Special properties

Glass is a solid element in Powder Game. It is almost invisible (very slightly lighter than black).


  • Glass is first element which is appears nearly black. In reality, this is a clear element. You can tell this by hovering over the glass element in the menu. The inside of the text turns that dark red color, as the outside does. If it were black, the inside of the text would be black. On some monitors you may still be able to distinguish the element from the background.
  • The most effective way to see glass is to turn both grid 7 and BG-shade on because the shade expands the grid so that it covers the entire screen so that when glass is placed it is shown as 1 dot. This method can give exact location.
  • It can be seen easy on BG-toon, due to having this property. In BG-toon it has white border that makes it easily visible all time unlike other backgrounds, but the problem with this is like everything in BG-toon it is shown larger than it would be and it is hard to get good detail.
  • Glass can also be seen in BG-air, BG-line, BG-mesh and BG-gray during wind activity. Wind visualizations from those backgrounds cannot pass through glass, so the glass will appear as a "black hole".
  • Another way to see glass is using grid. All elements cover the grid lines, so glass will look like a "hole" in the grid. Grid 7 is good to observe glass. It's not a very accurate method though.
  • Although glass may be hard to see or invisible on some monitors, the only BG that makes glass completely black is BG-light.
  • A sometimes useful method is turning on BG-track and shooting pen size 9 laser all around the screen, the areas where glass is will not change color to laser.
  • In BG-dark glass, when illuminated by thunder, produces light, capable of rendering areas visible.
  • Glass can be briefly seen in BG-TG when it's placed on the glow of an element. However, because glass neutralizes the glow, it will disappear after a few seconds and may appear as a "black hole" in the surrounding glow.
  • Glass can be accurately seen in BG-siluet, but can be confused with another element due to the same black coloration of the elements. Thunder-charged Glass and Laser-charged Glass will stay black.

Properties and reactions of glass

Special properties

  • Glass cracks and turns into stone when dragged, when Nitro, C-4, or gunpowder explode nearby, or when a thunder particle impacts somewhere nearby the glass. All connected parts of the glass are affected by this. In contrast to this bombs only destroy a small part of the glass and does not crack it completely.
  • Glass is the only element that cannot be used to write text with. If glass is selected as text attribute, powder text will appear.

Reactions of glass with elements

  • Glass allows laser to pass through, but slows it down. When laser escapes from glass it regains its previous speed.
  • If a metal wire or mercury transfers thunder particles directly into glass, a thunder wave will travel through the whole mass of glass (just like virus wave travels through other materials) and light it up. These waves can travel at different speeds, the wave repeats when the thunder returns creating different wave speeds. Those thunder dots do not leave the glass anymore. [1] (This may be a reference to either light bulbs, neon lights, or leyden jars, which were early forms of capacitors.)
  • Glass turns into magma when it touches magma. It can therefore be used as an invisible fuse.
  • Glass is one of only three elements (the others being clone and fan) which is immune to Acid. However, glass charged with laser is not, but it is very resistant to acid as the laser dots leave the destroyed glass and then destroy the acid dots before they reach the glass.
  • Shrapnel of bomb detonated by using glass are stone. Furthermore, powder is created if the player drops more than one bomb, because it also affects the stones. However, bombs only destroy the glass and do not crack it, like other explosions.
  • Ants can be added to glass and create tunnels of it.
  • Glass can slowly deteriorate when firing laser at it while having acid surrounding the glass.

Reaction with objects

Special properties and reactions of glass charged by thunder or laser

Special properties

  • Thunder or laser running through glass prevents the glass from cracking.
  • Glass under massive pressure will turn to powder.

Reactions of glass charged by thunder or laser with other elements

  • When glass is charged by thunder, it ignites oil, gas, nitro, fireworks and gunpowder. C-4 explodes and ice melts into water. However it does not burn Powder, seed, or Vine, which are usually flammable.
  • Thunder or laser running through glass do not react with magma. This can be used to create almost impassable walls as only bomb, ant, and virus affect glass with thunder or laser in it. An animation for laser running through glass which prevents the glass from getting molten by magma is given here.
  • If laser is running through glass it might get destroyed by Acid in contrast to normal glass or glass with thunder.
  • Glass charged by thunder or laser does not create shrapnel in contact with bomb. Normal glass creates stone.
  • Thunder or laser running through glass block each other. Whichever of the two elements was first at a certain position in the glass prevents the other from propagating through the glass; however, usually both elements can't stay continuously in the glass and have small gaps which can be used by the other element to slowly displace the other element.
  • Unfortunately, after performing save and load or get and set thunder and laser particles traveling through glass will destroy the glass and turn into real thunder or laser. This is a similar to metal with thunder on it, which also get destroyed after save and load.
  • Superballs will not bounce off of charged glass.

Reaction with objects

  • Glass charged by thunder or laser kills players and fighters and destroys boxes and powder balls by burning it. This happens because objects enter into solid elements by at least one pixel. If you cover the glass with a non-reactive element which prevents the players, fighters and boxes from entering into the glass, they are completely safe.
  • Turns water balls into water, salt balls into salt, seawater balls into seawater and ice balls into Snow.


  • It is used in pixel art.
  • Barriers and passages in player courses that are hard to see on some monitors.
  • Like metal, glass can be used for decorations or stable pixel arts. Glass acts as a "skeleton" for decorations made from powder or liquid type elements to base defend, underwater base or player house uploads.
  • Glass is ideal for creating text from gas, powder and liquid elements. First, in stop mode, the player writes whatever he or she wants to in any element that will not destroy glass. The player then surrounds the text with glass.
  • Glass can be used for 'magma trails'. Glass is placed in a formation, and magma is placed on one area. The magma melts the glass very quickly and by doing this it follows the formations of glass made.
  • Glass can be used to create simple timer.

Glass timer


Glass timer in BG-toon

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