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Obsidian
Obsidian
First Appearance Survival Test 0.26 (October 24, 2009)
Type of Block Solid Block
Tool Used DPickaxe
Data Values Hex: 31
Dec:
49
Technical Name minecraft:obsidian
Blast Resistance 6,000
Stackable
Yes
64
Obeys Physics
No
Flammable
No
Luminosity
No
Transparency
No
Renewable
Yes

Obsidian is the second strongest Block in Minecraft, and is the strongest block that can be mined.

Overview

It is only found near Lava beds below sea level, and is created when Water touches a still lava source, causing the lava source to turn into an obsidian block. For this reason, it is usually found very deep underground, around layer 10. However, it can still be found anywhere where water and lava meet. To mine obsidian, a diamond Pickaxe must be used, and it will take approximately 9.375 seconds to mine, or quicker if the pickaxe is enchanted with any level of efficiency. It takes approximately 250 seconds to mine by hand, and about 50 seconds to mine with any pickaxe under diamond, although neither will yield any obsidian.

Obsidian is renewable, as the obsidian spawning platform and Ender Crystal pillars in The End are regenerated by a Player reentering the dimension and respawning the Ender Dragon, respectively. It is also spawned when Nether portals are created. The four extra corner blocks can be mined and used to create infinite nether portals (excluding world size).

Players can create obsidian themselves by pouring water from a Bucket over a pool of lava, provided that the lava is still (or else it will create Cobblestone).

Uses

Obsidian is the only block that can be used to make a portal to The Nether as of the Halloween Update. Prior to 1.7, a portal had to be built in either a 4×1×5 or a 2×1×3 frame of obsidian without any blocks in the middle of the portal. As of 1.7, the maximum size is a 23×1×23 frame with the middle left open. The corner blocks do not have to be included in the portal. After the portal is complete, lighting one of the bottom obsidian blocks on fire with a Fire Charge or a Flint and Steel (lava will not work) will activate the portal, and grant access to the Nether.

Obsidian is very resistant to explosions, with the exception of the Wither's skeleton skull attack. Because of this fact, many players have constructed "execution-by-TNT" rooms out of obsidian. In addition to the TNT execution rooms, multiplayer servers find obsidian to be the best block to build a defensive structure out of, as it is nearly impossible to destroy it.

Mining

Tool Enchantment Mining Time (sec)
Diamond Pickaxe No Efficiency 9.2
Efficiency I 7.25
Efficiency II 5.55
Efficiency III 4.3
Efficiency IV 3.3
Efficiency V 2.55
Gold Pickaxe Efficiency 1–5 20.85
Iron Pickaxe Efficiency 1–5 41.7
Stone Pickaxe Efficiency 1–5 62.5
Wooden Pickaxe Efficiency 1–5 125
Other non-enchantment 250

Crafting

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Trivia

  • While obsidian is a strong block in Minecraft, obsidian in real life is a fragile volcanic glass. However, it is capable of reaching a sharpness equal to (if not, higher) than diamond. It was for this reason that obsidian was a popular material used for arrow tips in real life.
  • Changing the in-game language to "Pirate" will rename obsidian to "Rock o' Tears", possibly a reference to the unimplemented Crying Obsidian.
  • Village blacksmith and Nether Fortress Chests sometimes come with obsidian, although three times as often in the former.
  • It makes a great base/house if a player wants it there permanently.
  • In Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Glowing Obsidian, a red, glowing variant, would be created when activating a Nether Core Reactor; however, it cannot be mined or obtained.
  • Obsidian is one of only a few blocks that cannot be destroyed by the Ender Dragon (the others being end stone, air, and bedrock). Instead, she will only phase through it, and knockback and cause damage to players hiding behind one of the obsidian pillars.

Gallery

Obsidian

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