Mojang recently revealed the three new Minecraft mobs available for Minecraft Live 2021’s mob vote, and one Reddit user compared the options to Pokémon starter choices. Like last year, Mojang is allowing the Minecraft community to decide which mob will be added next to the 3D voxel sandbox. During Minecraft Live 2021 on October 16, fans will choose between the Copper Golem, Allay, or Glare, three new mobs with their own unique abilities. Mojang did the same thing last year, allowing the community to pick Minecraft’s new mob during Minecraft Live 2020. The choice then was between the Glow Squid, Iceologer, and Moobloom. The Glow Squid ultimately came out on top and arrived alongside the Caves & Cliffs Part 1 Update earlier this year.
For this year’s Minecraft mob vote, Mojang first introduced the Glare, a passive mob that shows players dark spots where other mobs can spawn. This utility will be especially useful when the Caves & Cliffs Part 2 update drops later this year, because the update adjusts light level requirements for dangerous mobs to spawn. The second new mob was the Allay, a flying creature that delivers gifts to players in exchange for music. Upon receiving a collectible, craftable item, or block, the Allay looks for more of said item and gives them to players if a music note is nearby. The Copper Golem is a completely buildable mob and would bring with it a brand new copper button.
Following the announcement of the vote, Minecraft’s new mobs were compared to Pokémon starter choices. Reddit user shyamadash posted a picture of the Copper Golem, Allay, and Glare that reflected more of a Pokémon art style. Underneath each mob was a description that compared them to the starter choices available at the beginning of Pokémon video games. The Copper Golem was listed as a fire/steel type, the Allay was listed as a water/flying type, and the Glare was listed as a grass/ghost type Pokémon. Just below the three mobs were Poké Balls. This piece of artwork prompted other Reddit users to note the resemblance between the three mob choices and starter Pokémon.
Starter Pokémon are the Pokémon a trainer picks at the beginning of their adventure. In most mainline games in the franchise (though not all of them), trainers get to choose between three starter Pokémon. Usually, the three starter Pokémon to choose from fall into either grass, fire, or water types. Sometimes, like with Bulbasaur, the starter Pokémon will have a secondary type. Shyamadash pointed out that the Copper Golem, Allay, and Glare seemed to fit the three starter types. Another fan, however, suggested that the Allay fall under the water/fairy type instead of water/flying, due to its pixie-like appearance.
It’s certainly possible that Mojang took a bit of inspiration from Pokémon to design the three mob choices for this year’s Minecraft Live event. As for which mob will join the ranks in a future update, fans will have to cast their vote on October 16 when Minecraft Live 2021 begins.