Snow (cover)

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[edit]Snow (cover)
Grassy Snow.png
Snow (cover)










Blast resistance





A wooden shovel or better is required to mine this block




Yes (64)



First appearance

Alpha 1.0.4


(one per level)

Data value

dec: 78 hex: 4E bin: 1001110



Snow is a cover block that is common in Ice Plains and Cold Taiga biomes, and in the Extreme Hills biome above layer 95. Snow can be removed like any other block. Placing a light source will cause snow around it to melt and will prevent them from regenerating during snowfall. Snow melts in the same pattern as ice.

If the snow is on a grass block, the grass will turn white. This does not affect grass growth. Snow will not damage tilled and hydrated field areas, nor will it protect those plowed fields from being trampled on. Gravity-affected blocks like sand and gravel will not fall if the block below them has snow on it.

Destroying snow with a shovel yields one snowball, which can then be crafted into snow blocks or be thrown. If it is destroyed with anything other than a shovel, nothing is dropped.

If snow forms on top of a cactus, the cactus will still cause damage when stepped on or touched. Cacti cannot grow if there is snow on top of it.

Snow will not form on top of glass, slime blocks, ice, piston, glowstone, slabs or stairs or any other transparent/light emitting blocks.

Snow melts near light sources (except sunlight), up to 3 blocks from lava and glowstone, 2 blocks from torches, and it won't regrow 2 additional blocks away.

Snow can be collected in large quantities through snow farming.

Snow can be stacked to a full block beside a cactus without destroying it.


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Ingredients Crafting recipe


Grid layout Arrow (small).png Snow (cover)6

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[edit] History

1.0.4 Snowfall added to maps only in winter mode. When creating a new save, a map had a 1/4 chance of having worldwide snowfall. When falling on exposed land, a thin Snow sheet cover was created.
In this version there was a bug where placing a block on snow cover would result in the snow floating in the air.
A player could easily harvest snow by placing a block of water. By doing so, the player received a large amount of Snowballs with little effort.
1.0.5 The bug in Alpha 1.0.4 was fixed.
1.2 Due to a missing feature in the Halloween Update, snow did not regenerate.
1.5 Snow regeneration returned as part of the new weather features.[1]
Snow can occur in arctic Biomes.
1.8 Snow biomes were temporarily removed as Notch was trying to improve them.
Official release
1.0.0 Snow biomes were re-added.
1.1 Snow occurs in tundra biomes, as well as arctic biomes.
1.3.1 12w21a Previously, snow grass and snow flat layer was not available to be manually placed in Creative mode. In 12w21a snow was made available in the Creative Inventory.
1.5 13w05a Snow can be crafted and is obtainable in survival mode. It is possible to stack snow to create layers thicker than 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Added snow to the world generation.
0.8.0 Added snow to the creative mode inventory.
Console Edition
TU1 Added snow.

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[edit] Trivia

  • The "topSnow" block's thickness is based on its data value.[2]
  • As of Beta 1.9pre5, the top of Grass' and Snowy Grass' textures were slightly changed.
  • A Snow Golem can be used to generate an unlimited amount of snow without the need to explore more land or wait for snowfall.
  • The snow and wool sounds are actually slightly different.
  • Attempting to place torches on snow will replace the snow with a torch.
  • Snow on a block of soulsand makes the soulsand act like a normal block
  • Snow layers 2-7 prevent hostile mobs from spawning
  • Lighting fire to a block of snow created by stacking snow covers will create the same effect as would lighting a hopper, the fire will be invisible
  • TNT cannon designs that involve slabs can be aimed much more accurately using different layers of snow cover rather than a slab.
  • It's possible to create a one-way gate by placing double layer of snow under the doorway and in front of it.
  • Floating snow is usually caused by lakes or lava lakes removing the block below the snow when creating an open spot above the lake. In previous versions when you could fall through floating snow the lava lake/floating snow combo could be a vicious accidental deathtrap (though rare). The lava lake will eventually melt the floating snow, but not until a minute or two after it's first spawned upon the player entering a new area.
  • Snow cover blocks made of eight layers do not behave like real snow blocks even though they look the same (They have different block codes / data values). For example:
    • Snow Golems cannot be created using snow cover blocks.
    • Torches and lava will eventually melt a snow cover block but not a real snow block.
    • Lava will slope towards an adjacent snow cover block before the snow is destroyed.
    • A stack of snow cover layers more than 8 high (i.e. one or more blocks and any number of layers on top) will vanish instantly if the bottom block of 8 is removed. This can be caused by the player or through being destroyed by a heat source. No more than 8 snowballs are obtained when a spade is used.

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