Prismarine

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Prismarine
Prismarine JE2 BE2.gif
Prismarine Bricks JE2 BE2.png
Dark Prismarine JE2 BE2.png
Prismarine
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

30

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 168 hex: A8 bin: 10101000

Namespaced ID

See Data values

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 primarily 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.

Occurrence[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

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. Normal prismarine can additionally be found in underwater ruins.

Obtaining[edit]

All types of prismarine can be mined using any pickaxe to drop itself. If mined without a pickaxe, the block will drop nothing.

Block Prismarine
Hardness 1.5
Tool
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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Crafting[edit]

Each type of prismarine can be crafted using varying amounts of prismarine shards, and an ink sac[until JE 1.15][BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only] or black dye[BedrockEducation and PlayStation 4 editions only][upcoming: JE 1.15] in the case of dark prismarine. All of these resources can be obtained from underwater mobs.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Prismarine Prismarine Shard

Prismarine
Prismarine Bricks Prismarine Shard

Dark Prismarine Prismarine Shard +
Ink Sac

[until JE 1.15][BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Dark Prismarine Prismarine Shard +
Black Dye

[BedrockEducation and PlayStation 4 editions only][upcoming: JE 1.15]

Usage[edit]

The color change of prismarine

Prismarine can be used for decoration or as a high blast resistance building block.

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.

Conduit power[edit]

Prismarine, dark prismarine and prismarine bricks can be used to activate a conduit by building a structure around it. By doing this, the conduit will emit the "Conduit Power" effect in a certain radius, depending on how many blocks are used to power it. Sea lanterns can also be used for this purpose.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Prismarine Slab or
Prismarine Brick Slab or
Dark Prismarine Slab
Prismarine or
Prismarine Bricks or
Dark Prismarine
Prismarine Stairs or
Prismarine Brick Stairs or
Dark Prismarine Stairs
Prismarine or
Prismarine Bricks or
Dark Prismarine
Prismarine Wall Prismarine

Stonecutting[edit]

Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Prismarine Slab or
Prismarine Stairs or
Prismarine Wall
Prismarine
Prismarine Brick Slab or
Prismarine Brick Stairs
Prismarine Bricks
Dark Prismarine Slab or
Dark Prismarine Stairs
Dark Prismarine

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Prismarine prismarine
Prismarine Bricks prismarine_bricks
Dark Prismarine dark_prismarine

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Prismarine prismarine 168

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, prismarine uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 Prismarine
1 Dark Prismarine
2 Prismarine Bricks

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
MoskstraumenActivate a ConduitPlace a conduit in a valid prismarine/sea lantern structure to activate it.Xbox 360YesYesWii U50GGold

History[edit]

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]
Java Edition
1.814w25aPrismarine JE1 BE1.gif Prismarine Bricks JE1 BE1.png Dark Prismarine JE1 BE1.png Prismarine added, along with its variants.
1.1317w47aDifferent block states of prismarine have now been separated into prismarine, prismarine_bricks and dark_prismarine for those respective blocks.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 168.
18w07aAdded stairs Prismarine Stairs Revision 1.png Prismarine Brick Stairs Revision 1.png Dark Prismarine Stairs Revision 1.png and slabs Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 1.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png for prismarine and its variants.
18w09aPrismarine will now generate in underwater ruins.
18w15aPrismarine and prismarine bricks can now be used to activate conduits.
18w20cDark prismarine can now be used to activate conduits.
1.1418w43aPrismarine can now be used to craft prismarine walls.
Prismarine JE2 BE2.gif Prismarine Bricks JE2 BE2.png Dark Prismarine JE2 BE2.png The textures for prismarine have now been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.15Pre-release 1Dark prismarine is now crafted with black dye instead of ink sacs.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0build 1Prismarine JE1 BE1.gif Prismarine Bricks JE1 BE1.png Dark Prismarine JE1 BE1.png Added prismarine and its variants.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8Added stairs Prismarine Stairs Revision 1.png Prismarine Brick Stairs Revision 1.png Dark Prismarine Stairs Revision 1.png and slabs Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 1.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png for prismarine and its variants.
beta 1.2.20.1Prismarine will now generate in underwater ruins.
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.1Prismarine and prismarine bricks can now be used to activate conduits.
?Dark prismarine can now be used to active conduits.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Prismarine can now be used to craft prismarine walls.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Prismarine JE2 BE2.gif Prismarine Bricks JE2 BE2.png Dark Prismarine JE2 BE2.png The textures for prismarine have now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Prismarine JE1 BE1.gif Prismarine Bricks JE1 BE1.png Dark Prismarine JE1 BE1.png Added prismarine and its variants.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Prismarine JE2 BE2.gif Prismarine Bricks JE2 BE2.png Dark Prismarine JE2 BE2.png The textures for prismarine have now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12Prismarine JE1 BE1.gif Prismarine Bricks JE1 BE1.png Dark Prismarine JE1 BE1.png Added prismarine, along with its variants.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Prismarine", "Prismarine Bricks", or "Dark Prismarine" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]