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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

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

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 and the Overworld, which cause fire damage when stepped on.


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

Block 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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

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 and in underwater caverns.

Magma blocks also generate as a part of underwater ruins.


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 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.

Magma block damage does not set mobs or players on fire, and thus does not cook the animals that it kills.

Blocks that are 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] discovered the floor was lava". If a player or named pet was pushed to their death onto magma blocks, the message is: "[player] walked into danger zone due to [player/mob]".


Magma blocks emit a light level of 3.

When a water source is directly above a magma block, a bubble column will be created in the water, dragging down entities that get into it. The bubble column will continue up in the water, until there are no more water sources above.

Magma blocks emit smoke particles under rainfall, much like lava.

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 whirlpool bubble column, which will pull down items (including boats), players and mobs.

A player can restore breath by entering a magma block's bubble column.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Magma Block magma_block

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Magma Block magma 213


Java Edition
1.10April 4, 2016Jens Bergensten releases a teaser screenshot of a new Nether block, warning not to step on it.
16w20aAdded magma blocks.
1.1217w06aMagma blocks will now burn indefinitely when set on fire, much like netherrack.
1.1317w47aThe ID has been changed from magma to magma_block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 213.
18w07aMagma blocks now produce downwards bubble columns when under water, and water will not evaporate above a magma block.
18w08aMagma blocks will now naturally generate in ocean ravines, thus generating downwards bubble columns.
18w09aMagma blocks will now naturally generate in underwater ruins.
Pocket Edition
1.1.3alpha magma blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta blocks will now generate naturally at bottom of ocean ravines.
beta blocks will now generate in underwater ruins.
Magma blocks will now generate in underwater caves on top of lava pools.
1.5.0beta blocks will now produce downwards bubble columns when under water.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added magma blocks.
TU691.76Patch 38Magma blocks will now naturally generate in ocean ravines.
Magma blocks will now naturally generate in underwater ruins.
Magma blocks will now produce downwards bubble columns when under water.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.9.19Added magma blocks.


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