|First Appearance||Alpha 1.0.17-|
|Type of Block||Solid Block|
|Data Values||Hex: 55|
A fence's primary use is enclosing an area. Functionally, the fence serves to keep mobs and players either inside or outside. This is because fences are 1.5 blocks tall to players and mobs, although they appear to be only 1 block tall. A wide area can be made monster-resistant by enclosing it in fences and lighting the inside portion heavily. This keeps any monsters from spawning within the fence, and keeps most monsters which spawned outside the fence from coming in; with the exception is spiders, which can climb over it. In addition, while skeletons are unable to cross a fence, they can shoot over it. Torches can also be placed ontop of fences, creating a safe perimeter.
Fences can also be used as railings, especially on the edges of balconies or floating platforms. Since fences cannot be jumped over, this keeps players and mobs from falling off while still allowing them to easily see past the fence.
- Standing on top of a fence in multiplayer used to count as an illegal move, causing players to get stuck. This action has also crashed the server in the past. This bug was fixed in the Beta 1.3 update.
- Fences became flammable as of Beta 1.6.
- As of the 1.9 Pre Release, fences will also connect to blocks they are placed next to
- For some reason, fences will break faster with swords rather than axes.
- Placing a fence under a tilled dirt block will allow any player or mob to trample on that block and not have the plant break.
- If lava is beside a Fence, it will not burn away. Only if the Lava is over the Fence will it be destroyed.