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Glowstone Revision 4.png



Yes (15)

Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Data value

dec: 89 hex: 59 bin: 1011001

Namespaced ID


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Glowstone was added to Minecraft on 30 October 2010 in the Halloween Update - which also added Jack o’Lanterns, clocks and fishing. It occurs naturally in the Nether, generating on the underside of netherack, but if you’re having trouble finding it then clerics in Minecraft villages will sometimes sell small amounts in exchange for emeralds.

Duncan Geere[1]

Glowstone is a light-emitting block acquired from trading and that appears in the Nether.

Natural generation[edit]

A naturally occurring vein of glowstone in the Nether.

Glowstone occurs naturally only in the Nether, where it generates in coral-like clusters on the undersides of netherrack.


Unless broken with a tool that is enchanted with Silk Touch or Fortune, a glowstone block drops 2–4 glowstone dust. If a tool with Silk Touch is used, the block drops itself, and 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.

Block Glowstone
Hardness 0.3
Breaking time
Hand 0.45


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Glowstone Dust


Journeyman-level Cleric villagers sell one glowstone for four emeralds.‌[Java Edition only]

Wandering traders sell glowstone for 2 emeralds.


Light source[edit]

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 and beacons

In redstone circuits[edit]

A glowstone block can transmit power up, but not down. Lamp A is powered because the redstone signal travels up the glowstone block. Lamp B is off as the signal would have to go down the glowstone, which is not possible.

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.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone Lamp Redstone Dust +

Note blocks[edit]

Glowstone can be placed under note blocks to produce pling sounds.‌[JE & BE only][upcoming: BE 1.13.0]


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0-previewGlowstone was shown to drop itself when mined.
v1.2.0Glowstone Revision 1.png Glowstone has been added.
The crafting recipe for glowstone is 3×3 glowstone dust.
The drop rate of glowstone dust from mined glowstone is 1.
Material type began as "glass".
Java Edition Beta
1.6.6Crafting recipe has been changed to 2×2 glowstone dust.
Drop rate of glowstone dust from mined glowstone has now been increased to 2–4.
The material type of glowstone has been changed to "stone", meaning a pickaxe is now needed to drop items and block dependent blocks can now be placed on the block.
1.7.3Harvesting glowstone now requires an iron pickaxe or higher.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Glowstone Revision 2.png The glowstone's texture has been changed, removing the border on the outside.
RC1The material type of glowstone has now been changed once again to "glass".
1.2.112w06aRedstone can now be placed on glowstone. Redstone wire can now transmit only upward through it.
12w07aGlowstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.
1.3.112w21aPriest villagers now sell 2–3 glowstone for 1 emerald.
12w22aInventory sprites for blocks have been flipped from left to right, changing to Glowstone Revision 2.png.
1.513w02aIn texture packs, glowstone now use /textures/blocks/lightgem.png.
1.7.213w41aGlowstone can now no longer be used to see through blocks.
1.814w02aTrading has been changed: cleric villagers now sell 1–3 glowstone for 1 emerald.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 89.
1.1418w43aGlowstone Revision 3.png Changed the texture of glowstone.
18w47aGlowstone Revision 4.png Changed the texture of glowstone again.
19w09aNow makes a Pling sound when placed under a noteblock.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.5.0Glowstone Revision 2.png Glowstone added.
0.9.0build 1Smooth lighting has now been removed from glowstone.
0.12.1build 1Glowstone can now be obtained by breaking it using the silk touch enchantment.
0.13.0build 1Glowstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha is now sold by cleric villagers.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta is now sold by the new wandering trader.
Glowstone Revision 4.png Changed the texture of glowstone.
1.11.0beta has changed, cleric villagers no longer sell glowstone.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta makes a Pling sound when placed under a noteblock.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Glowstone Revision 2.png Glowstone was added.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Glowstone Revision 4.png Changed the texture of glowstone.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Glowstone Revision 2.png Added glowstone.


  • Since glowstone blocks become block entities when moved by pistons, this momentarily stops them from giving off light. This will not be fixed.[2]
  • 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.



  1. "Block of the Week: Glowstone" –, April 20, 2018
  2. MC-3667