Packed Ice

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Packed Ice
Packed Ice JE2 BE3.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava?


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Ice is also a rather charming-looking building block, but its aesthetic properties are rather undercut by its tendency to melt. Locate the rare Ice Spikes biome, however, and you can find packed ice, a variety of the chillsome block which doesn't turn into a puddle under the glare of light sources. Be careful mining it though, as only a pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment will harvest it without shattering the block into nothingy nothingness.

Marsh Davies[1]

Packed ice, or compressed ice, is an opaque solid block variant of ice.


Natural generation[edit]

Packed ice is found in the rare Ice Spikes biome. It also forms icebergs found in frozen oceans.

Packed ice generates as windows in igloos.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Packed ice generates in snowy tundra villages.


Packed ice can be obtained using any tool enchanted with Silk Touch. Without Silk Touch, breaking it drops nothing.

Block Packed Ice
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Wandering traders have 16 chance to sell packed ice for 3 emeralds.



Namespaced IDSourceDefaultSilk Touch
blocks/packed_icePacked IceNothing (100%)1 (100%)

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Blue Ice Packed Ice

Packed ice is slippery, causing most entities to slide, including items. This also allows for increased speed of items in water currents by placing the packed ice under the water current. Mobs do not travel faster in water currents on packed ice.

When a non-full block is placed on top of packed ice, the block has the same 'slipperiness' as the ice below it; although, if packed ice is placed below soul sand, it amplifies the slowing effect of the soul sand rather than making it slippery.

Mobs can spawn on packed ice. This can allow for compact mob farms that rely on the tendency of pushed mobs to slide off the ice in some way.

Packed ice is a completely solid block, and allows placement of any objects on top.

Unlike normal ice, packed ice does not melt if placed near light sources.

Note block[edit]

Packed ice can be placed under note blocks to produce chime sounds.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the ? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall ? ?
?Mining the ? 0.5
?Jumping from the ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall ? ?
?Walking on the ? ?
?Placing the ? 0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Packed Icepacked_ice block.minecraft.packed_ice

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Packed Icepacked_ice


Java Edition
1.7.213w36aPacked Ice JE1 BE2.png Added packed ice.
1.814w26cEfficiency on tools not speeding up the mining of packed ice has now been fixed.
1.1217w17aPacked ice can now be used to play the chime if they are under note blocks.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 174.
18w15aPacked ice can now be used to craft blue ice.
Packed ice now generates in iceberg biomes.
pre2Packed ice can now be crafted from 9 ice.
1.1418w43aPacked Ice JE2 BE3.png The texture of packed ice has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0build 1Ice BE2.png Added packed ice.
0.12.1build 1Packed Ice JE1 BE2.png The texture of packed ice has now been changed.
Packed ice is now available in the creative inventory.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha ice now generates as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta ice now generates naturally in iceberg biomes.
Packed ice is now used to craft blue ice.
1.8.0beta ice can now be crafted using 9 ice.
1.10.0beta ice now generates in snowy tundra villages.
Packed ice is now sold by the new wandering traders.
Packed Ice JE2 BE3.png The texture of packed ice has now been changed.
1.13.0beta ice can now be used to play the chime if they are under note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Packed Ice JE1 BE2.png Added packed ice.
1.90Packed Ice JE2 BE3.png The texture of packed ice has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Packed Ice JE1 BE2.png Added packed ice.


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  1. "Block of the Week: Ice" –, March 17, 2017