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This article is about the block. For the bucket, see Powder Snow Bucket. For other uses, see Snow (disambiguation).
Powder Snow
Powder Snow JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

Tool

Blast resistance

0.1

Hardness

0.25

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Powder snow is a trap block that can be obtained from cauldrons.

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

‌In 1.18.0[upcoming], powder snow naturally generates in mountain groves and snowy slopes.

Cauldrons[]

A cauldron in a snowy biome fills with powder snow when it is snowing. Powder snow can then be picked up from this cauldron with an empty bucket.

Bucket[]

Using a powder snow bucket places powder snow. Placed powder snow can be picked up again with an empty bucket. When picked up, breaking particles appear.

Breaking[]

Powder snow does not drop anything when mined, even with Silk Touch, and tools do not speed up mining.[1]

Block Powder Snow
Hardness 0.25
Breaking time
Default 0.4

Powder snow is broken by water or lava.

Usage[]

The frosty vignette when a player is within powder snow.

Entities (except rabbits, endermites, silverfish, shulkers, vexes and foxes) fall through powder snow without taking fall damage and move much slower in it, similar to cobwebs. Powder snow does not cause suffocation damage.

Mobs, armor stands or players wearing leather boots do not fall through powder snow. In this case, the snow behaves as scaffolding when the player sneaks or crouches while on the block and jumps while inside of the block. In addition, fall damage is taken when falling on powder snow from a large height.[2]

Most walking mobs (except for goats) treat powder snow as normal solid blocks while pathfinding, similar to trapdoors, allowing them to voluntarily walk into it, and fall through it if possible. Goats avoid powder snow, but are not immune to falling through it and taking freezing damage.

If an entity that is on fire touches powder snow, powder snow cools it down as the powder snow melts.

Being fully inside a block causes a thick fog effect around the point of view.

Freezing[]

For the Minecraft Dungeons enchantment, see MCD:Freezing.

Freezing hearts when the player is submerged in powder snow.

Freezing hearts when the player is in hardcore.

Powdered Snow converting a skeleton into a stray.

When an entity is inside a powder snow block, they begin to freeze, taking damage.

A player submerged in powder snow sees a frosty vignette slowly fade in at the sides of the screen and the FOV slowly decreases. When the vignette is fully shown, the player begins shivering visibly. After seven seconds (140 game ticks), the player's hearts change to a cyan frosty texture (♥), and the player begins taking damage at a rate of 1♥ HP every two seconds (40 game ticks). When an entity dies of freezing damage, a message will appear, saying [entity] froze to death. If the player leaves the powder snow block, the vignette slowly fades away. A frozen player moves slower than usual until the vignette fully fades away. This is controlled by the "TicksFrozen" data tag, which increases by 1 every tick (to a maximum of 140) for an entity within the powder snow block. It decreases at a rate of 2 per tick after the entity leaves the powder snow block. This is currently not a separate effect when used with commands such as /effect give freezing, and does not have its own unique art, particles, or potion.

Wearing any piece of leather armor stops the freezing effect and damage. This applies to entities that can wear armor, such as zombies. Horses wearing leather horse armor are also immune to freezing.

Snow golems, strays, polar bears, and withers are immune to freezing damage. Fire-related mobs like striders, magma cubes, and blazes take 5♥♥♥ from freezing.

Skeletons turn into Strays instead of taking freezing damage.

Sounds[]

Generic[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.powder_snow.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.powder_snow.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.powder_snow.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.powder_snow.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.831.3?
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.powder_snow.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.powder_snow?0.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.powder_snow??
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.powder_snow0.831.3
BlocksJumping from the blockjump.powder_snow??
BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.powder_snow??
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.powder_snow??
BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.powder_snow?0.8

Unique[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Player freezesBlocksGetting damaged by freezingentity.player.hurt_freezesubtitles.entity.player.freeze_hurt???
Bucket emptiesBlocksPlacing the block with a bucketitem.bucket.empty_powder_snowsubtitles.item.bucket.empty???
Bucket fillsPlayersGrabbing the block with a bucketitem.bucket.fill_powder_snowsubtitles.item.bucket.fill???

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksGetting damaged by freezing???
BlocksPlacing the block with a bucket???
PlayersGrabbing the block with a bucket???

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Powder Snowpowder_snowinside_step_sound_blocks
snow
Blockblock.minecraft.powder_snow

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Powder Snowpowder_snow561Block & Itemtile.powder_snow.name

Advancements[]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngLight as a Rabbit
Walk on powder snow...without sinking in it AdventureWalk on powder snow while wearing leather boots.adventure/walk_on_powder_snow_with_leather_boots

History[]

October 3, 2020Powder snow was mentioned at Minecraft Live 2020, but no images were shown.
Java Edition
1.1720w46aPowder Snow JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow.
20w48aWearing any piece of leather armor now stops the freezing effect.
Added the freezeDamage gamerule, which stops entities from taking freezing damage if it is set to false.
The snow_step_sound_blocks block tag was renamed to inside_step_sound_block.
21w05aSkeletons now turn into strays when they are in powder snow after 45 seconds (900 game ticks).
Foxes no longer fall through powder snow.
Powder Snow now extinguishes any flaming arrows shot into it.
21w10aFreezing in powder snow while using the "Fast" graphics setting gradually turns the player's view to black, and the vignette also appears as black in third-person view. This is most likely due to the new rendering change added in this version.
21w11aFrozen hearts now have a different texture in Hardcore mode.
21w13aSlightly increased hardness and durability.
Increased vertical movement speed in powder snow.
Entities on fire now melt powder snow on colliding.
Skeletons now convert into strays after 7 seconds (140 game ticks).
Blazes, magma cubes and striders now take extra damage from freezing.
Strays, polar bears and snow golems are now immune to freezing.
Leather horse armor now grants horses immunity to freezing.
Mobs now shake when they are fully frozen.
Freeze time decreased to 7 seconds (140 game ticks) and hurt frequency to 2 seconds (40 game ticks).
The model of the powder snow has been tweaked that the inner side textures are mirrored.
21w17aWithers are now immune to freezing.
1.17.1Pre-release 1Powder snow cauldrons are now filled twice as fast as before.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Powder snow now naturally generates in the new mountain biomes.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta 1.16.200.52Powder Snow JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow under the Caves and Cliffs Experimental Gameplay toggle.
beta 1.16.210.51Now show the block breaking animation when being mined.
No longer transparent when looked at through clouds.
beta 1.16.210.53Entities in powder snow now begin freezing and eventually die.
Powder snow can now be picked up and placed with a bucket.
Powder snow no longer appears in the creative inventory.
Added new sound effects for powder snow.
Powder snow now emits particles when an entity is landing or moving inside it.
Endermites, rabbits and silverfish no longer fall through powder snow.
beta 1.16.210.57Powder snow block was readded to the creative inventory.
beta 1.16.220.50Powder snow now naturally generates in the new mountain biomes.
beta 1.16.220.51Powder snow block is once again unavailable through the creative inventory.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.54Slightly increased hardness and durability.
Increased vertical movement speed in powder snow.
Entities on fire now melt powder snow on colliding.
Blazes, magma cubes and striders now take extra damage from freezing.
Strays, polar bears and snow golems are now immune to freezing.
Leather horse armor now grants horses immunity to freezing.
Mobs now shake when they are fully frozen.
Freeze time decreased to 7 seconds (140 game ticks) and hurt frequency to 2 seconds (40 game ticks).
Applied fog effect while standing very close outside a Powder Snow.
beta 1.17.0.50Powder snow no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
Powder snow now makes a different noise when players get hurt by it.
Foxes no longer fall through powder snow.
Powder Snow blocks are now removed by flowing water and lava.
beta 1.17.0.52Powder snow is no longer only available behind the Caves and Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle.
Cauldrons now fills Powder snow when it snows, making it renewable.
beta 1.17.0.54Powder Snow's hardness has been changed to 0.25 to match Java Edition.
Skeletons now converts into Stray when they are inside of the Powder Snow.
beta 1.17.0.56Withers are now immune to freezing.
1.17.10releasePowder snow now generates behind the Caves and Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

  • The block was announced as “Snowier Snow” at MINECON Live 2019, and is still often called that by Mojang.

References[]

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