Basalt

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This article is about the block. For other uses, see Basalt (disambiguation).
Basalt
Basalt (UD) JE1 BE1.pngBasalt (EW) JE1 BE1.pngBasalt (NS) JE1 BE1.png
Polished Basalt (UD) JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt (EW) JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt (NS) JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

4.2

Hardness

1.25

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Basalt is an igneous rock prevalent in the Nether's basalt deltas.

Polished basalt is the polished version of basalt.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Basalt generates naturally as basalt pillars, which are found in the soul sand valley biome. They also generate in basalt deltas biomes as regular terrain and as part of basalt columns.

Both basalt and polished basalt can be found naturally as part of bastion remnants.

Breaking[edit]

Basalt drops as an item if mined by any pickaxe. If mined by any other tool, it drops nothing.

Block Basalt
Polished Basalt
Hardness 1.25
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 6.25
Wooden 0.95
Stone 0.5
Iron 0.35
Diamond 0.25
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Polished Basalt Basalt

Stonecutting[edit]

Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Polished Basalt Basalt

Post-generation[edit]

A simple basalt generator.

Basalt can also be made by lava flowing into a space that is on top of soul soil and next to blue ice. The flowing lava is replaced with basalt.

Usage[edit]

Basalt's only current use is as building material. 4 polished basalt blocks can be crafted using 4 basalt blocks. Like logs and quartz pillars, basalt points perpendicular to whatever block face it's placed on.

Thanks to its high blast resistance, low flammability, and ready availability, basalt is an excellent material for building bridges and shelters in the Nether, as Ghast fireballs can't destroy it. Polished basalt can also be helpful for leaving identifiable breadcrumb trails.

Note Blocks[edit]

Basalt and polished basalt can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sound.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe Description
Basalt +
Any fuel


0.1
[upcoming: JE 1.17]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.basalt.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.basalt.fallNone[sound 1]0.151.016
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.basalt.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.basalt.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsPlayersWalking on the blockblock.basalt.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Basaltbasaltbase_stone_netherBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.basalt
Polished Basaltpolished_basaltNoneBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.polished_basalt

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Basaltbasalt489Block & Itemtile.basalt.name
Polished Basaltpolished_basalt490Block & Itemtile.polished_basalt.name

Metadata[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, basalt uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 Basalt is oriented vertically
1 Basalt is oriented north-south
2 Basalt is oriented east-west

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisy xThe basalt is oriented east–west.
yThe basalt is oriented vertically.
zThe basalt is oriented north–south.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
pillar_axisy xThe basalt is oriented east–west.
yThe basalt is oriented vertically.
zThe basalt is oriented north–south.

History[edit]

January 12, 2014On Reddit, Jeb says that he was considering adding basalt, but did not want to add yet another black block.
September 28, 2019Basalt (UD) JE1 BE1.png Basalt is shown unnamed as part of basalt pillars in a clip at MINECON Live 2019.
Java Edition
1.1620w06aBasalt (UD) JE1 BE1.pngBasalt (EW) JE1 BE1.pngBasalt (NS) JE1 BE1.png Added basalt.
20w12aPolished Basalt (UD) JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt (EW) JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt (NS) JE1 BE1.png Added polished basalt.
Polished basalt can currently be obtained only by smelting the normal basalt block.
20w13aBasalt can now be formed when lava flows over soul soil next to blue ice, making it renewable.
Basalt can no longer be smelted into polished basalt.
Polished basalt can now be obtained by crafting 4 blocks of basalt in a 2×2 grid or stonecutting it, similar to other polished stones.
20w15aAdded the Basalt Deltas, a biome in which basalt is abundant.
20w16aBasalt and polished basalt now generate as part of bastion remnants.
Basalt can now generate as part of ruined portals.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w08a Basalt can now be smelted to yield Smooth Basalt.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Basalt (UD) JE1 BE1.pngBasalt (EW) JE1 BE1.pngBasalt (NS) JE1 BE1.png Polished Basalt (UD) JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt (EW) JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt (NS) JE1 BE1.png Added basalt and polished basalt.
beta 1.16.0.57Basalt can now be formed when lava flows over soul soil next to blue ice, making it renewable.
Added the Basalt Deltas, a biome in which basalt is abundant.
Basalt and polished basalt now generate as part of bastion remnants.
beta 1.16.0.59Crafting polished Basalt now gives the correct amount of blocks in return.[1]
Polished basalt can now be crafted using a stonecutter.
1.16.100beta 1.16.100.51Basalt now takes longer to break.
Basalt is said to be immune from ghast fireballs, but is still broken by them[2].
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.56Basalt blocks now take slightly more time to destroy again.
Basalt is now immune to ghast fireballs.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • Geologically, basalt is a volcanic rock that cools from mafic lava flows. Mafic lava is runny, much like Nether lava, and under the right conditions it can cool into the stacks of basalt columns seen in basalt deltas.
    • Basalt makes up most of Earth's sea floor, as well as Iceland and the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Despite being an extrusive igneous rock, basalt has a lower mining time than granite and diorite, which are intrusive.
  • Basalt is the only rock-like block to have both a polished and smooth variant.‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]

References[edit]