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[edit]Glowstone
Glowstone (Block).png
Glowstone
Type

Solid Block

Requirements

None

Physics

No

Transparency

Yes

Luminance

Yes, 15

Blast resistance

1.5

Hardness

0.3

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

First appearance

Alpha 1.2.0

Drops

2–4
Glowstone Dust

Data value

dec: 89 hex: 59 bin: 1011001

Name

glowstone

Glowstone is a transparent block that only appears in The Nether, giving off a light level of 15.

Obtaining[edit]

When broken with any tool not enchanted with Silk Touch, a Glowstone block drops 2-4 Glowstone Dust, or more with a Fortune tool (but never more than 4).

Natural generation[edit]

A naturally occurring vein of glowstone in the Nether.

Glowstone only occurs naturally in the Nether, where it generates in coral-like clusters on the undersides of Netherrack.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Glowstone Dust




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

Trading[edit]

Cleric villagers will sometimes trade 1-3 Glowstone for an emerald as a tier 3 trade.

Usage[edit]

Light source[edit]

Glowstone blocks emit a light level of 15, the brightest possible light level in the game. They are equal to Sea Lanterns, Jack o'Lanterns, Redstone Lamps and beacons with the light they emit.

In redstone circuits[edit]

When placing Redstone on a Glowstone block, being a transparent block, signals can pass from one block to another diagonally. 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 makes Glowstone effective for vertical diodes, logic gate designs and space-efficient instant vertical Redstone.

Note that upside-down slabs can be used for the same purpose, and are easier to obtain.

As a crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Redstone Lamp

Redstone +
Glowstone


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

Redstone

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Alpha
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".
Beta
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":
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 wire can now only transmit upwards through it.
Glowstone is used to craft Redstone Lamps.
1.3.1 Glowstone can now be purchased from villagers.
1.5 13w02a In texture packs, Glowstone uses /textures/blocks/lightgem.png
1.7.2 Glowstone can no longer be used to see through blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.5.0 Glowstone was added. Its ingredients are spawned next to active Nether Reactors.
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.

Trivia[edit]

  • Since glowstone blocks become block entities when moved 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.

Gallery[edit]