Blue Ice

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Blue Ice
Blue Ice JE1 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (4)‌[BE only]
No‌[JE only]





Catches fire from lava


Blue ice is a solid block similar to packed ice and ice, but much more slippery.


Blue ice can be obtained using any tool enchanted with Silk Touch, though a pickaxe is the fastest. Breaking the block without Silk Touch drops nothing.

Block Blue Ice
Hardness 2.8
Breaking time[A]
Default 4.2
Wooden 2.1
Stone 1.05
Iron 0.7
Diamond 0.55
Netherite 0.5
Golden 0.35
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[edit]

Blue ice naturally generates on the bottom of the icebergs and as large arching structures in frozen ocean biomes.

Blue ice generates in some snowy tundra village houses.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Blue Ice Village Snowy house chest 1 9.9%
Bedrock Edition
Blue Ice Village Snowy house chest 1 9.9%


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Packed Ice


Wandering traders have 16 chance to sell blue ice for 6 emeralds.


Blue ice is slippery, causing most entities to slide, including items. It is even more slippery (0.989) than ice or packed ice (0.98). This allows for increased speed of items in water currents by placing the blue ice under the water current. Mobs do not travel faster in water currents on blue ice.

In Java Edition, boats travel faster on blue ice than on either normal ice or packed ice, being able to reach a top speed of 75 m/s (as opposed to 40 m/s on ice and packed ice). Ice tracks built from blue ice, packed ice, or a combination are useful for long-range travel in all three dimensions.

Blue ice is a completely solid block and allows the placement of any objects on top.

Unlike normal ice, blue ice does not melt when placed near light sources.

Blue ice can be used to create basalt. When lava flows into a space which is above soul soil and next to blue ice, basalt is formed. Effectively a "basalt generator" when repeatedly produced.

Blue ice is not a storage block, as it cannot be crafted back into packed ice.

In Bedrock and Education editions, blue ice is capable of giving off a light level of 4.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the
Block placedBlocksPlacing the
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?BlocksBreaking the
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall
?BlocksMining the
?BlocksJumping from the
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall
?BlocksWalking on the
?BlocksPlacing the

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Blue Iceblue_iceiceBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.blue_ice

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Blue Iceblue_ice266Block &


Java Edition
1.1318w15aBlue Ice JE1 BE1.png Added blue ice.
18w16aBlue ice is now slightly less slippery.[more information needed]
1.1419w05aBlue ice can now be bought from wandering traders.
1.1620w13aWhen blue ice is placed next to lava on soul soil it now generates basalt.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Ice JE1 BE1.png Added blue ice.
Blue ice can give off a light level of 4.
1.5.0beta ice is now more slippery.
1.10.0beta ice can now be bought from wandering traders.
1.11.0beta ice can now be found in snowy tundra village house chests.
1.16.0beta blue ice is placed next to lava on soul soil it now generates basalt.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Blue Ice JE1 BE1.png Added blue ice.
Education Edition
1.4.0Blue Ice JE1 BE1.png Added blue ice.
Blue ice can give off a light level of 4.


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Bedrock Edition[edit]