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Some clouds on fancy graphics

Clouds are large transparent blocks that serve a mainly aesthetic purpose.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Clouds appear as large white structures, whose appearance will vary, depending on the graphics settings used.

On Fancy graphics, clouds appear as about four block tall semi-transparent prisms. At night they turn a shade of blue and become more transparent. Their smallest horizontal dimensions are 12×12 blocks wide. They are similar in appearance to real life stratocumulus clouds.

With Fast graphics, clouds take on the appearance of opaque planes. They have no daytime/nighttime rotation. Their smallest horizontal dimensions are 8×8 blocks wide. Fast clouds in Pocket Edition are also opaque, but remain in 3D.

Comparison of Fancy clouds (left) and Fast clouds (right).

Clouds will always float westward and at a height of y:127; in this way, they can be used by the Player to determine direction and altitude, respectively. They are not interactive in any form, and will clip through all structures, including mountains and player-made creations. Unlike in real life, clouds themselves will not produce precipitation, meaning it will continue to rain or snow even above the cloud layer.

The same clouds during different time and weather conditions.

Clouds are not procedurally generated. With a resource pack, the color of clouds can be changed to anything, meaning you could have pink clouds if you so desired. The file can be resized to any size, meaning it would be possible to have a different cloud pattern each day.

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History[edit | edit source]

0.0.14a_01 Added clouds, which floated between layers 108 and 112, in the northward direction.
June 15, 2010 A Fancy Graphics option was added, whereby clouds would become 3-dimensional, and would have a separate texture.
? Fancy Graphics clouds no longer have a separate texture.
1.8 The cloud layer was raised to layer 127.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 Clouds now float towards the west.[1]
Beta 1.9-pre5 Clouds can now be disabled in the Video Options menu.
1.2.1 Build height increased to 256, allowing for players to build much further above clouds.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.6.0 Added clouds. Clouds could only be seen in Fancy graphics, and if so, the clouds appeared opaque and 2-dimensional, similar to Fast graphics.
0.7.0 Clouds are now toggled with the Beautiful skies option.
0.7.4 Clouds now have a darker color to correspond to PC's color.
0.8.0 build 2 Clouds are always 3D, and are opaque and transparent with Fast and Fancy graphics respectively.
0.9.0 build 1 New culling of clouds.
Clouds have been made prettier.
0.10.0 build 1 New double-sided lighting on clouds that's more coherent with the terrain.
build 6 Better fog on clouds, starting farther away and following the sky color.
build 7 The clouds and the terrain are now tinted red during sunset.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added clouds.
TU5 Cloud height raised to the top of the map, so clouds can no longer phase through blocks.
Cloud movement syncs with the game's time.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Cloud” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If you switch between fast graphics and fancy graphics, clouds will be in a different place than they were before.
  • Clouds are a client-side feature. On an SMP server, the position of clouds is subjective to each individual user, and are not generated server-side.
  • Clouds are only transparent from above or inside, not from below – except that the sun and the moon are visible through the clouds from below, even if there's a solid object above the clouds in the way, e.g. a cave or house ceiling.
  • In the console edition, clouds have "sections" of 3 blocks by 3 blocks, that form the same pattern of clouds in the PC.

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