Bubble Column

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Bubble Column
Bubble Column JE1 BE1.png
Bubble Column Upwards (non-fancy) BE1.pngBubble Column Whirlpool (non-fancy) BE1.png
Bubble Column




Blast resistance





Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 415 hex: 19F bin: 110011111

A bubble column is a block generated by placing magma blocks or soul sand in water. Bubble columns push or pull entities in certain directions.


Natural generation[edit]

When generating the world, caves, ravines and underwater ruins generate below the water surface. When lava generates in the former two, some lava is converted to obsidian, and some to magma blocks, which create bubble columns. All bubble columns generate bubble column blocks until the column reaches the surface of the water or a solid block above the magma block.


When a magma block is placed underwater, a whirlpool bubble column is generated.

When soul sand is placed under source water blocks, an upward bubble column is generated.


Bubble columns cannot be obtained as an item,‌[Java Edition only] and can be placed only by a block-placement command such as /setblock.

In Bedrock Edition, it may be obtained as an item via inventory editing.


A player or any other air-breathing mob can enter a bubble column to replenish their air supply, at the same speed that they would when they leave the water entirely. Water-breathing mobs avoid bubble columns; they die if trapped in one. A bubble column is destroyed when moved by a piston. When creating a bubble column, all blocks above must be source blocks.‌[Java Edition only] This requires either naturally generated water, or for the player to place a water source for each block they would like the column to reach. Bubble columns can also be created in downwards flowing water,‌[Bedrock Edition only] however this causes all water to be converted to water source blocks. Bubble columns do not propagate through waterlogged blocks. The height of a bubble column is limited only by the water's surface or by any obstructing blocks underwater.


Whirlpool bubble columns can be seen by air bubbles wandering downwards. They drag entities downwards. A boat ridden over a whirlpool shakes and eventually sinks if kept above the whirlpool for too long. This has a vertical range of 86 blocks.


Upward bubble columns can be seen as vertically rising air bubbles. An upward bubble column accelerates entities upwards. The longer an object rises through the bubble column, the faster it travels. At high enough speeds, players and entities can be launched out of water by several blocks. Sitting on the surface above a rising bubble column causes entities to bounce upwards repeatedly by about 1 block.


Entities move at a speed of approximately 15 blocks (meters) per second when inside a bubble column. This equates to a speed of 900 blocks per minute, albeit only vertically.


Java Edition:

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Bubbles pop block.bubble_column.bubble_pop subtitles.block.bubble_column.bubble_pop ? ? 0.1 16
Bubbles flow block.bubble_column.upwards_ambient subtitles.block.bubble_column.upwards_ambient ? ? 0.6 16
Bubbles woosh block.bubble_column.upwards_inside subtitles.block.bubble_column.upwards_inside ? ? 0.7 16
Bubbles whirl block.bubble_column.whirlpool_ambient subtitles.block.bubble_column.whirlpool_ambient ? ? 0.6 16
Bubbles zoom block.bubble_column.whirlpool_inside subtitles.block.bubble_column.whirlpool_inside ? ? 0.7 16

Data values[edit]

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, bubble columns uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 The bubble column is a whirlpool.
1 The bubble column is upwards.

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
Determines whether the bubble column is upwards or whirlpool.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
Determines whether the bubble column is upwards or whirlpool.


November 18, 2017Bubble columns were shown in a video clip during MINECON Earth 2017.
Java Edition
1.1318w07aBubble Column JE1 BE1.png Added bubble columns.
18w08aBubble columns now generate in underwater ravines.
18w09aBubble columns now generate in underwater ruins.
Bedrock Edition
1.5.0beta Column Upwards (non-fancy) BE1.png Bubble Column Whirlpool (non-fancy) BE1.png Added bubble columns.
beta Column JE1 BE1.png Bubble columns can now be toggled to look similar to Java Edition, but only for devices that can handle them.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Bubble Column JE1 BE1.png Added bubble columns.


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