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Partial (lets light pass through)



Blast resistance







Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 166 hex: A6 bin: 10100110



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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 an invisible block that appears transparent, but has mixed properties.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Barriers cannot be broken in vanilla survival mode.

Barriers are not listed in the creative inventory (similarly to command blocks and structure blocks) and can only be obtained using commands, such as /give <player> minecraft:barrier.

Usage[edit | edit source]

The block in the player's inventory displays as a red box with a slash through it, but when placed 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.

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History[edit | edit source]

Official release
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 you 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 Barrier particles now use the missing texture.
14w26a Barriers now use the barrier item for particles.
Barriers can be broken by withers again.
1.8.1 Withers no longer break barriers.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Barrier” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The symbol used is not compliant with ISO 3864-1.[2]
  • Invisible bedrock, a technical block in Pocket Edition, shares many features with the barrier block.
  • The barrier block is in XBOX 360 edition versions of the game, but requires an inventory editor/external tool.

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