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Blocks are standard-sized block units, whose appearances differ from block to block. They make up the landscape of the Minecraft world and are used in many of the game's mechanics.






Wooden Planks.

Coarse Dirt

Coarse Dirt.

Each cube is unique and offers the player building materials, utilities, decoration, and crafting. For example, an emerald block functions as both a building material and compact means of storing emeralds. Blocks are place-able, unlike most other objects  (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 spawn naturally, such as dirt or stone while other blocks, such as bricks and redstone lamps, must be crafted by a player. Logs, for example, is one of the more useful 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' Lantern, glowstone, and sea lanterns can be used to light underwater areas, because they cannot be extinguished by water.

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

Most transparent/translucent blocks, can't have torches placed on them.

The face of a block is 16x16 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 only require the default Minecraft texture pack.

Naturally-generated Blocks

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A Pig standing on Coal Ore.

The following is a list of many blocks that 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 is a very 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
StoneNew 01 01 Stone
GrassNew 02 02 Grass
Dirt 03 03 Dirt
BedrockNew 07 07 Bedrock
Water 08 08 Water D
LavaCurrent 10 0A Lava D
SandNew 12 0C Sand
GravelNew 13 0D Gravel
GoldOreNew 14 0E Gold Ore
IronOreNew 15 0F Iron Ore
CoalOreNew 16 10 Coal Ore
LogsNew 17 11 Log D B
LeavesNew 18 12 Leaves D B
LapisLazuliNew 21 15 Lapis Lazuli Ore
SandstoneNew 24 18 Sandstone
Tall Grass 31 1F Grass D B
DeadBushNew 32 20 Dead Bush
VinesNew 106 6A Vines D
Icon Dec Hex Block type
DandelionNew 37 25 Dandelion
PoppyNew 38 26 Poppy
BrownMushroomNew 39 27 Brown Mushroom
RedMushroomNew 40 28 Red Mushroom
DiamondOreNew 56 38 Diamond Ore
RedstoneOreNew 73 49 Redstone Ore
SnowNew 78 4E Snow
IceNew 79 4F Ice
New Cactus 81 51 Cactus D
ClayBlockNew 82 52 Clay Block
SugerCaneNew 83 53 Sugar Cane D I
PumpkinNew 86 56 Pumpkin D
MelonNew 103 67 Melon D
CocoaStages 103 67 Cocoa Pods D
BrownMushroomBlockNew 99 63 Huge Brown Mushroom D
RedMushroomBlockNew 100 64 Huge Red Mushroom D
MyceliumNew 110 6E Mycelium
LilyPadNew 111 6F Lily Pad
EndPortalFrame 120 78 End Portal Frame
BigLeavesBamboo  ?  ? Bamboo
SeagrassShort  ?  ? Sea Grass
Kelp 393 189 Kelp

Naturally Created

Naturally created means a combination of events that cause a new block to be placed by non player causes.

Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
StoneNew 01 01 Stone
GrassNew 02 02 Grass Block
Dirt 03 03 Dirt
CobblestoneNew 04 04 Cobblestone
Water 09 09 Stationary waterD
Tall Grass 31 1F Tall Grass D B
BrownMushroomNew 39 27 Brown Mushroom
RedMushroomNew 40 28 Red Mushroom
Obsidian 49 31 Obsidian
Icon Dec Hex Block type
DandelionNew 37 25 Dandelion
PoppyNew 38 26 Poppy
Fire3D 51 33 FireD
SnowNew 78 4E Snow
IceNew 79 4F Ice
New Cactus 81 51 CactusD
SugerCaneNew 83 53 Sugar CaneD I
VinesNew 106 6A VinesD
MyceliumNew 110 6E Mycelium
NPC Village Overhead

A typical NPC Village before the 1.14 update


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

All blocks are limited to stacks of 64 per inventory slot.

Icon Dec Hex Block type
CobblestoneNew 04 04 Cobblestone
WoodenPlanksNew 05 05 Wooden Plank
Water 09 09 Stationary Water D
LavaCurrent 11 0B Stationary Lava D
GravelNew 13 0D Gravel
WoodenPlanksNew 17 11 Wood D B
Cobweb 1 30 1E Cobweb
Black wool 35 23 Wool (Black) D B
Slab 44 2C Slabs D B
BookshelfNew 47 2F Bookshelf
MossyCobblestoneNew 48 30 Mossy Cobblestone
TorchNew 50 32 Torch D
MobSpawnerNew 52 34 Monster Spawner T
Stairs 53 35 Stairs D
Chest 54 36 Chests D T
EnderChestNew 54 36 Ender Chests D T
Icon Dec Hex Block type
CraftingTableNew 58 3A Crafting Tables
Loom  ?  ? Loom
Cartography Table  ?  ? Cartography Table
Seeds123 59 3B Seeds D
NewFarmland 60 3C Farmland D
FurnaceNew 61 3D Furnaces D T
DoorsNew 64 40 Wooden Doors D I
LadderNew 65 41 Ladder D
RailNew 66 42 Rail D
Stairs 67 43 Stone Stairs
IronDoorNew 71 47 Iron Doors D I
PressurePlateNew 72 48 Wooden Pressure Plates D
Stone Button 77 4D Buttons D
OakFenceNew 85 55 Fence
StoneNew 97 61 Infested Stones/Silverfish Monster Egg D
StoneBricksNew 98 62 Stone Bricks D B
Iron Bars Image 101 65 Iron Bars
GlassPaneNew 102 66 Glass Pane

The Nether


An overview of a nether fortress in the nether


Netherrack is a common block in The Nether.

Naturally Generated

Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
BedrockNew 07 07 Bedrock
LavaCurrent 11 0B Stationary LavaD
GravelNew 13 0D Gravel
BrownMushroomNew 39 27 Brown Mushroom
RedMushroomNew 40 28 Red Mushroom
Fire3D 51 33 Fire D
NetherrackNew 87 57 Netherrack
SoulSandNew 88 58 Soul Sand
Glowstone 89 59 Glowstone

A naturally generated item in the nether.


Naturally Created

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

Nether brick fences only naturally occur in the Nether.


Icon Dec Hex Block type
00 00 Air
MobSpawnerNew 52 34 Monster Spawner T
SoulSandNew 88 58 Soul Sand
NetherBrickNew 112 70 Nether Brick
Nether Brick Fence 113 71 Nether Brick Fence
Stairs 114 72 Nether Brick StairsD
NetherWartNew 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 obtained, 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 mineshafts, oak/dark oak wood, stone, rails, and various exposed ores can be found. Leaves, cacti, sugar cane, vines, pumpkins, dandelions, poppies, brown and red mushrooms, dead bushes, shrubs, and tall grass can all be found exploring the Overworld. In dungeons, one can also find cobblestone, mossy cobblestone, a monster spawner, and chests. However, cobblestone is most often obtained by the player by mining stone and chests are crafted, making this a unique structure.

Cobblestone, wooden planks, fences, pressure plates, bookshelves, crafting tables, stairs, torches, black wool, glass panes, iron bars, lava, chests, and furnaces can 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 is not considered a part of a random generation. Instead, it's 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 but 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, bedrock, and obsidian can be found in the End, which can only be reached via an End portal. Torches, an End portal, an End gateway, and a dragon egg are generated after a player kills the Ender Dragon.

The Pocket Edition had three unique blocks: the cyan flower, Nether reactor core, and glowing obsidian, however, these blocks are no longer in the game.


  • When placing a block in any version of Minecraft with a slow computer, it may place two blocks instead of one, and when removing a block, it removes them both. People with particularly low-end hardware may even experience three blocks being placed or removed with one click of the mouse. A common solution to this problem is to reduce the render distance.
  • Water, doors, lava, doors, sugar cane, grass, flowers, open trapdoors, cobwebs, dead bushes, shrubs, and saplings are the only blocks that a player 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.



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See also


  1. Notch (Tumblr)
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