Ice

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Ice
Ice.png

Transparency

JE: Partial (-2 to light)
BE: Yes

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

2.5

Tool


Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Drops

None

Data value

dec: 79 hex: 4F bin: 1001111

Name

ice

Marsh Davies Mojang avatar.png The slippery properties of ice make it a surprisingly useful block. Pour water across its surface and items and players can move super fast in the direction of the water’s flow. Try dashing across ice enclosed in a two-block-high tunnel, and you’ll zip along at twice the speed of a minecart! Why? Because of SCIENCE. Well, it’s either that or a bug relating to how ground friction is calculated, but I’m going with science - and only partly because I fear Jens’ kung fu training.
Marsh Davies[1]

Ice is a translucent solid block.

Obtaining[edit]

Ice can be easily destroyed without tools, but the use of a pickaxe speeds up the process. The block only drops when using a tool with the Silk Touch enchantment. Ice cannot be obtained when created from a Frost Walker enchantment.

Block
Ice
Hardness 0.5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Ice can be found naturally as part of the landscape in snowy biomes from frozen lakes, rivers, and oceans. It can also be found in igloos, Ice Spikes, and Icebergs.

Snowy biomes[edit]

See also: Ice farming

Water source blocks in a snowy biome will eventually freeze into ice if exposed to the sky from directly above, the light level immediately adjacent to the water block on all sides is less than 13, and there is at least one horizontally adjacent non-water block. This can happen at any time of day, and in any weather condition. If the highest adjacent light level is 12, an ice block will alternately melt and re-freeze when it receives a block tick.

Water will also freeze into ice in mountains biomes above the level that snow forms.

Ice Bomb[edit]

When an Ice Bomb is thrown to the water, it will transform the water in a 3x3 square into ice. This works for source water or flowing water on hit[Bedrock and Education editions only] .

Usage[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Packed Ice Ice











[Java Edition only]

Ice is slightly slippery, causing entities (excluding minecarts[2]) to slide, including items. This also allows for increased speed in water currents by placing the ice block under the water current. If a player runs and jumps repeatedly on ice, they will travel faster than they would on any other block type.

When a non-full block is placed on top of ice, the block has the same "slipperiness" as the ice below it; although, if ice is placed below soul sand, it just increases the slowing effect of the soul sand rather than making it slippery.[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Ice can be used to create water: if there is another block directly underneath the ice block, the ice will revert to water when broken. Ice will also melt into water if the light level immediately next to it on any side is sufficiently high (greater than 11), from light sources other than sunlight. If ice melts or is broken in the Nether, no water will be produced.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Classic
May 20, 2009 Notch briefly mentioned, "Winter is an awesome idea. I can see snow and tiles slowly getting covered in a layer of snow. Also, ice on lakes. :D"
May 21, 2009 Notch shows interest in adding ice as a slippery block.
Alpha
v1.0.4 Ice.png Add a single ice block.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4 Mining ice with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch would cause ice to drop, which could then be brought to the Nether as a source of water.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Now ice blocks cannot be collected with the Silk Touch enchantment because of the above loophole.
1.3.1 12w17a Ice blocks can now be legitimately obtained in survival mode by harvesting them with a Silk Touch enchanted tool.
Ice no longer produces water in the Nether.
12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing
to
.
1.7.2 13w41a Ice, water and portals are now visible through each other.
1.9 15w43a Ice blocks generate as a part of igloos.
15w51a Water produced by melting ice blocks now flows.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 79.
18w15a Mobs can now spawn on top of ice.
18w19a Only polar bears spawn on top of ice now.
pre2 Ice can now be used to craft packed ice.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Ice.png Added ice.
0.2.0
Ice blocks are now opaque.
0.12.1 build 1 Ice blocks can now be legitimately obtained in survival mode by harvesting them with a Silk Touch enchanted tool.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 beta 1.2.0.2 Ice.png Ice blocks are now fully transparent.
1.2.14 beta 1.2.14.2 Ice block now generate naturally in Newly Iceberg and Deep Frozen Ocean.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta 1.2.20.1 When Thrown Ice Bomb hit water, it will transform water into ice in 3x3 area.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added ice.
TU14 1.04 Ice blocks can be obtained in survival mode by harvesting them with a Silk Touch enchanted pickaxe. However, the ability for ice to create water in the Nether was removed.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Ice" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • If a player rides a pig on ice using a saddle, the pig moves incredibly fast, making journeys across long frozen lakes easier.
  • By sprinting and jumping while on ice and inside a 2-block tall tunnel, it is possible to move 16 blocks a second, twice as fast as a full-speed minecart. By replacing the 2-block ceiling with trapdoors, it's possible to travel 1000 blocks in 54 seconds, or 18.518 blocks per second. However, this will drain the player's hunger bar extremely quickly at roughly 1 unit per second.
  • Sugar cane can be found next to ice, though when updated they will drop as items. This can be observed at random when running through a snowy biome.
  • If you try to set ice on fire with a flint and steel no flames will appear, but the flint and steel will still act as if it had been used (its durability will decrease slightly). The same thing happens with glass and the sides of non-flammable blocks.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Block of the Week: Ice" – Minecraft.net, March 17, 2017
  2. MC-8265


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