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This article is about the throwable item. For the enchantment in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Snowball.

Snowballs are throwable combat items that hit but do not damage most mobs on impact.



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.

In Bedrock Edition, snowballs are dropped from snow layers even when mined with a Silk Touch shovel.[1]


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.

Mob loot[]

Snow golems drop 0–15 snowballs upon death, unaffected by Looting.

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Snowball Ancient City Ice box chest 2–6 97%
Village Snowy house chest 1–7 66.3%
Bedrock Edition
Snowball Ancient City Ice box chest 2–6 97%
Village Snowy house chest 1–7 66.3%


Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Block Snowball


Throwing a snowball on a pig

Throwing a snowball on a pig animation.

Snowballs can be thrown by using them. There is no charging time or cooldown for firing them,‌[until JE Combat Tests] meaning they can be thrown as fast as the player can click.

Like other projectiles, snowballs are affected by gravity: their range is the same as those of eggs and ender pearls, less than that of arrows fired from bows, and more than that of splash potions. In Bedrock Edition, players will receive damage and will be knockbacked.

Snowballs deal 3♥♥ each to blazes but they deal no damage to other mobs. Mobs still receive knockback and act the same as if they were being damaged (for example, zombified piglins who are hit by snowballs become aggressive). Players in Bedrock Edition receive knockback, while players in Java Edition are unaffected.[2][until JE Combat Tests]

When fighting the ender dragon, end crystals are able to be destroyed by snowballs being thrown at them.

Snowball, like other projectiles, can be used to distract the warden. A warden walks towards the location where the snowball lands to inspect it, giving the player time to escape. However, if snowballs are fired too frequently (at least twice in 5 seconds), the warden walks straight to the player instead. In the new versions they can hit players but just only in bedrock


Snowballs can be fired from dispensers.


Java Edition:
Thrown snowballs use the Friendly Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Snowball fliesFriendly CreaturesWhen a player throws a snowballentity.snowball.throwsubtitles.entity.snowball.throw0.513-0.516
Snowball fliesFriendly CreaturesWhen a snow golem shoots a snowballentity.snow_golem.shootsubtitles.entity.snowball.throw1.013-0.516
Dispensed itemBlocksWhen a dispenser shoots a snowballblock.dispenser.launchsubtitles.block.dispenser.dispense1.01.216

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
PlayersWhen a player throws a snowballrandom.bow0.50.33-0.5
Friendly CreaturesWhen a snow golem shoots a snowballmob.snowgolem.shoot1.00.8-1.2
PlayersWhen a dispenser shoots a snowballrandom.bow1.00.83-1.25

Data values[]


Java Edition:

ItemIdentifierFormTranslation key
EntityIdentifierEntity tagsTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

ItemIdentifierNumeric ID FormTranslation key
EntityIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity Data[]

Snowballs have entity data that define various properties of the entity.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • 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

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Hit the bullseye of a Target block from at least 30 meters away Take AimBe at least 30 blocks away horizontally when the center of a target is shot with a projectile by the player.adventure/bullseye



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5Snowball JE1 BE1 Added snowballs.
Snowballs are used to craft snow blocks.
Snowballs could stack up to 64.
v1.0.5_01Snowballs now stack to 8.
Added a new snowball sound effect.
Harvesting snowballs now requires a shovel.
v1.0.6Snowballs now stack up to 16.
Thrown snowballs no longer disappear.
v1.1.1It 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).
v1.2.0previewFireballs use the same texture as the snowball.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Snowballs can now be fired by dispensers.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseFireballs no longer use the snowball texture.
RC1Snowball throwing sound was changed.
1.915w32aSnowballs no longer damage the ender dragon.
15w36bSnowballs now produce particles when thrown at an entity.
15w49aSnowballs, as well as all projectiles, now take the thrower's motion into account when fired.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from Snowball to snowball.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 332.
1.1418w43aSnowball JE2 BE2 The texture of snowballs has been changed.
18w49aSnowballs can now be found in chests in snowy tundra village houses.
19w08aSnowball JE3 BE3 The texture of snowballs has been changed, once again.
1.16.2Pre-Release 1Snowballs are now affected by bubble columns.
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Snowballs now generate in ancient city chests.
Upcoming Java Edition
Combat TestsCombat Test 4Snowballs 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
v0.2.0Snowball JE1 BE1 Added snowballs. They are currently unobtainable and serve no purpose.
v0.3.0Snowballs now drop as an item when mining snow blocks and snow layers.
Snowballs can be used to craft snow blocks.
v0.4.0Snowballs can now be thrown.
v0.11.0build 14Snowballs are now available in the creative inventory.
v0.12.0Snowballs now deal damage to blazes.
v0.12.1build 1Added snow golems, which drop snowballs.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0Snowballs now deal knockback to players.
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2 The texture of snowballs has been changed.
1.11.0beta can now be found in some snowy tundra village house chests.
beta JE3 BE3 The texture of snowballs has been changed, once again.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Snowball JE1 BE1 Added snowballs.
1.90 Snowball JE3 BE3 The texture of snowballs has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Snowball JE1 BE1 Added snowballs.


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


  • A thrown snowball faces the player in the first-person view, while it appears horizontally rotated in third-person view. This is the case for all throwable items (ender pearls, eggs, snowballs, and all throwable potions).


  1. MCPE-59729 — Snow layers don't drop themselves when mined with a silk touch enchanted shovel
  2. MC-3179 — resolved as "Works As Intended".

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