Glowstone Dust

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[edit]Glowstone Dust
Glowstone Dust

Raw Materials






Yes (64)

First appearance

Alpha 1.2.0

Data value

dec: 348 hex: 15C bin: 101011100



Glowstone Dust is an item which is used to craft glowstone. It is also used in potion brewing to create thick potions or increase the strength or potency of potions. It can be obtained from mining glowstone (2-4 pieces, more if fortune enchantment is used), killing witches, trading, blazes (Console Edition only) and the Nether Reactor (Pocket Edition only).


From blocks of glowstone[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.

From witches[edit]

A witch may drop up to 6 pieces of glowstone dust upon death.

From trading[edit]

Glowstone dust can be acquired through trading.

From blazes (Console Edition only)[edit]

In the Console Edition, a Blaze drops 0–2 glowstone dust upon death. This makes glowstone a renewable resource in the Console Editions despite the lack of glowstone clusters due to small worlds.

From the Nether Reactor (Pocket Edition only)[edit]

In Pocket Edition, glowstone dust can be obtained by creating and activating the Nether Reactor, which drops enough dust for around usually 15 glowstone blocks. Glowstone blocks can be crafted with the PE crafting table and does not require the stonecutter.


As a crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Any Firework Star

Gunpowder +
Any Dye +
Glowstone Dust

Grid layout Arrow (small).png White Firework StarOrange Firework StarMagenta Firework StarLight Blue Firework StarYellow Firework StarLime Firework StarPink Firework StarGray Firework StarLight Gray Firework StarCyan Firework StarPurple Firework StarBlue Firework StarBrown Firework StarGreen Firework StarRed Firework StarBlack Firework Star
Gunpowder Bone MealOrange DyeMagenta DyeLight Blue DyeDandelion YellowLime DyePink DyeGray DyeLight Gray DyeCyan DyePurple DyeLapis LazuliCocoa BeansCactus GreenRose RedInk Sac

Glowstone Dust
Grid layout Shapeless.png


Glowstone Dust

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

As a brewing ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe

Thick Potion

Glowstone Dust +
Water Bottle

Grid layout Brewing Bubbles.gif Glowstone Dust Grid layout Brewing Arrow.png

Thick Potion
Grid layout Brewing Paths.png

Increased Potency

Glowstone Dust +
Potion of Healing or
Potion of Regeneration or
Potion of Strength or
Potion of Swiftness or
Potion of Harming or
Potion of Poison or
Potion of Leaping

Grid layout Brewing Bubbles.gif Glowstone Dust Grid layout Brewing Arrow.png

Potion of Healing IIPotion of Regeneration IIPotion of Strength IIPotion of Swiftness IIPotion of Harming IIPotion of Poison IIPotion of Leaping II
Grid layout Brewing Paths.png

Reverted to Default Duration

Glowstone Dust +
Potion of Regeneration or
Potion of Poison or
Potion of Strength or
Potion of Swiftness or
Potion of Fire Resistance or
Potion of Slowness or
Potion of Weakness or
Potion of Water Breathing

Grid layout Brewing Bubbles.gif Glowstone Dust Grid layout Brewing Arrow.png

Potion of RegenerationPotion of PoisonPotion of StrengthPotion of SwiftnessPotion of Fire ResistancePotion of SlownessPotion of WeaknessPotion of Water Breathing
Grid layout Brewing Paths.png


1.2.0 Glowstone dust introduced.
1.6.6 The crafting recipe for glowstone blocks was changed from nine units of glowstone dust to four.
Official release
1.4.2 Witches now have a chance of dropping glowstone dust.
1.4.6 12w49a Glowstone dust can be used to craft a Firework Star with a twinkle effect.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.5.0 Added glowstone dust, obtainable through the Nether Reactor.
Console Edition
TU1 Added glowstone dust.
TU8 0-2 glowstone dust is dropped when a Blaze is killed.


  • In the code, Glowstone Dust is referenced as "lightStoneDust" (formerly "yellowdust").
  • The icon for Glowstone Dust is a recolored version of the Redstone icon. Sugar and Gunpowder, while similar in shape, have other changes.
  • It's possible to get glowstone dust without even entering The Nether, as witches can drop it.