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This article is about the block. For other uses, see Basalt (disambiguation).
Basalt
Basalt Axis Y.pngBasalt Axis X.pngBasalt Axis Z.png
Polished Basalt Axis Y.pngPolished Basalt Axis X.pngPolished Basalt Axis Z.png
Smooth Basalt.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 found in the Nether.

Polished basalt is the polished version of basalt and can be found as part of ancient cities.

Smooth basalt is an ornamental rock smelted from basalt or found as part of amethyst geodes and ancient cities.

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

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

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

Smooth basalt generates naturally as a part of the outer layer of amethyst geodes.

Polished basalt and Smooth basalt also generates in ancient city.

Breaking[]

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

Block Basalt
Polished Basalt
Smooth 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[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Polished Basalt Basalt

Smelting[]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Basalt +
Any fuel


0.1

Stonecutting[]

Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Polished Basalt Basalt

Post-generation[]

A simple basalt generator.

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

Usage[]

Basalt's only current use is as building material. Like logs and quartz pillars, basalt and polished basalt point perpendicular to whatever block face they are placed on.

Note blocks[]

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

Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Smooth Basalt Basalt +
Any fuel


0.1

Sounds[]

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation 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

Template:Sound table/Block/Basalt/BE

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
BasaltbasaltBlock & Itembase_stone_nether
mineable/pickaxe
block.minecraft.basalt
Polished Basaltpolished_basaltBlock & Itemmineable/pickaxeblock.minecraft.polished_basalt
Smooth Basaltsmooth_basaltBlock & Itemmineable/pickaxeblock.minecraft.smooth_basalt

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Basaltbasalt489Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.basalt.name
Polished Basaltpolished_basalt490Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.polished_basalt.name
Smooth Basaltsmooth_basalt632Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.smooth_basalt.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. a b c Available with /give command.
  3. a b c The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.

Block states[]

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:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
Description
pillar_axis0x1
0x2
y x1The basalt is oriented east–west.
y0The basalt is oriented vertically.
z2The basalt is oriented north–south.

History[]

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 Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Added basalt.
20w12aPolished Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis Z 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.
1.1721w08aSmooth Basalt JE1.png Added smooth basalt.
Basalt can now be smelted to yield smooth basalt.
Smooth basalt now replaces tuff as the outer generation of amethyst geodes.
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Polished basalt and Smooth basalt now generate as part of ancient city.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Polished Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis Z 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.
1.17.0beta 1.17.0.50Basalt can now be smelted to yield smooth basalt.
Smooth Basalt JE1.png Added smooth basalt.
It generates as the outer layer of amethyst geodes.
beta 1.17.0.52Smooth Basalt are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

  • 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.

References[]

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