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

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tools

Blast resistance

0.2

Hardness

0.2

Luminant

Yes (7)

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

Yes

Catches fire from lava

Yes

A glow lichen is a non-solid, light-emitting plant 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.

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

Glow lichen generates naturally on the sides or bottom of stone, andesite, diorite, granite, calcite, tuff, deepslate, and dripstone blocks that are exposed to air or water sources between Y=-1 and Y=56.[needs testing in Java Edition][more information needed] It generates more frequently in ravines. It can be found underwater as well in oceans.

Post-generation[]

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.

Breaking[]

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
Tool
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.

Usage[]

Light[]

Glow lichen emits a light level of 7.

Placement[]

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.

Composting[]

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

Sounds[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
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[]

ID[]

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Glow Lichenglow_lichenBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.glow_lichen

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Glow Lichenglow_lichen666Block & Itemtile.glow_lichen.name

Block states[]

See also: Block state

Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
multi_face_direction_bits00 to 63The directions the glow lichen exists.

History[]

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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]
21w05aWaterlogged glow lichen no longer forms when placed in lava.
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 the glow lichen has now tweaked that the backside texture is mirrored.
21w20aGlow Lichen now drops the correct amount if there's more than one on a block.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.50Glow Lichen (D) BE1.png Added glow lichen.
beta 1.16.230.54Glow lichen can now appear on the walls of underground water lakes.
beta 1.17.0.50Glow lichen no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

  • 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.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. MC-212117 – resolved as "Fixed in 21w05a"