|Catches fire from lava||
Pointed dripstone is a block that makes up stalactites and stalagmites.
Pointed dripstone can be mined with any tool, but pickaxes are the quickest. Pointed dripstone breaks instantly when a trident is thrown at it.
- Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
Stalactites are created when pointed dripstone is placed on the bottom of a block.
When the uppermost block of a stalactite less than 11 blocks tall gets randomly ticked, it checks for a water source or waterlogged block two blocks above it and a cauldron within 10 blocks under the tip with no non-air blocks in between. If both conditions are satisfied, there is a 45⁄256 (~17.6%) chance for it to drip water and fill the cauldron by one level. If there is a lava source above the stalactite, there is a 15⁄256 (~5.9%) chance for it to completely fill an empty cauldron with lava instead, making lava a renewable resource.
Stalactites less than 11 blocks tall passively drip water particles (or lava particles in the Nether) in the absence of a liquid source, but these particles do not fill cauldrons. A waterlogged dripstone at the tip of a stalactite does not produce drip particles or fill a cauldron. Waterlogging other parts of the stalactite doesn't affect the dripping.
If the block supporting a stalactite or any block of the stalactite is broken, all of the unsupported pointed dripstone below the broken block drops, causing damage to any player and mobs standing beneath it, similar to a falling anvil. The amount of damage is 2 for each block of falling distance after 2 blocks. Stalactites with multiple pointed dripstone cause multiple damage, however, damage immunity prevents most of the additional blocks to cause damage.
Stalagmites are created when pointed dripstone is placed on the ground.
Falling onto stalagmites multiplies the fall distance by four to calculate the total amount of fall damage, using the formula
roundup(fall_distance × 4 − 3). Note that the distance travelled during last game tick of falling time is not included in this calculation, making it slightly off at higher distances; see Damage § Fall damage for more information.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||?||?||?|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||?||?||?|
|None[sound 2]||Blocks||When the block lands when falling||None[sound 2]||?||?||?|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||?||?||?|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||?||?||?|
|Footsteps||Players||Walking on the block||?||?||?|
|None[sound 3]||Blocks||Lava drips through the block||None[sound 3]||?||?||?|
|None[sound 3]||Blocks||Lava drips fill a cauldron||None[sound 3]||?||?||?|
|None[sound 3]||Blocks||Water drips through the block||None[sound 3]||?||?||?|
|None[sound 3]||Blocks||Water drips fill a cauldron||None[sound 3]||?||?||?|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Item form?||Translation key|
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|vertical_direction||The direction of the pointed dripstone.|
|waterlogged||Whether or not the pointed dripstone is located inside of water.|
|October 3, 2020||Pointed dripstone is shown at Minecraft Live 2020 within the dripstone caves biome.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
Added pointed dripstone.
|20w49a||Pointed dripstone can now be generated in dripstone caves, which is accessible using only the buffet or custom world type.|
|Changed death message from being killed by a stalactite from "<player> was squashed by a falling block" to "<player> was skewered by a stalactite".|
|Stalactites taller than 1 block can now fill cauldrons.|
- – "Some mobs don't take damage from stalagmites" – resolved as "Works As Intended"
- – "Cauldrons below stalactites at least 2 blocks tall don't fill up" – resolved as "Fixed"