Air

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Air
Blank.pngAir (shown) JE2.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

?

Tool

None

Blast resistance

0

Hardness

0

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Air is an invisible block used to define empty space where any other blocks could otherwise exist.

Cave air[Java Edition only] is the underground air found in caves and some generated structures.

Void air[Java Edition only] is used internally for blocks above (Y>255) and below (Y<0) the world, and in unloaded chunks.

Obtaining[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, air cannot be obtained in the inventory without editing. In Java Edition, the block is completely unobtainable. Air can be destroyed or created only by the placement or removal of other blocks respectively.

Upon world generation, all otherwise empty spaces are occupied by air. In Java Edition, badlands, mineshafts, and surface ponds generate cave air,[1][2] and underground structures generate cave air. Void air is used in place of unloaded chunks and above or below the world's buildable area.‌[Java Edition only]

Usage[edit]

Air, shown at left, is represented by blue cubes within structures. Red cubes represent structure void.

Air shares some properties with non-solid blocks, including allowing the player or mob to move within that space without suffocating, and also to catch their breath if they are drowning in water.

Air can be visualized with the use of structure blocks in save mode. With "Show invisible blocks" enabled, the air is represented as small blue cubes. All air types are displayed identically as blue cubes.

Cave air and void air have no special properties; they function the same as normal air.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

BlockNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
AirairBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.air
Cave Aircave_airBlockblock.minecraft.cave_air
Void Airvoid_airBlockblock.minecraft.void_air
FluidNamespaced ID
Emptyempty

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
AirairBlock & Itemtile.air.name

History[edit]

Java Edition pre-Classic
Cave game tech testAdded air, which is any space devoid of blocks.
Air currently isn't internally a block.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?Air now affects liquid blocks that are horizontally adjacent to it. If air is touching the fluid block, there is a 23 chance for the fluid block to disappear and make the pool recede, and a 13 chance for the fluid block to fill the air, making the pool spread.
Java Edition
1.7.213w38bAir is now internally a block.[3]
1.1016w20aAir (shown) JE1.png Air can now be visualized with the use of structure blocks.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeric ID was 0.
18w06aTwo new variations of air have been added: cave air and void air.
Caves now generate cave air instead of normal air.
Void air is now internally used at Y values less than 0 or greater than 255 and in unloaded chunks.
1.1519w39aAir (shown) JE2.png Outlines of Air shown by "show invisible blocks" by a Structure Block no longer have black outlines.
Pocket Edition Pre-release
Pre-releaseAdded air.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added air.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added air.

Air "item"[edit]

This section is missing information about
  • Has this ever existed in Bedrock Edition?
  • Where is this texture used? Air 13w38b.png. 
Please expand the section to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page.
Java Edition
1.7.213w38bMissing Texture JE2.png Air is now obtainable as an item. It can be obtained via the /give command or inventory editors with numeric item ID 0. It appears with the item name tile.air.name.
It is also dropped in quantities of 0-2 by entities with no actually defined item drops:
Air blocks cannot be placed in spaces which are themselves air. However, they can be placed in blocks such as water and grass, as well as probably any other replaceable block.
13w38cThe direct item form of air has been removed from the game. It can once again no longer exist as an item in any way, only as a placed block.
It is still, however, suggested with the /give command.[4]
?Air items are no longer suggested by /give.[verify]
1.915w42aBreaking frosted ice with a Silk Touch tool would create an invisible air item entity. This cannot be picked up by the player directly but if interacting with a hopper an instant crash will occur.
15w45aFrosted ice will no longer drop air.[5]

Issues[edit]

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

See also[edit]

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