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A cobweb is a block that slows down entity movements.



Cobwebs can be obtained as an item using shears.[a] A cobweb drops one piece of string if broken with a sword, or if water touches or flows over it, or a piston pushes it. It drops nothing when broken using anything else, or if lava flows over it.

Block Cobweb
Hardness 4
Breaking time (secs)
Default 20
Shears 0.4
Sword 0.4

Natural generation[]

Cobwebs generate naturally in mineshafts, stronghold libraries, igloo basements, abandoned villages and woodland mansion spider spawner rooms.


Mobs can spawn inside of cobwebs, in which case they do not catch fire if they are caught in a cobweb. Cobwebs also diffuse sky light.

Blocks can be placed on cobwebs. Paintings[Java Edition only] and signs can be placed on their sides, or on top in the case of signs.

Despite being slowed down by them, mobs do not try to pathfind around cobwebs, which can be exploited to construct clever mob traps.

They can be useful in PvP servers, where a player can quickly erect a barrier of cobwebs that can trap players, or force them to destroy the cobwebs. They are also useful in traps that are deliberately intended to troll players, such as a long pitfall with cobwebs and lava at the bottom.

Redstone circuits[]

Cobweb delay

2 cobwebs delay for around a minute

Cobwebs can be used as a delaying mechanism in a redstone circuit, for example, to delay an item falling on a pressure plate or into a hopper. They can also be used to cancel random momentum of an item thrown from a dispenser or dropper by placing them directly on their face.


All mobs except for spiders and cave spiders experience slow movement through a cobweb. A mob falling through a cobweb takes 13 seconds to move down 1 block. A cobweb can partially stop blast damage if a player and the entity causing the explosion are both caught in the cobweb. The slowing effect of the cobweb increases if it is placed on ice. The slowest a player can move in vanilla Minecraft without commands or other third-party tools is by placing cobwebs on Blue Ice, sneaking, drinking a level IV Turtle Master Potion, and blocking, which causes the player come to a near-total standstill, moving only a single block every few minutes.

A cobweb affects the player's movement abilities, as well. While in contact with it, the player can move at a speed of about 15% of the normal walking speed. Additionally, jumping vibrates the player akin to jumping in a 2-block-high space.‌[Java Edition only] A cobweb also limits the rate at which a player can break blocks. Like water, falling into a cobweb prevents a player from taking fall damage, meaning a fatal fall can be mitigated with cobwebs. Attacking while falling through cobwebs counts as a critical hit, the same as when falling after a jump.

Items thrown into a cobweb are slowed and fall through it after a maximum of about 24 seconds depending on where it enters. They do not merge with other items of the same type thrown on the ground.

Cobwebs have different effects on moving entities. A falling block that enters a cobweb slows down, then drops as an item after existing for 30 seconds.‌[Java Edition only] An arrow shot at a cobweb passes through without being slowed.

A minecart with no players in it takes about 9 seconds to fall through a cobweb if a rail is placed directly under the cobweb, however, if there is air between the cobweb and the rail, the minecart takes about 34 seconds to fall. Every extra cobweb added gives an additional 25 seconds of falling time. Players are unaffected by cobwebs when in a minecart unless they come into direct contact.

Cobwebs can be placed before a fall to prevent fall damage.


Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.27 [sound 1]0.5
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
  1. MCPE-169612 — Many blocks make very slightly different sounds to stone

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
CobwebcobwebBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.cobweb

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Cobwebweb30Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.web.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 Classic
October 23, 2009Notch originally planned for spiders to produce webs.
0.26_SURVIVAL_TESTCobweb (texture) JE0 BE0 A cobweb texture has been added to terrain.png. It is not currently associated with any block.
Java Edition Beta
1.5Cobweb JE1 BE1 Added cobwebs.
Cobwebs are unobtainable without inventory editors.
Changed texture of cobwebs, based on string texture instead of a white solid texture.
Cobwebs drop only string when broken using a sword.
1.6Test Build 3Prior to this, cobwebs had no tooltip when hovered over.
Cobwebs now suffocate the player and mobs like solid blocks if entered.
1.7Cobwebs now drop string when broken using shears.
Cobwebs no longer suffocate the player and mobs if entered.
1.8Pre-releaseCobweb JE2 Changed lighting. Cobweb now obstruct lighting.
New structures have been introduced that incorporate cobwebs: mineshafts, especially near their cave spider spawners, and strongholds, especially in the libraries.
Java Edition
1.2.112w06aCobwebs now completely absorb all fall damage.
1.4.4preCobwebs no longer slow down flying players in Creative.
1.4.612w49aCobwebs can be now obtained in Survival with the Silk Touch enchantment on shears or a sword. In Survival mode, however, shears can be enchanted with Silk Touch to obtain cobwebs.
1.915w43bCobwebs can now be found in igloo basements.
15w47cSilk Touch is no longer required to obtain cobweb when using shears.
15w49aCobwebs now catch ender pearls, snowballs, eggs, bottles o' enchanting and thrown potions as the corresponding dropped items.
15w49bCobwebs no longer catch thrown projectiles as dropped items.
1.1016w20aCobwebs now generate in abandoned villages.
1.1116w39aCobwebs now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1418w43aCobweb JE3 Changed texture.
1.1721w06aFloating cobwebs no longer generate in mineshafts.
21w11aCobweb JE4 Changed lighting.
1.1821w39aCobweb JE5 The default brightness has been changed from "Moody" to 50.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.5.0Cobweb JE1 BE1 Added cobwebs.
Cobwebs are unobtainable without inventory editors.
v0.8.0build 6Cobwebs have been added to the Creative inventory.
v0.9.0build 1Cobwebs now spawn naturally in mineshafts.
Added smooth lighting to cobwebs.
v0.12.1build 1Cobwebs can be now obtained in Survival with the Silk Touch enchantment on shears.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha can now be found in igloo basements.
1.1.0alpha now generate in woodland mansions.
alpha can now be crafted into 9 string.
?Breaking cobweb no longer require shears with the Silk Touch enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2 Changed texture.
1.20.10beta can no longer be crafted into nine strings.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Cobweb JE1 BE1 Added webs.
TU57CU49 1.56 Patch 271.0.7Webs can now be crafted into 9 string.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38"Webs" have been renamed to "cobwebs".
1.90 Cobweb JE2 BE2 Changed texture.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Cobweb JE1 BE1 Added cobwebs.

Data history[]

Java Edition
1.1317w47aThe ID has been changed from web to cobweb.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 30.


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



  1. Swords can be enchanted with Silk Touch only in Creative mode or by using commands[Java Edition only].

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