dec: 49 hex: 31 bin: 110001
|“||Strong almost beyond compare and able to stand huge blasts, glossy, black obsidian is forged in the very fires of the earth. What a block!||„|
|— Alex Wiltshire|
|“||Obsidian is tough to design in Minecraft because: This is obsidian. Very specular, brittle, see-through on thin edges, very dark, very smooth. texture is largely defined by specular and shape. In MC, it's a purple colored 'rock' with a few spots!||„|
|— Jasper "JAPPA" Boerstra|
Obsidian is a dark block known for its high blast resistance and strength.
- See also: Tutorials/Obsidian farming
Obsidian is the sole block that can be successfully mined only with a diamond pickaxe.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
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 used to build explosion resistant structures. At 6,000, obsidian's explosion resistance is the highest you 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 will 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||Get a block of obsidian in your inventory.||
|Enchanter||Enchant an item at an Enchanting Table||Diamonds!||—||
|0.26 (October 24, 2009)||Added obsidian.|
|In Survival Test mode, obsidian was extremely tough to break and would drop one or two cobblestone blocks when broken.|
|?||Obsidian has been removed.|
|February 27, 2010||Obsidian has been restored.[verify]|
|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.|
|March 13, 2010||The two obsidian intersecting planes have been removed.|
|v1.2.0||?||The nether portal has been introduced, which is made using obsidian.|
|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 been introduced, which is crafted using obsidian.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||Obsidian mining time has been decreased from 15 to 2.5 seconds.|
|?||Obsidian mining time has 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 been introduced, which is crafted using obsidian.|
|12w22a||Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing
|1.4.2||12w36a||The beacon block has received a crafting recipe, which uses obsidian.|
|12w38a||The wither's “blue wither skull” projectile has 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 now generates as part of the end cities.|
|15w43a||The obsidian yield from nether fortress chests has 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.|
|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 generates 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 now requires 6.5 seconds to mine, rather than 3.|
|0.16.0||build 1||Obsidian is now used to craft beacons.|
|1.0||build 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||build 1||Obsidian will now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.4||beta 126.96.36.199||Obsidian will now generate in some underwater ruins.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added obsidian.|
- 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.