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This article is about the mob in Minecraft. For the mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see :MCD:Blaze. For the rod, see Blaze Rod. For the powder, see Blaze Powder.

A blaze is a hostile mob that spawns in nether fortresses and is the only source of blaze rods. Blazes attack at range by firing a trio of fireballs or can attack the player that gets too close to them with their spinning rods.[1]


Blazes may spawn naturally in nether fortresses in groups of 2 or 3 at a light level of 11 or less. Blazes spawn from monster spawners in nether fortresses. The spawners are located on small platforms with a three-block staircase leading up to it.


A blaze may drop 1 blaze rod or from 0 to 4 with Looting III when killed by the player or tamed wolf. 10 experience orbs are dropped if killed by a player or tamed wolf.


Blazes are immune to damage from fire and lava, and fly, although when not attacking they stay on the ground or sink down slowly through the air. Blazes attempt to swim upward in lava or water. Blazes fall through lava and water when idle. Despite taking damage from water, blazes make no attempt to protect themselves if pushed or dropped into water. Their pathfinding does not avoid fire or lava‌[Java Edition only] but does avoid water. They take 5♥♥♥ freezing damage from powder snow. Blazes are also hurt by snowballs, taking 3♥♥ damage per hit. It takes seven snowballs to kill a blaze. They are also damaged by splash water bottles, taking 1♥ damage per hit. Like endermen, blazes are also damaged by rain by 1♥ every half second.


Blazes target players within 48 blocks. If a blaze is damaged by a player or other mob, it alerts other blazes within 48 blocks to target the attacker.‌[Java Edition only] A blaze flies when it acquires a target, slowly approaching while attempting to remain from 0.5 to 3.5 blocks above the target.

Blaze Shooting

A blaze's normal attack is a trio of small fireballs, shot from up to 48 blocks‌[Java Edition only] or 16 blocks.‌[Bedrock Edition only] A blaze shoots only when it has a clear line of sight to its target. If line of sight is broken in the middle of its volley, the blaze suspends the remainder of its volley until line of sight returns. When using this attack, the blaze burns with fire for 3 seconds, shoots three small fireballs over the course of 0.9 seconds, then extinguishes its flames and waits for 5 seconds before attacking again. A blaze shoots its small fireballs with roughly the same lack of accuracy as a dispenser; however, the blaze's shots maintain the same speed all the way to the target, unlike the dispenser's, which start slow and accelerate.

A blaze that touches its target performs a melee attack that does 6♥♥♥ damage on normal difficulty, once per second. This attack is not considered fire damage and does not ignite the target. This cannot be prevented by the Fire Resistance status effect.


Java Edition:
Blazes use the Hostile Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Blaze breathesHostile CreaturesRandomlyentity.blaze.ambientsubtitles.entity.blaze.ambient1.00.8–1.216
Blaze cracklesHostile CreaturesRandomlyentity.blaze.burnsubtitles.entity.blaze.burn1.0–2.00.3-1.016
Blaze diesHostile CreaturesWhen a blaze diesentity.blaze.deathsubtitles.entity.blaze.death1.00.8–1.216
Blaze hurtsHostile CreaturesWhen a blaze is damagedentity.blaze.hurtsubtitles.entity.blaze.hurt1.00.8–1.216
Blaze shootsHostile CreaturesWhen a blaze shoots a fireballentity.blaze.shootsubtitles.entity.blaze.shoot2.00.8–1.216

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Hostile CreaturesRandomlymob.blaze.breathe1.00.8-1.2
Hostile CreaturesWhen a blaze diesmob.blaze.death1.00.8-1.2
Hostile CreaturesWhen a blaze is damagedmob.blaze.hit1.00.8-1.2
Hostile CreaturesWhen a blaze shoots a fireballmob.blaze.shoot3.00.8-1.2

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format

Blazes have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other
Into FireRelieve a Blaze of its rod.Pick up a blaze rod from the ground.20GBronze
OverkillDeal nine hearts of damage in a single hit.Damage can be dealt to any mob, even those that do not have nine hearts of health overall.30GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawNot Today, Thank You
Deflect a projectile with a Shield Suit UpBlock any projectile with a shield.story/deflect_arrow
Advancement-plain-rawInto Fire
Relieve a Blaze of its rod A Terrible FortressHave a blaze rod in your inventory.nether/obtain_blaze_rod
Adventure, exploration and combat Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root
Advancement-plain-rawMonster Hunter
Kill any hostile monster AdventureKill one of these 34 mobs: Only the riders of the chicken jockeys and skeleton horsemen are counted in this advancement. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-rawIt Spreads
Kill a mob near a Sculk Catalyst Monster HunterKill one of these 70 mobs near a sculk catalyst: Mobs that drop no experience are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_mob_near_sculk_catalyst
Advancement-plain-rawTake Aim
Shoot something with an Arrow Monster HunterUsing a bow or a crossbow, shoot an entity with an arrow, tipped arrow, or spectral arrow.adventure/shoot_arrow
Advancement-fancy-rawMonsters Hunted
Kill one of every hostile monster Monster HunterKill each of these 34 mobs: Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement. Only the riders of the chicken jockeys and skeleton horsemen are counted in this advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs


For information specifically pertaining to small fireballs, see Small Fireball § History.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseBlaze JE1 BE1 Added blazes.
Fire Charge JE1 BE1 Blazes shoot small fireballs when attacking the player.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Blazes now drop items only when they aren't on fire (about to attack); this has since been fixed, and they now have a chance to drop blaze rods any time they are killed.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Blazes now drop a blaze rod only when killed by the player.
RC1Sounds specific to blazes have been added. They make "breath" sounds and make metallic clunks when hurt.
1.4.212w36aDue to the addition of wither skeletons, blazes now spawn less often in nether fortresses (the chance has been decreased from 43.5% to 35.7%). are no longer provoked when attacked by the player in creative mode.
1.814w06aThe blaze's AI has been altered. Blazes now attempt to attack the player even if there are blocks between them.
A blaze now alerts other blazes in a staggering 50 block radius around itself of the player's presence upon being hit, causing all blazes within the wide radius to swarm the player, if they have a clear path.
Blazes now have a decreased firing distance: previously, blazes would shoot at the player from about 32 blocks away once angered, but they now shoot from only 16 blocks. When the player moves out of their radius, they slowly "walk" over to the player, flying over obstructions in the way. When within melee range, the blaze now actively rushes toward the player and attempts to hit the player out of melee range, and shoots small fireballs once the player is out.
Blazes no longer attempt to swim in water or lava, instead sinking to the bottom.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID of the blaze has been changed from Blaze to blaze.
16w35aBlazes are now dealt 1♥ damage by splash water bottles.
16w40aThe blaze's life tag is no longer used for anything, but still saved/read.
1.1418w43aBlaze JE2 The texture of blazes has been changed.
1.1620w06aBlazes no longer take damage from snowy weather.[2]
1.1721w13aBlazes now take extra damage when freezing. now have a weakness to freezing damage for the /damage command.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Blaze JE1 BE1 Added blazes.
build 12Blazes are now neutral in creative mode.
Blazes now have sounds.
v0.13.0build 1Blazes are now passive in creative mode.
v0.14.0build 1Blaze BE2 The blaze texture now glows.
?Blazes are now dealt 1♥ damage by splash water bottles.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta BE3 The texture of blazes has been changed.
1.17.0beta now take extra damage from powder snow.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Blaze JE1 BE1 Added blazes.
TU8Blazes now drop 0–2 glowstone dust when killed.
1.90 Blaze JE2 The texture of blazes has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Blaze JE1 BE1 Added blazes.


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


  • Blazes can see the player through walls.
  • When throwing a potion of Invisibility on a blaze, the smoke remains visible.
  • According to Jens Bergensten, blazes look the way they do because all mobs in Minecraft are cuboid-shape, so to make them flame-like and magical, he created them as a core surrounded by rotating rods.[3]
  • Blazes originally didn't have eyes when Jens Bergensten was first creating them and "just looked like a yellow rock". Eyes were added to "give it more personality".[4]
  • Despite not having visible feet, blazes are still capable of making footstep sounds.[5]
  • According to Minecraft's "Visit the Nether!" blazes are sentient beings made of pure lava. The article theorizes they were created by the original inhabitants of nether fortresses to serve as guards, but their creators lost control over the blazes and were subsequently destroyed by them.[6]
  • On the official T-shirt "Alchemy" by JINX, the blaze is in the form of the Vitruvian Man and the text uses the Standard Galactic Alphabet. The words on the outside of the ring translate to: "nigredo", "albedo", "citrinitas", and "rubedo"[note 1] which are all relating to magnum opus. The words on the ring translate to (starting from the top): "B * Crowmer", "poison * speed", "strenth * resist" [sic], "vision * heal", and "regeneration" relating to potions and probably the artist's name. On the connecting lines the words translate to: "potln of thickness" [sic], "potln of awkward" [sic], "weakness potion" and "mundane potion" relating to base potions.
  • As part of an official collaboration, blazes are included as monsters in a free add-on for the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons.[7] In the game, they are "Elementals" and have the alignment "Typically Neutral Evil".


In other media[]


  1. There is a nether track titled Rubedo.


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