Packed Ice

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Packed Ice
Packed Ice.png





Blast resistance



This block can be broken with any tool, but a pickaxe is the quickest




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 174 hex: AE bin: 10101110



Marsh Davies Mojang avatar.png 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 pick-axe with the Silk Touch enchantment will harvest it without shattering the block into nothingy nothingness.
Marsh Davies[1]

Packed ice is a solid block variant of ice.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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

Packed Ice
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.75
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 | edit source]

Packed ice is only found in the rare ice plains spikes biome. Packed ice also generates as igloo windows [Bedrock Edition only].

Usage[edit | edit source]

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, unlike normal 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 will not melt if placed near light sources.

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History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.7.2 13w36a Added packed ice.
1.8 14w26c Fixed efficiency on tools not speeding up the mining of packed ice.
1.12 17w17a Packed ice can be used to play the chime if they are under note blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Ice.png Added packed ice.
0.12.1 build 1 Packed Ice.png Updated texture.
Packed ice is now available in the creative inventory.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Packed ice now generate as part of igloos.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added packed ice.

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