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



Blast resistance



This block can be broken with any tool, but a pickaxe is the quickest




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 79 hex: 4F bin: 1001111



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 | edit source]

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.

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.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

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.

Snowy biomes[edit | edit source]

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 Extreme Hills biomes above the level that snow forms.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Ice is slightly slippery, causing entities 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. This does not work in Bedrock Edition with slabs, but does with the closed trapdoors.[verify]

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.

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History[edit | edit source]

1.0.4 Added ice block.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 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-pre5 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.
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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added ice.
0.2.0 Ice blocks are now opaque.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Ice blocks generate as a part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Ice blocks are now fully transparent.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added ice.
TU141.04Ice 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 | edit source]

Issues relating to “Ice” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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