Snow Block

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This article is about the full block. For the thin layer, see Snow.
Snow Block
Snow Block JE2 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


A snow block[a] is a full-sized block of snow.



If mined with a Silk Touch enchanted shovel, snow blocks drop themselves; without the enchantment, 4 snowballs are dropped instead.

Block Snow Block
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[A]
Default 1
Wooden 0.15
Stone 0.1
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Netherite 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Unlike snow layers, snow blocks do not melt from higher levels of light under normal circumstances, nor get destroyed by water.

Natural generation[edit]

Snow blocks generate on the ground in the ice spikes and frozen ocean biomes, also ‌in Bedrock Edition 1.16.230[upcoming] mountain grove, snowy slopes, snow capped peaks, lofty peaks biomes, and they form the walls of igloos and some snowy tundra village houses.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Snow Block Village Snowy house chest 1 34.5%
Bedrock Edition
Snow Block Village Snowy house chest 1 34.5%


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Snow Golems[edit]

Snow Golem build configuration

Snow blocks are also used to make snow golems by putting 2 snow blocks on top of another and a carved pumpkin or jack o'lantern on the top as the head. Note that the carved pumpkin has to be placed last for this to work. This can be done sideways and upside-down, as well.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Snow Block


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.snow.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.snow.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.snow.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.snow.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.snow.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.snow?0.8
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.snow??
?BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.snow?0.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.snow??
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.snow??
?BlocksWalking on the blockstep.snow??
?BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.snow?0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Snow Blocksnow_blockBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.snow_block

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Snowsnow80Block &


Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5Snow Block JE1 BE1.png Added snow blocks.
Snow blocks drop 6 snowballs instead of 4.
v1.0.5_01A shovel is now required to obtain snowballs from snow.
Snow blocks on top of top snow cover no longer look unusual.
v1.0.6Snow blocks now require only 4 snowballs to craft instead of 9. This allows for infinite amounts of snow blocks and snowballs as snow blocks still drop 6 snowballs instead of 4.
v1.1.1The infinite snowball glitch has now been fixed; solid snow blocks now drop only 4 snowballs.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseSnow no longer generates in cold biomes.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow blocks can now be used to create snow golems.
?Snow now generates in cold biomes again.
1.4.212w38aSnow has now been given a new block breaking sound.
1.513w05aA crafting recipe for snow cover has now been added.
1.915w43aSnow blocks now generate as part of igloos.
1.1217w15aSnow can now be placed correctly on upside-down stairs.
1.1317w47a"Snow" has now been renamed to "Snow Block".
The ID of snow blocks has now been changed from snow to snow_block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 80.
1.1418w43aPrior to this snapshot, snow blocks were capable of spontaneously melting under specific conditions. This no longer happens.[1]
Snow Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of snow blocks has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Snow Block JE1 BE1.png Added snow blocks.[is this the correct version?]
v0.3.0Snow blocks are now craftable, and drop snowballs when mined.
v0.3.3Snow blocks are now available in the creative inventory.
v0.9.0build 1Snow blocks now generate naturally in ice spike biomes.
v0.12.1build 1Snow is now renewable.
Snow can now be used to create golems.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha blocks now generate as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta blocks now generate naturally in icebergs.
1.10.0beta Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of snow blocks has now been changed.
Snow blocks now generate in snowy tundra villages.
1.11.0beta blocks can now be found in snowy tundra village house chests.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.220beta blocks now generate in mountain grove, snowy slopes, snow capped peaks and lofty peaks biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Snow Block JE1 BE1.png Added snow blocks.
1.90 Snow Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of snow blocks has now been changed.


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


  • Snow may still fall on top of snow blocks, making them look taller than they actually are.
  • When a snow block is on grass, the grass block changes to a different "snowy" texture as if a snow layer is on it. However, because snow is not transparent to light, the grass changes to dirt shortly after.


See also[edit]


  1. Known as Snow Block in Java Edition and Snow in Bedrock Edition.