dec: 49 hex: 31 bin: 110001
|— Alex Wiltshire|
|— Jasper "JAPPA" Boerstra|
Obsidian is a dark block known for its high blast resistance and strength.
Obsidian is the only block that can be successfully mined only with a diamond pickaxe.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.
Enchanting a pickaxe with "Efficiency" and using a beacon with Haste both drastically decrease the mining time. See the obsidian farming tutorial for more information.
Lava and water
When a player enters the End, a platform of 25 obsidian blocks is generated for the player to spawn on. This platform can then be mined, and will be regenerated when the player reenters the End. Solid pillars of obsidian can also be found on the surface, which will regenerate when the ender dragon is respawned. Obsidian also generates as a part of end ship in end cities.
Obsidian also occurs naturally where underwater springs flow onto lava, often at layer 10 or lower.
Obsidian can be found in 8.0% of nether fortress chests in stacks of 2–4, and in 25.6% of village blacksmith chests in stacks of 3–7. In 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 25.6% of village weaponsmith chests in stacks of 3–7.
Obsidian can be used to build explosion resistant structures. At 6,000, obsidian's explosion resistance is the highest the player can obtain in Survival mode, other than anvils, which have the same blast resistance. Obsidian cannot be pushed by pistons. Obsidian is also notoriously known in servers as a defense block. It is common in many builds as building armor and is essential for protection.
Obsidian can be used to create a nether portal frame, which can then be ignited using fire. The frame must be a vertical rectangle any size from 4×5 to 23×23. Note that the corners of the frame are not required.
Nether Star +
|Enchantment Table||Book +
|Ender Chest||Obsidian +
Eye of Ender
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Enchanter||Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table||Pick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||20G||Silver|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Internal ID|
|Ice Bucket Challenge||Form and mine a block of Obsidian||Hot Stuff||Have a block of obsidian in your inventory.|
|Enchanter||Enchant an item at an Enchanting Table||Diamonds!||—|
|Java Edition Classic|
|October 24, 2009||Showed obsidian.|
|Obsidian is extremely tough to break and would drop one or two cobblestone blocks when broken.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|?||Obsidian has now been removed.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|Infdev||2010-02-27||Obsidian has now been restored.|
|Obsidian can now be used to mark the positions of the cardinal directions. This creates two intersecting planes extending just above the surface of the solid material that surrounds them.|
|2010-03-13||The two obsidian intersecting planes have now been removed.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.2.0||preview||The nether portal has now been introduced, which is made using obsidian.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Pre-release||Obsidian can now be mined with an iron pickaxe (has since been removed) or moved by endermen.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||The enchantment table has now been introduced, which is crafted using obsidian.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||Obsidian mining time has now been decreased from 15 to 2.5 seconds.|
|?||Obsidian mining time has now been increased from 2.5 to 9.4 seconds.|
|1.1||12w01a||Obsidian can now be found in village chests.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||The ender chest has now been introduced, which is crafted using obsidian.|
|12w22a||Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.4.2||12w36a||The beacon block has now received a crafting recipe, which uses obsidian.|
|12w38a||The wither's “blue wither skull” projectile has now been introduced, which produces a special explosion that can destroy obsidian.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Obsidian can now be destroyed with explosives by summoning a fireball with custom data.|
|1.8||14w25a||“Infiniobsidian” glitch (allowing conversion of redstone into obsidian) has been fixed during the implementation of the new block metadata format.|
|14w30a||Obsidian can now be found inside chests in nether fortresses.|
|1.9||15w31a||Obsidian will now generate as part of the end cities.|
|15w43a||The obsidian yield from nether fortress chests has now been slightly decreased.|
|1.11||16w39a||Obsidian will now generate in woodland mansions.|
|July 18, 2017||Jeb tweets an image of an updated obsidian texture.|
|July 19, 2017||Jeb tweets an image of an updated obsidian texture.|
|July 11, 2018||Jasper Boerstra tweets an image of an updated obsidian texture.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 49.|
|18w09a||Obsidian will now generate in some underwater ruins.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.14||18w43a||Obsidian's texture has now been changed.|
|18w44a||Obsidian's texture has now been changed, once again.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.5.0||Glowing obsidian has been added, which drops a block of regular obsidian when mined.|
|The newly added nether reactor structure will generate a “spire” of obsidian when activated.|
|0.6.0||The “spires” generated by nether reactors are now made of netherrack, instead of obsidian.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Obsidian can now be found in villages within blacksmith chests.|
|0.12.1||build 1||Obsidian can now be used to form nether portals.|
|Obsidian is now used to craft enchantment tables.|
|0.13.0||build 2||Obsidian will now require 6.5 seconds to mine, rather than 3.|
|0.16.0||build 1||Obsidian is now used to craft beacons.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Obsidian is now used to craft ender chests.|
|Obsidian will now generate naturally in the End as obsidian platforms, obsidian pillars and some parts of end ships in end cities.|
|1.1.0||alpha 184.108.40.206||Obsidian will now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.4.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Obsidian will now generate in some underwater ruins.|
|1.10.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Obsidian's texture has now been changed.|
|Obsidian can now be found in village weaponsmith chests.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added obsidian.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- Obsidian is one of the hardest blocks to destroy in Minecraft. In reality, obsidian is glass-like in texture and quite fragile.
- In real life, obsidian is an extrusive igneous rock like andesite, meaning that they are both formed from lava that has cooled down.
- Destroying an obsidian block with a diamond pickaxe, while underwater, without standing on solid ground would take 3 minutes and 54 seconds (without the pickaxe, it takes 4 minutes and 10 seconds). Either way, the player will run out of air long before the block is mined (unless a potion of water breathing is used).
- It is a common misconception that enough TNT will destroy obsidian. Even though its explosion resistance rating is finite, additional TNT or other explosives will have no more effect on an individual block than only one (it would take 71.25 times the explosive power of TNT to destroy a block of obsidian). It is possible to hack or use
/summonan explosion strong enough to destroy obsidian, but no such explosion appears naturally.
Obsidian can be used to shield from explosions.