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This article is about the removed block. For a renewable source of lava, see Pointed Dripstone.
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Infinite Lava Source
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Any tool

Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


The infinite lava source was a block that would repeatedly create lava on each of its four orthogonal sides.



Infinite lava sources can be broken instantly, regardless of held items.

Block Infinite Lava Source
Hardness ?
Breaking time
Default ?

Chest loot[]

Infinite lava sources could be found in Indev House chests in stacks of 99 in in-20100124-2, and stacks of 100 in in-20100128. Prior to this, they were added to the player's inventory by default in a stack of 5.


As infinite lava sources are full solid cubes, placed gears will render on their sides.

The infinite lava source has many visual and functional differences from normal lava:

  • It is a full, solid cube block with full block collision.
  • It does not damage entities.[verify]
  • It does not emit light.
  • All sides use the same still lava texture.

Creating liquids[]

Immediately after placement, the infinite lava source creates source blocks of lava on each of its four orthogonal sides. If these created sources are removed, they will be regenerated after enough time.


Unlike with normal lava, infinite lava source blocks are deleted by sponges.

Data values[]


NameNumeric ID Form
[No displayed name]53Block & Item


Java Edition Indev
0.3120100122Infinite Lava Source JE1.png Added the infinite lava source block.
The block is referred to as a "volcano block".[1]
It appears in the player's inventory in a stack of 5.
20100124-2Can now be found in Indev House chests in a stack of 99.
20100128Can now be found in Indev House chests in a stack of 100.
20100129Can no longer be found in Indev House chests.
20100131Infinite lava source blocks now periodically generate lava around themselves even if said lava was previously removed.
20100201-2Infinite lava sources are now deleted by sponges.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100624The infinite lava source has been removed. As the ID is now empty, it now crashes the game with a NullPointerException if a chunk containing said block is loaded or an inventory containing one opened.
20100629The numeric ID which infinite lava sources used is now used by oak stairs, and as such all existing infinite lava sources will seamlessly convert into oak stairs instead of causing the game to crash.


Infinite lava sources are a removed block and as such issues relating to them cannot be fixed.

See also[]


  1. Indev's been updated with a bunch of goodies - The Word of Notch, January 22, 2010