Height: 0.25 Blocks
Snowballs are throwable combat items.
A shovel without the Silk Touch enchantment can get 4 snowballs by breaking a snow block, and 1–8 snowballs by breaking or blasting snow layers – one per layer. The Fortune enchantment does not affect these amounts.
Creepers / TNT
Creeper and TNT explosions leave snowballs in the resulting debris field if near snow.
In Bedrock Edition, Ravagers destroy snow layers, dropping snowballs.
In Bedrock Edition, a block or piston head pushed into the position of snow layers destroys the snow layers, dropping snowballs. 1-3 layers drops 1 snowball, 4-5 layers drops 2 snowballs, 6-7 layers drops 3 snowballs and 8 layers drops 4 snowballs.
Snow golems drop 0–15 snowballs upon death.
|Snowball||Village||Snowy house chest||1–7||66.3%|
|Java Edition 1.19[upcoming]|
|Snowball||Ancient City||Ice box chest||2–6||97%|
|Village||Snowy house chest||1–7||66.3%|
|Bedrock Edition 1.19.0[upcoming]|
|Snowball||Ancient City||Ice box chest||2–6||97%|
Snowballs can be thrown by using them, similar to an egg. They are affected by gravity.
They deal 3 to blazes but they deal no damage to other mobs. Mobs still have knockback and give the same effect as if they were being damaged (for example, zombified piglins who are hit by snowballs become aggressive toward the attacker), but players are unaffected.[until JE Combat Tests]
Snowballs can be fired from dispensers.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Dispensed item||Blocks||Dispenser shoots||1.0||1.2||16|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Resource location|
|Bullseye||Hit the bullseye of a Target block from at least 30 meters away||Take Aim||Be at least 30 blocks away horizontally when the center of a target is shot with a projectile by the player.|
|Entity||Identifier||Entity tags||Translation key|
|Item||Identifier||Numeric ID||Form||Translation key|
|Entity||Identifier||Numeric ID||Translation key|
Snowballs have entity data that define various properties of the entity.
- Entity data
- Tags common to all entities
- Tags common to all projectiles
- Item: The item to render as, may be absent.
- Tags common to all items
|Java Edition Alpha|
|Snowballs are used to craft snow blocks.|
|Snowballs could stack up to 64.|
|v1.0.5_01||Snowballs now stack to 8.|
|Added a new snowball sound effect.|
|Harvesting snowballs now requires a shovel.|
|v1.0.6||Snowballs now stack up to 16.|
|Thrown snowballs no longer disappear.|
|v1.1.1||It is no longer possible to obtain more than four snowballs from a solid snow block (the player was previously able to obtain 4-6 snowballs per snow block allowing an infinite number of snowballs to be made).|
|v1.2.0||preview||Fireballs use the same texture as the snowball.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|Sound Update||The throw sound of snowballs has been changed.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||Fireballs no longer use the snowball texture.|
|RC1||Snowball throwing sound was changed.|
|1.9||15w32a||Snowballs no longer damage the ender dragon.|
|15w36b||Snowballs now produce particles when thrown at an entity.|
|15w49a||Snowballs, as well as all projectiles, now take the thrower's motion into account when fired.|
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID has been changed from |
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 332.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of snowballs has been changed.|
|18w49a||Snowballs can now be found in chests in snowy tundra village houses.|
|19w08a||The texture of snowballs has been changed, once again.|
|1.16.2||Pre-Release 1||Snowballs are now affected by bubble columns.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.19||Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1||Snowballs now generate in ancient city chests.|
|Combat Tests||Combat Test 4||Snowballs now stack to 64, once again.|
|Snowballs now have 4-tick cooldown and are not rendered for the first 2 ticks to prevent screen flickering.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.2.0||Added snowballs. They are currently unobtainable and serve no purpose.|
|v0.3.0||Snowballs now drop as an item when mining snow blocks and snow layers.|
|Snowballs can be used to craft snow blocks.|
|v0.4.0||Snowballs can now be thrown.|
|v0.11.0||build 14||Snowballs are now available in the creative inventory.|
|v0.12.0||Snowballs now deal damage to blazes.|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Added snow golems, which drop snowballs.|
|1.10.0||beta 22.214.171.124||The texture of snowballs has been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Snowballs can now be found in some snowy tundra village house chests.|
|beta 188.8.131.52||The texture of snowballs has been changed, once again.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added snowballs.|
|1.90||The texture of snowballs has been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- A thrown snowball faces the player in the first-person view and appears horizontally rotated in third-person view. This is the case for all throwable items (ender pearls, eggs, snowballs, and all throwable potions).