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First Appearance Alpha 1.2.0
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable Yes 64
For other Nether-related topics, see Nether (Disambiguation).

Netherrack is a block found in extensive quantities in the Nether. Its quantity in the Nether is similar to that of stone or dirt in the Overworld. Netherrack also has a low blast resistance.

Description[edit | edit source]

Netherrack is found extensively in the Nether, being the third most common block, only rarer than Lava and AirFire burns infinitely on netherrack.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Due to fire lasting forever on Netherrack, players sometimes use netherrack to build fireplaces or large torches. However, it is also capable of spreading fire to flammable blocks, but not to other netherrack. Netherrack can also be smelted in furnaces to make Nether bricks, which are used to craft Nether Brick Blocks. If Netherrack is on fire, it won't be put out by rain but will be put out if water runs over the area. The only other block that burns indefinitely is the Campfire.

Mining[edit | edit source]

Netherrack requires a pickaxe to harvest, otherwise, it will drop nothing.

Tool This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
Hardness 0.4
Breaking time[note 1]
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Burning Netherrack can be used to keep an area clear of snow and ice more efficiently than torches due to it having a greater brightness, but it is not advisable to do this around wood planks, as it is a flammable block.
  • Netherrack is the only block that, when lit, will never extinguish itself (except for when it rains)
  • Before Pocket Edition 0.12.1, Netherrack could only be obtained using a Nether Reactor Core.
  • In the PS3 and PS4 edition tutorial world, a Nether portal, included to teach a player about the Nether, leads to a cave exclusively of Netherrack with some being on fire when a player arrives.
  • Netherrack is one of the most brittle blocks in Minecraft; thus, caution is advised when digging in any direction, especially digging down.
  • In older versions, Netherrack was named "bloodstone".

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Click for full Netherrack gallery.