Powder Snow

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This article is about the block. For the bucket, see Powder Snow Bucket. For other uses, see Snow (disambiguation).
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Powder Snow
Powder Snow JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes‌[Java Edition only]
No‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tools

Any tool

Blast resistance

?

Hardness

0.1‌[Java Edition only]
0.2‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Powder snow is a trap block that, in Java Edition, can be obtained from cauldrons.

Obtaining[edit]

In Java Edition, a cauldron in a snowy biome will fill up with powder snow when it is snowing. Powder snow can then be picked up from this cauldron with an empty bucket.

Using a powder snow bucket will place powder snow. Placed powder snow can be picked up again with an empty bucket.

Breaking[edit]

Powder snow does not drop anything when mined, even with Silk Touch, and tools do not speed up mining.[1]

Block Hardness Breaking time
Default
Powder Snow[JE only] 0.1 0.15
Powder Snow[BE only] 0.2 1

Powder snow will be broken by water or lava.

Usage[edit]

The frosty vignette when a player's head is within powder snow.

Entities (except rabbits, endermites and silverfish in Java Edition) fall through powder snow without taking fall damage and move much slower in it, similar to cobwebs. Powder snow does not cause suffocation damage.

Mobs, armor stands or players wearing leather boots do not fall through powder snow. In this case the snow behaves as scaffolding when the player sneaks or crouches while on the block and jumps while inside of the block. In addition, fall damage will be taken when falling on powder snow from a large height.‌[Java Edition only][2]

In Java Edition, powder snow extinguishes any entities that are on fire if they go inside of it. Players can use powder snow in the Nether.

Freezing[edit]

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.
Freezing hearts when the player is submerged in powder snow.

When an entity is inside a powder snow block, they will begin to freeze, taking damage.

When a player is submerged, they will see a frosty vignette slowly fade in at the sides of the screen and the FOV will slowly decrease. After fifteen seconds (300 game ticks), the player's hearts will change to a cyan frosty texture (♥), and the player will begin taking damage at a rate of 1♥ HP every three seconds (60 game ticks). If the player leaves the powder snow block, the vignette will slowly fade away. When a player is frozen, they will move slower than usual until the vignette fully fades away. This is controlled by the "TicksFrozen" data tag, which increases by 1 every tick (to a maximum of 300) for an entity within the powder snow block. It will only decrease when the entity leaves the powder snow block, at which point it will decrease at a rate of 2 per tick. This is currently not a separate effect when used with commands such as /effect give freezing, and does not have it is own unique art, particles or potion.

Wearing any piece of leather armor will stop the freezing effect and damage. This applies to other entities that can wear humanoid-oriented armor, such as zombies. However, horses will not receive freezing resistance from leather horse armor, which has been confirmed to be completely intended.[3]

Cold-sensitive mobs, namely blazes and striders, are not immediately damaged by powder snow.[4] Mobs which inhabit cold biomes (as well as snow golems, which are themselves made almost completely of snow) are not immune to freezing.[5]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the block or grabbing the block with a bucketblock.powder_snow.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.powder_snow.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.powder_snow.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksPlacing the block (unused, as it can only be placed from a bucket)block.powder_snow.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.831.3?
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.powder_snow.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
Player freezesBlocksGetting damaged by freezingentity.player.hurt_freezesubtitles.entity.player.freeze_hurt???
Bucket emptiesBlocksPlacing the block with a bucketitem.bucket.empty_powder_snowsubtitles.item.bucket.empty???
Bucket fillsPlayersGrabbing the block with a bucketitem.bucket.fill_powder_snowsubtitles.item.bucket.fill???
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSource[upcoming: BE 1.16.200]DescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
??Breaking the blockdig.snow?0.8
??Falling on the block with fall damagefall.snow??
??Mining the blockhit.snow?0.5
??Jumping from the blockjump.snow??
??Falling on the block without fall damageland.snow??
??Walking on the blockstep.snow??
??Placing the blockuse.snow?0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Item form?Translation key
Powder Snowpowder_snow inside_step_sound_blockNoblock.minecraft.powder_snow

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Powder Snowpowder_snow ?tile.powder_snow.name

History[edit]

October 3, 2020Powder snow was mentioned at Minecraft Live 2020, but no images were shown.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w46aPowder Snow JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow.
20w48aWearing any piece of leather armor now stops the freezing effect.
Added the freezeDamage gamerule, which stops entities from taking freezing damage if it is set to false.
The snow_step_sound_blocks block tag was renamed to inside_step_sound_block.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.52Powder Snow JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow via Experimental Gameplay.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Powder Snow" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • "Snowier Snow" was announced to be part of the Mountains biome in the biome vote at MINECON Live 2019. Powder Snow is referred to as "Snowier Snow" by the community and the Mojang devs.
  • This block arrived in each version in a different way (to Java as a bucket and to Bedrock as a block) and with different utilities
  • As of snapshot 20w46a, this block does not evaporate in the Nether.

References[edit]

  1. MCPE-104192
  2. MC-205131
  3. MC-205206
  4. MC-205031 resolved as "Invalid", meaning it was a feature request.
  5. MC-205067 resolved as "Invalid", meaning it was a feature request..