Glowing Obsidian

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Glowing Obsidian
Glowing Obsidian.png


Solid Block






Yes, 12

Blast resistance





A diamond pickaxe or better is required to mine this block




Yes, 64




Pocket Edition

First appearances

See History



Data value

dec: 246 hex: F6 bin: 11110110

This item has been officially removed or made unobtainable.
It can still be obtained using third-party software. However, this can cause unexpected behavior such as bugs and crashes.

Glowing Obsidian is a Pocket Edition exclusive block that generates when a Nether Reactor is activated. The glowing obsidian block became unused in Alpha 0.12.1.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Upon activation, the blocks that make up the reactor (nether core, stone block, golden block) turn into Glowing Obsidian. Glowing obsidian cannot be retrieved from the Nether reactor as a drop, instead regular obsidian is dropped. It takes the same amount of time to mine as obsidian, and the proper tool to mine glowing obsidian is a diamond pickaxe, otherwise it will drop nothing.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Glowing obsidian is a solid block that emits a light level of 12. Glowing obsidian will emit red smoke particles within close proximity to it so long as it exists, and it will turn into obsidian after a short amount of time. It has the same blast resistance as normal obsidian.

History[edit | edit source]

Pocket Edition Alpha
0.5.0 Added glowing obsidian.
0.7.1 Wooden and stone pickaxes no longer make glowing obsidian yield obsidian.
0.7.3 Glowing obsidian now requires a diamond pickaxe, rather than an iron pickaxe.
0.8.0 Glowing obsidian no longer has red outline in hot bar.
0.12.1 build 1 Glowing obsidian can no longer be obtained, though any existing blocks will remain.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If the nether reactor core is mined out while the nether reactor is active, the glowing obsidian won't turn into obsidian after the reactor deactivates. This also causes the reactor to stop spawning items.
  • If the gold blocks are mined out before they are changed to glowing obsidian, the gold blocks are preserved, and the nether reactor continues spawning items.

Gallery[edit | edit source]