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This article is about the full block. For the thin layer, see Snow.

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. Nothing drops if mined with any other tool, even if enchanted with Silk Touch.

In Java Edition, a snow block can also be obtained by mining 8 snow layers with a Silk Touch shovel.[1]

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, and are not destroyed by water.

Natural generation[]

Snow blocks generate on the ground in the ice spikes, grove, snowy slopes, frozen peaks and jagged peaks biomes, they form the walls of igloos and some snowy tundra village houses and can also generate on top of some icebergs. The snowfall weather effect generates snow layers which combine into a snow block once they reach full block height.‌[BE & edu only]

Chest loot[]

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



Unlike snow, snow blocks do not melt when a heat block[BE & edu only] or a light-emitting block is nearby, nor will they melt in dry biomes.

Snow golems[]

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, jack o'lantern or pumpkin[BE only] 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[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Snow Block


Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.snow1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.snow1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.snow0.350.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.snow0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.snow0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.snow0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.snow0.221.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Snow Blocksnow_blockBlock & Itemsnow

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Snowsnow80Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.snow.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 Alpha
v1.0.5Snow Block JE1 BE1 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.
v1.2.0previewWith the removal of winter mode, snow and snow blocks have become temporarily non-renewable.
Java Edition Beta
1.5With the addition of weather, snow and snow blocks have become renewable.
1.8Pre-releaseSnow no longer generates in cold biomes, making snow blocks temporarily unobtainable.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseAdded ice plains, making snow obtainable again.
Snow blocks can now be used to create snow golems.
1.4.212w38aSnow has now been given a new block breaking sound.
1.513w05aA crafting recipe for snow cover has now been added.
1.7.213w36aAdded the ice plains spikes biome, which generates snow blocks on the surface.
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.
?Mining 8 layers of snow with a Silk Touch Shovel now yields a snow block.[1]
18w15aAdded icebergs to frozen oceans, which contain snow blocks.
1.1418w43aPrior to this snapshot, snow blocks were capable of spontaneously melting under specific conditions. This no longer happens.[2]
Snow Block JE2 BE2 The texture of snow blocks has now been changed.
18w49aSnow blocks now generate as part of some houses in the newly added snowy tundra villages.
Snow block items can now be found in chests in snowy village houses.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Plants can now be placed on snow blocks.
21w37aReverted change allowing plants to be placed on snow blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.2.0Snow Block JE1 BE1 Added snow blocks.
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 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.
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta blocks now generate in mountain grove, snowy slopes, snow capped peaks and lofty peaks biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Snow Block JE1 BE1 Added snow blocks.
1.90 Snow Block JE2 BE2 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.
  • Snow blocks, as well as snow layers, are the only blocks that require a tool other than a pickaxe to be mined successfully.


See also[]


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


  1. a b MC-134408 — Breaking 8-level snow layer with Silk Touch drops snow block
  2. MC-88097

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