Ladder

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Ladder
Ladder JE3 BE2.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.4

Hardness

0.4

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Ladders are wooden blocks used for climbing walls either vertically or horizontally. They can be placed only on the sides of other blocks.


Obtaining[edit]

Breaking[edit]

Ladders can be broken using any tool, but an axe is the quickest.

Block Ladder
Hardness 0.4
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.65
Wooden 0.35
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.1
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[edit]

Ladders occur naturally in library rooms of strongholds and in intersection rooms with a wooden ceiling. Ladders can also be found in village structures such as plains and taiga temples and many small or medium houses, as well as in churches. They may also be found leading to the basements of Igloos, in End Ships on the pillar leading up to the crows' nest, and in the Woodland Mansions' rail rooms.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick

3

Usage[edit]

Ladders provide a way to cushion a player's impact after a free fall. Upon entering a ladder's area of effect, the player's speed is reduced instantly to normal ladder descent speed and no damage is taken. Falling onto the narrow top surface of the ladder incurs falling damage as normal.

Holding the sneak key while climbing a ladder causes the player to grab hold of the ladder and not fall off. While the player is holding on to a ladder, mining speed decreases.

Any mob can climb a ladder in the same way a player does: by pushing against it. Mobs are not smart enough to use ladders deliberately — they do not remain on a ladder to get somewhere, but a ladder directly in their path lets them climb up.


Placement[edit]

Ladders can be placed on any full solid block face.

In Java Edition, ladders displace lava blocks to create an air pocket and can be used instead of glass to let lava light shine through a ceiling. They also displace flowing water, but a ladder placed inside a water source block becomes waterlogged and does not create an air pocket. Waterlogged ladder blocks cannot be used, though.

In Bedrock Edition, ladders displace only flowing liquids. A ladder placed inside a block of non-flowing liquid (like a water source block) becomes waterlogged and does not create an air pocket.

Climbing[edit]

A ladder takes effect whenever the player's lower half is in the block occupied by a ladder. These effects are:

  • If the player pushes against a wall, the player moves upward at about 5/2 meters per second instead of horizontally. (Thus inside a 1×1 ladder shaft, the player can use any movement key to move upward.)
  • If a player occupies the 1x1 ladder shaft, the player can ascend the ladder by holding jump instead of using a horizontal movement key.
  • If a player moving perpendicular to the ladder block enters the ladder block, the player begins to move upward, but then falls off the ladder shortly afterward if the player continues to move horizontally.
  • The player's maximum downward speed is reduced to a "descending ladder" speed.
  • The player's horizontal movement friction is the same as on ice. (That is, moving around in the tiny space the player is in while still hanging on the ladder at the same level.)

Fuel[edit]

A ladder can be used as fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per ladder.‌[Java Edition only]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Sound parameters
VolumePitchAttenuation
distance
StreamPreload
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.ladder.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816?????
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.ladder.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516?????
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.ladder.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516?????
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.ladder.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816?????
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.ladder.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016?????
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Translation key
Ladderladder climbableblock.minecraft.ladder

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Ladderladder 65tile.ladder.name

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, ladders use the following data values:

Bits Values
0x1
0x2
0x4

A three-bit field storing a value from 2 to 5:

  • 2: Ladder facing north
  • 3: Ladder facing south
  • 4: Ladder facing west
  • 5: Ladder facing east

Invalid values default to 2.

0x8 Unused.

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
facingnortheast
north
south
west
The direction from the block the ladder is attached to, to the ladder.
waterloggedfalsefalse
true
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this ladder.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
facing_direction20
1
2
3
4
5
The direction from the block the ladder is attached to, to the ladder.

History[edit]

Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100607Ladder (E) JE1.png Ladder (S) JE1.png Added ladders. In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Notch stated that he never originally wanted to add ladders because they're never fun, and that the fans convinced him to do it.[1]
Ladders can be placed on every other block and still be climbable because the player can climb a ladder when any part of the body was on it, not just the lowest part.
The crafting recipe of ladders produces one ladder per 7 sticks.
20100618Ladder (E) JE2 BE1.png Ladder (S) JE2 BE1.png The texture of ladders has now been darkened.
Java Edition Beta
1.4Pressing the sneak key now stops the player from moving down the ladder.
1.5The player can no longer climb ladders spaced every other block.
The crafting recipe now produces 2 ladders, thus the changes do not change the number of sticks needed to make a ladder of a given height.
1.6Test Build 3Ladders can no longer be placed on glowstone.
?The back faces of ladders now render.
Java Edition
1.112w01aThe collision boxes for ladders have now been removed.
1.2.112w03aThe collision boxes for ladders have now been re-added.
1.2The crafting recipe now produces 3 ladders per 7 sticks, as opposed to 1 from Infdev until Beta 1.4_01 and 2 from Beta 1.5 until 1.1.
1.4.212w38aAdded a sound for climbing up ladders.
1.513w02aAdded death messages for ladders: "Player fell off a ladder".
1.814w07aSmall Missing Texture Cube.png Ladders facing in no direction (obtainable via commands) appear as small missing texture cubes.
14w31aLadders are now mined faster using axes.
1.915w31aThe ladder's bounding box is now 316 block (formerly 216).
15w43aA length of ladder generates as part of the shaft from igloos leading to their basements.
1.1116w33aLadders can now be used to fuel furnaces.
16w39aLadders now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 65.
18w10dWater can now be placed on the same block as ladders.
1.1418w43aLadder JE3 BE2.png The texture of ladders has now been changed.
19w13aLadders can now be placed on glowstone.
1.1620w10aLadders can now be placed on blocks of redstone, observers and targets.[2]
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Ladder (S) JE2 BE1.png Added ladders.
v0.9.0build 10The ladder collision box has now been made slightly thinner.
0.11.0?Mobs can now climb ladders.
v0.12.1build 1Added a sound for climbing up ladders.
With sneaking added, it is now possible to sit on a ladder without moving.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1A length of ladder generates as part of the shaft from igloos leading to their basements.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Ladders now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Water can now be placed on the same block as ladders.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Ladder JE3 BE2.png The texture of ladders has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Ladder (S) JE2 BE1.png Added ladders.
TU12The crafting recipe now yields 3 ladders instead of 2.
1.90Ladder JE3 BE2.png The texture of ladders has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Ladder (S) JE2 BE1.png Added ladders.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • It is possible to use ladders one block apart in a corner by placing every other ladder on the alternating side of the corner. This method requires jumping and shifting sides constantly.
  • By holding the jump key, players can still use water ladders that have ladders placed every other block.
  • If the player stops on a ladder and places a sign, the player remains in midair without having to hold Shift, because the game is paused in singleplayer. This does not work in multiplayer because the game is not paused.
  • Attempting to place a ladder on a spot another ladder occupies may instead place the ladder somewhere nearby (because of the ladder's hitbox).
  • It is possible to remove a ladder while standing on a ladder and holding the sneak key, but it can take a long time because the countdown for breaking the ladder often resets.
  • Consuming food, blocking with a shield or pulling back a bow, do not slow the player down while climbing ladders (unlike when walking, sprinting and swimming).
  • Like vines, ladders slow the player down when walked through.
  • A player on a slab in front of the ladder must jump to get on the ladder despite being only 1/2 block down.
  • Players can hold down the jump button while climbing a ladder to make the climbing speed faster.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

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