Packed Ice

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Packed Ice
Packed Ice JE2 BE3.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


This article is about the block found in the Ice Spikes biome and in frozen oceans. For other uses, see Ice (disambiguation).

Packed ice[a] is an opaque solid block variant of ice. Unlike regular ice, it does not melt under contact with the sun.


Packed ice can be obtained using any tool enchanted with Silk Touch, though a pickaxe is the fastest. Without Silk Touch, breaking it drops nothing. Unlike normal ice, it does not turn into water when mined without Silk Touch.

Block Packed Ice
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[A]
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 as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

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.


Ingredients Crafting recipe


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


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.

Boats can travel on packed ice with a top speed of 40 m/s. Ice tracks built from blue ice, packed ice, or a combination are useful for long-range travel in all three dimensions.

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.

Packed ice is not a storage block, as it cannot be crafted back into ice.

Note block[edit]

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


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the
Block placedBlocksPlacing the
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?BlocksBreaking the
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall
?BlocksMining the
?BlocksJumping from the
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall
?BlocksWalking on the
?BlocksPlacing the

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Translation key
Packed Icepacked_iceiceblock.minecraft.packed_ice

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


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 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 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 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 been changed.
1.13.0beta ice can now be used to play the chime if they are under note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Packed Ice JE1 BE2.png Added packed ice.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Packed Ice JE2 BE3.png The texture of packed ice has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Packed Ice JE1 BE2.png Added packed ice.


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  1. Known as Compressed Ice in British English variant.