Minecraft developer Mojang has introduced a major new armor customization feature for the latest PC test build of the game.
The Snapshot with the Catchy Name 23w04a includes the ambitious Armor Trim Smithing feature, which allows you to visually customize in-game block armor.
To do this, you will need to find a consumable Smithing model for the type of customization you want, as well as a handful of resources to determine the color you want.
The hunt for these forge patterns is designed to encourage deeper exploration of the game’s world and dungeons, and the game’s Netherite armor will now also require a pattern to craft.
Templates for different styles of armor can be found in chests in various procedurally generated locations, such as looter outposts, desert pyramids, jungle temples, nether fortresses and more. Netherite models will be found in Bastion Remnant chests, with their rarity designed by Mojang as a conscious change to make acquiring them a “greater achievement in game progression”.
These armor styles can then be customized with color styles using various ingredients, such as metals or diamonds.
As with all new features in Minecraft, armor customization currently lives only in the game’s latest PC snapshot branch, until it’s packaged and included in an upcoming update that will eventually roll out to all Bedrock platforms.
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