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Yes (16)

Internal ID

JE: 11
BE: 81

Network ID

JE: 61

Entity ID


Data value

dec: 332 hex: 14C bin: 101001100

Namespaced ID


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Snowballs became a part of Minecraft in alpha version 1.0.5, the same update that added snow blocks. They can be collected by hitting snow blocks or snow layers with a shovel, or by destroying snow golems. Snow far, snow good.

Duncan Geere[1]

Snowballs are throwable 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 snow layers – one per layer. The Fortune enchantment does not affect these amounts.

Snow golems[edit]

Snow golems drop 0–15 snowballs upon death.

Natural generation[edit]

Snowballs can be found in 66.3% of snowy village house chests in stacks of 1–7.


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, but players are unaffected.[2]

When fighting the Ender Dragon, End crystals are able to be destroyed by snowballs being thrown at them.

In the Legacy Console Edition's Tumble mini game, snowballs destroy blocks that they hit.


Snowballs can be fired from dispensers.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Min. volume
MISSING Snowball flies entity.snowball.throw subtitles.entity.snowball.throw ? ? ? ?


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
S-no ThrowWin a single round of Snowball Tumble without throwing any Snowballs.YesYesNoWii U, Switch40GSilver
Snow StormHit a single Player with 25 Snowballs in a single public round.YesYesNoWii U, Switch40GSilver
HotshotHit a Player with a Snowball while falling into the Lava.YesYesNoWii U, Switch40GSilver
SnowploughPush three Players into Lava using Snowballs in a single public round.YesYesNoWii U, Switch15GBronze
OverlordStay on the top layer while winning a round in a Snowball Tumble Mini Game.YesYesNoWii U, Switch15GBronze
UnderdogWin a Tumble game whilst on the lowest layer in a Snowball Tumble Mini Game.YesYesNoWii U, Switch15GBronze

Data values[edit]

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



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5Snowball Revision 1.png Added snowballs. They are used to craft snow blocks.
v1.0.5_01Snowballs now stack to 8 - previously they could stack up to 64.
New snowball sound effect.
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 (was previously able to obtain 4-6 snowballs per snow block allowing an infinite number of snowballs to be made).
Java Edition Beta
Sound UpdateSnowballs throw sound was changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0?Ghasts no longer shoot flaming snowballs.
1.915w32aSnowballs will no longer damage the ender dragon.
1.1116w32aChanged entity ID from Snowball to snowball.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 332.
1.1418w43aSnowball TextureUpdate Revision 1.png Changed the texture of snowballs.
19w08aSnowball TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of snowballs again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0Snowball Revision 1.png Added snowballs. They 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 TextureUpdate Revision 1.png Changed the texture of snowballs.
1.11.0beta can now be found in some snowy tundra village house chests.
beta TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of snowballs again.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Snowball Revision 1.png Added snowballs.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Snowball Revision 1.png Added snowballs.


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


  1. "Taking Inventory: Snowball" –, March 8, 2019
  2. MC-3179