Iron Bars

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Iron Bars
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First Appearance Beta 1.8
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable Yes 64
For a list of iron-related objects in Minecraft, see Iron (Disambiguation).

Iron Bars were added in the Beta 1.8 - The Adventure Update. They are a type of block that occurs naturally in strongholds, villages, woodland mansions, and the End. They serve a similar purpose to fences.

The iron bars can be placed in much the same way as fences, glass panes, cobblestone wall and mossy cobblestone walls. Unlike fences and cobblestone walls, a wall constructed with just one of these bars without any more blocks placed above can be jumped over, since it only registers as 1 block in height.


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On July 11, 2011, Notch revealed two new screenshots of a stronghold (in two different brightness settings) where the bars can be clearly seen alongside other common stronghold blocks. The lighting differences have been explained a bit (though not necessarily completely correct) by a user on the forums.[1]


  • A 2×2 area made of the iron bars can make a hole big enough for a player to fit through, but not rain, water, etc. This can be used as an easy entrance for an underwater house, and even an exit if pistons are used. Glass panes and fences work in the same way.
  • If a sign or a painting is placed on the iron bars, it appears to float in the air.
  • Iron bars have the same placement rules as glass panes. When iron bars are placed individually it forms a dot shape, similar to what glass panes do.
  • The Ender Dragon will not destroy iron bars. This is because iron bars appear in the End around two of the Ender Crystals.
  • Since iron bars can not be destroyed by a Ghast's fireball, and since they block a ghast's line of sight, iron bars can be used as "Ghast-proof" walls for either a base, or for small enclosed roads through the Nether.
  • Iron bars can prevent fire from spreading. For example, surrounding a fire with iron bars will prevent wooden items from being lit on fire.
  • Despite apparently being thin enough to do so, iron bars do NOT let a ghast's explosion touch the block beneath them as long as the block is protected from other angles of the explosion affecting it. This, in theory, means a player should be able to use iron bars and sticky pistons to make openable/closable "shutters".
  • Iron bars can be used to make an "accelerated curing chamber" for a Zombie Villager after it's been weakened and given a Golden Apple; it decreases the time by about 4%.
  • In the Aquatic update iron bars and any other semi-soild blocks could allow water to pass through them when right-clicked with a bucket of water. This allowed for more diverse builds to be made and updating older builds.

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