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For other uses, see Glowstone (disambiguation).
Glowstone JE4 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Any tool

Blast resistance





Yes (15)





Catches fire from lava


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


Natural generation[edit]

A naturally occurring cluster of glowstone in the underside of netherrack.

Glowstone occurs naturally only in the Nether, where it generates in crystalline clusters on the underside of ceilings or overhangs. It can also generate as a part of bastion remnants.


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.

Block Glowstone
Hardness 0.3
Breaking time
Default 0.45

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Glowstone Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 3–6 22.8%
Bedrock Edition
Glowstone Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 1–5 26.2%


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Glowstone Dust


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

Wandering traders sell glowstone for two emeralds.


Analyzing glowstone in a material reducer, it turns out to be a 1:1:1:1:1 mixture of Argon, Neon and Krypton noble gases, Boron and an unknown Element.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]

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, beacons and shroomlights.

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 +

Respawn Anchor Crying Obsidian +

Note blocks[edit]

Glowstone can be placed under note blocks to produce pling sounds.

Respawn anchors[edit]

Glowstone is used to charge and make respawn anchors.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the
Block placedBlocksPlacing the
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the
?Falling on the block with fall
?Mining the
?Jumping from the
?Falling on the block without fall
?Walking on the
?Placing the

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Glowstoneglowstone block.minecraft.glowstone

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


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


Not Quite "Nine" Lives
Charge a Respawn Anchor to the maximumWho is Cutting Onions?nether/charge_respawn_anchor


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewGlowstone JE1.png Added glowstone.
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
1.6.6The 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.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Glowstone JE2 BE1.png The texture of glowstone has changed, removing the border on the outside.
RC1The material type of glowstone has 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, making glowstone renewable.
1.513w02aIn texture packs, glowstone now use /textures/blocks/lightgem.png.
1.7.213w41aGlowstone can no longer be used to see through blocks.
1.814w02aTrading has 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 JE3.png The texture of glowstone has changed.
18w47aGlowstone JE4 BE2.png The texture of glowstone has changed, once again.
19w09aGlowstone now makes a "pling" sound when placed under a note block.
1.1620w12aGlowstone is now used to craft and power up the Respawn Anchor.
20w16aGlowstone now generates in bastion remnants chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.5.0Glowstone JE2 BE1.png Added glowstone.
0.9.0build 1Smooth lighting has 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 JE4 BE2.png The texture of glowstone has changed.
1.11.0beta has changed, cleric villagers no longer sell glowstone.
1.13.0beta now causes a note block to make a "pling" sound when placed under it.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Glowstone JE2 BE1.png Added glowstone.
1.90 Glowstone JE4 BE2.png The texture of glowstone has changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Glowstone JE2 BE1.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.[1]
  • Rarely, glowstone can be found touching the ground if the ceiling it was generated on was extremely low (2–3 blocks of clearance).
  • Glowstone, although transparent, causes the sky light to count down as if it hit a non-transparent block, while still letting through this light.
  • The design of glowstone was inspired by Stony-iron meteorites.