Glowing Obsidian

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Not to be confused with Crying Obsidian.
Nether Reactor Core.png
This item has been officially made unobtainable.
It can still be obtained using third-party software. However, this can cause unexpected behavior such as bugs and crashes.
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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition and New Nintendo 3DS Edition.
Glowing Obsidian
Glowing Obsidian BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (12)





Catches fire from lava


Glowing obsidian is an unobtainable decorative block that emits light.


Glowing obsidian drops itself only when mined with a diamond pickaxe or netherite pickaxe; otherwise, it drops nothing.

Block Glowing Obsidian
Hardness ?
Breaking time[note 1]
Default ?
Wooden ?
Stone ?
Iron ?
Diamond ?
Netherite ?
Golden ?
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

In Pocket Edition Alpha versions 0.5.0 through 0.12.0, glowing obsidian was created when a nether reactor structure was active. As the nether reactor's functionality was removed in version 0.12.1, add-ons or inventory editors are the only ways to obtain glowing obsidian in subsequent versions. It is not in the player's Creative inventory and cannot be obtained using commands.



Glowing obsidian emits a light level of 12.

Data values[edit]


NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Glowing Obsidianglowingobsidian


Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.5.0Glowing Obsidian BE1.png Added glowing obsidian.
Glowing obsidian is generated from the conversion of the blocks that make up the reactor (nether reactor core, cobblestone and gold blocks) upon activation.
Glowing obsidian cannot be retrieved as a drop, instead regular obsidian is dropped.
Glowing obsidian takes the same amount of time to mine as obsidian using any pickaxe.
Glowing obsidian is a solid block that emits a light level of 12.
Glowing obsidian emits red smoke particles within proximity to it so long as it exists.
Glowing obsidian turns into obsidian after a short amount of time.
Glowing obsidian has the same blast resistance as normal obsidian.
If the nether reactor core is mined out while the nether reactor was active, the glowing obsidian won't turn into obsidian after the reactor is deactivated. This is also caused by the reactor to stop spawning items. If the gold blocks are mined out before they change to glowing obsidian, the gold blocks are preserved, and the nether reactor continues spawning items.
v0.7.1Wooden and stone pickaxes no longer make glowing obsidian yield obsidian.
v0.7.3Glowing obsidian now requires a diamond pickaxe to mine (iron pickaxes no longer drop glowing obsidian).
v0.8.0?Glowing obsidian no longer has a red outline in the hotbar.
v0.12.1build 1Glowing Obsidian can no longer be obtained, though any existing blocks remain.
Bedrock Edition
?Glowing obsidian now drops itself when mined, instead of normal obsidian.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Glowing Obsidian BE1.png Added glowing obsidian.


Glowing obsidian is an unsupported block, and as such, issues relating to them may not be fixed.


  • Glowing obsidian makes an appearance in Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two, spawning around the observer when Jesse places the structure block and on the bottom of the obsidian cages Vos was in.
  • Glowing obsidian has no name assigned to it, so its in-game name appears as[1]
    • Despite this, it can be assigned a custom name using a resource pack with a language file.


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