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Blue ice is a solid block similar to packed ice and ice, but much more slippery.


Blue ice can be obtained using any tool enchanted with Silk Touch, although a pickaxe is the fastest. Breaking the block without Silk Touch drops nothing.

Block Blue Ice
Hardness 2.8
Breaking time[A]
Default 4.2
Wooden 2.1
Stone 1.05
Iron 0.7
Diamond 0.55
Netherite 0.5
Golden 0.35
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Blue ice naturally generates on the bottom of icebergs and as large arching structures in frozen ocean biomes. It also generates as piles and in some snowy tundra village houses, and in ancient cities. Rarely, an iceberg will generate entirely made of blue ice.

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Blue Ice Village Snowy house chest 1 9.9%
Bedrock Edition
Blue Ice Village Snowy house chest 1 9.9%


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Packed Ice

It takes 81 regular ice made into packed ice to create a single blue ice block.


Wandering traders have 16 chance to sell blue ice for 6 emeralds.


Blue ice is slippery, causing most entities to slide, including items. It is even more slippery (0.989) than ice or packed ice (0.98). This allows for increased speed of items in water currents by placing the blue ice under the water current. Mobs do not travel faster in water currents on blue ice.

In Java Edition, boats can travel even faster on blue ice than on either normal ice or packed ice, being able to reach a top speed of 72.73 m/s (as opposed to 40 m/s on ice and packed ice). Ice tracks built from blue ice, packed ice, or a combination are useful for long-range travel in all three dimensions.

Blue ice is a completely solid block and allows the placement of any objects on top.

Unlike normal ice, blue ice does not melt when placed near light sources.

Blue ice can be used to create basalt. When lava flows into a space which is above soul soil and next to blue ice, basalt is formed. Effectively a "basalt generator" when repeatedly produced.

Blue ice is not a storage block, as it cannot be crafted back into packed ice.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.glass.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.glass.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.glass.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.glass.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.glass.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokenrandom.glass1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.40.6
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Blue Iceblue_iceBlock & Itemice

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Blue Iceblue_ice266Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.blue_ice.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.


Java Edition
1.1318w15aBlue Ice JE1 Added blue ice.
Blue ice generates on the bottom of icebergs in frozen ocean biomes.
18w16aBlue ice slipperiness has been changed from 0.999 to 0.989
pre2Blue ice is now renewable, as its crafting ingredient, packed ice, can now be crafted from normal ice.
1.1418w49aBlue ice now generates in the updated snowy tundra villages.
19w05aAdded wandering traders, which sell blue ice.
1.1620w13aWhen blue ice is placed next to lava on soul soil it now generates basalt.
1.1922w13aBlue ice now generates in ancient cities.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Ice BE1 Added blue ice.
Blue ice can give off a light level of 4.
1.5.0beta ice is now more slippery.
1.10.0beta ice can now be bought from wandering traders.
1.11.0beta ice can now be found in snowy tundra village house chests.
1.16.0beta blue ice is placed next to lava on soul soil it now generates basalt.
1.17.10beta Ice JE3 BE2 Blue ice no longer emits light.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Blue Ice BE1 Added blue ice.
Education Edition
1.4.0Blue Ice BE1 Added blue ice.
Blue ice can give off a light level of 4.
1.17.31Blue Ice JE3 BE2 Blue ice no longer emits light.


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Bedrock Edition[]