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solid transparent blocks[]

Currently, the page states: "Ghasts will not fire at the player without a line-of-sight, which can be blocked by solid transparent blocks." Does it mean to say that line-of-sight can be blocked by solid OR transparent blocks? Can you block line-of-sight with a glass block? Can you block line-of-sight with a glass pane? Can you block line-of-sight with an iron bar? Thanks for the help. -Howarthe (talk) 06:51, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Pretty sure it does mean 'solid or transparent' (non air) blocks. You can make tunnels out of glass and the ghasts don't fire at you in them. Haven't tried iron bars or glass panes, though. --Azaram (talk) 17:52, 8 November 2015 (UTC)
I'm sure it will only target you if there is space for a fireball, thus all full blocks will protect you - from being targeted, because glass doesn't have good enough blast resistance. Fyreboy5 (talk) 13:21, 15 January 2016 (UTC)


If you use a sword to block a ghast fireball, would your sword lose durability? 22:11, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Swords no longer block. Not important. -- 04:54, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Need Verification for Ghast Hit by Own Fireball?[]

I question why this needs to be verified. When you hit a ghast with a fireball, it will take the 6 damage from the impact, but there is also the explosion. Again, I question why this needs to be verified. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by Fyreboy5 (talkcontribs) at 13:16, 19 February 2016 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Both statements are incorrect: the fireball does not kill the ghast no matter what, nor does it deal 6 damage to it. The fireball deals 1,000 damage if a player rebounded it to a ghast, so if the ghast was modified to have more health, it would survive. Fixed statement on page. Skylinerw (talk) 18:09, 19 February 2016 (UTC)


I know a Ghast is 5x4x5, nut I don't know what each of the numbers means. I'm assuming that they are 4 tall, but I don't know -PancakeIdentity (talk) 13:36, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

Ghasts are actually 4x4x4. They just need a 5x4x5 space ti spawn in, because they spawn in the middle of the block. Fyreboy5 (talk) 13:23, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
I know that, but I am wondering what each number means. Is 5*4*5 X*Y*Z or X*Z*Y or what? -PancakeIdentity (talk) 01:24, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

Spawn Distance[]

This may be a bug in 0.15.10 PE-Windows 10, but Ghasts seem to ignore distance from player when spawning. Somewhere else the wiki states no mobs will spawn within 24 blocks of the player. Twice now, I've seen ghasts spawn much close than that (~12-16 blocks). Did anyone else observe this? -- 06:33, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

Pocket / win 10 Sound Difference[]

It has been noted that Ghast sounds have normal drop-off in Pocket edition/windows 10 edition rendering them almost silent at any range beyond melee range. Further investigation for extents of volume falloff may be needed. 10:02, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Deflecting Fireballs with a Looting Sword[]

I stumbled onto this interaction. If you deflect a ghast's fireball while holding a sword with looting then the looting effect will proc on the ghast, allowing you to get up to 2 tears with looting III. I just had it happen twice in a row, so pretty confident about it. Might want to mention this in the main article since it would be pretty helpful for farming tears.–Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 1:59, 02 June 2018 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Sounds like a good tactic. Normal mod articles themselves should not contain tutorial content, though - only indisputable facts. However, a great place for this would be on a tutorial page - which are listed at Tutorials. It may fit in Tutorials/Combat, Tutorials/Monster spawner traps, or some similar tutorial. So if you want, feel free to head on to one of those tutorials, and add that where it makes sense!-- Madminecrafter12Orange Glazed TerracottaTalk to meLight Blue Glazed Terracotta 02:10, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
Note that this is technically caused by the bug MC-3304, but still possibly worth putting on a page. --Pokechu22 (talk) 02:21, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
Using a Looting sword to deflect the fireball isn't actually a necessary step. As suggested by that bug report, when a mob dies, the game checks for enchantments on its killer's held item, so you can deflect a firewall with anything and switch to a sword before it hits for the same effect. -- Orthotopetalk 02:51, 2 June 2018 (UTC)

Ghast sound effect distances?[]

I seem to remember seeing something somewhere that said Ghasts sound louder when they're far away, and quieter when they're up close, but I can't seem to find this on the page. Is this a true fact, or was it true at some point, or did I completely make up information? Weyferling (talk) 09:31, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

Ghasts got nerfed[]

Nobody is going to talk about ghasts being nerfed in 1.16 by being only in nether wastes and soul sand valley? Okokup (talk) 04:54, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Not sure, how ghast being nerfed as it didn't change, ghast still same as it prior 1.16 without any difference. ImakerB (talk)

Ghast spawn in peaceful are glitch or not.[]

Is open bug means ready to fix it, see https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MCPE-53383. 19:16, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

Minimum blast resistance to contain Ghast fireballs[]

In Explosion page, the formula for minimum resistance to control an explosion is expressed as . Ghast fireballs are listed to have a power of 1, using the formula, with attenuation steps 1, step length 0.3, the minimum resistance required should be . However, this article specifies that "The minimum blast resistance required to absorb all blast force of the ghast's fireballs is 4.034 (about the equivalent of basalt which is 4.2)."

I have done the check with a wall of furnaces, which have blast resistance of 3.5, and it can resist the fireballs.

Sarunint (talk) 08:38, 30 March 2021 (UTC)

Ghast Fireball No longer despawns[]

Not sure when this change was implemented, but the Ghast Fireball no longer despawns when the launching ghast is killed. This is confirmed as "Works as Intended" in MC-176519 (https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-176519) on the Bug Tracker. 00:33, 24 February 2022 (UTC)

Ghast proof blocks list[]

The Minecraft Wiki should provide a list of blocks or a minimum blast resistance value for ghast fireballs for nether builds that are not highway tunnels incased in ugly cobblestone boxes. Building things like the Upside Down Nether Village from HermitCraft Season 7 with only ghastproof blocks would make dealing with them a lot less frustrating. However, the closest thing to a ghastproof block list is a brief mentioning of cobblestone in the explosion power section of the Explosion article. The formula is also hidden deep in the effect section with the only practical use mentioned there being how to explode bedrock. Giving the players a complete list would give them a challenge to incorporate the list into their build palate and be confident enough to build massive nether villages and castles that utilize the existing terrain. CivetKitty (talk) --CivetKitty (talk) 09:13, 2 August 2023 (UTC)