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This article is about the thin cover caused by snowfall. For the full block, see Snow Block. For the weather condition, see Snowfall. For the projectile, see Snowball. For other uses, see Snow (disambiguation).



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Snow[fn 1] is a ground cover block that is commonly caused by snowfall.



Unlike any other block, the only way to mine snow is via a shovel enchanted with Silk Touch. Destroying snow with a non-silk-touch shovel yields one snowball per layer. Any other tool, even if enchanted by Silk Touch, destroys the snow and drops nothing. Explosions by TNT or creepers also cause snow to yield a snowball. Snow can also be obtained by causing it to drop into an invalid block space, in which case it drops itself.‌[Bedrock Edition only] The dropped snow layer also corresponds with how many layers were in the broken snow pile.

Block Snow
Hardness 0.1
Breaking time[FN 1]
Default 0.5
Wooden 0.1
Stone 0.05
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Netherite 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation

Snow naturally generates in snowy biomes – snowy tundra, ice spikes, frozen oceans, snowy taiga, frozen river and snowy beach – and in the mountains biome above y-level 90–95. Only blocks with direct access to the sky can generate snow layers naturally (with the exception of some snowy villages, which are intentionally made to generate extra snow in areas inaccessible to the sky).[1]

Snow generates where there is sky access atop buildings in snowy taiga villages. ‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Snow generates in multiple layers as part of many snowy tundra village structures.

Snow generates exclusively in single layers in Java Edition, but can generate in multiple layers in Bedrock Edition.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Block




In snowy biomes or in cold biomes at varying layers, the weather can snow instead of rain. In snowy weather, snow generates on random non-transparent blocks with a block light level of 10 or less, with the exception of ice and packed ice.Template:More info Template:Needs update

Biome Layer
y 0
y 90–95
y 120–125
y 150–155
y 160–165
y 256

In Bedrock Edition, multiple snow layers are built up naturally during snowfall; in Java Edition, snowfall creates only one layer.

Snow layers do not generate if the gamerule doweathercycle has been set to false.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Snow golems

Snow golems generate a trail of snow in snowy, cold, and some medium biomes, or any non-dry biome in Bedrock Edition.


Snow can be placed only on a solid block that is not ice. In Java Edition, snow breaks if its support block is removed. In Bedrock Edition, snow is affected by gravity and falls if it becomes unsupported, and breaks if it falls onto an unsuitable block. A player can jump up 1 block and 3 snow layers.


If the snow is on a grass block (or mycelium or podzol in Java Edition[2]) the ground cover turns white on the top and around the sides. Snow does not damage tilled and hydrated field areas – it cannot be placed on farmland. A gravity-affected block like sand or gravel does not fall if snow covers the block below it, but the gravity-affected block does replace a snow layer when falling onto it. The texture of the grass block changes to snowy when a single layer of snow is placed on top.[3][4] Thicker layers of snow causes the grass block to revert to plain dirt when the block receives a random tick, similar to regular grass when covered by an opaque block. A plain dirt block with a single layer of snow on top gains a snowy texture if grass spreads to it.

In Bedrock Edition, if leaves are topped with a layer of snow, particles of snow appear to fall through the leaves from the snow layer.

In Bedrock Edition, snow layers can occupy the same space as one-block flowers, mushrooms, and one-block ferns and grass, (however two-block tall plants do not work)[5] and can be layered and mined normally. Placing snow on already-existing plant blocks causes snow to appear around them, but placing plants into an area where there is snow removes the snow.[6]

Snow layers can be used to kill nylium.[7]


Snow melts if there is a heat block[BE & EE only], or block light level of 12 or more. In Bedrock Edition, it also melts in dry biomes, regardless of block light or daylight level. If there are multiple layers, all layers melt at once; the snow levels do not gradually reduce in height.

Most light sources can melt snow but some cannot.

Item Melt Melt Radius
Beacon Yes 3
Campfire Yes 3
Soul Campfire No N/A
Conduit Yes 3
Glowstone Yes 3
Jack o'Lantern Yes 3
Lantern Yes 3
Soul Lantern No N/A
Lava Yes 3
Redstone Lamp Yes 3
Respawn Anchor 1/4 Charge No N/A
Respawn Anchor 2/4 Charge No N/A
Respawn Anchor 3/4 Charge No N/A
Respawn Anchor 4/4 Charge Yes 3
1 Sea Pickle No N/A
2 Sea Pickles No N/A
3 Sea Pickles No N/A
4 Sea Pickles Yes 3
Shroomlight Yes 3
End Rod Yes 2
Torch Yes 2
Soul Torch No N/A
Redstone Torch No N/A
Ender Chest No N/A
Furnace Yes 1
Blast Furnace Yes 1
Smoker Yes 1
Crying Obsidian No N/A
Magma Block No N/A
Brewing Stand No N/A
Brown Mushroom No N/A
Dragon Egg No N/A
Redstone Ore No N/A
End Portal Frame No N/A
Fire Yes 3
Soul Fire No N/A
Nether Portal No N/A
Sea Lantern Yes 3


When a fox gets stuck in the snow after missing an attack on prey, it emits particles as it emerges from the snow.


Template:Sound table/Block/Snow

Data values


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Snowsnowinside_step_sound_block‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]
snow‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.snow

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Top Snowsnow_layer78Block &


Various thicknesses of snow.
See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, top snow uses the following data values:


Block states

See also: Block states



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Java Edition Classic
May 20, 2009Notch briefly mentioned, "Winter is an awesome idea. I can see snow and tiles slowly getting covered in a layer of snow. Also, ice on lakes. :D"
May 21, 2009Notch reveals that snow "on top of topmost tiles" was on his to-do list.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.432px Snowfall has been added to maps only in winter mode. When creating a new save, a map has a 1/4 chance of having worldwide snowfall. When falling on exposed land, a thin snow layer is created.
Snow can not fall onto any non solid blocks, and instead falls through them. The exception to this is leaves.
v1.0.5Disturbing a snow layer by any means other than replacing it now causes a snowball to drop. This includes melting and mining snow or the block under it.
A player can now easily harvest snow by placing a block of water. By doing so, the player receives a large amount of snowballs with little effort.
Snow can now fall onto many non solid blocks including glass, stairs, slabs, doors, signs, and pressure plates.
v1.0.5_01Snowballs can now be harvested from snow only by using with shovels.
v1.0.17Snow can no longer fall on non solid blocks, including leaves. Any snow on top of non solid blocks break given a block update.
v1.2.0previewWith the removal of Winter Mode, snow can no longer regenerate.
Java Edition Beta
1.532px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px Stacked snow layers have been added. They do not generate naturally and cannot be placed. Layers 1-3 have no collision, while 4-8 all have a half block collision.
Snow regeneration has now returned as part of the new weather features.[8]
Snow can now occur in arctic biomes.
1.732px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px The side textures of snow layers 1-7 are now aligned to the bottom of the block instead of the top.
1.8Pre-releaseSnow biomes have been temporarily removed as Notch is currently trying to improve them.
Dropped snow layer items no longer appear larger than normal blocks.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow biomes have been re-added.
Snow now occurs in tundra biomes, as well as arctic biomes.
1.3.112w21aSnow has been made available in the creative inventory.
1.513w05aSnow can now be crafted and is obtainable in Survival mode.
Stacked snow layers now have correct collisions, and can be placed.
1.814w28bThe number of snowballs dropped from snow has been increased from 1-8 to 2-9, depending on thickness.
1.1317w47aThe ID of snow has been changed from snow_layer to snow.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 78.
Layer 1 snow now has empty collision instead of solid collision of height 0, allowing entities to once again pass through it.
1.1418w43a32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px The texture of snow has been changed.
19w03cSeven layer high snow now uses correct cullface arguments.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-release32px Added snow to the world generation.
v0.4.032px The model of snow has been changed.
v0.8.0build 2Added snow to the Creative mode inventory.
v0.12.1build 132px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px Stacked snow layers have been added. They can be placed. Layers 1-3 have no collision, while 4-8 all have a half block collision.
Snow is now affected by gravity, so that unsupported snow layers show falling dust particles.
Snow can now be placed inside flowers, mushrooms and tall grass.
Snow is now obtained by using a shovel on it. Previously, snow was mined like any dirt-type block.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0?Snow layers can now generate in extreme hills biomes.
1.10.0beta 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px The texture of snow has been changed.
1.16.0beta now drops itself when mined with a Silk Touch shovel.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.132px Added snow.
TU54CU44 1.52 Patch 241.0.4Snow can now be placed on top of upside-down stairs.
TU69CU57 1.76 Patch 38Snow is now affected by gravity.
1.90 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px The texture of snow has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.032px Added snow.


Issues relating to "Snow", "Snow layer", or "Top snow" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Snow can be stacked to a full block beside a cactus without destroying the cactus.
  • Snow layers of 2 to 7 thickness prevent hostile mobs from spawning.
  • In Spectator mode, a player positioned at the correct height can see the snowy texture of the top of the grass blocks.


Java Edition

Bedrock Edition


  1. Known as Snow in Java Edition and Top Snow in Bedrock Edition.



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