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For other uses, see Glowstone (disambiguation).

Glowstone is a light-emitting block that occurs in branching structures, found hanging from ceilings and overhangs in the Nether.


Natural generation[]


A naturally occurring blob of glowstone in the underside of netherrack.

Glowstone occurs naturally only in the Nether, where it generates in crystalline blobs on the underside of ceilings or overhangs. They can be found in every Nether biome, although they are significantly rarer in soul sand valleys,[1] because the ceiling of this biome is made of soul sand or soul soil below which glowstone blobs cannot generate; they can still occasionally generate in caves and canyons in this biome,[2] because the ceiling is made of netherrack.

Glowstone can also generate as a part of hoglin stable bastion remnants.


If glowstone is broken using a tool with Silk Touch, the block drops itself. If a tool with Fortune is used, it has a higher chance of dropping a large amount of glowstone dust—but never more than 4. When a glowstone block is broken using any other tool, it drops 2–4 glowstone dust.

Block Glowstone
Hardness 0.3
Breaking time (secs)
Default 0.45

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Glowstone Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 3–6 22.8%
Bedrock Edition
Glowstone Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 3–6 22.8%


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Glowstone Dust

Trading and drops[]

Although glowstone can only be found in block form in the Nether, all renewable ways of obtaining glowstone are accessed through the Overworld.

Journeyman-level cleric villagers sell glowstone for four emeralds.

Wandering traders sell glowstone for two emeralds.

Witches may drop glowstone dust, which can be crafted into glowstone.


Analyzing glowstone in a material reducer, it turns out to be a 1:1:1:1:1 mixture of Argon, Neon and Krypton noble gases, Boron and an unknown element.‌[Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Education only]

Light source[]

Glowstone blocks emit a light level of 15, the brightest possible light level in the game. They emit the same amount of light as lanterns, sea lanterns, jack o'lanterns, redstone lamps, conduits, beacons, shroomlights, and froglights.

Redstone circuits[]

A glowstone block can transmit power up, but not down. Lamp A is powered because the redstone signal travels up the glowstone block. Lamp B is off as the signal would have to go down the glowstone, which is not possible.

When placing redstone dust on a glowstone block, being a transparent block, signals can pass from one block to another diagonally. Redstone wire, even though it may appear to connect up the side of a glowstone block and to the wire portion on top, does not send a redstone signal down the glowstone block. This makes glowstone effective for vertical diodes, logic gate designs, and space-efficient instant vertical redstone.

Note that upside-down slabs can be used for the same purpose, and are easier to obtain.

Piston interactivity[]

Glowstone, like other pushable blocks, becomes a block of moving piston when moved by a piston; this momentarily stops it from giving off light.[3]

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone Lamp Redstone Dust +

Respawn Anchor Crying Obsidian +

Note blocks[]

Glowstone can be placed under note blocks to produce pling sounds.

Respawn anchors[]

Glowstone is used to charge respawn anchors.

If a dispenser containing glowstone is facing a respawn anchor, it can automatically charge the respawn anchor when powered.

Transparent block[]


Mobs, in this case blazes, are able to choose glowstone blocks as their pathfinding target, as if they are normal solid blocks.

Glowstone blocks all sunlight, players and mobs suffocate inside it, mobs are able to pathfind to it, and it blocks a beacon beam, preventing the beacon's activation. However, like transparent blocks, it does not prevent the opening of chests, monsters (including slimes) cannot spawn on it, and it does not transfer a redstone signal. This behavior also occurs in sea lanterns.


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:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
GlowstoneglowstoneBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.glowstone

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Glowstoneglowstone89Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.glowstone.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.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawNot Quite "Nine" Lives
Charge a Respawn Anchor to the maximum Who is Cutting Onions?nether/charge_respawn_anchor


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewGlowstone JE1 Added glowstone.
Glowstone is shown to drop itself when mined.
releaseThe crafting recipe for glowstone is 3×3 glowstone dust.
The drop rate of glowstone dust from mined glowstone is 1.
The material type of glowstone is currently "glass".
Java Edition Beta
1.6.6The crafting recipe of glowstone has changed to 2×2 glowstone dust.
The drop rate of glowstone dust from mined glowstone has increased to 2–4.
The material type of glowstone has changed to "stone", meaning a pickaxe is now needed to drop items, and block dependent blocks can now be placed on the block.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Glowstone JE2 BE1 The texture of glowstone has changed, removing the border on the outside.
RC1The material type of glowstone has changed once again to "glass".
1.2.112w06aRedstone can now be placed on glowstone. Redstone wire can now transmit only upward through it.
12w07aGlowstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.
1.3.112w21aPriest villagers now sell 2–3 glowstone for 1 emerald, making glowstone renewable.
1.513w02aIn texture packs, glowstone now use /textures/blocks/lightgem.png.
1.7.213w41aGlowstone can typically no longer be used to see through blocks.
1.814w02aTrading has changed: cleric villagers now sell 1–3 glowstone for 1 emerald.
14w05bMobs now suffocate inside of glowstone.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 89.
1.1418w43aGlowstone JE3 The texture of glowstone has changed.
18w47aGlowstone JE4 BE2 The texture of glowstone has changed, once again.
19w05aAdded wandering traders, which sell glowstone.
19w09aGlowstone now makes a "pling" sound when placed under a note block.
1.1620w12aGlowstone is now used to craft and power up respawn anchors.
20w13aDispensers can now charge respawn anchors with glowstone.
20w16aGlowstone now generates in bastion remnants chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.5.0Glowstone JE2 BE1 Added glowstone.
v0.9.0build 1Smooth lighting has removed from glowstone.
v0.12.1build 1Glowstone can now be obtained by breaking it using the Silk Touch enchantment.
v0.13.0build 1Glowstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha is now sold by cleric villagers.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta is now sold by the new wandering trader.
Glowstone JE4 BE2 The texture of glowstone has changed.
1.11.0beta has changed, cleric villagers no longer sell glowstone.
1.13.0beta now causes a note block to make a "pling" sound when placed under it.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Glowstone JE2 BE1 Added glowstone.
1.90 Glowstone JE4 BE2 The texture of glowstone has changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Glowstone JE2 BE1 Added glowstone.


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


  • Rarely, glowstone can be found touching the ground if the ceiling it was generated on was extremely low (2–3 blocks of clearance).



  1. MC-171520 — "Glowstone clusters cannot generate in Soul Sand Valley biomes" — resolved as "Works As Intended".
  2. MC-192936 — "Glowstone clusters generate on netherrack in Soul Sand Valley" — resolved as "Works As Intended".
  3. MC-123217 — Moving blocks don't inherit behaviors of the block they hold

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