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Glow Lichen
Glow Lichen (D) JE2.pngGlow Lichen (E) JE1.pngGlow Lichen (N) JE1.pngGlow Lichen (S) JE1.pngGlow Lichen (U) JE1.pngGlow Lichen (W) JE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (7)





Catches fire from lava


A glow lichen is a non-solid, light-emitting fungi growth that resembles sparse moss that is 116 of a block thick. It can generate, or be placed, on any side of a solid block.


Natural generation[]

Glow lichen generates naturally in the interior of caves (at any height) on the surface of stone, andesite, diorite, granite, calcite, tuff, deepslate, and dripstone blocks that are exposed to air or water sources.[more information needed] It can be found underwater, but cannot generate in the deep dark[upcoming: JE 1.19 & BE 1.19.0] biome.


Using bone meal causes glow lichen to spread to a random adjacent block if possible, otherwise the bone meal will not be consumed. By fertilizing one lichen with bone meal, it is possible to cover the sides and the top of an adjacent block, but not the back. Otherwise, glow lichen does not spread naturally.


Glow lichen can be destroyed with anything, but using shears is the only way to collect it. Enchanting shears with Efficiency provides no additional benefit. Breaking them with an axe is the fastest, but does not allow for collection.

Block Glow Lichen
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.3
Wooden 0.15
Stone 0.1
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Netherite 0.05
Golden 0.05
Shears 0.3
Sword 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.



Glow lichen emits a light level of 7.


Multiple glow lichens can be placed in the area of one solid block, such as covering three sides of a corner. When such glow lichens are mined, all glow lichens occupying the same block are also mined. When mined with the correct tool, all glow lichens in the block will drop.


Placing a glow lichen into a composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.grass.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.grass.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.grass.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.grass.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.vine.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps??16
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[]


NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Glow Lichenglow_lichenBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.glow_lichen

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Glow Lichenglow_lichen666Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.glow_lichen.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 with the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block state

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
When true, a glow lichen texture is displayed on the bottom.
When true, a glow lichen texture is displayed on the east.
When true, a glow lichen texture is displayed on the north.
When true, a glow lichen texture is displayed on the south.
When true, a glow lichen texture is displayed on the top.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this glow lichen.
When true, a glow lichen texture is displayed on the west.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
00 to 630 to 63The directions the glow lichen exists. Each bit determines one direction:
  • 0x1: Down
  • 0x2: Up
  • 0x4: North
  • 0x8: South
  • 0x10: West
  • 0x20: East
0 is unused and it behaves like 63.


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Java Edition
1.1721w03aGlow Lichen (D) JE1.png Added glow lichen.
Glow lichen placed inside lava converts the lava into waterlogged lichen, even in the Nether.[1]
21w05aGlow Lichen (D) JE2.png Changed model of glow lichen. Moved model from 0.01 to 0.1 up.
Waterlogged glow lichen no longer forms when placed in lava.
February 9, 2021Glow Lichen (pre-release).png Showed early design of glow lichen.
21w07aGlow lichen can now be naturally generated on deepslate.
21w08aGlow lichen now generates almost twice as often.
21w11aBone meal can no longer be used on glow lichen if it has no blocks to spread to.
Glow lichen can now be used on a composter.
21w13aThe model of glow lichen has been tweaked so that the backside texture is mirrored.
21w20aGlow Lichen now drops the correct amount if there's more than one on a block.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1922w15aCan now be placed on the top and sides of soul sand, mud and maximum height snow.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta Lichen (D) BE1.png Added glow lichen.
beta lichen can now appear on the walls of underground water lakes.
beta lichen no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta lichen can now generate between Y=-64 and Y=63.
beta maximum Y-level that glow lichen can generate has been increased to Y=120.
1.18.0beta lichen is no longer able to generate anywhere outside of caves.[2][3]
1.18.10beta lichen now emits a light level of 7, matching Java Edition.


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


  • This block was hinted at by Henrik Kniberg, who explained that the glowing ores at Minecraft Live 2020 were prototypes for this. [4][5]
  • If the player removes all directional states using a debug stick, the block becomes invisible but the light emission remains, unless another block is placed there.
  • In real life, the lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi species in a symbiotic relationship.



  1. MC-212117 – resolved as "Fixed in 21w05a"
  2. MCPE-125198 – "Glow Lichen generates on the bottom of the ocean" – resolved as "Fixed"
  3. MCPE-141412 – "Glow Lichens generates on the surface" – resolved as "Fixed"
  4. "And yes, Glow Lichen is the new cave light source I mentioned in the cave prototype video a while back. We made them mainly for the not-yet-released larger caves. Glow Lichen generate naturally, but you can also grow it yourself and make eerie glowing cave paths :)"@henrikkniberg on Twitter, January 20, 2021
  5. "Once Upon a Time in the Underground (Minecraft cave prototype) @ 0:27" – Henrik Kniberg on YouTube, October 8, 2020