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First Appearance Classic 0.0.20a (PC)
MCPE Demo (June 8, 2011)
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable Yes 64

Wool is a block obtained from Sheep, which can be dyed 16 different colors. Wool can also be made from four pieces of String. Wool blocks are weak, flammable, and do not offer much resistance against explosions.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Any color of wool can be obtained from a sheep of the respective color. Killing a sheep always yields 1 wool, while shearing it yields 1 to 3 wool without having to kill it. A shorn sheep regrows its wool coat by eating grass. Sheep can be permanently dyed any color, making the wool it produces to be that color too. The natural colors of sheep found in the world are white, brown, gray, light gray, and pink. The chances of a sheep spawning in these colors are:

  • White (81.836%)
  • Black (5%)
  • Gray (5%)
  • Light Gray (5%)
  • Brown (3%)
  • Pink (0.164%)

White wool can also be crafted with a 2x2 square of string. This allows gathering wool from spiders and abandoned mineshafts in otherwise sheepless environments.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

String String None
String String None
None None None
Carpet Bed (Wool colours must match as of 1.12)
Wool Wool None Wool Wool Wool
None None None Wood Planks Wood Planks Wood Planks
None None None None None None
Banner Painting
Wool Wool Wool Stick Stick Stick
Wool Wool Wool Stick Wool Stick
None Stick None Stick Stick Stick

History[edit | edit source]

Wool was added for the creation of paintings, carpet, colorful structures, and in-game pixel art.

In Creative Classic mode, wool blocks were known as "cloth" blocks that came in a set of 16 colors, although the palette was slightly different from the one available in Beta. Three shades of gray were added in Classic 0.0.20a.

Except for white cloth, colored cloth blocks were unobtainable during Classic's Survival Test and Infdev, unless they were pre-placed into the map file. They were completely removed from the code in Infdev. Placing these blocks on the map would cause the game client to crash since the blocks no longer existed.

When colored wool was re-introduced in Beta 1.2, cloth blocks were renamed "wool" blocks.

In update 1.12, wool was updated to be more vibrant in color. It also required the wool for crafting beds to be of the same color.

As of 1.14, white wool generates as part of Pillager Outpost tents.

Colored Wool[edit | edit source]

There are 16 different colors of wool listed here, along with their IDs and values (for use in commands):

Wool Color Value ID
White 0 white
Orange 1 orange
Magenta 2 magenta
Light Blue 3 light_blue
Yellow 4 yellow
Lime 5 lime
Pink 6 pink
Gray 7 gray
Light Gray 8 light_gray
Cyan 9 cyan
Purple 10 purple
Blue 11 blue
Brown 12 brown
Green 13 green
Red 14 red
Black 15 black

Colored wool is made from dyes and any color wool. The position of the wool and dye in the crafting square doesn't matter.

Efficiency[edit | edit source]

The most efficient and sustainable way to gather colored wool is to first dye a sheep the desired color, and then repeatedly shear the sheep each time the colored wool grows back. A sheep can be dyed by right-clicking on it with dye in hand (in PC). The sheep will remain the dyed color until it is either killed or dyed a different color. When sheared, the sheep will drop 1-3 blocks of the colored wool.

Mining[edit | edit source]

Wool can be harvested with any tool or by hand, but shears are the fastest.

Tool File:Shears TextureUpdate.png
Hardness 0.8
Breaking time[note 1]
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Wool was used to create the Shield in Minecraft 1.9 snapshots.
  • Wool was going to be used to create Horse Armor, but its crafting recipe was removed.
  • The crafting recipe for wool was changed in Beta 1.6. Every update before Minecraft Beta 1.6 required 9 pieces of string instead of 4.
  • Wool was going to be used to craft Horse Saddles, but the item, along with the crafting recipe, was removed in the full release of 1.6.
  • Naturally-occurring brown and pink sheep did not appear in Minecraft until update 1.4.
  • Wool was formerly named cloth and was formerly used in crafting cloth armor. The cloth armor feature was most likely replaced by leather armor.
  • When a sheep is named jeb_, it will turn rainbow not drop rainbow wool, only the color that it originally was before named. 

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Click for full Wool gallery.

Video[edit | edit source]