the operation was successful.  After a health check, a swab to test for Avian Flu was obtained, and the chick was placed in an incubator with a surrogate (stuffed animal) ‘mother’ condor,” Miller says. 

The hatching of a baby California condor at Liberty Wildlife in Arizona. Dr. Stephanie Lamb and the wildlife hospital team at Liberty Wildlife assisted in the incubation, hatching, and care of the egg for the past month. The baby condor is doing well and being cared for with the best practice, by our team wearing camouflage, and with a big assist from a stuffed puppet “parent.” CREDIT: Liberty Wildlife.

The hatchling was negative for bird flu and continued to eat solid food and bond with her surrogate plush parent. According to Mosby, the team was excited to find out she was female because 11 of the 21 condors that have died due to bird flu were breeding age females.

On May 17, she was flown to The Peregrine Fund in Boise, Idaho. There she will be raised by foster parents so that she can one day be released back into Arizona’s skies.  

The hatching with her surrogate stuffed animal parent. CREDIT: Chris Sar/Liberty Wildlife.

According to the team, vultures like the California condor are not only intelligent, but are incredibly necessary to help clean up the environment since they handle dead and decaying animals that can spread disease. 

“Vultures are part of the natural cleanup crew in nature. They deserve every fair chance they can get to continue to survive and be a part of this world,” says Miller. 

In addition to this welcome hatchling’s continued success this week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved the emergency use of bird flu vaccine on May 16. The Yurok Tribe called this move, “a huge step in the effort to combat this virulent threat, but still a long road ahead.”

Minecraft Legends Mob Guide: Complete List Of New Mobs

Minecraft Legends is still over a year away from release, but the anticipation around this action-strategy game is growing with each passing day. And to add fuel to the excitement, Minecraft developer Mojang has revealed mobs that will be available in-game and help you fight the Piglin enemies. So we are here with a complete list of mobs in Minecraft Legends. From new golems to a new class of Piglins, there are a lot of new mobs to look forward to, especially since they are friendly and won’t explode you to death. Some of the new entries even put vanilla Minecraft mobs to shame. Having said that, it’s time to dive in and explore the Minecraft Legends mob guide.

Minecraft Legends Mobs Revealed (2024)

Our list covers all the mobs announced at Minecraft Live 2023. Also, some of these mobs were teased in the official interviews and teasers for this game. Most of their designs or mechanics are not yet final and are still being worked on, so we suggest you take them with a pinch of salt.

Minecraft Legends Hosts: Knowledge, Action & Foresight

Minecraft Legends’ plot begins with three host mobs that are supposed to familiarize you with the new overworld. The hosts: Knowledge, Action, and Foresight correlate with a player’s instincts in an ordinary Minecraft world, as per Mojang. These mobs’ game mechanics are yet to be revealed but we can make a fair guess.

The Foresight might be the mob that guides you to all the in-game objectives. Meanwhile, Knowledge and Action will be helping you get familiar with the world’s resources and its mobs to fulfill the Minecraft Legends’ objectives.

Friendly Mobs of Minecraft Legends 1. Zombie

Similar to vanilla Minecraft, zombies are undead mobs that roam around the world at all times and attack in huge groups. They follow the players around and attack enemies when commanded. They act like foot soldiers of your army, the first layer of defense, and use hand-to-hand combat.

Compared to other mobs, they die much more easily. Fortunately, because of their hats, they do not burn in sunlight in Minecraft Legends, and they work alongside you during the night as well as the day.

2. Skeleton Mob

As the name reveals, skeletons are another undead mob from vanilla Minecraft that have found their way into this game. They are made up of bones and shoot arrows at enemies. Unlike zombies, they do not use hand-to-hand combat and are best kept at a distance from the main area of impact. Moreover, they can only shoot one arrow at a time and take some time to load the arrow back into the bow.

3. Llama

Llamas are friendly mobs that like to spit on their enemies. This spit has a good knockback but very low damage. At the moment, we are not sure how Minecraft legends will utilize this mob in action. But we expect llamas to be a portable storage option alongside combat animals.

4. Horse Mob 5. Creeper

Much like vanilla Minecraft, creepers are exploding mobs in Minecraft Legends that can destroy enemy structures and kill those in its blast radius. But unfortunately, every creeper also kills itself with the explosion. So, even though creepers are a one-time-use mob, they can take down many in a single go, making them highly useful in killing grunters and runts (more on them below).

6. Emerald Cavalry Golem

If horses feel too old school for a new Minecraft game, the cavalry golems have your back. They carry you around on their back and rush toward the enemies. They have extremely high movement speed but aren’t as strong. So, if they get too close to an enemy, most enemies can kill the cavalry golems in a few hits. Though, their charging and stunning ability do help delay the attack.

7. Mossy Golem

What looks like a greener baby version of Iron Golems, the mossy golems shoot water that heals allies and temporarily slows down the enemies. They are the perfect friend to get you out of a tricky situation or pull you back from the brink of death. The only drawback here is that the mossy golems take a long time to recharge, and they don’t have any way to protect themselves from attack.

8. Plank Golem

Similar to skeletons, plank golems also shoot arrow-like projectiles (from their nose?) at their enemies. But, they are much faster and can shoot multiple arrows within a short span of time. In a way, the plank golems act like a mobile turret that moves around the battlefield and shoots down enemies and structures.

9. Cobblestone Golem 10. Grindstone Golem

At times, you will have to deal with a swarm of enemies in Minecraft legends. That’s where the grindstone golems will come in handy. They are powerful mobs that deal a strong knockback and push multiple enemies at once. You can use them to clear areas and delay a strong push from the enemy army.

11. First of Stone

First of Stone is one of the most powerful and possibly the largest friendly mob you can find in Minecraft Legends. It looks like a bigger version of the Grindstone Golem and hurls stones at the Nether portal. From the looks of it, this mob is primarily made for quickly destroying the portal before more Piglins can spawn. Though, it can also help you out while dealing with large groups of enemies.

12. Turtle

Spawning around water bodies and in forests, turtles in MC Legends are similar to the vanilla game. They follow you around and provide support in the war against the Nether mobs. Though, you will have to slow down a bit to make sure the turtles can keep up.

13. Ocelot

Ocelots are one of the most popular mobs in vanilla Minecraft, and they have now found their way into Minecraft Legends. They will follow the player around like other overworld mobs, but from the looks of it, their gift-giving mechanic won’t be available in this new iteration of Minecraft. Nevertheless, they are another welcoming addition to the friendly mobs that give you a break from the ever-going war between the two realms.

14. Pigs 15. Allay

Allays in Minecraft Legends are different from the vanilla game. For starters, you have two types of Allays in Minecraft Legends – yellow and blue.

Now, instead of collecting dropped items, the blue Allays break blocks in the world on your command and bring you the desired items. The yellow Allays, on the other hand, build structures like bridges and watch towers. To make Minecraft Legends truly different, the developers want you to focus on strategy more than mundane actions.

16. Regal Tiger

For the first time ever, tigers are coming to a Minecraft game, and they are absolutely adorable. These purple-colored regal tigers are the ultimate replacement for horses in Minecraft Legends. They are rideable, fast, and powerful. You can use to them easily navigate through the world and even as amazing fighters.

17. Foxes

Foxes are known for stealing items from players in vanilla Minecraft. We don’t know about their game mechanic in MC Legends yet, but we expect it to be something similar. Nevertheless, they are also going to be one of the smallest mobs in the game.

18. Wolves Hostile Mobs in Minecraft Legends

The villains of Minecraft Legends are the mobs from the Nether dimension. As per the plot, the Piglin army uses a Nether portal to travel to the overworld and then tries to corrupt the area around the portal. All of these hostile mobs are based on pigs and vanilla Minecraft’s Piglin mobs. So let’s take a look at them:

19. Lava Launcher

The Lava Launcher is the largest mob on the team of Piglins. It is an elephant-like mob that deals strong knockback to enemies around it. But it is even more dangerous at long range. Thanks to the launcher on its back, the Lava Launcher can throw magma cubes to harm your army and even destroy structures. The best tactic to defeat it is by sending a large group of mobs, including and especially the golems and creepers, to attack the Lava Launcher in direct combat.

20. Piggo

21. Portal Guard

With an extendable hammer for the left hand, the portal guard is one of the strongest Piglins in Minecraft Legends. This mob is heavily armored and hard to kill. On top of that, it uses an extendable hammer as a weapon. This hammer shoots out and deals deadly damage along with strong pushback. It is perfect to destroy groups of enemies and defensive structures.

22. Grunter Mob 23. Runts

Similar to the grunters, the Piglin army also has runts, which are small in size but hold weapons almost as big as themselves. Grunters have terrible balance and struggle to walk without almost falling. They’re also easy to kill due to low health but, if given a chance, they can deal good damage, thanks to their oversized weapons.

24. Bruiser

Bruisers are scary-looking Piglin mobs that wield a blade in Minecraft Legends. They are extremely dangerous and should be able to kill weaker mobs in a single hit. We are yet to see the bruiser in action, but its appearance is definitely daunting.

Complete List of Minecraft Legends Mob Characters

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