Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang Studios. It has been around since 2011 and has evolved into a complex game with multiple gameplay modes and a thriving online community. However, many players do not know about the early days of Minecraft, particularly the Indev version, which was available for a brief period in 2010. One of the mysteries of this version is the existence of a mob called Black Steve.
Black Steve was a humanoid mob that spawned randomly in the world at any light level, as long as there was enough space. It was first introduced in Java Edition Indev 0.31 20100129 and was available until 0.31 20100131, which was only for two days.
Black Steve was a passive mob, meaning it did not attack the player. It had no animation, so it glided aimlessly around the world in the same pose and occasionally jumped, although no jumping animation existed either. As a result, it would simply be raised off the ground and then fall back down. Upon death, Black Steve would not fall over to the ground or flash red or white and appear to die, as most mobs do. It would just disappear shortly thereafter, dropping the items it was designated to drop.
Black Steve had a few designated drops, including string, feathers, and gunpowder, with the string being the most common. In some rare instances, it would drop flint and steel. However, since it was a passive mob, it was not hunted for its drops.
Black Steve had no savegame ID or numeric ID, and its name was not displayed. This lack of information makes it difficult to identify and distinguish it from other mobs.
Black Steve was created by Dock, the artist for Minecraft at the time, along with another similar-looking mob called Steve. Both were introduced in Java Edition Indev 0.31 20100129, with Black Steve being added on the same day as Steve. The next day, Black Steve was updated to drop string, feathers, and gunpowder.
However, Black Steve was removed from the game in Java Edition Indev 0.31 20100131, along with Steve. The reason for their removal is unknown, and it is one of the many mysteries surrounding these mobs.
Black Steve is one of the few mobs that were created by Dock and had no animation. This lack of animation made it a peculiar addition to the game, and its sudden removal only added to its mysterious nature.
Interestingly, the name Black Steve was later used in a 2007-08 television series called Code Monkeys. The character in the series is unrelated to the Minecraft mob, but it is an amusing coincidence nonetheless.
Black Steve is a mysterious mob from the early days of Minecraft, particularly the Indev version. Its lack of animation, designated drops, and sudden removal from the game only adds to its intrigue. While it may seem insignificant compared to the current version of Minecraft, it is still an interesting part of the game's history and a reminder of its humble beginnings.