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Glowstone (Block).png

Solid Block








Yes, 15

Blast resistance





Any tool




Yes (64)



First appearance

Alpha 1.2.0


Glowstone Dust

Data value

dec: 89 hex: 59 bin: 1011001



Glowstone is a block that provides light. It can only be found naturally in The Nether. When mined without a Silk Touch tool, Glowstone does not drop a Glowstone block, instead shattering into 2-4 Glowstone Dust, which may then be used to re-craft Glowstone Blocks or boost the effect of a potion.

Glowstone shares many properties with Jack o'Lanterns, Sea Lanterns, and Beacons, with a luminance of 15 (as compared to Torches at 14) and the ability to provide light when submerged under water. Like all non-sunlight light sources, Glowstone Blocks will cause nearby snow sheets and ice to melt.



Ingredients Crafting recipe

Glowstone Dust

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Glowstone
Glowstone Dust Glowstone Dust
Glowstone Dust Glowstone Dust

Naturally generated[edit]

A naturally occurring vein of glowstone in the Nether.

Glowstone occurs naturally in the Nether, where it generates in coral-like clusters on the undersides of Netherrack. It can be harvested with any Silk Touch tool. It can be difficult to harvest there, due to high ceilings, sheer cliffs, an abundance of lava, and dangerous mobs. Pillaring up to dense Glowstone clusters is often useful, provided there are no Ghasts in the vicinity. Glowstone sometimes appears beneath low ceilings, which makes mining significantly easier.


Priest villagers will sometimes trade 2–3 Glowstone Blocks in exchange for an emerald.


Glowstone has a higher light level than torches (15 as opposed to 14). Because it is a block, players can replace wall, ceiling, or floor/ground blocks with it for aesthetically pleasing and versatile embedded light sources, which can be especially attractive for lit paths. It can also be attached quickly to existing flat ceilings, unlike Torches. A "lamp post" of sorts can also be fashioned from a fence block with a Glowstone block on top.

Their ability to be submerged in Water affords the ability for docks or harbors to be lit from under water for a pleasing and functional effect that is useful to players in boats that need to see where to stop. Glowstone can be used as a source of light for growing crops at night, and can be placed under irrigation paths to provide an aesthetic ambient glow for crops.

Note however, you cannot place anything on Glowstone except for blocks and redstone, meaning that torches, doors, etc. cannot be placed on it.

When placing Redstone on a Glowstone block, being a transparent block, signals can pass from one block to another diagonally, with Glowstone "blocking but not blocking" it. Redstone wire, even though it may appear to connect up the side of a Glowstone block and to the wire portion on top, will not send a Redstone signal down the Glowstone block. This allows for a one-way signal without requiring a repeater. This makes Glowstone effective for vertical diodes, logic gate designs and space-efficient instant vertical Redstone.

As a crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Redstone Lamp

Redstone +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Redstone Lamp
Redstone Glowstone Redstone


As a source of glowstone dust[edit]

When broken using anything other than a Silk Touch-enchanted tool, a block of glowstone will drop 2–4 glowstone dust. A Fortune enchantment increases the chances of higher drops, but even then, the maximum drop is 4 pieces of glowstone dust.



1.2.0 Glowstone Block-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png Glowstone was added.
Crafting recipe was 3×3 glowstone dust.
Drop rate of glowstone dust was 1.
Material type began as "glass".
1.6.6 Crafting recipe is now 2×2 glowstone dust.
Drop rate of glowstone dust is now increased to 2–4.
Material type was changed to "stone":
  • A Pickaxe is now needed to drop items.
  • Redstone, torches, levers, etc. could now be placed on the block.
  • No longer acted as a redstone vertical (downward) diode.
1.7.3 Harvesting glowstone required an iron pickaxe or higher.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 Glowstone (Block).png Glowstone was given a different texture.
1.0.0-RC1 Material type is now changed once again to "glass".
1.2.1 Redstone can now be placed on glowstone.
  • Redstone wires can now only transmit upwards through it.
Redstone lamp off-shoot is introduced.
1.3 Glowstone can now be purchased from villagers.
1.5 13w02a In texture packs, Glowstone uses /textures/blocks/lightgem.png
1.7 Glowstone can no longer be used to see through blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.5.0 Glowstone was added, obtainable through the Nether Reactor.
0.9.0 build 1 Smooth lighting was removed from glowstone.
Console Edition
TU1 Glowstone was added.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Glowstone was added.


  • Since glowstone blocks become tile-entities when pushed by pistons, this momentarily stops them from giving off light.
  • Rarely, glowstone can be found touching the ground if the ceiling it was generated on was extremely low (2-3 blocks of clearance).
  • When glowstone is placed 9 or more blocks above ground level (out of its lighting range), glowstone will actually cast a shadow, despite it being a light-emitting block.
  • When you break glowstone, it has the same sound effect as breaking glass.
  • Before the name was officially confirmed, glowstone was also called lightstone, brimstone and australium.
  • Glowstone, while a full-sized block that cannot normally be seen through, can be pushed into a player's head and it will NOT suffocate them. As such, it is fundamental to an extremely useful trick involving pushing it into a player's head and allowing them to see underground caves, though this can be considered an exploit.