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Snow JE3 BE2.png



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Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Snow[a] is a ground cover block that is commonly caused by snowfall.



Powered redstone lamps melting nearby snow.

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). If water touches the snow, the snow yields a snowball. Snow can also be obtained by causing it to drop into an invalid block space, in which case it drops itself.‌[Bedrock Edition only] The dropped snow layer also corresponds with how many layers were in the broken snow pile.

Block Snow
Hardness 0.1
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.5
Wooden 0.1
Stone 0.05
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Netherite 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

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 y-level 90–95.

Snow generates where there is sky access atop buildings in snowy taiga villages. ‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Snow generates in multiple layers as part of many snowy tundra village structures.

Snow generates in single layers in Java Edition, and can generate in multiple layers in Bedrock Edition.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Block




In snowy biomes or in cold biomes at varying layers, the weather can snow instead of rain. In snowy weather, snow generates on random non-transparent blocks with a block light level of 10 or less, with the exception of ice and packed ice.[more information needed]

Biome Layer
y 90–95
y 120–125
y 150–155

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

Snow layers do not generate if the gamerule doweathercycle has been set to false.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Snow golems[edit]

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


Snow can be placed only on a solid block that is not ice. In Java Edition, snow breaks if its support block is removed. In Bedrock Edition, snow is affected by gravity and falls if it becomes unsupported, and breaks if it falls onto an unsuitable block. A player can jump up 1 block and 3 snow layers.


If the snow is on a grass block (or mycelium or podzol in Java Edition[1]) the ground cover turns white on the top and around the sides. Snow does not damage tilled and hydrated field areas – it cannot be placed on farmland. A gravity-affected block like sand or gravel does not fall if snow covers the block below it, but the gravity-affected block does replace a snow layer when falling onto it. The texture of the grass block changes to snowy when a single layer of snow is placed on top.[2][3] Thicker layers of snow causes the grass block to revert to plain dirt when the block receives a random tick, similar to regular grass when covered by an opaque block. A plain dirt block with a single layer of snow on top gains a snowy texture if grass spreads to it.

In Bedrock Edition, if leaves are topped with a layer of snow, particles of snow appear to fall through the leaves from the snow layer.

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

Snow layers can be used to kill nylium, a mechanic intentionally programmed into the game by Mojang.[6]


Snow melts if there is a heat block[BE & EE only], or block light level of 12 or more. In Bedrock Edition, it also melts 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.


When a fox gets stuck in the snow after missing an attack on prey, it emits particles as it emerges from the snow.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.snow.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.snow.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.snow.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.snow.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.snow.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced 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]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Snowsnow block.minecraft.snow

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Top Snowsnow_layer

Block data[edit]

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]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The 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.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The number of layers in addition to the bottom layer.
[check the code]


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
v1.0.4Snow JE1.png Snowfall has been added to maps only in winter mode. When creating a new save, a map has a 1/4 chance of having worldwide snowfall. When falling on exposed land, a thin snow layer is created.
v1.0.5Disturbing a snow layer by any means other than replacing it now causes a snowball to drop. This includes melting and mining snow or the block under it.
A player can now easily harvest snow by placing a block of water. By doing so, the player receives a large amount of snowballs with little effort.
v1.0.5_01Snowballs can now be harvested from snow only by using with shovels.
v1.2.0?With the removal of Winter Mode, snow can no longer regenerate.
Java Edition Beta
1.5Snow regeneration has now returned as part of the new weather features.[7]
Snow can now occur in arctic biomes.
Stacked snow layers have been added. However, they do not generate naturally and cannot be placed by players. Layers 1-3 have no collision, while 4-8 all have a half block collision.
1.7Snow JE2 BE1.png The side texture of snow has been changed.
1.8Pre-releaseSnow biomes have been temporarily removed as Notch is currently trying to improve them.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow biomes have been re-added.
Snow now occurs in tundra biomes, as well as arctic biomes.
1.3.112w21aSnow has been made available in the creative inventory.
1.513w05aSnow can now be crafted and is obtainable in Survival mode.
Stacked snow layers now have correct collisions, and can be placed.
1.814w28bThe number of snowballs dropped from snow has been increased from 1-8 to 2-9, depending on thickness.
1.1317w47aThe ID of snow has been changed from snow_layer to snow.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 78.
Layer 1 snow now has empty collision instead of solid collision of height 0, allowing entities to once again pass through it.
1.1418w43aSnow JE3 BE2.png The texture of snow has been changed.
19w03cSeven layer high snow now uses correct cullface arguments.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0Snow JE2 BE1.png Added snow to the world generation.
0.8.0?Added snow to the Creative mode inventory.
0.12.1build 1Snow 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
1.2.0?Snow layers can now generate in extreme hills biomes.
1.10.0beta JE3 BE2.png The texture of snow has been changed.
1.16.0beta now drops itself when mined with a Silk Touch shovel.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Snow JE2 BE1.png Added snow.
TU54CU441.52Patch 241.0.4Snow can now be placed on top of upside-down stairs.
TU69CU571.76Patch 38Snow is now affected by gravity.
1.90Snow JE3 BE2.png The texture of snow has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Snow JE2 BE1.png 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.
  • Snow layers of 2 to 7 thickness prevent hostile mobs from spawning.
  • In Spectator mode, if the player is positioned at the correct height, they can see the snowy texture of the top of the grass blocks.


Bedrock Edition[edit]


  1. Known as Snow in Java Edition and Top Snow in Bedrock Edition.