Magma Block

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Magma Block
Magma Block.gif
Magma Block



Yes (3)

Blast resistance






Yes (64)


(burns indefinitely when manually ignited, top side only)



Data value

dec: 213 hex: D5 bin: 11010101


magma_block[upcoming 1.13]

Jens Bergensten Mojang avatar.png Don't step on it!
Jeb announcing this block[1]

Magma blocks are light-emitting naturally-occurring blocks found in the Nether that cause fire damage when stepped on.


Magma blocks can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing.

Magma Block
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 2.5
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]

Natural generation of magma blocks in the Nether.

Magma blocks are found naturally in the Nether, around the level of the lava sea, between Y=23 and Y=37. They generate in large veins of similar size to dirt and a similar frequency to blocks like andesite in the Overworld, generating 4 veins per chunk.

In the Overworld, magma blocks generate at the bottom of ocean ravines.[upcoming 1.13]

Magma blocks also generate as a part of underwater ruins.[upcoming 1.13]


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Magma Cream

Magma Block



Magma blocks damage living entities standing on top of them even if underwater (with exceptions such as shulkers or guardians), dealing 1 (Half Heart.svg) of damage every tick (although damage immunity reduces this to once every half-second). Magma blocks do not destroy items. Damage taken is considered fire damage and is reduced by armor, shields, the Resistance and Fire Resistance potion effects, and the Protection and Fire Protection enchantments. Armor will take damage, but a shield will not. The player can avoid being damaged at all, either by sneaking, using a potion of fire resistance, or by wearing Frost Walker boots.

Blocks the height of a trapdoor or lower (such as snow layers, carpet, repeaters or comparators) will not prevent a magma block from damaging mobs and players above it.

Magma blocks have a few specific death messages. If a player or named pet is killed simply from standing on the block, the death message displayed in chat is: "<player/pet> discovered floor was lava". If a player or named pet was pushed to their death onto magma blocks, the message is: "<player/pet> walked on danger zone due to <mob>".


Magma blocks emit a light level of 3.

Due to a bug, it can "preserve" higher light levels in some circumstances even after the original light source is removed.[Java Edition only]

When water is directly above a magma block, there is a random chance the water will be destroyed with smoke particles.

Magma blocks emit smoke particles under rainfall.

Mobs avoid magma blocks that are in the way. Most mobs don't spawn on magma blocks (exceptions are magma cubes, zombie pigmen, ghasts, and squids).

When a magma block's top is lit on fire, the fire will burn indefinitely.

Bubble columns[edit]

Placing magma blocks under water will create a "bubble column", which will quickly pull down items, players and mobs.[upcoming 1.13]


Official release
1.10 April 4, 2016Jens Bergensten releases a teaser screenshot of a new Nether block, warning not to step on it.
16w20a Added magma blocks.
1.12 17w06a Magma blocks now burn indefinitely when set on fire, much like netherrack.
1.13 18w07a Magma blocks now produce a downwards bubble column when under water.
18w08a Magma blocks now naturally generate in ocean ravines, thus generating downwards bubble columns.
18w09a Magma blocks now naturally generate in underwater ruins.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added magma blocks.
Pocket Edition
1.1.3 build 1 Added magma blocks.


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