We’ve plunged into the wild with Minecraft’s 1.19 Wild Update, featuring the Deep Dark, Mangrove Swamps and Froglights. But what of that contest last year to add a new mob to the game, where did our votes all go? Well, they wound up electing the Allay as our new buddy mob, with its electric blue color palette and little spiky wings.
However, you will likely not stumble across this mob, as you might with a Goat or Frog, they have to be found and retrieved like the precious loot they are. From there, the mechanics don’t get much simpler, but hopefully this list clears up for you everything you’d need to know about our new best friends, the Allay.
Back in 2021, the Minecraft community was asked to vote for the newest mob to be added in the next big update. The choice was between a tiny Copper Golem, the Allay and Glares, each offering their services in their own helpful way. We chose the sweet flying Allay to join the game, and in the Wild Update, they finally arrived.
However, they aren’t just hovering around in the world waiting for us to stumble into them. They have to be rescued from evil Illager structures which adds further Minecraft lore for us to unravel.
There are two structures to explore in order to rescue the Allay that have been imprisoned. Firstly, and most commonly, are Pillager Outposts, tall wooden towers surrounded by Pillagers carrying Crossbows and waving banners. The outskirts of the outpost are littered with wooden cages, often Spruce wood fences, which can be empty, but most often hold Iron Golems or two Allay.
Freeing the creatures within won’t automatically align them with you. The Golem or Allay will be neutral and wander freely, though Iron Golems are always hostile to Pillagers, as is their nature. The Allay will sing and then fly off to who knows where, so be quick to befriend them!
The other structure is the infamous Woodland Mansion, towering over Dark Oak Trees within the Mushroom Forests. One of the dozens of rooms within the Mansion is made of Cobblestone and contains up to four prison cells. These are guarded by Iron doors, and you’ll need to press a button or lever to open them. Between one and three Allay will be cooped up in these cells, with only some Wool Carpet and a Cauldron for company. Again, they won’t be tamed if you let them out, and will require befriending to follow you.
Approaching the cages around an Outpost can be dangerous, as Pillagers will spawn and swarm you, firing Crossbows and defending their prisoners. So try to climb the tower first, blocking the entrance to it on the first floor, and picking them off one by one with your own Bow or Crossbow. Then, when there’s a lull in their spawning make a break for the cages wielding an axe to destroy the fence posts. Prioritise Iron Golems as they’ll help you out and keep the Pillagers off your back.
Within Woodland Mansions it’s a different story. The winding corridors and dark rooms hold many surprise enemies, and your best bet is to put your bed and a chest of gear nearby the Mansion in a safe hide-out. Then, attempt to clear the place with torches, totems and some buddies, popping out to your chest to resupply with Golden Apples and potions. Once you find the Cobblestone room of cells simply open all the doors and hand each Allay an item before they wander off into the woods. They’re pretty good at keeping themselves safe, so don’t worry about Illagers hunting them down.
With a similar sprite to the Vex and both being found hanging out (involuntarily) with Illagers, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Allay are related to Vex in some way. Both have small wings and bob about overhead, though only the Vex can phase through blocks or damage the player, and the Allay can’t be summoned by an Evoker.
However, the name ‘Vex’ means to frustrate or worry someone, whereas ‘Allay’ means the opposite, relieving a burden or diminishing fear and concern. So the Minecraft world has good fairies and bad fairies it would seem. Maybe more magical mobs will be added in the future to flesh out a fey realm.
Getting friendly with these little blue buddies isn’t difficult either, as simply right-clicking them with an item will give it to them to hold. This doesn’t have to be a stackable item, as even Enchanted Books can be given. Allay have an inventory of one slot which can hold an entire stack of any item that looks the same.
An Allay carrying one of your items will casually follow you from a distance, flying to catch up and usually staying within 20 blocks. To get them to leave you alone right-click them with an empty hand. This will take the item from them, and they will be unbound again, free to wander away wherever their hearts desire.
A troop of Allay can be the answer to your item sorting woes, as they don’t get clogged up by more unique items, like those that are enchanted. You’ll need one per item sprite though, as they can only carry one type of thing at a time, and only up to one regular stack.
Unfortunately, they also tend to hand their stacks back to their owner, which isn’t helpful if they’re meant to be back home handling all of your loot. In which case, it’s lucky they’re all about having a boogie to some Noteblocks. You can use this to your advantage.
However, it’s not all rainbows and utility with Allay, they do come with their downsides. For one, they can’t keep up with you if you use Elytra, even with a Lead. Secondly, the structures they spawn in tend to be pretty sporadic or rare, so getting them home is a real mission. Going through the Nether is dangerous, and you’d have to bridge and walk the entire way home pulling them with a Lead. After about 30 blocks they give up trying to follow you, so even running can mean they get lost.
On top of that, if you’re in a multiplayer world your hardwork can be claimed by another player very easily. Anyone can relieve an Allay of its item and hand it a new one, which changes its allegiance. So if you’ve gone to all the trouble of trading a Cartographer villager up, buying a Woodland Map, travelling thousands of blocks, defeating the inhabitants, freeing the Allay, dragging them all the way back to civilization, your neighbor can simply swap your item for their own and they’ve bagged themselves an Allay. Make sure everyone who lays eyes on your Allay is trustworthy!
Rosa Baumgartl has been an avid gamer for years, with particular interest in survival and adventure games. Having been an editor of various newsletters throughout her education, the jump to writing for TheGamer seemed like an obvious step. Outside of gaming, Rosa’s hobbies include knitting, gardening and reading science fiction.