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Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 168 hex: A8 bin: 10101000



Jeb twitter.jpg I picked Prismarine because 1) it sounds good, 2) it references water with "marine", 3) it references its "shimmering effect" I hinted at with "prism", and 4) it doesn't really mean anything in the real world.
Jeb about the name[1]

Prismarine is a stone-like material that only appears underwater in ocean monuments.

Prismarine bricks are a decorative form of prismarine with a sawtooth-edged brick pattern.

Dark prismarine is a decorative form of prismarine; it is dark, with a tight grid pattern.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

All types of prismarine can be mined using any pickaxe to drop itself. If mined without a pickaxe, the block will be lost.

Hardness 1.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 7.5
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

All types of prismarine naturally generate as the main blocks making up ocean monuments. Normal prismarine and its bricks are found in large amounts due to the size of the structure. Prismarine bricks make up the 23 pillars below the monument, and appear decoratively throughout the structure. Somewhat more rare is dark prismarine, which encases the 8 gold block reward of the dungeon, and appears in fewer decorative features.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Each type of prismarine can be crafted using varying amounts of prismarine shards, and an ink sac in the case of dark prismarine. All of these resources can be obtained from underwater mobs.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Prismarine Prismarine Shard

Prismarine Bricks Prismarine Shard

Dark Prismarine Prismarine Shard +
Ink Sac

Usage[edit | edit source]

The only current usage for prismarine is decoration or as a high blast resistance building block.[until 1.13]

The normal prismarine is uniquely useful for decoration as it has an animated texture. The cracks in prismarine slowly cycle in color through aqua, green, purple, and indigo. The full animation for the prismarine texture changes color 22 times in an irregular sequence before the whole pattern repeats; this takes 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Prismarine Slab Prismarine [upcoming 1.13]
Prismarine Brick Slab Prismarine Bricks [upcoming 1.13]
Dark Prismarine Slab Dark Prismarine [upcoming 1.13]
Prismarine Stairs Prismarine [upcoming 1.13]
Prismarine Brick Stairs Prismarine Bricks +
[upcoming 1.13]
Dark Prismarine Stairs Dark Prismarine [upcoming 1.13]

Data values[edit | edit source]

Prismarine has an ID name of minecraft:prismarine and an ID number of 168. It uses its block data and block state to determine which variant of prismarine is displayed.

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
DV Description

0 Prismarine

1 Prismarine Bricks

2 Dark Prismarine

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

Prismarine Bricks
Dark Prismarine

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.8 May 17, 2014The first images of prismarine are previewed by Jeb on his instagram page.
May 27, 2014Jeb creates a contest to name the new block. A clearer image of the block texture is also revealed. Jeb also reveals that there's several varieties.
May 28, 2014Jeb names the new block "prismarine".[1]
14w25a Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.pngPrismarine added, along with its variants.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0 build 1 Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.pngAdded prismarine and its variants.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.pngAdded prismarine and its variants.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12 Prismarine.gifPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.pngPrismarine added, along with its variants.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Prismarine”, “Prismarine Bricks”, or ”Dark Prismarine“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name "prismarine" was created by Reddit user AjaxGb during a naming contest, where Jeb was looking for a name for the block.[2]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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