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



Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 79 hex: 4F bin: 1001111

Namespaced ID


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.

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]

Water source blocks in a snowy biome 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 alternately melts and re-freezes when it receives a block tick.

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

Ice Bomb[edit]

When an Ice Bomb is thrown to the water, it transforms the water in a 3x3x3 cube centered around the projectile into ice. This works for source water or flowing water upon hit.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]


Ice can be easily destroyed without tools, but the use of a pickaxe speeds up the process. The block drops only when using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. Frosted ice cannot be obtained (created from a Frost Walker enchantment). It can be broken instantly with Efficiency III on a Diamond Pickaxe.

Block Ice
Hardness 0.5
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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Packed Ice Ice

[Java and Bedrock editions 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. A player who runs and jumps repeatedly on ice travels faster than 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]

Creating water[edit]

Ice can be used to create water either by it melting or being broken. If there is another block directly underneath the ice block, the ice reverts to water when broken. Ice also melts into water if the light level immediately next to it on any side is higher than 11, from light sources other than sunlight (and regardless of whether there's a block below). In Bedrock and Education editions, ice also melts when near a heat block, though heat blocks do not produce light. If ice melts or is broken in the Nether, no water is produced.


Java Edition Classic
May 20, 2009Notch 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, 2009Notch shows interest in adding ice as a slippery block.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.4Ice Revision 1.png Added ice; replaces surface water in Winter Mode worlds
v1.0.5_01Water exposed to snowfall now freezes to ice
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Mining ice with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch now causes ice to drop, which can then be brought to the Nether as a source of water.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Ice blocks can now no longer be collected with the Silk Touch enchantment because of the water loophole above.
1.3.112w17aIce 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.
12w22aInventory sprites for blocks have been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.7.213w41aIce, water and portals are now visible through each other.
1.915w43aIce blocks now generate as a part of igloos.
15w51aWater produced by melting ice blocks now flows.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 79.
18w15aMobs can now spawn on top of ice.
18w19aOnly polar bears can now spawn on top of ice.
pre2Ice can now be used to craft packed ice.
1.1418w43aIce Revision 2.png Changed the texture of ice.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Ice Revision 1.png Added ice.
0.2.0 Ice blocks are now opaque.
0.12.1build 1Ice blocks can now be legitimately obtained in survival mode by harvesting them with a Silk Touch enchanted tool.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta Revision 1.png Ice blocks are now fully transparent.
1.4.0beta blocks now generate naturally in the new icebergs and deep frozen oceans.
beta a thrown ice bomb hits water, it now transforms water into ice in 3×3 area.
1.8.0beta can now be used to craft packed ice.
1.10.0beta Revision 2.png Changed the texture of ice.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Ice Revision 1.png Added ice.
TU141.04Ice blocks can now be obtained in survival mode by harvesting them with a Silk Touch enchanted pickaxe.
The ability for ice to create water in the Nether has now been removed.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Ice Revision 2.png Changed the texture of ice.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Ice Revision 1.png Added ice.


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


  • When riding 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 drains the player's hunger bar extremely quickly at roughly 1 unit per second.
  • Boat move extremely fast on ice; however, it is difficult to slow down or change direction.
  • Sugar cane can be generated next to ice, though they drop as items if updated. This can be observed at random when running through a snowy biome.
  • Attempting to set ice on fire with a flint and steel causes no flames to appear, but the flint and steel's durability still decreases by 1.‌[Bedrock Edition only] The same thing happens with glass and the sides of non-flammable blocks.
  • Ice is classified as a transparent block in Bedrock Edition, and therefore does not conduct redstone.
  • Snow layers are the only transparent block that cannot be placed on ice.
  • When a player holds an ice block, the normals of the smaller model are flipped inside out, giving a strange effect.


See also[edit]


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