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This article is about the block. For the Minecraft edition, see Bedrock Edition.

Bedrock is an indestructible block found in all three dimensions. It cannot be obtained as an item in Survival.


Bedrock can be obtained from the Creative inventory, or using commands.


Bedrock cannot normally be broken in Survival mode with any tool. It can only be broken by hand in the oneblockatatime snapshot and has a hardness value of 600.

However, it can be broken using glitches involving a piston, but it does not drop as an item.

Natural generation[]

Bedrock comprises the five bottom-most layers of the Overworld in a rough pattern, although the top four layers are predominantly flat bedrock with only rare gaps, rendering the lowest, completely flat fifth layer (at Y=-64) mostly inaccessible.

In the Nether, bedrock comprises both the top and bottom four layers in a rough pattern. In both Java and Bedrock Editions, the patterns of bedrock are consistent in the Nether. At the top of the Nether, bedrock prevents the player from ascending above Y=127 without exploiting glitches, although in Java Edition the build limit extends to Y=255 in the Nether, meaning it is possible to build there. This space, known as the "Nether ceiling", consists entirely of flat bedrock and the occasional mushrooms. No mobs spawn here, as nothing can spawn on bedrock, although mobs can spawn on valid blocks placed by a player.

In the End, a single block of bedrock generates on top of each obsidian pillar, each topped with an end crystal. The bedrock remains after the destruction of the crystal (because it is indestructible), and is lit on fire indefinitely. Bedrock additionally comprises part of the exit portal at the center of the central island. Unlike in other dimensions, there is no bedrock floor at the bottom of the End, meaning it is possible to fall into the void without exploiting glitches.

An unlimited number of end gateways generate randomly across the outer End islands, each consisting of 12 blocks of bedrock.


If the bedrock that makes up the exit portal is removed by any means, it regenerates when the ender dragon is defeated or re-summoned.

An end gateway is generated on the central End island upon the death of each ender dragon, which is mostly made of bedrock. A total of 20 of these gateways generate in a circle centered on the exit portal in set positions. A corresponding end gateway is generated in the inner edge of the outer islands after an end gateway on the central island is activated for the first time.


Bedrock generates at the bottom of the Overworld and the Nether in order to prevent players from falling into the void.

The bedrock ceiling in the Nether was intended to prevent players from accessing the Nether ceiling, which was meant to be an empty out-of-bounds area where players cannot build. This remains true in Bedrock Edition. However, in Java Edition 1.2.1, the world height was doubled from 127 to 255, a change which was applied in all three dimensions, allowing players to build on the Nether ceiling. Due to the amount of players taking advantage of this change, it was decided by Mojang that this was to be treated as an intended feature.[1]

Bedrock generates as part of important structures in the End, including crucial elements of the ender dragon fight, as well as the gateways and the exit portals, in order to prevent them from being broken and keep them accessible and usable.

Mobs do not spawn on bedrock. Endermen are unable to place the block they are holding onto bedrock.

Beacons treat bedrock as a transparent block, meaning their beams can pass through it, allowing beacons to be used in the Nether.

In the End, any fire on bedrock never extinguishes naturally, similar to netherrack.

Trapping the wither[]

Main article: Tutorials/Wither cage

Since bedrock is indestructible in Survival, it can be used against withers. Certain configurations of bedrock (Such as that found under the exit portal) can be used to securely trap withers by spawning them below the bedrock. The wither can then either be easily killed, utilized to break blocks automatically, or used to farm wither roses.

End crystal[]

Bedrock is one of the only two blocks on which end crystals can be placed, the other being obsidian.

Placing an end crystal on bedrock in the End sets it on fire.

Note Blocks[]

Note blocks can be placed above bedrock to produce "bass drum" sounds.

Piston interactivity[]

Bedrock is unable to be pushed or pulled by either of the piston variants (regular or sticky).


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.370.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
BedrockbedrockBlock & Itemdragon_immune

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Bedrockbedrock7Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.bedrock.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block states

In Bedrock Edition, bedrock uses the following block states:

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
Specifies if this bedrock can burn indefinitely.


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Java Edition Classic
0.0.12aMay 18, 2009Notch showed bedrock.
releaseBedrock JE1 BE1 Added bedrock.
The world boundary is lined with a bedrock textured barrier. It is completely unbreakable.
0.0.20aBedrock no longer can be placed or destroyed, except by players on servers with operator permissions.
Operators can now destroy bedrock like any other block.
Operators can now use /solid, which now toggles stone placing itself or turning into bedrock shortly.
If any player attempts to place bedrock using an item edited into their inventory, the server now kicks them, even if they are an operator.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TESTThe bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been replaced with an infinite lava sea. Between this version and Infdev, the bottom of the world would repeatedly switch between bedrock and lava. The reason for this is unknown.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been re-added.
20100130The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been replaced with an infinite lava sea once again.
20100131The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been re-added once again.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been replaced with an infinite lava sea once again.
20100616-1Bedrock now generates at the bottom 5 layers of the world. The infinite lava sea still generates below it.
20100617-2The infinite lava sea under the world has been removed and replaced with an additional layer of bedrock.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0?The Nether has been added, with bedrock at the top and bottom.
Java Edition Beta
1.3Bedrock can no longer be destroyed by planting a wheat seed below it on tilled dirt.
1.6Test Build 3A bug has been fixed in which the player could fall into the void. Destroying a boat or rails with a minecart on the lowest bedrock block caused this to happen.
August 10, 2011Notch tweets that he had accidentally done something to the bedrock layer, but didn't specify what.
1.8Pre-releaseCreative mode has been added, in which bedrock can be placed and destroyed instantly, as can any other block.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6The particle effect for bedrock can now be turned off or lowered.
When the ender dragon dies, it now leaves behind a fountain-like bedrock structure with the dragon egg sitting on top. It has another end portal to return to the player's spawn point.
Added end crystals, which are entities that sit atop a block of flaming bedrock.
Bedrock in the End now burns forever if set on fire, similar to netherrack. It can still be put out by the same methods, as well.
1.112w01aBedrock now generates in the superflat world type.
1.2.112w07aAs the max world height of the Nether has been increased to 256, but Nether world generation is unchanged, mobs and mushrooms are still spawning on top of the bedrock ceiling.
12w07bMobs can no longer spawn on bedrock.
1.814w27bThe texture of bedrock now rotates randomly, giving a more natural look to the bedrock layer.
1.8.2pre5Bedrock no longer obstructs beacon activation or beacon beams.
1.915w31aThe ender dragon no longer creates the exit portal upon death, with it instead generating with the world.
Bedrock now forms as part of the end gateway portal.
16w02aBedrock can no longer drop itself as an item.
1.14November 27, 2018JAPPA tweets an image of the updated bedrock texture.
18w50aBedrock JE2 BE2 The texture of bedrock has been changed.
1.16.2Pre-release 1Endermen no longer place their held blocks onto bedrock.
1.1721w06aWith the expansion of the underground by 64 layers, Bedrock in the Overworld now generates at y levels -64 to -60.
21w15aThe bedrock layer has been moved back to y levels 0 to 5 due to generation changes being reverted.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1The Overworld's bedrock layer once again generates between Y=-64 and Y=-60.
21w40aThe generation of the bedrock layer is now dependent on the world seed.
21w43aUpgrading worlds from before 1.18 replaces the Overworld's old bedrock layer with deepslate.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Bedrock JE1 BE1 Added bedrock.
Bedrock appears at the bottom of the world, but is unobtainable even in Creative mode.
v0.8.0build 3Added bedrock to Creative mode.
v0.9.0build 1Added bedrock fog.
v0.12.1build 1Bedrock now generates in the Nether.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha now generates in the End.
Bedrock in the End now burns forever if set on fire, similar to netherrack in the Nether.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2 The texture of bedrock has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Bedrock JE1 BE1 Added bedrock.
TU14 1.04 The bedrock on layer 0 can now be broken in a world. However, the player still cannot fall out of the world.
1.90 Bedrock JE2 BE2 The texture of bedrock has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Bedrock JE1 BE1 Added bedrock.

Data history[]

Java Edition
1.814w11bBedrock with numerical metadata variants 1 through 15, which are inaccessible through normal gameplay, now have no model Missing Model JE2 rather than appearing identical to bedrock.
14w26aBlock metadata has been completely removed from this snapshot onwards with the introduction of block states. As this block never used block metadata at all prior to this version, fifteen unused, inaccessible metadata variants of it have been completely removed from the game:
DV Description
0 Bedrock
1-15 Inaccessible "boring" variants of bedrock
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 7.


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


  • Strongholds, and the End Portal, can override generated bedrock.
  • The bedrock texture, in both the Default and Programmer Art resource packs, is a variant of the stone block with increased contrast.
  • Vexes and the ender dragon can fly through bedrock. Additionally, the ender dragon cannot break bedrock.
  • Outside of Minecraft, "bedrock" means any solid rock beneath the soil layer (i.e. anything below dirt, sand, gravel. etc.). In real life, bedrock is breakable.
  • In Java Edition, the texture of bedrock is randomly rotated and flipped. When the sides line up correctly, a pattern similar to a wither skull might appear.


External links[]


  1. MC-180755 — resolved as "Works As Intended".

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