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This article is about the block found in the Ice Spikes biome and in frozen oceans. For other uses, see Ice (disambiguation).
This article is about the ice. For the mud, see Packed Mud. For the air, see Packed Air.

Packed ice is an opaque solid block variant of ice. Unlike regular ice, it does not melt near bright light sources.


Packed ice can be obtained using any tool enchanted with Silk Touch, though a pickaxe is the fastest. Without Silk Touch, breaking it drops nothing. Unlike normal ice, packed ice never turns into water when broken.

Block Packed Ice
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Packed ice is found in the rare ice spikes biome. It also forms icebergs found in frozen oceans. Packed ice also generates in frozen peaks biome and in ice patch.

Packed ice generates as windows in igloos.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Packed ice generates as piles (and in some houses or meeting points) in snowy plains villages.

Packed ice also generates in ancient cities.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Packed Ice Ancient City Ice box chest 2–6 80.5%
Bedrock Edition
Packed Ice Ancient City Ice box chest 2–6 80.5%


Wandering traders have 16 chance to sell packed ice for 3 emeralds.


Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Blue Ice Packed Ice

Packed ice is slippery, causing most entities to slide, including items. This also allows for increased speed of items in water currents by placing the packed ice under the water current. Mobs do not travel faster in water currents on packed ice.

In Java Edition, when a non-full block of half-block or less in height is placed on top of packed ice, the block inherits the same 'slipperiness' as the ice below it for most entities, not including boats due to a bug.[1] Additionally, any non-full block inherits the 'slipperiness' for items.

Boats can travel on packed ice with a top speed of 40 m/s. Ice tracks built from blue ice, packed ice, or a combination are useful for long-range travel in all three dimensions.

Mobs can spawn on packed ice. This can allow for compact mob farms that rely on the tendency of pushed mobs to slide off the ice in some way.

Packed ice is a completely solid block, and allows placement of any objects on top.

Unlike normal ice, packed ice does not melt if placed near light sources.

Packed ice is not a storage block, as it cannot be crafted back into ice.

Note block[]

Packed ice can be placed under note blocks to produce chime sounds.


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:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Packed Icepacked_iceBlock & Itemice

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Packed Icepacked_ice174Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.packed_ice.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.


Java Edition
1.7.213w36aPacked Ice JE1 BE2 Added packed ice.
The ice plains spikes biome is currently the only source of packed ice.
1.814w26cEfficiency on tools not speeding up the mining of packed ice has been fixed.
1.916w05aBoats now travel extremely fast on ice and packed ice.
1.1217w17aPacked ice can now be used to play the chime if they are under note blocks.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 174.
18w15aPacked ice can now be used to craft blue ice.
Added icebergs to frozen oceans, which contain packed ice.
pre2Packed ice can now be crafted from 9 ice, making it renewable.
1.1418w43aPacked Ice JE2 BE3 The texture of packed ice has been changed.
18w49aPacked ice now generate in the updated snowy tundra villages.
19w05aAdded wandering traders, which sell packed ice.
1.1922w13aPacked ice now generate as part of ancient cities.
Packed ice may now be found in ancient city chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Packed Ice BE1 Added packed ice.
v0.12.1build 1Packed Ice JE1 BE2 The texture of packed ice has been changed.
Packed ice is now available in the Creative inventory.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha ice now generates as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta ice now generates naturally in iceberg biomes.
Packed ice is now used to craft blue ice.
1.8.0beta ice can now be crafted using 9 ice.
1.10.0beta ice now generates in snowy tundra villages.
Packed ice is now sold by the new wandering traders.
Packed Ice JE2 BE3 The texture of packed ice has been changed.
1.13.0beta ice can now be used to play the chime if they are under note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 31.0.1Packed Ice JE1 BE2 Added packed ice.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Packed Ice JE2 BE3 The texture of packed ice has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Packed Ice JE1 BE2 Added packed ice.


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  • Packed Ice is displayed as "Compressed Ice" in clients that use English (United Kingdom).