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This article is about the block found in rivers. For the item, see Clay Ball. For other uses, see Clay (disambiguation).
Clay JE2 BE2.png

Yes‌[JE only]
No‌[BE only]


Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Clay is a block that can be smelted to form terracotta and is usually found in locations where both sand, dirt and water are present, most commonly appearing in shallow water, especially along the coast of island groups. When mined, four clay balls will drop; those can be smelted into bricks.



Clay blocks can be mined with anything, but shovels are quickest. Destroying a clay block yields 4 clay balls. If broken with a tool enchanted with silk touch, it drops itself instead.

Block Clay
Hardness 0.6
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Destroying a clay block with a tool enchanted with fortune does not increase the amount of clay dropped.

Natural generation[edit]

Clay is most commonly found underwater in swamps, beaches, oceans and at the bottoms of rivers and lakes in shallow, crystal-shaped disks, disregarding adjacency to other types of blocks.

Clay generates in mason houses in plains, savanna and desert villages, and under fisher cottages in taiga villages.

Clay generates in large quantities on the floors of lush caves' ponds. ‌[upcoming: 1.18]

Clay can generate in lush caves in the form of mineral veins. Clay attempts to generate 15 times per chunk in veins of size 0-160, from elevations 0 to 60. Clay can replace stone, diorite, andesite and granite. ‌[upcoming: 1.18]


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Clay Ball

Villager gifts[edit]

In Java Edition, when the player has the Hero of the Village status effect, a mason villager might throw that player a clay block as a gift. This is the only renewable way of obtaining clay, clay balls, and uncolored terracotta.


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Terracotta Clay +
Any fuel


Note block[edit]

Clay can be placed under note blocks to produce flute sounds.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.gravel.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.gravel.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.gravel.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.gravel.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.gravel.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.clay

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Clayclay82Block &



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
Clay generates naturally as clay veins.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseClay is now found as disks underwater mostly on the bottom of rivers, beaches and oceans and is common in the submerged area of swamps and shallow "lakes" (1 and 2 meters deep) in large quantities.
Java Edition
1.6.113w17aClay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
1.7.213w36aClay is no longer found on the ocean floor.
1.1217w17aClay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 82.
?Clay can be found in oceans once again.
1.1418w43aClay JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has been changed.
18w48aClay now generates in the updated plains villages.
18w49aClay now generates in the updated savanna villages.
18w50aClay now generates in the updated desert and taiga villages.
19w13aMason villagers now give clay to players under the Hero of the Village effect.
1.1721w10aClay can now generate in the lush caves.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks from clay veins.
v0.3.2Clay blocks now drop 4 clay balls when broken.
Clay blocks can now be crafted from 4 clay balls.
v0.3.3Clay blocks are now available in the creative inventory.
v0.9.0build 1Clay blocks are found in disks near to water.
build 11Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta blocks now generate in village mason houses.
Clay JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has been changed.
1.13.0beta placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
1.16.220beta can now generate in the lush caves, though the biome not generate naturally yet.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
1.90 Clay JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.


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


  • In real life, clay can actually be reddish-brown, not just gray, and can be often found under the surface and away from sand. This color is reflected in the appearance of terracotta, bricks, and flower pots.


See also[edit]