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Blocks are standard-sized cube units, which vary vastly in appearance. They make up the landscape of the Minecraft world, and are used in many of the game's mechanics. 

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Cobblestone

Cobblestone

Minecraftwood

Wooden Plank

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Some Minecraft blocks

Each block is unique and offers the player a new material to build with or use in other places. For example, an emerald would let you combine 9 to make an emerald block to build, or trade with a villager for another item.

Blocks are placeable, unlike most other items (without the use of an item frame). They make up the in-game environments, and can be collected, placed and used in many different ways. Some blocks spawns naturally, such as dirt or stone while other blocks, such as bricks and redstone lamps, must be crafted by a player. Wood for example, is one of the most helpful blocks, due to its widespread use and requirement in many crafting recipes. All player-made structures are created by using multiple blocks of one, or several different varieties.

Certain blocks have special uses. For example, jack-o-lanterns, glowstone and sea lanterns can be used to light underwater areas, since they cannot be extinguished by water.

There are three different transparency levels by which blocks can be classified:

Most blocks that are at least somewhat transparent, usually can't have torches placed on them.

The face of a block is 16×16 pixels, and each block is proportionately one cubic meter.[1] Most blocks are static, although water, lava, portal, and fire blocks have a shifting pattern. While the default texture pack's textures have 16x16 block faces, there are texture packs with 32x32 or even 64x64 textures. These texture packs often require a mod. But usually they just require the default Minecraft texture pack.

Naturally-generated Blocks

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A Pig on Coal Ore.

The following is a list of many blocks which generate naturally Minecraft worlds. Entries marked with a D require additional data values to entirely define the block in a Minecraft world. Entries marked with an I have a different ID as an inventory item. Entries marked with a B require additional inventory data to fully define the inventory item. Entries marked with a T have tile entities associated with them to store additional data. Items with IDs in red cannot be legitimately obtained by a player in the game. They can only be obtained by "hacking" (Such as using an inventory editor) or while in multiplayer servers, or by using the /give command. Items available only in Creative mode are in blue. Items only obtainable through the Silk Touch enchantment in Survival Mode are in green.

The Overworld

Mycelium

Mycelium is a slightly rare block considering that it can only be found in one biome, and can only be collected with Silk Touch.

Below is a list of blocks that can be obtained in the overworld.

Naturally Generated

Naturally generated blocks include blocks that are created through a 'seed' either player generated or generated by a random seed generator.

Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
Stone 01 01 Stone
Grass Block 02 02 Grass Block
Dirt 03 03 Dirt
Bedrock 07 07 Bedrock
Water 08 08 Water D
Lava2 10 0A Lava D
Sand 12 0C Sand
Gravel 13 0D Gravel
Gold (Ore) 14 0E Gold Ore
Ironoreblock 15 0F Iron Ore
Coalore 16 10 Coal Ore
WoodAnimation 17 11 Wood D B
Leaves2 18 12 Leaves D B
Lapis Lazuli Ore 21 15 Lapis Lazuli Ore
Sandstone 24 18 Sandstone
Tall Grass 31 1F Grass D B
Dead Bush 32 20 Dead Bush
Vine 106 6A Vines D
Icon Dec Hex Block type
Dandelion 37 25 Dandelion
Rose 38 26 Poppy
Brown Mushroom 39 27 Brown Mushroom
Red Mushroom 40 28 Red Mushroom
Diamondore2 56 38 Diamond Ore
Redstone (Ore) 73 49 Redstone Ore
Snow 78 4E Snow
Ice 79 4F Ice
Cactus 81 51 Cactus D
Clay (Block) 82 52 Clay Block
Sugar Cane 83 53 Sugar Cane D I
Pumpkin 86 56 Pumpkin D
Melon 103 67 Melon D
Cocoa plant 103 67 Cocoa Pods D
Brown mushroom block2 99 63 Huge Brown Mushroom D
RM Huge Outer 100 64 Huge Red Mushroom D
Mycelium 110 6E Mycelium
Lily Pad 111 6F Lily Pad
End Portal Frame 120 78 End Portal Frame
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Kelp

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Bamboo

Naturally Created

Naturally created means a combination of events that cause a new block to be placed by natural causes and NOT by the player.

Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
Stone 01 01 Stone
Grass 02 02 Grass Block
Dirt 03 03 Dirt
Cobblestone 04 04 Cobblestone
Water 09 09 Stationary waterD
Tall Grass 31 1F Tall Grass D B
Brown Mushroom 39 27 Brown Mushroom
Red Mushroom 40 28 Red Mushroom
Obsidian 49 31 Obsidian
Icon Dec Hex Block type
Dandelion 37 25 Dandelion
Rose 38 26 Poppy
Fire 51 33 Fire D
Snow 78 4E Snow
Ice 79 4F Ice
Cactus 81 51 Cactus D
Sugar Cane 83 53 Sugar Cane D I
Vine 106 6A Vines D
Mycelium 110 6E Mycelium
NPC Village Overhead

A typical NPC Village before the 1.14 update

Structures

Same as naturally generated, but these blocks are only created with the "Generate Structures" option enabled.

The most pack of blocks is 64.

Icon Dec Hex Block type
Cobblestone 04 04 Cobblestone
Wooden Plank 05 05 Wooden Plank
Water 09 09 Stationary Water D
Lava 11 0B Stationary Lava D
Gravel 13 0D Gravel
WoodAnimation 17 11 Wood D B
Cobwebmc 30 1E Cobweb
Black wool 35 23 Wool (Black) D B
Slab 44 2C Slabs D B
Bookshelf 47 2F Bookshelf
Moss Stone 48 30 Mossy Cobblestone
Torches 50 32 Torch D
Monster Spawner 52 34 Monster Spawner T
Stairs 53 35 Wooden Stairs D
Chest 54 36 Chests D T
Ender Chest 54 36 Ender Chests D T
Icon Dec Hex Block type
Craftingtable 58 3A Crafting Tables
Seeds123 59 3B Seeds D
Farmland 60 3C Farmland D
Furnace (Icon) 61 3D Furnaces D T
Door 64 40 Wooden Doors D I
Ladders 65 41 Ladders D
Rails 66 42 Rails D
Stairs 67 43 Stone Stairs
Door 71 47 Iron Doors D I
Pressure Plates 72 48 Wooden Pressure Plates D
Stone Button 77 4D Buttons D
Fence 85 55 Fence
Stone 97 61 Hidden Silverfish D
Stone Brick 98 62 Stone Bricks D B
Iron Bars Image 101 65 Iron Bars
Glass Pane 102 66 Glass Pane

The Nether

Netherfortress

An overview of a nether fortress in the nether

Netherrack

Netherrack is a common block in The Nether.

Naturally Generated

Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
Bedrock 07 07 Bedrock
Lavastill 11 0B Stationary LavaD
Gravel 13 0D Gravel
Brown Mushroom 39 27 Brown Mushroom
Red Mushroom 40 28 Red Mushroom
Fire 51 33 Fire D
Netherrack 87 57 Netherrack
Soul Sand 88 58 Soul Sand
Glowstone Block 89 59 Glowstone
Red Mushroom

A naturally generated item in the nether.

Brown Mushroom

Naturally Created

Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
Lavastill 10 0A Lava D
Brown Mushroom 39 27 Brown Mushroom
Red Mushroom 40 28 Red Mushroom
Obsidian 49 31 Obsidian
Portal 90 5A Portal
NetherBrickFence

Nether brick fences only naturally occur in the Nether.

Structures

Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
Monster Spawner 52 34 Monster Spawner T
Soul Sand 88 58 Soul Sand
Nether Brick 112 70 Nether Brick
Nether Brick Fence 113 71 Nether Brick Fence
Stairs 114 72 Nether Brick StairsD
Nether Wart 115 73 Nether Wart D

Additional Reading

Aerial view of tall building- Minecraft

An aerial view of an extremely tall building made of blocks.

There are over 150 different types of blocks in Minecraft, including environmental features like air and water, which cannot be built, various types of wood, various colors of wool, various, slabs, stairs, utility blocks, and the list goes on. New blocks are typically added to one or more versions of Minecraft every few months.

Ground view of tall building - Minecraft

Ground view of extremely tall building made of blocks

In a standard, randomly-generated world, one can find air, stone, grass, snow, dirt, water, water source, lava, lava source, sand, sandstone, gravel, gold ore, iron ore, diamond ore, redstone ore, lapis lazuli ore, clay block, coal ore, bedrock, ice, wood, birch wood, wooden planks, etc.

In abandoned mines, pine/spruce wood, leaves, cacti, sugar cane, vines, pumpkins, dandelions, poppies, brown and red mushrooms, dead bushes, shrubs and tall grass. In dungeons one can also find cobblestone, mossy cobblestone, a monster spawner and chests, even though cobblestone and chests are usually made by a player.

Cobblestone, wooden planks, fences, pressure plates, bookshelves, crafting tables, stairs, torches, black wool, glass panes, iron bars, lava, chests and furnaces may also be found in the randomly-generated villages.

Stone bricks, mossy stone bricks, cracked stone bricks, iron bars, end portal frames, monster spawners, bookshelves, wooden planks, fences, chests and cobwebs can be found in the strongholds and abandoned mineshafts also added in Beta 1.8.

Obsidian can be found naturally, but it is not part of random generation. Instead, it is created when a naturally-occurring lava source block comes in contact with water. Cobblestone can also be found naturally in the same circumstances as obsidian, except it is formed when moving lava comes into contact with water. strongholds are also partially built of cobblestone.

Players can craft a variety of blocks that are not naturally found in the world, such as crafting tables, bookshelves and furnaces, using their 4x4 personal crafting grid. Redstone, diamond, gold and lapis lazuli can be found in the lower areas of maps.

Netherrack, glowstone, gravel, soul sand, nether brick, nether brick fence, nether brick stairs and nether wart can be found in The Nether, which a player can only reach via a nether portal. End stone and obsidian can be found in the end, which can only be reached via an End portal. Bedrock, torches, an end portal, an end gateway and a dragon egg are generated after a player kills the Ender Dragon.

The Pocket Edition has three unique blocks: the cyan flower, Nether reactor core and glowing obsidian.

See also

Trivia

  • When placing a block in any version of Minecraft with a slightly laggy computer, it may place two blocks when only clicking once, and when one removes one block, it removes them both. This also happens with doors. People with particularly low-end hardware may even experience three blocks being placed or removed with one click of the mouse. A good way of combating this problem is to reduce one's view distance to speed up the game.
  • Water is one of the only blocks that one can walk through. Another one is doors, and also lava - even though that could be quite painful. Furthermore, air is another block one can walk through. Sugar cane, grass, flowers, open trapdoors, cobwebs, dead bushes, shrubs and saplings are also blocks that players can walk through.
  • Lava only flows 4 blocks in the Overworld. In the Nether, it can flow 8 blocks, similar to water in the overworld. If the water block is hacked into one's inventory, it can be placed without evaporating and it will flow the same as in the overworld. However, a block update will cause it to evaporate.
  • Nether portal blocks may be considered artificial blocks because players must strike the portal frame with a flint and steel to create them.
  • Netherrack, glowstone and soul sand are blocks found only in the Nether. They all have helpful uses in the overworld, such as an infinite light source, traps, and mob spawning(wither).
  • Some blocks must be destroyed by a specific tool in order to be collected, such as diamonds being mined with an iron pickaxe or better.
  • Some blocks like bedrock and end portal frames can not be mined in survival mode. Others that can only be accessed with commands like invisible bedrock can not be mined in creative mode and can only be removed with the /setblock command.
  • During the survival test phase of Minecraft's development, a player began with 10 TNT blocks, and they could obtain dirt, cobblestone (from stone), wooden planks (from wood), gold blocks from gold ore, iron blocks from iron ore, stone slabs from coal ore and white wool from Sheep.
  • In the Classic version of Minecraft, a player could build with naturally-occurring blocks (except for redstone and diamond), and can use bookcases, sponge, colored wool, brick, obsidian and moss stone. Operators of servers can also place bedrock.
  • Some custom servers give the ability to place fluids.

Gallery

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References

  1. Notch (Tumbler)