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Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 168 hex: A8 bin: 10101000


See Data values

Jeb twitter.jpg I picked Prismarine because 1) it sounds good, 2) it references water with "marine", 3) it references its "shimmering effect" I hinted at with "prism", and 4) it doesn't really mean anything in the real world.
Jeb about the name[1]

Prismarine is a stone-like material that only appears underwater in ocean monuments.

Prismarine bricks are a decorative form of prismarine with a sawtooth-edged brick pattern.

Dark prismarine is a decorative form of prismarine; it is dark, with a tight grid pattern.


All types of prismarine can be mined using any pickaxe to drop itself. If mined without a pickaxe, the block will drop nothing.

Hardness 1.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 7.5
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

All types of prismarine naturally generate as the main blocks making up ocean monuments. Normal prismarine and its bricks are found in large amounts due to the size of the structure. Prismarine bricks make up the 23 pillars below the monument, and appear decoratively throughout the structure. Somewhat more rare is dark prismarine, which encases the 8 gold block reward of the dungeon, and appears in fewer decorative features. Normal prismarine can additionally be found in underwater ruins.


Each type of prismarine can be crafted using varying amounts of prismarine shards, and an ink sac in the case of dark prismarine. All of these resources can be obtained from underwater mobs.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Prismarine Prismarine Shard

Prismarine Bricks Prismarine Shard

Dark Prismarine Prismarine Shard +
Ink Sac


The color change of prismarine

Prismarine can be used for decoration or as a high blast resistance building block.

The normal prismarine is uniquely useful for decoration as it has an animated texture. The cracks in prismarine slowly cycle in color through aqua, green, purple, and indigo. The full animation for the prismarine texture changes color 22 times in an irregular sequence before the whole pattern repeats; this takes 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

Conduit power[edit]

Prismarine, dark prismarine and prismarine bricks can be used to activate a conduit by building a structure around it. By doing this, the conduit will emit the "Conduit Power" effect in a certain radius, depending on how many blocks are used to power it. Sea lanterns can also be used for this purpose.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Dark Prismarine Slab Dark Prismarine
Dark Prismarine Stairs Dark Prismarine
Prismarine Brick Slab Prismarine Bricks
Prismarine Brick Stairs Prismarine Bricks
Prismarine Slab Prismarine
Prismarine Stairs Prismarine

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name


Prismarine Bricks

Dark Prismarine

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID

prismarine 168

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, prismarine uses the following data values:

DV Description

0 Prismarine

1 Dark Prismarine

2 Prismarine Bricks


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Moskstraumen Activate a Conduit Place a conduit in a valid prismarine/sea lantern structure to activate it. Xbox 360 Yes Yes Wii U 50G Gold



Java Edition
1.8 May 17, 2014 The first images of prismarine are previewed by Jeb on his Instagram page.
May 27, 2014 Jeb creates a contest to name the new block. A clearer image of the block texture is also revealed. Jeb also reveals that there's several varieties.
May 28, 2014 Jeb names the new block "prismarine".[1]
14w25a Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.png Prismarine added, along with its variants.
1.13 17w47a Different block states of prismarine are now separated into prismarine, prismarine_bricks and dark_prismarine for those respective blocks.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 168.
18w07a Added stairs Prismarine Stairs.pngPrismarine Brick Stairs.pngDark Prismarine Stairs.png and slabs Prismarine Slab.pngPrismarine Brick Slab.pngDark Prismarine Slab.png for prismarine and its variants.
18w09a Prismarine will now generate in underwater ruins.
18w15a Prismarine and prismarine bricks can now used to activate conduits.
18w20c Dark prismarine can now used to activate conduits.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0 build 1 Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.png Added prismarine and its variants.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Added stairs and slabs for prismarine and its variants.
beta Prismarine will now generate in underwater ruins.
1.5 beta Prismarine and prismarine bricks can now used to activate conduits.
? Dark prismarine can now used to active conduits.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.png Added prismarine and its variants.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12 Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.png Prismarine added, along with its variants.


Issues relating to "Prismarine", "Prismarine Bricks", or "Dark Prismarine" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The name "prismarine" was created by Reddit user AjaxGb during a naming contest, where Jeb was looking for a name for the block.[2]



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