A snowball is an item that can be obtained by shoveling snow from either dead snow golems, or by destroying snow blocks. Snowballs can be held in stacks of 16. They're a throwable item that do not harm mobs, except for 3 HP per snowball to blazes. They can also be crafted into snow blocks, which then can be crafted into snow covers. These can be used as a good knockback tool in PvP.
The snowball is especially useful against blazes, as the snowball can knock a blaze out with seven hits. They are also useful to knock any mob off cliffs or into a trap, as well as players, as snowballs have a knockback equivalent to Knockback I on a sword.
Use in PvP
Snowballs have some uses in PvP combat situations despite not dealing damage. They can be used to keep enemies away by knocking them back or can kill enemies by knocking them into lava, the void or other hazards, and can quickly break or wear down armor, although this is much less effective if the armor is enchanted with unbreaking.
- Like arrows, chicken eggs, fire charges and spawn eggs, snowballs can be fired from Dispensers, however they do not collide with the player. They also do not deal knockback to any mobs when shot this way but will still damage blazes.
- Snowballs are ignited when thrown through lava, but are not destroyed. They do not ignite players, unlike arrows, however.
- There is a glitch where snowballs can sometimes pass through solid blocks.