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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This content is locked behind the experimental gameplay option in Bedrock Edition.
Powder Snow
Powder Snow JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes‌[JE only]
No‌[BE only]

Stackable

No

Tool

Blast resistance

0.1

Hardness

0.1‌[JE only]
0.3‌[BE 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

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.

In Bedrock Edition, the block form of powder snow can be obtained in Creative inventory.

Breaking

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] 0.3 0.45

Powder snow will be broken by water or lava.‌[Java Edition only]

Usage

The frosty vignette when a player is within powder snow.

Entities (except rabbits, endermites, silverfish, shulkers, vexes, foxes[Java Edition only] and boats[Java Edition only]) 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]

Powder snow extinguishes any entities that are on fire if they go inside of it, including flaming arrows that are shot into it. Players can use powder snow in the Nether.

Being fully inside a block will cause a thick fog effect around the point of view.

Freezing

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 its own unique art, particles or potion.

Wearing any piece of leather armor will stop the freezing effect and damage. This applies to 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][6]

Sounds

Generic

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 blockblock.powder_snow.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.831.3?
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.powder_snow.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
BlocksBreaking the blockdig.powder_snow?0.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.powder_snow??
BlocksMining the blockhit.powder_snow0.831.3
BlocksJumping from the blockjump.powder_snow??
BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.powder_snow??
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.powder_snow??
BlocksPlacing the blockuse.powder_snow?0.8

Unique

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
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???

Data values

ID

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Powder Snowpowder_snowinside_step_sound_blockBlockblock.minecraft.powder_snow

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Powder Snowpowder_snow?Block & Itemtile.powder_snow.name

History

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.
21w05aSkeletons now turn into strays when they are in powder snow after 45 seconds (900 game ticks).
Foxes no longer fall through powder snow.
Powder Snow will now extinguish any flaming arrows shot into it.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.52Powder Snow JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow via Experimental Gameplay.
releasePowder Snow have been made inaccessible in the full release.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.51Now show the block breaking animation when being mined.
No longer transparent when looked at through clouds.
beta 1.16.210.53Entities in powder snow will now start to freeze and eventually die.
Powder snow can now be picked up and placed with a bucket.
Powder snow no longer appears in the creative inventory.
Added new sound effects for powder snow.
Powder snow now emits particles when an entity is landing or moving inside it.
Endermites, rabbits and silverfish no longer fall through powder snow.
beta 1.16.210.57Powder snow was readded to the creative inventory.

Issues

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

Trivia

  • "Snowier Snow" was announced to be part of the Mountains biome in the biome vote at MINECON Live 2019. Powder Snow is sometimes referred to as "Snowier Snow" by the community and the Mojang devs.

References

  1. MCPE-104192
  2. MC-205131
  3. MC-205206 – resolved as "Works As Intended"
  4. MC-205031 – resolved as "Invalid"
  5. MC-205067 – resolved as "Invalid"
  6. "What the heck he just died of freezing. Aren't they made of snow?"@Xilefian, January 20, 2021