Crying Obsidian

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Not to be confused with Glowing Obsidian.
Crying Obsidian
Crying Obsidian JE1 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (10)





Catches fire from lava


Crying obsidian is a luminous variant of obsidian that can be used to craft a respawn anchor and produces purple particles when placed.


Crying obsidian can be harvested only with a diamond pickaxe or better.

Block Crying Obsidian
Hardness 50
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 250
Wooden 125
Stone 62.5
Iron 41.7
Diamond 9.4
Netherite 8.35
Golden 20.85
  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]

Crying obsidian can generate as part of ruined portals.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Crying Obsidian Bastion remnant Generic chest 1–5 19%
Bridge chest 3–8 11.2%
Hoglin stable chest 1–5 22.8%
Treasure chest 3–5 33.7%
Bedrock Edition
Crying Obsidian Bastion remnant Bridge chest 3–8 12.2%
Treasure chest 1–5 29.4%
Generic chest 1–5 31.5%


Piglins have a ~8.71% chance (40459) to barter 1–3 crying obsidian when given a gold ingot.


Similarly to obsidian, crying obsidian is a resilient building block. It has a blast resistance of 1,200. In addition, it cannot be pushed by pistons or destroyed by the ender dragon. It is used to make respawn anchors, a block that has the function of letting players respawn in the Nether.

When placed, crying obsidian occasionally produces purple dripping particles, as if it is "crying". These droplets are purely aesthetic.

Unlike obsidian, crying obsidian cannot be used as a portal frame.[1]


Crying obsidian gives off a light level of 10, which does not melt snow or ice. Its blast resistance distinguishes it from other light-emitting blocks.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Respawn Anchor Crying Obsidian +


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
Breaking the blockdig.stone?0.8
Falling on the block with fall damagefall.stone??
Mining the blockhit.stone?0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.stone??
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.stone??
Walking on the blockstep.stone??
Placing the blockuse.stone?0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Crying Obsidiancrying_obsidian block.minecraft.crying_obsidian

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Crying Obsidiancrying_obsidian


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


Who is Cutting Onions?
Obtain Crying ObsidianNetherHave crying obsidian in your inventory.nether/obtain_crying_obsidian


Java Edition Beta
1.3Crying Obsidian (texture) JE0 BE0.png The texture of crying obsidian has been added to terrain.png.
February 23, 2011Jeb states he would like to add crying obsidian as a block.
March 30, 2011Jeb states that crying obsidian would act as a way of setting a respawn point. The idea would later be discarded in favor of beds.
April 15, 2011Jeb states that the grass edge tile has replaced the crying obsidian in the texture file.
1.5The texture of crying obsidian has been removed.
February 9, 2012Jeb states that he will bring back crying obsidian as soon as he's made preparations for more texture space.
Java Edition
December 3, 2019Maria Lemón notes that many players suggest implementing crying obsidian alongside new Nether features.
1.1620w09aCrying Obsidian JE1 BE1.png Added crying obsidian.
Crying obsidian is currently obtainable only through bartering.
Crying obsidian has no function.
Crying obsidian produces a light level of 10.
Crying obsidian can be harvested with any pickaxe.
20w10aCrying Obsidian Programmer Art.png Crying obsidian now uses its old texture when using Programmer Art.
20w11aCrying obsidian now requires a diamond or netherite pickaxe in order to be mined.[2]
Crying obsidian can no longer be destroyed by the ender dragon.[3]
Crying obsidian can no longer be moved by pistons.[4]
20w12aCrying obsidian is now used to craft respawn anchors.
20w16aCrying obsidian now generates in bastion remnants chests.
Crying obsidian now generates as part of ruined portals.
20w20aCrying obsidian is now required for the "Who is Cutting Onions?" advancement.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Crying Obsidian (texture) JE0 BE0.png The texture of crying obsidian has been added to the game's files.
v0.2.0The texture of crying obsidian has been removed.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta Obsidian JE1 BE1.png Added crying obsidian.
beta obsidian now requires a diamond or netherite pickaxe in order to be mined.[5]


  • When it was originally going to be added in Beta 1.3, it was going to act as a way to reset the player’s spawnpoint and would be crafted using lapis lazuli. When beds were added, they took this role instead. In 1.16 the respawn anchor was added which is crafted with crying obsidian.
    • More than 9 years passed between its initial planned addition and finally being available in-game.
    • The community had heavily requested crying obsidian return in 1.16 as a way to respawn in the Nether, as a callback to its initial intended functionality before beds were added.
  • According to Brandon Pearce, crying obsidian was added when they wanted to have cracked obsidian for the ruined nether portals. They decided to add it as crying obsidian instead because it was more unique.
  • The new crying obsidian may have taken some inspiration from the unused glowing obsidian from Bedrock Edition. This is backed up with it giving off light.
  • The team considered having crying obsidian be obtained by throwing obsidian through a nether portal, or by having regular obsidian be struck by lightning. However, they chose bartering with piglins as a way to make bartering useful.[6]