|Catches fire from lava||
|— Marsh Davies|
Ice is a translucent solid block.
Ice can be easily destroyed without tools, but the use of a pickaxe speeds up the process. It can be broken instantly with Efficiency III on a Diamond Pickaxe. The block drops only when using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. If mined without Silk Touch, the block drops nothing, and instead is replaced with water.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
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 or waterlogged 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.
When an Ice Bomb is thrown into 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 is slightly slippery, causing entities (excluding minecarts) 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. This feature is intentionally programmed into the game.
Ice can be used to create water either by its 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.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation distance|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||Jumping from the block||?||?|
|?||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Placing the block||?||0.8|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
|Java Edition 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.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|Ice replaces surface water in Winter Mode worlds.|
|v1.0.5_01||Water exposed to snowfall now freezes to ice.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4||Mining 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 5||Ice blocks can no longer be collected with the Silk Touch enchantment because of the water loophole above.|
|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 now 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 can now spawn on top of ice.|
|pre2||Ice can now be used to craft packed ice.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of ice has been changed.|
|19w13a||Ice is no longer fully transparent.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|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.|
|1.2.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Ice blocks are now fully transparent.|
|1.4.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Ice blocks now generate naturally in the new icebergs and deep frozen oceans.|
|beta 18.104.22.168||When a thrown ice bomb hits water, it now transforms water into ice in 3×3 area.|
|1.8.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Ice can now be used to craft packed ice.|
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||The texture of ice has been changed.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added ice.|
|TU14||1.04||Ice 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 been removed.|
|1.90||The texture of ice has been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- 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.
- Boats move extremely fast on ice; however, it is difficult to slow down or change direction.
- Sugar cane can be generated next to the 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 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.
Another view of naturally generating at a frozen ocean.
- "Block of the Week: Ice" – Minecraft.net, March 17, 2017