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A renewable resource (as opposed to a non-renewable, or finite, resource) is a resource that can be recreated indefinitely in survival without exploiting glitches or using commands. While running out of resources isn't likely to be a factor due to theoretically infinite (and still quite vast in practice) map generation, this is a list of resources that can be produced over and over without having to explore for more. However, running out of resources can be a bigger issue on superflat worlds, where resources are less plentiful, in PvP maps, where one would like to obtain resources without having to conquer more land, or simply if the map size is limited.

The listed fully renewable craftable items are items which can be crafted, smelted, or brewed using only renewable resources. For example, cookies are renewable as they only require wheat and cocoa beans that can be regrown infinitely, while TNT isn't because it requires sand, which is not renewable.

Anything that is dropped by a monster or animal, is renewable because more mobs of the same kind can spawn and be killed again for more loot. This is not the case for the wither, which requires non renewable soul sand to spawn, nor the elder guardian, which spawns only three times per ocean monument, nor the evoker or the vindicator who spawn only as part of the woodland mansion, nor the shulker, which spawns only as part of end cities.

Brief introduction to methods[]

There are some main methods to get renewable resources and some item-specific methods. Item-specific methods vary from building a cobblestone generator to harvesting obsidian from portals, so it's very important sometimes to choose non-renewable, but easier and/or safer ways to get them. The methods are listed in increasing difficulty order:

  • Farming - grow it on the dirt or farmland block, breed using renewable resources, etc.
  • Craft it using only renewable resource(s)
  • Buy it from villagers
  • Get it as a guaranteed or very probable drop after mob's death
  • Get it as a rare drop after mob's death
  • Find it while fishing

The first three methods are the easiest. They are especially worth using when the player wants to avoid risk such as while playing in hardcore mode. The fourth method is normally used to get something that is only possible to get by killing monsters such as blaze rods, arrows, or bones. The last two methods are worth using only when there are no other practical choices, as the player will spend a lot of time executing the method before getting what they need.

Renewable[]

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Arrow
Beetroot Seeds
  • Grown on farmland
Blaze Rod
Magma Block

Dropped by blazes when killed by a player

Bone
Cactus
  • Grown on sand
Carrot
  • Rarely dropped by zombies when registered as a player kill
  • Grown on farmland
Chorus Flower
  • Grown on End Stone
Coal και Charcoal
  • Coal is dropped by wither skeletons.
  • Charcoal is obtained by smelting logs.
Cobblestone και Stone
[[Stone Bricks Slab|
  • Cobblestone or stone blocks are created when water and flowing lava meet, which may then be mined.
  • Stone is obtained by smelting cobblestone
Cocoa Beans
Grown on jungle wood
Dragon's Breath

Obtained by using a glass bottle on the Ender dragon's breath

Egg

Dropped by chickens every 5 to 20 minutes

Ender Pearl
End Stone
  • 16 blocks are generated under the edge of the exit portal when the Ender dragon is respawned or killed
Experience Orb
Experience Orb.gif
See Enchanting and Anvil#Repairing and renaming items
  • Dropped by mobs when killed by a player, except for villagers, golems, bats, or baby animals.
  • Obtained by smelting
  • Obtained by breeding
  • Obtained by fishing
  • Obtained by trading
  • Obtained by using bottles o' enchanting
Feather

Dropped by chickens

Fern

Obtained by using shears to break large ferns, which may be created by using bone meal on ferns

Flower
  • All short flowers are obtained by using bone meal on grass blocks. Certain short flowers only grow in certain biomes.
  • Tall flowers are dropped when bone meal is used on them
  • Poppies are dropped by iron golems.
Ghast Tear

Dropped by ghasts

Glass Bottle
  • Dropped by witches
  • Obtained by drinking renewable potions
  • Obtained by brewing lingering potions
  • Crafted using renewable glass
  • Obtained by fishing
Glowstone Dust
Gold Nugget
[[Weighted Pressure Plate (Light)|
  • Dropped by zombie pigmen
  • Crafted with renewable gold ingots
  • Obtained by smelting renewable gold armor
Gunpowder

Dropped by creepers, ghasts, and witches

Ice

Forms from water source blocks in cold biomes or at high altitudes that have air above them, obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Ink Sac
  • Dropped by squids
  • Obtained by fishing
Iron Ingot
[[Weighted Pressure Plate (Heavy)|
  • Dropped by iron golems
  • Rarely dropped by zombies when killed by a player
Iron Bars
  • Crafted from renewable iron ingots
  • Generated as cages around the Ender crystals that are regenerated when the Ender dragon is respawned
Leather
  • Dropped by cows, mooshrooms, and horses
  • Obtained by fishing
  • Craftable from renewable rabbit hide
Magma Cream
Magma Block
  • Dropped by magma cubes
  • Crafted using renewable slimeballs and blaze powder
Melon Seeds
[[Melon (block)|
  • Obtained by breaking melon stems
  • Crafted using renewable melon slices
Milk

Obtained by using an empty bucket on cows or mooshrooms

Brown Mushroom (block)
[[Brown Mushroom (block)|

Created by using bone meal on a brown mushroom, then obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Brown Mushroom
[[Brown Mushroom (block)|
  • Can spread
  • Obtained by breaking brown mushroom blocks with an axe
Red Mushroom (block)
[[Red Mushroom (block)|

Created by using bone meal on a red mushroom, then obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Red Mushroom
[[Red Mushroom (block)|
  • Can spread
  • Obtained by breaking red mushroom blocks with an axe
  • Obtained by shearing mooshrooms
Nether Wart

Grown on soul sand

Obsidian
  • Entering a nether portal for which there is no matching exit will generate a new portal of 14 obsidian blocks (18 if it generates in mid air), which may be mined.
  • Traveling to the End regenerates the 5×5 platform, which may be mined.
  • The pillars in the End are regenerated when the Ender dragon is respawned.
Potato
  • Grown on farmland
  • Rarely dropped by zombies when registered as a player kill
Prismarine Shard
PrismarineSea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Prismarine Crystals
Sea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Pumpkin Seeds
  • Obtained by breaking pumpkin stems
  • Crafted using renewable pumpkins
Rabbit Hide

Dropped by rabbits

Raw Beef

Dropped by cows and mooshrooms

Raw Chicken

Dropped by chickens

Raw Fish
  • Dropped by guardians
  • Dropped also as a rare drop by guardians
  • Obtained by fishing
Raw Mutton

Dropped by sheep.

Raw Porkchop

Dropped by pigs

Raw Rabbit

Dropped by rabbits

Redstone
Rotten Flesh

Dropped by zombies and zombie pigmen

Saplings and trees
[[Fence|[[Fence Gate|[[Wooden Pressure Plate|[[Trapdoor|[[Sign|

Saplings are occasionally dropped when leaves decay or are broken.

Seeds
  • Obtained by breaking tall grass.
  • Grown on farmland
Slimeball
Magma Block

Dropped by slimes

Snowball
[[Snow (layer)|
  • Snow layers naturally form when it snows in snowy biomes or above a certain altitude in cold biomes, or when snow golems walk in certain biomes. These may be broken with a shovel to obtain snowballs.
Spider Eye
  • Dropped by witches
  • Dropped by spiders and cave spiders when killed by a player
Stick
[[Sign|[[Fence Gate|
  • Dropped by witches
  • Obtained by fishing
  • Crafted from renewable wood planks
String
[[bleh|

Dropped by spiders or cave spiders

Sugar Cane

Grown on sand or dirt adjacent to water.

Sugar
  • Dropped by witches
  • Crafted with renewable sugar cane
Tall Grass

Obtained by shearing it after using bone meal on grass blocks or tall grass

Vines
  • Obtained by shearing it after it has grown on the side of any block
  • Obtained by shearing it after it generates on the sides of 2x2 jungle trees grown from renewable saplings
Water Bucket
  • Created by having 2 water sources in the appropriate spots (See water for specifics), then obtained using an empty bucket.
  • Reusable sponges may become wet from flowing water, then smelted to produce a bucket of water.
  • Water can be collected from a filled cauldron.
Wool
  • Dropped by sheep
  • Obtained by shearing sheep
  • Crafted with renewable string

Fishing[]

Resource Renewable products
Bone
Bowl
Bow
Clownfish
Enchanted Book
See enchanting
Fishing Rod
Ink Sac
Leather
Leather Boots
Lily Pad
Name Tag
Pufferfish
Raw Fish
Raw Salmon
Rotten Flesh
Saddle
Stick
[[Sign|[[Fence Gate|
String
Tripwire Hook
Water Bottle

Rare drops[]

These items are considered rare drops or are obtained by a mob dying in a unique way. For some of these items, this is the only way to even obtain them whatsoever. For most of these items, this is the only renewable way to obtain them. But, a few of these items have other renewable methods, such as crafting or trading. This does not include any item the mob picks up after spawning. Mob farms are a good option for obtaining these easily or in large quantities.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Armor
[[Chain Helmet|[[Chain Chestplate|[[Chain Leggings|[[Chain Boots|
[[Weighted Pressure Plate (Light)|[[Weighted Pressure Plate (Heavy)|
  • Rarely dropped by zombies and skeletons which are wearing the armor when killed by a player
  • Has a chance to be enchanted
  • Only the chain and diamond armor cannot be crafted with renewable material.
  • Iron helmets and chestplates, every piece of chain armor, and enchanted diamond chestplates are also obtained by trading with an armorer villager.
  • Leather pants and enchanted leather tunics are also obtained by trading with a leatherworker villager.
  • Leather boots are also obtained by fishing.
Bow
Carrot
  • Rarely dropped by zombies when killed by a player
  • Grown on farmland to produce more
Cooked meat
  • Dropped by a chicken, cow or mooshroom, pig, rabbit, or sheep dying while on fire
  • Obtained by smelting the raw form
  • Cooked porkchops and chicken are also obtained by trading with a butcher villager.
Fish
  • Dropped by guardians
  • Obtained by fishing
  • Raw fish can also drop as an uncommon drop by guardians.
Gold Ingot
[[Weighted Pressure Plate (Light)|
  • Rarely dropped by zombie pigmen when killed by a player
  • Crafted with renewable gold nuggets
Melee Weapons
[[Weighted Pressure Plate (Light)|[[Weighted Pressure Plate (Heavy)|
  • Iron shovels and swords are rarely dropped by zombies that are holding the weapon when killed by a player.
  • Stone swords are rarely dropped by wither skeletons when killed by a player.
  • Gold swords are rarely dropped by zombie pigmen when killed by a player.
  • Only the stone sword does not have a chance to be enchanted.
  • Can all be crafted with renewable material
  • Enchanted iron shovels and swords are also obtained by trading with a weapon smith or tool smith villager.
Mob Heads
  • Wither skeleton skulls are rarely dropped by wither skeletons when killed by a player.
  • Dropped by wither skeletons, skeletons, zombies, or creepers when killed by a charged creeper, but only the head of one mob will drop
Music Discs
[[13 Disc|[[cat Disc|[[blocks Disc|[[chirp Disc|[[far Disc|[[mall Disc|[[mellohi Disc|[[stal Disc|[[strad Disc|[[ward Disc|[[11 Disc|[[wait Disc|

Dropped by creepers when a skeleton deals the final blow

Potato
  • Rarely dropped by zombies when killed by a player
  • Grown on farmland
Potions
  • Rarely dropped by witches which are drinking the potion when killed by a player
  • Crafted with renewable materials
Rabbit's Foot

Rarely dropped by rabbits

Tradable[]

These items in every other circumstance would not be renewable but are renewable through trading with villagers. This does not include items that can otherwise be renewed through different means.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Bottle o' Enchanting
Experience Orb.gif

Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Emerald
Enchanted diamond gear
  • Obtained by trading with a tool smith, weapon smith, or armorer villager.
  • Technically, zombies and skeletons can spawn wearing and drop an enchanted diamond chestplate, but the chance is so low that it is not considered a reasonable renewable method.
Glass
Lapis Lazuli

Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Pocket Edition[]

Generally, all resources are renewable in the same way in both the Pocket Edition and the computer edition. The exceptions are noted in subsections here.

Renewable[]

These resources are not renewable in the computer edition but are renewable in the Pocket Edition.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Enchanted Golden Apple

Enchanted Golden Apples can still be crafted, unlike in the computer edition

Renewable using a different method[]

These resources are renewable in both PC and Pocket Edition, but no renewable method exists in both versions.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Tipped Arrow
Lingering potions are not renewable, but arrows can be dipped in a potion-filled cauldron

Renewable, but requires non-renewable resources[]

These resources can be made infinitely but require the initial use of at least one non-renewable resource. Some of them are renewable in the computer edition, but they do not require non-renewable resources.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Some wool
These dyes are not renewable, but the player can still dye sheep, and shear them.
Chorus Fruit
End stone is not renewable, but it doesn't need to be replaced once a chorus flower is planted.

Not renewable[]

These resources are renewable in the computer edition but not in the Pocket Edition.

Resource Non-renewable products Reason
Bottle o' Enchanting
Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Diamond tools
Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Emerald
Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Glass
Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Stained Glass
Not craftable
Dragon's Breath
The Ender Dragon can be respawned, but ender crystals require non-renewable glass.
End Stone
The Ender Dragon can be respawned, but ender crystals require non-renewable glass.
Lapis Lazuli
Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Obsidian
Since villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition, the player must craft diamond pickaxes (and diamonds are not renewable). The player needs diamond pickaxes to mine obsidian, and obsidian is blast resistant (and thus creeper-proof) so obsidian is not renewable; but the player can use buckets to make non-renewable obsidian (as lava is not renewable).

Note: Obsidian can be produced indefinitely by generating nether portals. Also, Withers can break obsidian, but make for a very dangerous method of obtaining it.

Console Edition[]

Generally, all resources are renewable in the same way in both the Console Edition and the computer edition. The exceptions are noted in subsections here.

Renewable[]

These resources are not renewable in the computer edition but are renewable in the Console Edition.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Nether items
[[Nether Brick (item)|[[Red Nether Brick|[[Pillar Quartz Block|