ice Minecraft Block

Minecraft Block

Ice is a partially transparent Block that forms over Water in colder Biomes and is somewhat slippery. It can commonly be used as an indicator of a Tundra , Taiga and Ice Spikes Biome. The player can break Ice even without a Tool , but will do so fastest with a Pickaxe .

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First Appearance Alpha-
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable? Yes
Tool Used Pickaxe
Data Values Hex: 4F Dec: 79
Blast Resistance 2.5
Obeys Physics? No
Luminosity No
Transparency Yes


Ice acts very similar to Snow in the sense that it melts when it comes into contact with Fire , is near a Torch , or is touched by Lava for a short period of time. Ice is not affected by Fire, but when melted with Lava, it will produce Water. This will also happen if Ice is destroyed and there is a Block beneath it.


Ice does not commonly have a use, and was most likely implemented in Minecraft for show and visual effect. Ice cannot naturally be gathered; however, if a Pickaxe has the Silk Touch Enchantment , Ice can successfully be gathered without destroying it.

Ice can be used to make traps, but is not efficient in this as water makes a better substitute in moving mobs. Melted Ice will disappear in the Nether .

In Mob traps, Ice is great for making faster Mob delivery systems. Water traveling over Ice propels items and Mobs faster, decreasing the amount of time the Player must wait.


  • Items flowing in Water over Ice will go much faster.
  • When Ice is broken, it makes the same breaking sound as Glass .
  • Blocks of Water in Arctic Biomes will occasionally freeze, forming blocks of Ice.
  • If placed under Soul Sand , the player will move slower on the Soul Sand than if the Ice Block was not there.
  • If Ice is placed directly next to Lava or Water, the liquid will be invisible.
  • Players can sprint extremely fast on ice.
  • By sprinting and jumping while on Ice and inside a 2-block tall tunnel, it is possible to move 16 blocks a second, twice as fast as a full-speed minecart. By replacing the 2-block ceiling with trapdoors, it's possible to travel 1000 blocks in 54 seconds, or 18.518 blocks per second. However, this will drain the player's hunger bar extremely quickly at roughly 1 unit per second.
  • Ice can be melted by any block or item that omits a high light level.
  • Ice in the Pocket Edition does not have the same transparency as in the PC version.


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