Introduction to Ice Bombs in Minecraft

An ice bomb is an item that was added in the Chemistry Update for Minecraft Education Edition. Ice bombs can be thrown like eggs and are affected by gravity. When thrown into water, they will freeze a 3x3 area into ice blocks, quickly creating ice platforms, bridges, or paths.

Ice bombs are a useful tool for players to build ice structures and freeze over bodies of water. They can create shortcuts and pathways over oceans and rivers.

Obtaining Materials

To craft ice bombs in Minecraft, you first need to obtain sodium acetate. This is done by combining sodium, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen in a crafting table or lab table (

Sodium can be extracted from salt water or crafted using sodium chloride. Carbon is obtained from coal, charcoal or wood. Oxygen can be taken from the air in a glass container or extracted from water. Hydrogen is created by electrolyzing water into hydrogen and oxygen gas.

Once you have the basic elements, combine 1 sodium, 1 carbon, 2 oxygen and 2 hydrogen in the crafting grid to create sodium acetate. You'll need 4 of these to craft a single ice bomb.

For glowing ice bombs, simply add 1 glowstone dust and 1 redstone dust to the crafting recipe. The glowstone provides illumination while the redstone gives it a red tint (

Crafting Ice Bombs

Ice bombs can be crafted at a lab table in Minecraft Education Edition. The recipe requires 4 sodium acetate items to be combined at the lab table. Sodium acetate is made from the chemical elements sodium, carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. For each sodium acetate item, you'll need 1 sodium, 1 carbon, 3 oxygen, and 1 hydrogen. Simply drag these elements into the crafting grid at the lab table and combine them to get 1 sodium acetate. Repeat this 4 times to craft 4 sodium acetate items, which can then be combined again at the lab table to craft 1 ice bomb.

According to the Minecraft Wiki Fandom article on ice bombs, the recipe is:

"4 Sodium Acetate items combined. Sodium Acetate: Sodium + Carbon + Oxygen + Hydrogen." (

So in summary, ice bombs require 4 sodium acetate items to craft, and sodium acetate requires 1 sodium, 1 carbon, 3 oxygen, and 1 hydrogen. Follow these steps at a lab table to make ice bombs in Minecraft Education Edition.

Using Ice Bombs

Once crafted, ice bombs can be thrown to instantly freeze water into solid ice blocks. When an ice bomb is thrown into a body of water, it will freeze a 3x3 area into a platform of ice[1]. This is useful for quickly creating ice platforms, bridges, or paths over oceans and rivers.

Ice bombs are affected by gravity, so they can be thrown down from high locations to reach deeper water sources. The freezing effect spreads horizontally from the initial impact point. By throwing multiple ice bombs, large ice surfaces can be created.

With ice bombs, players can build ice bridges to create shortcuts over bodies of water. They can also stop or block water from flowing into a location by freezing it. Ice bombs make building ice structures like igloos much faster and easier.

In addition to freezing water sources, ice bombs can also be used to freeze lava into obsidian blocks. This provides a safer and easier way to harvest obsidian compared to typical methods.

Tips and Tricks

Ice bombs can be a very useful item once you learn some tips and tricks for using them effectively in Minecraft. Here are some suggestions for best practices when using ice bombs:

Throw ice bombs from very high locations when you want to cover a huge area in ice instantly. The higher you throw them from, the larger the ice platform will be when it spreads out across the water below you. Ice bombs are great for quickly traversing large oceans this way.

Combine ice bombs with ice blocks like packed ice or blue ice to reinforce and expand your ice structures. The ice bomb will convert adjacent water source blocks to ice which connects with your existing ice seamlessly.

Always carry a stack of ice bombs so you can rapidly build massive ice structures, ice bridges, or ice paths over the water. With enough ice bombs, you can freeze huge sections of ocean to quickly move around or build.

Use ice bombs to stop water from flowing into your builds or to quickly seal up water sources. The instant freeze effect lets you contain water and prevent flooding in your structures.

Craft loads of ice bombs so you can quickly create ice bridges and shortcuts over rivers, lakes and oceans. Ice platforms created by the bombs allow fast foot travel across water surfaces.