In Minecraft, blocks are the essential components. The entire game world is made up of several types of blocks. They can be mined, crafted, and used in an infinite number of ways. While some blocks are common and familiar to most players, others are scarce and offer unique attributes. Nonetheless, specific blocks contain concealed capabilities that may be evident to newcomers.

While seasoned players may be aware of all the hidden features, novices may be astonished to learn about them. Below are some intriguing covert characteristics of particular blocks.

1. Prismarine block changes color

The animated texture of prismarine blocks may have gone unnoticed by many players. The fissures within the block undergo a gradual transition of hues from light blue to green, purple, dark blue, and then return to the initial shade. This color transformation occurs around 22 times over a period of roughly 5 minutes and 30 seconds. As a result, this block is widely regarded as one of the most visually appealing options for embellishing structures. The color shifts are particularly prominent when shaders are enabled.

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Prismarine block

2. Coral blocks turn gray when placed outside the water

Coral blocks are visually stunning components that arise in coral reefs located in warm oceans. Nevertheless, once players acquire and position them far from the water, the blocks will swiftly lose their vivid hues and become gray. As essentially aquatic plants, they cannot survive in a non-water environment. Consequently, if players desire to preserve their vibrancy, they must maintain proximity to water sources.

Corals turn grey

3. Food can be cooked over a campfire

While inexperienced players tend to use the furnace for cooking food in Minecraft, there are alternative blocks that can perform this function. In addition to smokers, campfires can also be utilized to cook up to four food items at once. Upon crafting and placing a campfire, players can right-click on it while holding a raw food item to initiate the cooking process. The food item will be situated on one side of the block. Given that a campfire can cook four items concurrently, it is somewhat quicker than a furnace.

Campfire Minecraft Feature
A campfire

4. Entities stick to the honey block

Honey blocks in Minecraft are captivating due to their diverse range of uses. However, one of their relatively obscure features is that any object can adhere to their vertical side. This implies that if players or any other entity come into contact with the honey block while falling, their rate of descent will significantly decrease. The deceleration rate is comparable to the pace at which players descend a ladder. As a result, honey blocks are frequently incorporated into parkour maps as well.

Minecraft Honey Block
Honey block

5. Crimson stem veins glow

While not intentionally designed, the crimson stem block in Minecraft possesses an animated texture in the form of red veins. The appearance is akin to a fluid red substance coursing through the block, which can be intriguing to observe once detected. Consequently, these blocks can be utilized as decorative elements for walls. The visual effect of the red veins is enhanced when shaders are employed, as they produce a radiant glow.

Crimson stem veins

6. The Dragon Egg can teleport

This particular block is a decorative item that only spawns after the player defeats the Ender Dragon for the first time. There can only be one dragon egg in a world - the block would not spawn a second time.

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A dragon egg in Minecraft

Mining the dragon egg is rather tricky, as it has the tendency to teleport around. Players won't be able to mine and pick it up normally. To get the egg, just place some TNT and blow it up, as the block drops as an item when destroyed by an explosion. Alternatively, you can try pushing it with a piston or fill the 31×15×31 area so that the egg can't teleport.

7. Slow mobs down with Soul Sand

Soul sand is one of the more "magical" blocks in Minecraft. It can be found naturally only in the Nether, especially in the Soul Sand Valley. Soul sand usually slows down the movement of mobs and players walking on it. It is also used for crafting items that emit soul fire, growing nether wart, and for constructing a Wither.

Minecraft Wither Mob Boss
The most powerful boss in Minecraft can be artificially created using soul sand.

The slowing feature can turn the block into a decent trap for mobs. Furthermore, it can also be used as an elevator underwater, as the block generates a bubble column that brings players to the surface.

8. Create a water elevator with Magma Block

A magma block is a light-emitting naturally-occurring block found in the Nether and the Overworld. This is an essential block for building a water elevator.

Magma Block
Magma and lava blocks.

When a water source is directly above a magma block, a whirlpool bubble column is created, going downward from the highest source block. Anything encountering the bubble column is pulled down, including items, boats, players, and mobs.

A player can restore breath underwater by entering a magma block's bubble column.

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