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Blocks are standard-sized block units, whose appearances differ from block to block. They make up the landscape of the Minecraft world and are used in many of the game's mechanics.



Wooden Planks.
File:Coarse Dirt.png
Coarse Dirt.

Each cube is unique and offers the player building materials, utilities, decoration, and crafting. For example, an emerald block functions as both a building material and compact means of storing emeralds. Blocks are place-able, unlike most other objects  (without the use of an item frame). They make up the in-game environments and can be collected, placed, and used in many different ways. Some blocks spawn naturally, such as dirt or stone while other blocks, such as bricks and redstone lamps, must be crafted by a player. Logs, for example, is one of the more useful blocks, due to its widespread use and requirement in many crafting recipes. All player-made structures are created by using multiple blocks of one, or several different varieties.

Certain blocks have special uses. For example, Jack o' Lantern, glowstone, and sea lanterns can be used to light underwater areas, because they cannot be extinguished by water. unlike torches, that would be washed out when placed in water.

There are three different transparency levels by which blocks can be classified:

Most transparent/translucent blocks, can't have torches placed on them.

The face of a block is 16x16 pixels, and each block is proportionately one cubic meter.[1] Most blocks are static, although water, lava, portal, and fire blocks have a shifting pattern. While the default texture pack's textures have 16x16 block faces, there are texture packs with 32x32 or even 64x64 textures. These texture packs often require a mod, but usually, they only require the default Minecraft resource pack.

Naturally-generated Blocks

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A Pig standing on Coal Ore.

The following is a list of many blocks that generate naturally Minecraft worlds. Entries marked with a D require additional data values to entirely define the block in a Minecraft world. Entries marked with an I have a different ID as an inventory item. Entries marked with a B require additional inventory data to fully define the inventory item. Entries marked with a T have tile entities associated with them to store additional data. Items with IDs in red cannot be legitimately obtained by a player in the game. They can only be obtained by "hacking" (Such as using an inventory editor) or while in multiplayer servers, or by using the /give command. Items available only in Creative mode are in blue. Items only obtainable through the Silk Touch enchantment in Survival Mode are in green.

The Overworld

Mycelium is a very rare block considering that it can only be found in one biome, and can only be collected with Silk Touch.

Below is a list of blocks that can be obtained in the Overworld .

Naturally Generated

Naturally generated blocks include blocks that are created through a 'seed ' either player-generated or generated by a random seed generator.

Icon Dec Hex Block type.
None None Air
File:StoneNew.png 01 01 Stone
File:GrassNew.png 02 02 Grass
File:Dirt.png 03 03 Dirt
File:BedrockNew.png 07 07 Bedrock
File:Water.png 08 08 Water D
File:LavaCurrent.png 10 0A Lava D
File:SandNew.png 12 0C Sand
File:GravelNew.png 13 0D Gravel
File:GoldOreNew.png 14 0E Gold Ore
File:IronOreNew.png 15 0F Iron Ore
File:CoalOreNew.png 16 10 Coal Ore
File:LogsNew.gif 17 11 Log D B
File:LeavesNew.gif 18 12 Leaves D B
File:LapisLazuliNew.png 21 15 Lapis Lazuli Ore
File:SandstoneNew.png 24 18 Sandstone
File:Tall Grass.gif 31 1F Grass D B
File:DeadBushNew.png 32 20 Dead Bush
File:VinesNew.png 106 6A Vines D
Icon Dec Hex Block type
File:DandelionNew.png 37 25 Dandelion
File:PoppyNew.png 38 26 Poppy
File:BrownMushroomNew.png 39 27 Brown Mushroom
File:RedMushroomNew.png 40 28 Red Mushroom
File:DiamondOreNew.png 56 38 Diamond Ore
File:RedstoneOreNew.png 73 49 Redstone Ore
File:SnowNew.png 78 4E Snow
File:IceNew.png 79 4F Ice
File:New Cactus.png 81 51 Cactus D
File:ClayBlockNew.png 82 52 Clay Block
File:SugerCaneNew.png 83 53 Sugar Cane D I
File:PumpkinNew.png 86 56 Pumpkin D
File:MelonNew.png 103 67 Melon D
File:CocoaStages.gif 103 67 Cocoa Pods D
File:BrownMushroomBlockNew.png 99 63 Huge Brown Mushroom D
File:RedMushroomBlockNew.png 100 64 Huge Red Mushroom D
File:MyceliumNew.png 110 6E Mycelium
File:LilyPadNew.png 111 6F Lily Pad
File:EndPortalFrame.png 120 78 End Portal Frame
File:BigLeavesBamboo.png ? ? Bamboo
File:SeagrassShort.gif ? ? Sea Grass
File:Kelp.gif 393 189 Kelp

Naturally Created

Naturally created means a combination of events that cause a new block to be placed by non player causes.

Icon Dec Hex Block type
None None Air
File:StoneNew.png 01 01 Stone
File:GrassNew.png 02 02 Grass Block
File:Dirt.png 03 03 Dirt
File:CobblestoneNew.png 04 04 Cobblestone
File:Water.png 09 09 Stationary waterD
File:Tall Grass.gif 31 1F Tall Grass D B
File:BrownMushroomNew.png 39 27 Brown Mushroom
File:RedMushroomNew.png 40 28 Red Mushroom
49 31 Obsidian
Icon Dec Hex Block type
File:DandelionNew.png 37 25 Dandelion
File:PoppyNew.png 38 26 Poppy
File:Fire3D.gif 51 33 FireD
File:SnowNew.png 78 4E Snow
File:IceNew.png 79 4F Ice
File:New Cactus.png 81 51 CactusD
File:SugerCaneNew.png 83 53 Sugar CaneD I
File:VinesNew.png 106 6A VinesD
File:MyceliumNew.png 110 6E Mycelium
File:NPC Village Overhead.png
A typical NPC Village before the 1.14 update


Same as naturally generated, but these blocks are only created with the "Generate Structures" option enabled.

All blocks are limited to stacks of 64 per inventory slot .

Icon Dec Hex Block type
File:CobblestoneNew.png 04 04 Cobblestone
File:WoodenPlanksNew.gif 05 05 Wooden Plank
File:Water.png 09 09 Stationary Water D
File:LavaCurrent.png 11 0B Stationary Lava D
File:GravelNew.png 13 0D Gravel
File:WoodenPlanksNew.gif 17 11 Wood D B
File:Cobweb 1.png 30 1E Cobweb
File:Black wool.png 35 23 Wool (Black) D B
File:Slab.gif 44 2C Slabs D B
File:BookshelfNew.png 47 2F Bookshelf
File:MossyCobblestoneNew.png 48 30 Mossy Cobblestone
File:TorchNew.png 50 32 Torch D
File:MobSpawnerNew.png 52 34 Monster Spawner T
File:Stairs.gif 53 35 Stairs D
File:Chest.gif 54 36 Chests D T
File:EnderChestNew.gif 54 36 Ender Chests D T
Icon Dec Hex Block type
File:CraftingTableNew.png 58 3A Crafting Tables
File:Loom.png 459 1CB Loom
File:Cartography Table.png 455 1C7 Cartography Table
File:Seeds123.png 59 3B Seeds D
File:NewFarmland.gif 60 3C Farmland D
File:FurnaceNew.png 61 3D Furnaces D T
File:DoorsNew.gif 64 40 Wooden Doors D I
File:LadderNew.png 65 41 Ladder D
File:RailNew.png 66 42 Rail D
File:Stairs.gif 67 43 Stone Stairs
File:IronDoorNew.png 71 47 Iron Doors D I
File:PressurePlateNew.gif 72 48 Wooden Pressure Plates D
File:Stone Button.png 77 4D Buttons D
File:OakFenceNew.png 85 55 Fence
File:StoneNew.png 97 61 Infested Stones/Silverfish Monster Egg D
File:StoneBricksNew.png 98 62 Stone Bricks D B
File:Iron Bars Image.png 101 65 Iron Bars
File:GlassPaneNew.png 102 66 Glass Pane

The Nether

An overview of a nether fortress in the nether
Netherrack is a common block in The Nether.

Naturally Generated

Icon !! Dec !! Hex !! Block type

None None


File:BedrockNew.png 07 07 Bedrock
File:LavaCurrent.png 11 0B Stationary LavaD
File:GravelNew.png 13 0D Gravel
File:BrownMushroomNew.png 39 27 Brown Mushroom
File:RedMushroomNew.png 40 28 Red Mushroom
File:Fire3D.gif 51 33 Fire D
File:NetherrackNew.png 87 57 Netherrack
File:SoulSandNew.png 88 58 Soul Sand
File:Glowstone.png 89 59 Glowstone

A naturally generated item in the nether.

Naturally Created

Icon Dec Hex Block type
None None Air
File:LavaCurrent.png 10 0A Lava D
File:BrownMushroomNew.png 39 27 Brown Mushroom
File:RedMushroomNew.png 40 28 Red Mushroom
49 31 Obsidian
File:NetherPortal.gif 90 5A Portal
Nether brick fences only naturally occur in the Nether.


Icon Dec Hex Block type
None None Air
File:MobSpawnerNew.png 52 34 Monster Spawner T
File:SoulSandNew.png 88 58 Soul Sand
File:NetherBrickNew.png 112 70 Nether Brick
File:Nether Brick Fence.png 113 71 Nether Brick Fence
File:Stairs.gif 114 72 Nether Brick StairsD
File:NetherWartNew.gif 115 73 Nether Wart D

Additional Reading

File:Aerial view of tall building- Minecraft.jpg
An aerial view of an extremely tall building made of blocks.

There are over 150 different types of blocks in Minecraft, including environmental features like air and water, which cannot be obtained, various types of wood, various colors of wool, various, slabs, stairs, utility blocks, and the list goes on. New blocks are typically added to one or more versions of Minecraft every few months.

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Ground view of extremely tall building made of blocks

In a standard, randomly-generated world, one can find air, stone, grass, snow, dirt, water, water source, lava, lava source, sand, sandstone, gravel, gold ore, iron ore, diamond ore, Redstone ore, lapis lazuli ore, clay block, coal ore, bedrock, ice, wood, birch wood, wooden planks, etc.

In abandoned mineshafts, oak/dark oak wood, stone, rails, and various exposed ores can be found. Leaves, cacti, sugar cane, vines, pumpkins, dandelions, poppies, brown and red mushrooms, dead bushes, shrubs, and tall grass can all be found exploring the Overworld. In dungeons, one can also find cobblestone, mossy cobblestone, a monster spawner, and chests. However, cobblestone is most often obtained by the player by mining stone and chests are crafted, making this a unique structure.

Cobblestone, wooden planks, fences, pressure plates, bookshelves, crafting tables, stairs, torches, black wool, glass panes, iron bars, lava, chests, and furnaces can also be found in the randomly-generated villages.

Stone bricks, mossy stone bricks, cracked stone bricks, iron bars, end portal frames, monster spawners, bookshelves, wooden planks, fences, chests, and cobwebs can be found in the strongholds and abandoned mineshafts also added in Beta 1.8.

Obsidian can be found naturally but is not considered a part of a random generation. Instead, it's created when a naturally-occurring lava source block comes in contact with water. Cobblestone can also be found naturally in the same circumstances as obsidian but is formed when moving lava comes into contact with water . Strongholds are also partially built of cobblestone.

Players can craft a variety of blocks that are not naturally found in the world, such as crafting tables, bookshelves, and furnaces, using their 4x4 personal crafting grid. Redstone , diamond , gold, and lapis lazuli can be found in the lower areas of maps.

Netherrack, glowstone, gravel, soul sand, Nether brick, Nether brick fence, Nether brick stairs, and Nether wart can be found in the Nether, which a player can only reach via a Nether portal. End stone, bedrock, and obsidian can be found in the End, which can only be reached via an End portal. Torches, an End portal, an End gateway, and a dragon egg are generated after a player kills the Ender Dragon.

The Pocket Edition had three unique blocks: the cyan flower, Nether reactor core, and glowing obsidian, however, these blocks are no longer in the game.


  • When placing a block in any version of Minecraft with a slow computer, it may place two blocks instead of one, and when removing a block, it removes them both. People with particularly low-end hardware may even experience three blocks being placed or removed with one click of the mouse. A common solution to this problem is to reduce the render distance.
  • Water, doors, lava, doors, sugar cane, grass, flowers, open trapdoors, cobwebs, dead bushes, shrubs, and saplings are the only blocks that a player can walk through.
  • Lava only flows 4 blocks in the Overworld. In the Nether, it can flow 8 blocks, similar to water in the Overworld. If the water block is hacked into one's inventory, it can be placed without evaporating and it will flow the same as in the Overworld. However, a block update will cause it to evaporate.
  • Nether portal blocks may be considered artificial blocks because players must strike the portal frame with a flint and steel to create them.
  • Netherrack, glowstone, and soul sand are blocks found only in the Nether. They all have helpful uses in the Overworld, such as an infinite light source, traps, and mob spawning (wither).
  • Some blocks must be destroyed by a specific tool in order to be collected, such as diamonds being mined with an iron pickaxe or better.
  • Some blocks like bedrock and end portal frames can not be mined in survival mode. Others that can only be accessed with commands, like invisible bedrock, can not be mined in creative mode and can only be removed with the /setblock command.
  • During the survival test phase of Minecraft's development, a player began with 10 TNT blocks, and they could obtain dirt, cobblestone (from stone), wooden planks (from wood), gold blocks from gold ore, iron blocks from iron ore, stone slabs from coal ore and white wool from sheep.
  • In the Classic version of Minecraft, a player could build with naturally-occurring blocks (except for redstone and diamond), and can use bookcases, sponge, colored wool, brick, obsidian, and moss stone. Operators of servers can also place bedrock. (very rarely though)
  • Some custom servers give the ability to place fluids.


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See also