Glowing Obsidian

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Glowing Obsidian
Glowing Obsidian.png




Yes, 12

Blast resistance






Yes, 64




Pocket Edition



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 was a Pocket Edition exclusive block that was generated when a Nether Reactor was activated. The glowing obsidian block became unused in Alpha 0.12.1. This block has no use, other than decorating.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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

Usage[edit | edit source]

Glowing obsidian was a solid block that emitted a light level of 12. Glowing obsidian emitted red smoke particles within close proximity to it so long as it existed, and it turned into obsidian after a short amount of time. It had 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.
0.16.0 build 1 Glowing obsidian can now be placed by using commands like /setblock.

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 was mined out while the nether reactor was active, the glowing obsidian wouldn't turn into obsidian after the reactor deactivated. This also caused the reactor to stop spawning items.
  • If the gold blocks were mined out before they changed to glowing obsidian, the gold blocks were preserved, and the nether reactor continued spawning items.
  • The Glowing Obsidian makes an appearance in Minecraft:Story Mode-Season Two when Jesse places the structure block it spawns around the observer.

Gallery[edit | edit source]