|First Appearance||Alpha 1.0.4|
|Type of Block||Block Modifier|
|Data Values||Hex: 4E|
Snowballs are obtained whenever snow is destroyed with Shovel. Four Snowballs can then be crafted into a Snow Block or can be thrown. If it is destroyed with anything other than a shovel, nothing is dropped. As of 1.5, snow is able to be stacked in layers above the ground, causing snow-banks that the player may walk through. This gives the world a more realistic feel to it, but can cause clutter when the player does not frequently visit a snowy area. 3 snow blocks can be used to create snow slabs in survival, but you will still get snowballs after you lay them down.
On multiplayer servers, many snow ball fights are held in forts containing mazes of snow banks that slow players down. usually the objective is to keep the players from breaking a block in their fort they build, which is done by hitting them with snowballs to keep them out. The first team to break the block (usually dirt or for more difficulty wood) win.
- Prior to the Halloween Update (2012), snow could only be found on maps that were in Winter Mode. When creating a new save, a map had a 1/5 chance of having worldwide snowfall. Since 1.5 however, Snow can occur in arctic Biomes.
- Players can create a Snow Golem with snow blocks by placing two snow blocks vertically on the ground then placing a pumpkin on top (Jack-O-Lanterns work too)
- Sometimes snow can spawn on air blocks, usually over cave entrances. Walking on these blocks will make you fall through the snow.
- In the Minecraft XBLA, Snow is neither partially found in the forest or not found at all.