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Not to be confused with Sugar Cane, which was colloquially known as Bamboo.
Bamboo
Leafless Bamboo.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo.pngBig Leaves Bamboo.pngLeafless Old Bamboo.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo.png
Bamboo Shoot.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tools

Blast resistance

1

Hardness

1

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

Bamboo: Yes (60)
Shoot: No

Catches fire from lava

Yes

Bamboo is a plant found in jungles, and can be used as fuel for smelting or cooking, to breed pandas, or in crafting scaffolding and sticks. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in Minecraft.

A bamboo shoot is the non-solid, sapling form of bamboo plant.

Obtaining[]

Bamboo can be mined with any tool, but a sword breaks the block instantly. Flowing water also breaks bamboo shoots, but not mature bamboo stalks.

Block Bamboo
Hardness 1
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Netherite 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Bamboo shoots cannot be obtained through vanilla means. In Bedrock Edition, they can be obtained through add-ons or inventory editing. In Java Edition, they are completely unobtainable.

Natural generation[]

Bamboo generates in widely scattered single shoots within jungle biomes. Bamboo generates much more densely in the bamboo variants of jungles, covering large areas of the landscape.

Mob loot[]

In Java Edition, a panda drops 1 bamboo when killed. In Bedrock Edition, a panda drops 0-2 bamboo when killed. Looting increases the drop by 1 per level.

Fishing[]

Bamboo can be found while fishing in jungle biomes as a junk item.

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Bamboo Jungle temple Chest 1–3 51%
Shipwreck Supply chest 1–3 14.4%
Bedrock Edition
Bamboo Jungle temple Chest 1–3 50.9%
Shipwreck Supply chest 1–3 14.4%

Usage[]

When broken, any bamboo block placed or grown above it is also broken. A bamboo block drops itself as an item if a piston pushes it or moves a block into its space. When bamboo is first placed as a shoot it's not solid and can be destroyed by water flowing into it. After growing at least one block taller it transforms into another kind of bamboo block that is solid and can't be destroyed by water. To transform a bamboo shoot into a solid bamboo block place another bamboo on top of it.

Farming[]

Bamboo can be planted on moss blocks[JE only], grass blocks, dirt, coarse dirt, rooted dirt, gravel, mycelium, podzol, sand, red sand, or mud. At default random tick speed (3), each plant grows on average every 4096 game ticks (204.8 seconds). When bone meal is used on it, it grows by 1–2 blocks. Bamboo can grow up to 12–16 blocks tall. The top of a bamboo plant requires a light level of 9 or above to grow.

Because bamboo breaks in almost the same way as sugar canes, a sugar cane farm can be easily adapted to this use. While water is not needed with such a farm, some spacing is recommended if the harvest is done manually as mature stalks are solid.

Pandas[]

Bamboo items are eaten by pandas and can be used to speed up the growth of baby pandas. Bamboo can also be used to breed pandas when at least 8 blocks of bamboo are within 5 blocks of the pandas, making the panda the only animal in the game to have extra breeding requirements. At this point, the player can feed them bamboo and they mate to have a baby.

Fuel[]

Bamboo can be used as fuel in furnaces. Each bamboo item smelts 0.25 items. Crafting two bamboo into a stick and using that as fuel is equivalent, smelting 0.5 items.

Flower pots[]

Bamboo can be placed in a flower pot, where it retains the design it has in its item form.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Scaffolding Bamboo +
String
Stick Bamboo

Appearance[]

The different stages of bamboo growth.

The appearance of bamboo changes as it grows. When first placed, it takes the form of a small shoot, which has no hitbox. When it grows one block taller it grows to 2 pixels in length and width and the top block has leaves coming off it. At 3 blocks, the top 2 blocks have leaves and at 4 blocks the bamboo expands to 3×3 pixels. At 5 blocks tall, the top 3 blocks have leaves on them. As the bamboo grows, the leaves move up and stay at the top 3 blocks. Destroying a block of bamboo does not change the appearance of the blocks below it. Bamboo is oriented at a random position in the block that it is in. Bamboo, grass, sweet berry bushes, and ferns are the only plants that change their hit boxes as they grow.

Sounds[]

Bamboo[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.bamboo.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break0.8?16
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.bamboo.fallNone[sound 1]1.0?16
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.bamboo.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit1.0?16
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.bamboo.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.8?16
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.bamboo.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps1.0?16
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Bamboo Shoot[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.bamboo_sapling.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break0.9?16
?None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damage?None[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.bamboo_sapling.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.8?16
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.bamboo_sapling.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.85?16
?FootstepsBlocksWalking on the block?subtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
BamboobambooBlock & Itembamboo_plantable_onblock.minecraft.bamboo
Bamboo Shootbamboo_saplingBlockbamboo_plantable_onblock.minecraft.bamboo_sapling

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Bamboobamboo418Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.bamboo.name
Bamboo Saplingbamboo_sapling419Block & Ungiveable Item[i 4]Identical[i 3]
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. a b The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.
  4. Unavailable with /give command

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:
Bamboo

Name Default value Allowed values Description
age00
1
The age of the bamboo, if this is 1 the bamboo appears thicker.
leavesnonelarge
none
small
The size of the leaves on this bamboo block.
stage00
1
The stage is incremented at random intervals.
At stage 1, bamboo may try to grow more bamboo above it.

Bedrock Edition:
Bamboo:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
Description
age_bit0x8falsefalse
true
0
1
The stage is incremented at random intervals.
When true, bamboo may try to grow more bamboo above it.
bamboo_leaf_size0x2
0x4
no_leavesno_leaves
small_leaves
large_leaves
0
1
2
The size of the leaves on this bamboo block.
bamboo_stalk_thickness0x1thinthin
thick
0
1
The thickness of the bamboo, if this is thick the bamboo appears thicker.

Bamboo Sapling:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
Description
age_bit0x1falsefalse
true
0
1
Specifies the sapling's growth stage.
sapling_typeNot Supportedoakacacia
birch
dark_oak
jungle
oak
spruce
UnsupportedUnused.

Achievements[]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
ZoologistBreed two pandas with bamboo.40GGold

History[]

September 29, 2018Bamboo is announced at MINECON Earth 2018.
Java Edition
1.1418w43aLeafless Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngLeafless Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.png Bamboo Shoot JE1 BE1.png Added bamboo.
Bamboo (item) JE1 BE1.png Bamboo as an item can be dropped by bamboo and planted to grow bamboo.
Added bamboo jungles, where bamboo naturally generates.
1.1620w06a"Bamboo Sapling" has been renamed to "Bamboo Shoot".
1.17?Bamboo can now be planted on moss blocks.
?Bamboo can now be planted on rooted dirt.
1.1922w15aBamboo can now be planted on mud.[1]
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8Leafless Bamboo BE1.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo BE1.pngBig Leaves Bamboo BE1.pngLeafless Old Bamboo BE1.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo BE1.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo BE1.png Bamboo Shoot JE1 BE1.png Added bamboo.
Bamboo (item) JE1 BE1.png Bamboo as an item can be dropped by bamboo and planted to grow bamboo.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Bamboo can now generate in jungle biomes in single shoots.
Added bamboo jungles, where bamboo naturally generates.
1.12.0beta 1.12.0.3Leafless Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngLeafless Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.png The bamboo texture brightness has been updated to match Java Edition.[2]
Legacy Console Edition
1.83 Leafless Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngLeafless Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.png Bamboo Shoot JE1 BE1.png Added bamboo.
Bamboo (item) JE1 BE1.png Bamboo as an item can be dropped by bamboo and planted to grow bamboo.

Bamboo shoot "item"[]

The following content is transcluded from Technical blocks/Bamboo Shoot.
This section is missing information about Test metadata variants - is there a "bamboo sapling birch" and such?. 
Please expand the section to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8Bamboo shoots exist as an item. This is the most likely version where this was first the case.

Appearances[]

Bedrock Edition
?Bamboo (item) JE1 BE1.png Bamboo shoots use this texture.

Names[]

Bedrock Edition
  • ? - ?: tile.bamboo_sapling.oak.name

Issues[]

Issues relating to "Bamboo" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[]

  • Because bamboo grows quickly (on average 1 growth per 200 seconds), just 500 plants in an automatic farm produce more items than a hopper can collect (2.5 items per second). A single hopper can move only enough items to keep 6.25 furnaces running.
  • Like in Minecraft, bamboo is the fastest-growing plant known in real life.
  • Bamboo cannot be composted in Minecraft, while it can be composted in real life.

Gallery[]

References[]

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