Friday's release of Title Update 12 to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition included the addition of Jungle biomes. This guide was to together to help players with two of the most parts of the new environment, Jungle Trees and Cocoa Pods.
Jungles are extremely dense, hilly biomes full of tall 2x2 Jungle Trees, Cocoa Pods and Ocelots as well as Chickens, Cows, Ferns, Vines and Flowers. If you're interested in learning more about Ocelots, please check out this guide.
Jungle Trees can only be found in the Jungle Biome and can grow from Jungle Tree Saplings as long as a few conditions are met. First, the sapling must be planted on either a grass or dirt block and it cannot sit next to an adjacent block.
Planting a single Jungle Tree Sapling results in the growth of a 1x1 tree that will not get as tall as what you find in the Jungle Biome. To reach those lofty heights, you need to plant four saplings together in a 2x2 square. Again, there cannot be an adjacent block but in the 2x2 formation, that applies to the sapling in the northwest corner. There also cannot be another 2x2 Jungle Tree within two blocks as well.
Like other plants, Bonemeal can be used to make the Jungle Saplings grow quickly into full-sized Jungle Trees.
Harvesting Jungle Trees gives the Jungle Wood Block which can then be crafted into Jungle Wood Planks (1 wood block), Jungle Wood Half-Slabs (3 planks) and Jungle Wood Stairs (6 planks).
Jungle Trees come with one other distinguishing feature though and that is Cocoa Pods.
Cocoa Pods naturally grow on the side of Jungle Tree trunks and produce Cocoa Beans when harvested which can be used to craft Cookies as well as used as a brown dye. Pods can also be planted by placing Cocoa Beans on the side of Jungle Tree logs.
There are three stages of growth with Cocoa Pods starting with the first being a small green pod that produces only a single Cocoa Bean when harvested. The second stage of growth is slightly larger and gives the pod a tan color but again only produces one Cocoa Bean. The final stage is the largest with an orange tint and it will give up three cocoa beans when harvested.
Bonemeal can be used to accelerate the growth of Cocoa Pods in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition all the way from the first stage to the third stage in a single application. This is different from the PC version where the Bonemeal only takes it to the next stage.
Harvesting Cocoa Pods
Harvesting Cocoa Pods can be done in a couple of different ways but none of them involve using the right trigger to mine them directly. Instead, destroy the block that the pod is attached to produce the Cocoa Beans.
Another way is to use the piston either to hit the Cocoa Pod directly or place the piston directly under the tree to move the entire log. You may need another piston at the top to push the tree back down in place though.
Unlike the PC version, water can't be used to harvest the Cocoa Beans yet in the Xbox 360 edition. Setting up a Dispenser to pour water over the pods results in them being washed away and no beans left behind.
Crafting with Cocoa Beans
So what can you do with Cocoa Beans? Not too much currently, You can combine a single bean with two wheat to create eight Cookies. Eating a single Cookie restores two Hunger which makes them a relatively inexpensive way to fill your character's belly. You can also combine a single bean with a block of White Wool to dye the wool a brown color.
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