Snow Block

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Snow Block
Snow Block.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 80 hex: 50 bin: 1010000


See Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png
No feeling in the world beats waking up on a winter morning and opening the curtains to find out that it snowed overnight. The joy of seeing the world transformed, its colours hidden below a deep, fluffy layer of white, is incomparable to any other experience.
Duncan Geere[1]

A snow block[n 1] is a full-sized block of snow.


When broken with a shovel, snow blocks drop snowballs. If mined with a Silk Touch enchanted shovel, snow blocks drop themselves.

Block Snow Block
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1
Wooden 0.2
Stone 0.1
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Unlike snow layers, snow blocks will not melt from higher levels of light under normal circumstances, nor get destroyed by water.

Natural generation[edit]

Full snow blocks only generate in the ice spikes and frozen ocean biomes, and form the walls of igloos in snowy tundra and snowy taiga biomes.

Snow blocks generate in some snowy tundra village houses.‌[BE only][upcoming: JE 1.14]

Snow block can be found in snowy tundra village house chest.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Snow Golems[edit]

Snow Golem build configuration

Snow blocks are also used to make snow golems by putting 2 snow blocks on top of another and a pumpkin on the top as the head. Note that the pumpkin has to be placed last for this to work. This can be done sideways and upside-down, as well.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Snow Block

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Name ID
Snow Block snow_block

Bedrock Edition:

Block Name ID Numeric ID
Snow snow 80



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5 Added snow blocks.
v1.0.5_01 A shovel is now required to obtain snowballs.
Snow blocks on top of top snow cover no longer looks unusual.
v1.0.6 Snow blocks now only take 4 snowballs to craft instead of 9.
Destroying snow blocks now yielded 4-6 snowballs, allowing for infinite amounts of snow blocks and snowballs as snow blocks only take 4 snowballs to make.
v1.1.1 Infinite snowball glitch fixed; solid snow blocks now only drop four snowballs.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 ?Snow no longer generates in cold biomes.
Java Edition
?Snow now generates in cold biomes again.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.2 12w38a Snow was given a new block breaking sound.
1.5 13w05a Crafting recipe for snow cover was added.
1.9 15w43a Snow will now generate as part of igloos.
1.12 17w15a Snow can now be placed correctly on upside-down stairs.
1.13 17w47a The ID has been changed from snow to snow_block.
Renamed to Snow Block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 80.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added snow blocks.
0.9.0 build 1 Snow blocks will now generate naturally in ice spike biomes.
0.12.1 build 1 Snow is now renewable, and can be used to create golems.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0 alpha Snow blocks will now generate as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0 beta Snow blocks will now generate naturally in icebergs.
1.10.0 beta Snow blocks now generate in snowy tundra village.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.11.0 beta Snow block can be found in snowy tundra village house chest.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added snow blocks.


Issues relating to "Snow Block" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Snow may still fall on top of snow blocks, making them look taller than they actually are.
  • When a snow block is on grass, the grass block changes to a different "snowy" texture as if a snow layer is on it.
    • However, since snow is not transparent to light, the grass will change to dirt shortly after.
  • There is code to make snow blocks melt, but since they are solid blocks they cannot be lit enough for this to occur (barring certain lighting glitches)[until JE 1.14] (see MC-88097 for more information)
  • A texture known as "fluff.png" exists in files from the survival tests onward, that resembles snow. However, this was before snow was added, so this texture went unused.

See also[edit]


  1. Known as Snow Block In Java Edition and Snow in Bedrock, Legacy Console, and New Nintendo 3DS editions.


  1. "Block of the Week: Snow" –, May 19, 2017