|Catches fire from lava||
|— Duncan Geere|
- 1 Occurrence
- 2 Obtaining
- 3 Usage
- 4 Sounds
- 5 Data values
- 6 History
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
From block loot
If a tool with Silk Touch is used, the block drops itself.
|Namespaced ID||Source||Default||Silk Touch|
|Glowstone||See #Block loot||1 (100%)|
Journeyman-level Cleric villagers offer to sell one glowstone for four emeralds.[Java Edition only]
Wandering traders sell glowstone for two emeralds.
If glowstone is broken using a tool with Silk Touch, the block drops itself. If a tool with Fortune is used, it has a higher chance of dropping a large amount of glowstone dust—but never more than 4. When a glowstone block is broken with any other tool, it drops 2–4 glowstone dust.
|Namespaced ID||Source||Default||Fortune I||Fortune II||Fortune III||Silk Touch|
|Glowstone||[2 (33.3%) or|
3 (33.3%) or
|[2 (16.7%) or|
3 (33.3%) or
|[2 (11.1%) or|
3 (22.2%) or
|[2 (8.33%) or|
3 (16.7%) or
Glowstone blocks emit a light level of 15, the brightest possible light level in the game. They emit the same amount of light as lanterns, sea lanterns, jack o'lanterns, redstone lamps, conduits, beacons and shroomlights[upcoming: 1.16]
In redstone circuits
When placing redstone on a glowstone block, being a transparent block, signals can pass from one block to another diagonally. Redstone wire, even though it may appear to connect up the side of a glowstone block and to the wire portion on top, does not send a redstone signal down the glowstone block. This makes glowstone effective for vertical diodes, logic gate designs, and space-efficient instant vertical redstone.
Note that upside-down slabs can be used for the same purpose, and are easier to obtain.
|Redstone Lamp||Redstone Dust +
|Respawn Anchor||Crying Obsidian +
Glowstone can be placed under note blocks to produce pling sounds.
Glowstone is used to charge respawn anchors.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Subtitle key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation distance|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||Jumping from the block||?||?|
|?||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Placing the block||?||0.8|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|Glowstone is shown to drop itself when mined.|
|?||The crafting recipe for glowstone is 3×3 glowstone dust.
|The drop rate of glowstone dust from mined glowstone is 1.|
|The material type of glowstone is currently "glass".|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.6.6||The crafting recipe of glowstone has changed to 2×2 glowstone dust.|
|The drop rate of glowstone dust from mined glowstone has increased to 2–4.|
|The material type of glowstone has changed to "stone", meaning a pickaxe is now needed to drop items and block dependent blocks can now be placed on the block.|
|1.7.3||Harvesting glowstone now requires an iron pickaxe or higher.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||The texture of glowstone has changed, removing the border on the outside.|
|RC1||The material type of glowstone has changed once again to "glass".|
|1.2.1||12w06a||Redstone can now be placed on glowstone. Redstone wire can now transmit only upward through it.|
|12w07a||Glowstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Priest villagers now sell 2–3 glowstone for 1 emerald.|
|12w22a||Inventory sprites for blocks have been flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.5||13w02a||In texture packs, glowstone now use /textures/blocks/lightgem.png.|
|1.7.2||13w41a||Glowstone can no longer be used to see through blocks.|
|1.8||14w02a||Trading has changed: cleric villagers now sell 1–3 glowstone for 1 emerald.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 89.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of glowstone has changed.|
|18w47a||The texture of glowstone has changed, once again.|
|19w09a||Glowstone now makes a "pling" sound when placed under a note block.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.16||20w12a||Glowstone is now used to craft and power up the Respawn Anchor.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.9.0||build 1||Smooth lighting has removed from glowstone.|
|0.12.1||build 1||Glowstone can now be obtained by breaking it using the Silk Touch enchantment.|
|0.13.0||build 1||Glowstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.|
|1.0.4||alpha 22.214.171.124||Glowstone is now sold by cleric villagers.|
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Glowstone is now sold by the new wandering trader.|
|The texture of glowstone has changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Trading has changed, cleric villagers no longer sell glowstone.|
|1.13.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Glowstone now causes a note block to make a "pling" sound when placed under it.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added glowstone.|
|1.90||The texture of glowstone has changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- Since glowstone blocks become block entities when moved by pistons, this momentarily stops them from giving off light. This will not be fixed.
- Rarely, glowstone can be found touching the ground if the ceiling it was generated on was extremely low (2-3 blocks of clearance).
- Glowstone, though being transparent, causes the sky light to count down as if it hit a non-transparent block, whilst still letting through this light.
Purchasing glowstone from a cleric villager.
- "Block of the Week: Glowstone" – Minecraft.net, April 20, 2018