Snow (layer)

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Snow (layer)
Grassy Snow.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)




  • Snowball
    (2–9) (one per level, plus one)
Data value

dec: 78 hex: 4E bin: 1001110



Snow, or top snow in Bedrock Edition, is a ground cover block that is commonly caused by snowfall.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Destroying snow with a shovel yields two snowballs, plus an additional one snowball per extra layer on top (meaning a three tall layer drops four snowballs). If it is destroyed with anything other than a shovel, nothing is dropped.

Snow (layer)
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 | edit source]

Snow naturally generates in snowy biomes – ice plains, ice spikes, cold taiga, frozen river and cold beach – and in the extreme hills biome above layer 95.

Snow will generate in single layers in the Java Edition, and can generate in multiple layers in Pocket Edition.

Snowfall[edit | edit source]

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

Snow golems[edit | edit source]

See also: Snow farming

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

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe


Usage[edit | edit source]

Powered redstone lamps melting nearby snow.

Cover[edit | edit source]

If the snow is on a grass block, podzol or on mycelium, 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.

Top snow can occupy the same space as one-block flowers, mushrooms, and one-block ferns and tall grass,[Bedrock Edition only] (however two-block tall plants do not work)[1] and can be layered and mined normally.[Bedrock Edition only] 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.[2]

Melting[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Data values[edit | edit source]

A snow layer has the ID name minecraft:snow_layer.

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

1—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.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.4 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.
1.0.5 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. Fixed in Alpha 1.0.5_01.
1.2.0 Due to a missing feature in the Halloween Update, snow did not regenerate.
1.5 Snow regeneration returned as part of the new weather features.[3]
Snow can occur in arctic biomes.
1.8 Snow biomes were temporarily removed as Notch was trying to improve them.
Official release
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.
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.
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 now generate a extreme hills biome.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch 1Added snow.
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4Snow can now be placed on top of upside-down stairs.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Snow” or “Snow layer“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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