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This article is about the throwable item. For the enchantment in Minecraft Dungeons, see Minecraft Dungeons:Snowball.
Snowball JE3 BE3.png
Rarity color





Yes (16)
Yes (64)‌[upcoming: JE Tests]


Height: 0.25 Blocks
Width: 0.25 Blocks

Snowballs are throwable combat items.


Snow blocks[edit]

A shovel without the Silk Touch enchantment can get 4 snowballs by breaking a snow block, and 1–8 snowballs by breaking or blasting snow layers – one per layer. The Fortune enchantment does not affect these amounts.

Snow golems[edit]

Snow golems drop 0–15 snowballs upon death.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Snowball Village Snowy house chest 1–7 66.3%
Bedrock Edition
Snowball Village Snowy house chest 1–7 66.3%

Creepers / TNT[edit]

Creeper and TNT explosions leave snowballs in the resulting debris field if near snow.


Ravagers destroy snow layers, dropping snowballs.


On Bedrock Edition a block or piston head pushed into the position of snow layers destroys the snow layers, dropping snowballs. 1-3 layers drops 1 snowball, 4-5 layers drops 2 snowballs, 6-7 layers drops 3 snowballs and 8 layers drops 4 snowballs.


On Bedrock Edition water flowing onto snow layers destroys the snow layers, dropping snowballs, in the same quantity as for pistons. Attempting to waterlog a snow layer, destroys the snow layer, dropping nothing.


Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Block Snowball


Snowballs can be thrown by using them, similar to an egg. They are affected by gravity.

They deal 3♥♥ to blazes but they deal no damage to other mobs. Mobs still have knockback and give the same effect as if they were being damaged (for example, zombified piglins who are hit by snowballs become aggressive toward the attacker), but players are unaffected.[1][until JE Tests]

When fighting the ender dragon, end crystals are able to be destroyed by snowballs being thrown at them.


Snowballs can be fired from dispensers.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Snowball flies??entity.snowball.throwsubtitles.entity.snowball.throw?(<1.0)16
Snowball flies??entity.snow_golem.shootsubtitles.entity.snowball.throw??16
Dispensed item??block.dispenser.launchsubtitles.block.dispenser.dispense??16


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


Hit the bullseye of a Target block from at least 30 meters awayTake AimBe at least 30 blocks away when the center of a target is shot with a projectile horizontally by the player.adventure/bullseye

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

ItemNamespaced IDTranslation key
Snowballsnowball item.minecraft.snowball
EntityNamespaced IDEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Snowballsnowball impact_projectilesentity.minecraft.snowball

Bedrock Edition:

ItemNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
EntityNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key

Entity Data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Snowballs have entity data that define various properties of the entity.



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5Snowball JE1 BE1.png Added snowballs.
Snowballs are used to craft snow blocks.
v1.0.5_01Snowballs now stack to 8 - previously they could stack up to 64.
Added a new snowball sound effect.
Harvesting snowballs now requires a shovel.
v1.0.6Snowballs now stack up to 16.
Thrown snowballs no longer disappear.
v1.1.1It is no longer possible to obtain more than four snowballs from a solid snow block (the player was previously able to obtain 4-6 snowballs per snow block allowing an infinite number of snowballs to be made).
Java Edition Beta
Sound UpdateThe throw sound of snowballs has now been changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0?Ghasts no longer shoot flaming snowballs.
1.915w32aSnowballs no longer damage the ender dragon.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has now been changed from Snowball to snowball.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 332.
1.1418w43aSnowball JE2 BE2.png The texture of snowballs has now been changed.
19w08aSnowball JE3 BE3.png The texture of snowballs has now been changed, once again.
1.16.2Pre-Release 1Snowballs are now affected by bubble columns.
Upcoming Java Edition
Combat TestsCombat Test 4Snowballs now stack to 64, once again.
Snowballs now have 4-tick cooldown and are not rendered for the first 2 ticks to prevent screen flickering.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0Snowball JE1 BE1.png Added snowballs.
Snowballs can be used to craft snow blocks.
0.4.0Snowballs can now be thrown.
0.11.0build 14Snowballs are now available in the creative inventory.
0.12.0Snowballs now deal damage to blazes.
0.12.1build 1Added snow golems, which drop snowballs.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2.png The texture of snowballs has now been changed.
1.11.0beta can now be found in some snowy tundra village house chests.
beta JE3 BE3.png The texture of snowballs has now been changed, once again.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Snowball JE1 BE1.png Added snowballs.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Snowball JE3 BE3.png The texture of snowballs has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Snowball JE1 BE1.png Added snowballs.


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


  • A thrown snowball faces the player in the first-person view and appears horizontally rotated in third-person view. This is the case for all throwable items (ender pearls, eggs, snowballs, and all throwable potions).