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Type:Tools, Entity

The balloon is an entity that floats and can be attached to a mob or fence.


It is possible to pick a balloon up if the player shift clicks on the bottom of the string and is not further than two blocks away from the first/bottom block occupied by it. If their hand is empty, it will fill the selected slot with the balloon. If the hand slot is already filled, it will look for the first available slot in the hotbar. If the whole hotbar is filled, regardless of whether there are spaces in the inventory, the balloon will drop as an item. This is probably a bug, however it could be intended.

When destroyed by projectiles, TNT or creeper explosions the balloon drops nothing.


The balloon is renewable as it is crafted using string and slimeballs, which both can be obtained by killing mobs. The default balloon is white, and in total there are 17 different balloons.

Slimeball Empty Empty
String Empty Empty
String Empty Empty
White balloon

If a white balloon is combined with a dye it will produce a balloon of that color. Apart from white, there are 15 other colors a balloon can be dyed. As of now, it is not possible to un-dye a balloon.

Balloon Any Dye
Empty Empty

It is also possible to combine any color of balloon with a ghast tear to create a ghast balloon, which looks like a miniature version of a ghast. This is harder to craft because it requires the player to go into the nether and slay a ghast.

Balloon Ghast tear
Empty Empty
Ghast balloon


Balloons do not really serve a purpose, and are one of the more fun features of Mine Blocks.


When a balloon is selected in the hotbar, it will appear attached to the player by a string. The player can attach it to fences or mobs by shift clicking onto the target while holding a balloon in their hand. This will remove the balloon from the player's inventory. If the player shift clicks with a balloon onto any other block, the balloon will be released and float upwards very much like in real life, and pop after it reaches a certain height.

Absorbing Projectiles

Balloons absorb projectiles when hit by them. This means that they could potentially be used to protect the player from skeleton arrows. However, an unenchanted balloon can only absorb 4 arrows, spears, or bone shurikens. It can absorb unlimited snow balls and only 2 fire balls shot from blazes and ghasts. It can absorb 2 TNT explosions and ender pearls can not hit it. Balloons can be infinitely hit by swords and other tools. Fishing rods can not hit a balloon. Splash potions can hit a balloon but can not damage it.


A balloon will try to float as high up as it can, but will bounce back to the towards what it is tied to if the string gets too long, and it cannot float through solid blocks. If it gets stuck and the entity to which it is tied wanders more than 8 blocks in any direction, the balloon detaches and floats by itself. The balloon will rotate so that the knot is always pointing to what it is attached to.

If the player punches a balloon it will knock it back but will not cause damage. All combat projectiles will cause the same amount of damage. If it is hit four times it will pop and release particles, dropping nothing. However, it can be enchanted with unbreaking to let it take more hits without popping. Shooting it with a punch bow will knock it further back, but the power enchantment will not increase the amount of damage done to the balloon. It will also take damage from explosion blasts, which cause more depending on how close the balloon is to the center of the explosion.


Version Date Changes
Before 1.28 Sep 2, 2016

Happy September everyone! :D This is Spoilers Month! Spear art is the new form of modern art :) #MineBlocks

This tweet included a screenshot(below) of a red balloon underneath a large collection of spears. The text above the GUI looks like it said red balloon.

1.28 Oct 8, 2016
  • Added balloons


  • When you try to pick up a balloon and your hotbar is filled, it drops as an item, regardless of whether you have spaces in your inventory or not.


  • If a balloon is hit with a flame bow it does not explode, but in real life it would.
  • Balloons are not affected by fishing rods, flint and steel, snow balls, eggs and fire eggs. However this may change in 1.29 when the projectile code changes for snowballs.
  • After 1.28 was released, Zanzlanz tweeted a gif of an early balloon test.
  • Zanz also tweeted an image of balloons being attached to fences, stating that he forgot to mention that in the update video. He said they may be good for protecting your house from skeleton arrows.


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