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For the regular sac dropped by squids, see Ink Sac.
Glow Ink Sac
Glow Ink Sac.png
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Yes (64)

A glow ink sac is an item dropped by a glow squid upon death. Unlike regular ink sacs, it can be added to signs to make glowing text, and can be used to craft glow item frames.


Mob loot[]

Glow squids drop 1–3 glow ink sacs upon death. The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 1–6 with Looting III.


Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Glow Item Frame Glow Ink Sac +
Item Frame


An oak sign with a glow ink sac used on it.

Glow ink sacs can be used on signs to make their text brighter in low light levels. This also adds an outline around the text on the sign, the color of which is based on the color of the sign's text. The text does not emit any light, it is only more visible in darkness, similarly to the eyes of Spiders and Endermen. Normal ink sacs can be applied to revert glowing text back to default.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Glow Ink Sac splotchesBlocksUsing glow ink sac on a signitem.glow_ink_sac.usesubtitles.item.glow_ink_sac.use???

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Glow Ink Sacglow_ink_sacItemitem.minecraft.glow_ink_sac

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Glow Ink Sacglow_ink_sac503Itemitem.glow_ink_sac.name


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngGlow and Behold!
Make the text of a sign glow HusbandryUse a glow ink sac on a sign.husbandry/make_a_sign_glow


Java Edition
1.1721w03aGlow Ink Sac JE1 BE1.png Added glow ink sacs.
1.17.1Pre-release 1Zombies, husks, zombie villagers, and drowned no longer pick up glow ink sacs.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta Ink Sac JE1 BE1.png Added glow ink sacs.
beta Ink Sacs have been removed temporarily.
beta Ink Sac JE1 BE1.png Re-added glow ink sacs.
1.17.0beta Ink Sacs are now available without enabling experimental gameplay.
1.17.30beta, husks, zombie villagers, and drowned no longer pick up glow ink sacs.


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