Bell

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition, Bedrock Edition and PlayStation 4 Edition.

Ding dong, who's there? A RAID? GET INSIDE!!!

Adrian Östergård

Bells are transparent animated block entities that produce a bell sound when used.

Obtaining[edit]

A bell requires a pickaxe to be mined or it will drop nothing.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only] Bells have no crafting recipes.

Block Bell
Hardness 1
Tool Pickaxe
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 25
Wood 3.75
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Gold 0.65
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Bells can generate naturally in all village variants, usually near the center of the village in the meeting point.

Trading[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, apprentice-level armorer villagers have 13 chance to sell a bell for 36 emeralds. Apprentice-level toolsmith villagers sell bells for 36 emeralds. Journeyman-level weaponsmith villagers sell bells for 36 emeralds.

In Java Edition, apprentice-level armorer villagers have a 50% chance to sell a bell for 36 emeralds. Apprentice-level toolsmith and weaponsmith villagers will always sell a bell for 36 emeralds.

Usage[edit]

When the side of a bell is used, it will produce a sound as well as a "swaying" animation. In Java Edition, bells can also be rung by any damage-dealing projectile. In Bedrock Edition, they can be rung using redstone or any projectile by right clicking. Bells can be anchored to the side of blocks, ceilings, and floors. Also, if the player uses the bell while villagers are sleeping, all of the villagers will wake up.

When rung, villagers will run into their houses immediately as they do at sunset.

Additionally in Java Edition, if a bell is rung and there is a raid mob within 32 blocks, the Glowing effect will be applied to all raid mobs within 48 blocks. It will produce a resonating sound once this process is complete.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
attachmentfloorceiling
double_wall
floor
single_wall
What the bell is attached to.
facingnortheast
north
south
west
The direction the bell is facing.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a bell.

Block entity[edit]

A bell has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Sound the Alarm!Ring the bell with a hostile enemy in the village.NoPS4YesNo20GBronze

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.1418w44aBell Revision 1.png Added bells.
Bells currently have a state for anchoring to the side of blocks but this state currently has a missing model.
18w48aBells now spawn in plains villages.
18w49aBells can also now spawn in savanna and snowy villages as well.
18w50aAdded sounds for bells.
Bells now have a shaking animation when hit.
Bell Revision 2.png Changed the bell's texture to match Bedrock Edition' s.
Bells now spawn in taiga and desert villages.
19w03aAdded more cullface arguments to bell states.
19w11aBells now ring when hit by a projectile.
19w13bHitting a bell will now give the glowing effect to raiders within a 32-block-radius of the bell.
Pre-Release 3Bell.png Updated the bell texture.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.2Added bells.
Bell BE.png Unlike in Java Edition at the time, the side texture of bells is made of stone rather than planks.
Granite Bell.pngPolished Granite Bell.pngDiorite Bell.pngUnused bells with side texture of granite, polished granite, and diorite can be obtained via commands.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Various bells, including the bell with unused side textures, can now generate in new villages.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added functionality to bells. The players can interact with the bell by shooting it with projectile such as arrow, trident, splash potion, firework rocket, snowball, and throwing dropped items, or activating it when wired to redstone.
beta 1.11.0.4Bells can be obtained from trading with armorer, toolsmith, and weaponsmith villagers.
Villagers will now run into their house when a bell is rung.
Removed the bells with granite, polished granite, and diorite textures.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.91Added bells.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • In Bedrock Edition, bells used to have unused data values with only side texture without bell which cannot be rung.
  • In Bedrock Edition, bells will deflect any projectile that does not disappear when hitting a surface (arrows or tridents).
  • Despite some villages generating with more than one bell, villagers only need one of them to meet and spawn iron golems.

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