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Partial (lets light pass through)



Blast resistance







Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 416 hex: 1A0 bin: 110100000



Erik Broes-twitter.png The best blocks are the ones that do not need art! :D
Grum announcing the barrier block [1]

A barrier is a transparent solid block used to create impenetrable boundaries.


Barriers can only be obtained using commands such as /give. Like command blocks, jigsaw blocks and structure blocks, they are not available in the creative inventory, and they cannot be broken in vanilla survival mode.

Natural Generation[edit]

Barriers naturally generates between the islands on the End.‌[Legacy Console Edition only][more information needed]


Barrier blocks are mainly used to build an impenetrable barrier that cannot be broken in standard survival mode play. For example, they can be used to protect a reserved area from entry by players, mobs, and other entities. Unlike other kinds of unbreakable blocks that could be used for this purpose (such as bedrock), barrier blocks are unobtrusive because they are invisible.

In the player's inventory, the block is displayed as a red box with a slash through it, but when placed it is completely invisible.

Barriers are transparent to light and do not block a beacon. Fences, iron bars, glass panes and similar blocks will not visually connect with barriers. Barriers interact with blocks and mobs as a solid block. All dependent blocks can be placed on a barrier, such as torches or redstone, and it will suffocate mobs. Mobs cannot spawn on barriers.

In creative mode, if a player is holding a barrier block in their hand, all placed barrier blocks display the barrier icon as a particle. This effect is client-side, and if a player holds a barrier block in survival, the particle won't display. Barrier blocks will not be shown if the particle setting is set to "minimal". Barriers cannot be pushed by pistons. They, furthermore, have a greater amount of blast resistance than any other unbreakable block.

Barrier blocks can be waterlogged by being placed into water source blocks.‌[Bedrock Edition only] See Waterlogging for more details on what blocks can be waterlogged.



Java Edition
1.8 January 30 2014Grum posted about an invisible block.
14w05a Barrier block added.
14w06a Now uses block of redstone breaking particles instead of lava.
Added barrier particle effect for the particle command. With this the player can now see where there are barriers.
14w06b Now visible when holding the item in creative mode.
14w20a Withers and ender dragons can no longer break barriers.
14w25a Errors made the Barriers use missing textured breaking particles.
14w26a Barriers now use the barrier item for particles.
releaseBarriers can be broken by withers again.
1.8.1 ?Withers no longer break barriers again.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 166.
Bedrock Edition
1.6 beta Barrier block added.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Barrier.png Added barrier.


Issues relating to "Barrier" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The symbol used is not compliant with ISO 3864-1.[2]
  • Invisible bedrock, a technical block in Bedrock Edition and New Nintendo 3DS Edition, shares many features with the barrier block.
  • The barrier block is in the Legacy Console Edition of the game, but requires an inventory editor/external tool.
  • This block has a higher blast resistance than any other unbreakable block in the game.
  • In Minecraft 4k, there is barrier on the bottom of the map, which is unbreakable by any means.[3]