It can be obtained either by breaking glowstone in the Nether (2–4 glowstone dust) or by killing a Witch (up to 6 glowstone dust). In the Legacy Console Edition, a Blaze can drop 0–2 glowstone dust upon death. Journeyman-level clerics can sell one piece of glowstone dust for 4 emeralds as part of their trades in Bedrock Edition.
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Glowstone dust can be used to create thick potions, increase the potency of certain potions and revert potions to their default duration. It can also craft glowstone blocks, one of the brightest blocks in the game.
Glowstone dust was first added in Alpha v1.2.0. The crafting recipe for glowstone originally required nine units but would be changed to four units in Beta 1.6.6.
In release 1.0, glowstone dust could be brewed in a water bottle to create thick potions and strengthen certain potions.
In release 1.4.2, glowstone dust has a chance to be dropped by witches.
In release 1.4.6, glowstone dust can be used to craft a Firework Star with a twinkle effect.
In release 1.14, glowstone dust's texture was changed.
Glowstone dust was added to Pocket Edition in Alpha 0.5.0 and could be obtained through the Nether Reactor. In Pocket Edition 0.12.1, glowstone was made obtainable in the Nether, and in Pocket Edition 0.14.0, witches were added.
Bedrock Edition 1.2.0 saw glowstone dust now being used to craft a firework star with a twinkle effect. In Bedrock Edition 1.10.0, the texture was changed, and in 1.11.0 can now be bought from cleric villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
Glowstone dust was available since the release of the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch Editions. In Xbox 360 TU8, blazes can drop 0-2 glowstone dust.