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What does glow lichen do in Minecraft?

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Minecraft is full of different blocks that serve several purposes. Some blocks are used to create weapons, tools and plenty of different items, while some are purely for aesthetics. 

In this article, we’re talking about Glow Lichen in Minecraft.

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What is Glow Lichen?

Glow Lichen is a non-solid, light-emitting fungi block. It’s 1/16 of a block thick and generates on any side of a solid block. It naturally generates on the sides or bottom of the following blocks. Glow Lichens emit light level seven. 

  • Stone
  • Andesite
  • Diorite
  • Granite
  • Calcite
  • Tuff
  • Deepslate
  • Dripstone

Note that the condition for generating Glow Lichen here is that all of these blocks need to be either exposed to air or water sources at or below Y=56. However, if you’re on the Bedrock edition and enable Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay, it can generate up to Y=119. Glow Lichen generates more frequently in ravines but can also be found underwater or in ocean biomes. 

What does glow lichen do in Minecraft?
Grow Lichen on Stone and Diorite blocks.

You can use bone meal to spread Glow Lichen to a random adjacent block as well, provided it is one of the ones mentioned above; otherwise, the bone meal simply won’t be consumed. It’s also possible to cover the sides and top of an adjacent block if you’re using bone meal to fertilise Glow Lichen. Keep in mind that Glow Lichen doesn’t spread naturally, so the bone meal is your only option. 

Collecting Glow Lichen

Glow Lichen can be broken with any tool, with an axe being the fastest, but can only be collected using shears. One more thing to keep in mind is that enchanting your shears with the Efficiency enchantment yields no benefit in this case. 

Glow Lichens are purely aesthetic in function, their only use being light emittance. Additionally, placing a Glow Lichen into a composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by one. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

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