Minecraft Glowstone

Glowstone, previously referred to as Lightstone is a gold colored block that glows with a luminance of 15. Glowstone blocks only naturally spawn in The Nether, a dimension filled with fire and lava. It is a bright light source comparable to torches. When glowstone is generated, it spawns in large clusters of 10 or more blocks on the bottom of netherrack blocks. It is usually found at the roof of the nether caverns, but may spawn close to the ground if it is generated under a narrow ledge right above the floor. The blocks can be hard to mine due to the high ceilings and lava covering the floor in the nether. A common method of collecting glowstone is to build a pillar beneath where you are standing until you can reach the ceiling and the top of the pillar into a platform to catch the dust when it falls.

Glowstone blocks drop between 2 and 4 glowstone dust resources when they are harvested. Glowstone dust cannot be placed as a block, but it can be reformed into glowstone blocks through crafting. It is also an ingredient in some potions. The blocks are useful for lighting underwater areas, because they aren’t destroyed by nearby water blocks like torches are. Glowstone melts nearby snow and ice just like other artificial light sources.


Type: Solid Block
Requirements: None
Physics: No
Transparency: Yes
Luminance: Yes, 15
Blast Resistance: 1.5
Tool: Sword (-2)
Renewable: Yes
Stackable: Yes (64)
Data Value- Dec: 89, Hex: 59

Minecraft Glowstone BlockMinecraft Glowstone Dust

As a Crafting Ingredient

Crafting Glowstone Block: Combine 4 glowstone dusts to create a glowstone block.
Redstone Lamp: Combine 1 glowstone block with 4 redstone dust to create a redstone lamp.

Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Glowstone Block 4 Glowstone Dust Crafting Glowstone

Glowstone gives off more light than a torch and will melt nearby snow and ice. Breaking a brimstone block will 2-4 Glowstone Dust back.
Redstone Lamp 4 Redstone Dust and Glowstone Block Crafting Redstone Lamp

Similar to a glowstone block, but is only lit when powered by a redstone signal.


Glowstone blocks are actually slightly brighter than torches, so they are a great way to prevent mob spawns or grow crops. Glowstone illuminates the area around it indefinitely. It does not “burn out” over time. From a structural perspective, glowstone only has limited use because it cannot support several other types of blocks. You can’t attach a torch or ladder to glowstone, and fences, iron bars and doors can’t connect to them. However, it can be powered by redstone.

Glowstone in The Nether


Glowstone was added to the game during the Halloween Update in Alpha 1.2.0. At the time, the recipe for glowstone blocks required 9 glowstone dusts instead of 4. Glowstone blocks were changed from glass-like to stone-like blocks during Beta 1.6, which made pickaxes the most efficient tools for gathering them. In 1.7, only iron and diamond pickaxes could harvest glowstone dust from glowstone blocks. Most of these changes were later reversed.

Interesting Facts

  • Trick a ghast into shooting a cluster of glowstone to gather the resource quickly.
  • Even though glowstone are glass-type blocks, they can be moved by pistons without breaking. They don’t emit light as they are being moved.
  • You can put redstone dust on glowstone blocks.
  • You can’t get more than 4 glowstone dust from a block, even with an enchanted tool.

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