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Nether Reactor Core
This article describes content that has been officially made unobtainable. 
It can still be obtained using third-party software. However, this can cause unexpected behavior such as bugs and crashes.
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The nether reactor core is an unused block that cannot be obtained with the use of commands.


Nether reactor cores are currently unobtainable in new worlds except through inventory editing or add-ons. It is not available through commands or Creative. The block is, however, still usable for decoration in older worlds that had the block prior to it becoming unobtainable. In Survival Mode, new Nether Reactor Core cannot be crafted, including in worlds with the block, so once placed, the block would be lost if broken. In Creative Mode it is still possible to use Pick Block on existing Nether Reactor Cores to get the block into the inventory.


Mining a nether reactor core using a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch yields the same drop as an unenchanted pickaxe. They drop 3 diamonds and 6 iron ingots.

Block Nether Reactor Core
Hardness ?
Breaking time[A]
Default ?
Wooden ?
Stone ?
Iron ?
Diamond ?
Netherite ?
Golden ?
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Prior update 0.12.0 when Mojang added the nether dimension, the nether reactor core served as a placeholder to obtain nether-exclusive items like glowstone and nether quartz while the nether is yet to be implemented. It is activated by placing and tapping the nether core in a specific pattern using gold blocks and cobblestone.

Even though the nether core is removed after 0.12.0, it doesn't get removed in old worlds. Players can break the nether core to get back the diamonds and iron ingots that was used to craft it. It is treated as a novelty item by veteran minecraft players.


SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.01.1-1.2
BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.stone1.01.2-1.25
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.30.75
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.351.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0

Data values[]


NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Nether Reactor Corenetherreactor247Block & Ungiveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.netherreactor.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Unavailable with /give command
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.
NameSavegame ID
Block entityNetherReactor

Block data[]

See Bedrock Edition level format/Block entity format.


Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.5.0Nether Reactor Core BE1 Initialized Nether Reactor Core BE1 Finished Nether Reactor Core BE1 Added nether reactor cores.
Nether reactor cores could be crafted with the following recipe:

Nether reactor cores could be used to create Nether reactors, which would generate a square tower made of obsidian centered on the reactor, known as the Nether Spire.
v0.6.0The Nether Spire is now made out of netherrack.
v0.12.1build 1Nether reactor cores no longer have a function due to the addition of the Nether.
Nether reactor cores now drop 6 iron ingots and 3 diamonds.
Nether reactor cores have been removed from creative inventory.
Nether reactor cores no longer make Nether reactors.
Nether reactor cores can no longer be crafted.
v0.15.0build 1Nether Reactor Core BE2 Initialized Nether Reactor Core BE2 Finished Nether Reactor Core BE2 The default textures of nether reactor cores have been switched with the one in the plastic texture pack. This is confirmed to be a bug that would not be fixed. [1] As a result, if the player uses the plastic texture pack, the nether reactor cores will have their normal texture.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Nether Reactor Core BE1 Initialized Nether Reactor Core BE1 Finished Nether Reactor Core BE1 Added nether reactor cores, which are unused.
Pi Edition
0.1Nether Reactor Core BE1 Initialized Nether Reactor Core PI1 Finished Nether Reactor Core BE1 Added nether reactor cores, which are unused.
0.1.1Initialized Nether Reactor Core BE1 The active texture has been changed to match Pocket Edition.


Nether reactor cores are an unsupported block and as such issues relating to them may not be fixed.[1]


See also[]


  1. a b MCPE-15808