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Snowy Grass Block.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 78 hex: 4E bin: 1001110


See Data values

Snow[Java and Legacy Console editions only] or Top snow[Bedrock Edition only] is a ground cover block that is commonly caused by snowfall.


Snow can be obtained using a shovel with the Silk Touch enchantment. Destroying snow with a non silk-touch shovel yields one snowball per layer. If it is destroyed with anything other than a shovel, nothing is dropped (even if using a different silk touch tool).

Block Snow
Hardness 0.1
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.5
Wooden 0.1
Stone 0.05
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Snow naturally generates in snowy biomes – snowy tundra, ice spikes, frozen oceans, snowy taiga, frozen river and snowy beach – and in the mountains biome above layer 95.

Snow will generate in single layers in Java‌ and Legacy Console Editions‌, and can generate in multiple layers in Bedrock Edition.‌


In snowy biomes or in cold biomes at varying layers, it will snow instead of rain, and while it is snowing, snow will generate on random non-transparent blocks with a block light level of 10 or less, with the exception of packed ice.

In Bedrock Edition‌, multiple snow layers are built up naturally during snowfall; in Java‌ and Legacy Console Editions‌, snowfall only creates one layer.

Snow golems[edit]

See also: Snow farming

Snow golems generate a trail of snow in snowy, cold, and some medium biomes, or any non-dry biome in Bedrock Edition.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Block



Powered redstone lamps melting nearby snow.


If the snow is on a grass block, mycelium[Java and Legacy Console editions only][1] or podzol,‌[Java Edition only][1] the ground cover will turn white on the top and around the sides. Snow will not damage tilled and hydrated field areas – it cannot be placed on farmland. Gravity-affected blocks like sand and gravel will not fall if the block below them has snow on it, but they will replace a snow layer if they fall onto it. The texture of the dirt portion of the block will also change when snow is placed on top.[2][3]

In Bedrock Edition, ‌ snow layers can occupy the same space as one-block flowers, mushrooms, and one-block ferns and tall grass, (however two-block tall plants do not work)[4] and can be layered and mined normally. Placing snow on already-existing plant blocks will cause snow to appear around them, but placing plants into an area where there is snow removes the snow.[5]


Snow will melt if there is a block light level of 12 or more. In Bedrock Edition, it will also melt in dry biomes, regardless of block light or daylight level. If there are multiple layers, all layers melt at once; the snow levels do not gradually reduce in height.

Falling block[edit]

In Bedrock Edition and Legacy Console Edition, top snow is affected by gravity and will fall if unsupported. On leaves topped with a layer of snow, particles of snow appear to fall through the leaves from the snow layer.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name
Snow snow

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID
Top Snow snow_layer 78

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, top snow uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 One layer, 2 pixels thick
1 Two layers, 4 pixels thick
2 Three layers, 6 pixels thick
3 Four layers, 8 pixels thick
4 Five layers, 10 pixels thick
5 Six layers, 12 pixels thick
6 Seven layers, 14 pixels thick
7 Eight layers, 16 pixels thick

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
 layers1—8The number of layers thick.
Each layer adds two pixels to the block height, and each layer after the first adds two pixels to the collision box.



Java Edition Classic
May 20, 2009Notch briefly mentioned, "Winter is an awesome idea. I can see snow and tiles slowly getting covered in a layer of snow. Also, ice on lakes. :D"
May 21, 2009Notch reveals that snow "on top of topmost tiles" was on his to-do list.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.4 Snowfall added to maps only in winter mode. When creating a new save, a map had a 1/4 chance of having worldwide snowfall. When falling on exposed land, a thin snow layer was created.
v1.0.5 A player could easily harvest snow by placing a block of water. By doing so, the player received a large amount of snowballs with little effort.
v1.0.5_01 Water blocks no longer produce ridiculous amounts of snowballs, which caused extreme lag for obvious reasons.
v1.2.0 ?Due to a missing feature in the Halloween Update, snow did not regenerate.
Java Edition Beta
1.5 Snow regeneration returned as part of the new weather features.[6]
Snow can occur in arctic biomes.
1.8 ?Snow biomes were temporarily removed as Notch was trying to improve them.
Java Edition
1.0.0 ?Snow biomes were re-added.
1.1 ?Snow occurs in tundra biomes, as well as arctic biomes.
1.3.1 12w21a Snow was made available in the creative inventory.
12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.5 13w05a Snow can be crafted and is obtainable in Survival mode. It is possible to stack snow to create layers thicker than 1.
1.8 14w28b Number of snowballs dropped increased from 1-8 to 2-9, depending on thickness.
1.13 17w47a The ID has been changed from snow_layer to snow.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 78.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Added snow to the world generation.
0.8.0 ?Added snow to the Creative mode inventory.
0.12.1 build 1 Snow can now be built up to multiple layers.
Snow is now affected by gravity, so that unsupported snow layers show falling dust particles.
Snow can now be placed inside flowers, mushrooms and tall grass.
Snow is now obtained by using a shovel on it. Previously, snow was mined like any dirt-type block.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 ?Snow layers can now generate in extreme hills biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch 1Added snow.
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4Snow can now be placed on top of upside-down stairs.
TU69CU571.76Patch 38Snow is now affected by gravity.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Snow.


Issues relating to "Snow", "Snow layer", or "Top snow" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Snow can be stacked to a full block beside a cactus without destroying the cactus.
  • Attempting to place torches on snow will replace the snow with a torch.
  • Snow on a block of soul sand makes the soul sand act like a normal block.
  • Snow layers of 2 to 7 thickness prevent hostile mobs from spawning.
  • In Spectator mode, If you position the player at the correct height, you can see the snowy texture of the top of grass blocks.
  • Eight layers of snow is equivalent to a snow block.