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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
Clay JE2 BE2.png
Renewable

Yes‌[JE only]
No‌[BE only]

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.6

Hardness

0.6

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Clay is a block that can be smelted to form terracotta and is usually found in locations where sand or 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.

Obtaining[]

Breaking[]

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

Block Clay
Hardness 0.6
Tool
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.

Natural generation[]

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 ponds in lush caves, which can only generate using the buffet or custom world type in Java Edition, or if the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle is enabled in Bedrock Edition.

Clay can also 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.

Crafting[]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Clay Ball

Villager gifts[]

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.

Usage[]

Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Terracotta Clay +
Any fuel


0.35

Note block[]

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

Sounds[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
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[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Clayclayenderman_holdable
lush_ground_replaceable‌
small_dripleaf_placeable‌
mineable/shovel
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.clay

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Clayclay82Block & Itemtile.clay.name

Video[]

History[]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
Clay generates naturally as clay blobs.
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, making clay renewable.
1.1721w10aClay can now generate in the lush caves, though the biome doesn't generate outside of buffet or custom worlds yet.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Lush caves now generate naturally, making clay available from them in regular worlds.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
Clay generates naturally as clay blobs.
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 underwater.
build 11Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Clay blocks now generate in village mason houses.
Clay JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has been changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Clay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.52Clay can now generate in lush caves, though the biome does not generate naturally yet.
1.17.0beta 1.17.0.50Lush caves now generate throughout the Overworld behind the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle, making clay available in vanilla worlds this way.
releaseLush caves have been made inaccessible in the full release, making clay no longer obtainable from them.
1.17.10releaseLush caves can now generate naturally outside of the beta versions behind the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle, making clay once again available from them.
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[]

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

Trivia[]

  • 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.

Gallery[]

See also[]


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