Powder Snow

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

Yes‌[JE only]
No‌[BE only]

Stackable

No

Tool

Blast resistance

0.1

Hardness

0.25‌[JE only]
0.3‌[BE only]

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Powder snow is a trap block that, in Java Edition, can be obtained from cauldrons.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, powder snow naturally generates in mountain groves and snowy slopes.

Cauldrons[edit]

In Java Edition, 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[edit]

Using a powder snow bucket places powder snow. Placed powder snow can be picked up again with an empty bucket.

Breaking[edit]

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

Block Hardness Breaking time
Default
Powder Snow[JE only] 0.25 0.4
Powder Snow[BE only] 0.3 0.45

Powder snow is broken by water or lava.

Usage[edit]

The frosty vignette when a player is within powder snow.
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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]

If an entity that is on fire touches powder snow, the powder snow melts.

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

Freezing[edit]

Freezing hearts when the player is submerged in powder snow.
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. 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). 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, and polar bears are immune to freezing damage. On the other hand, fire related mobs like striders, magma cubes, and blazes take extra damage from freezing.

Sounds[edit]

Generic[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation 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:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
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[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation 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???

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Powder Snowpowder_snowinside_step_sound_blockBlockblock.minecraft.powder_snow

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Powder Snowpowder_snow561Block & Itemtile.powder_snow.name

History[edit]

October 3, 2020Powder snow was mentioned at Minecraft Live 2020, but no images were shown.
Upcoming 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.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.52Powder Snow JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow via Experimental Gameplay.
releasePowder Snow have been made inaccessible in the full release.
1.16.210beta 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 was readded to the creative inventory.
releasePowder Snow has been made inaccessible in the full release.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Powder snow now naturally generates in new mountain biomes.
beta 1.16.220.51Powder snow is once again unavailable through the creative inventory.
releasePowder Snow has been made inaccessible in the full release once again.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta 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.
1.17.0beta 1.17.0.50Powder snow is now out of Experimental Gameplay.
Powder snow now makes a different noise when players get hurt by it.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

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

References[edit]