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This article is about the base block. For other uses, see Deepslate (disambiguation).
Deepslate (UD) JE3.pngDeepslate (EW) JE3.pngDeepslate (NS) JE3.png
Rarity color





Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Deepslate is a stone type found deep underground in the Overworld that functions similar to regular stone but is harder than the stone.



Deepslate can be obtained only by mining it using a pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment, otherwise it drops cobbled deepslate. If broken with any other tool, it drops nothing. The breaking time for deepslate is roughly twice the time for stone.

Block Deepslate
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 2.25
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 0.4
  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[]

Deepslate generates in the Overworld in patches, attempting to generate 10 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-160, from elevations -4 to 16. All ores that generate replacing deepslate or tuff become their deepslate type.

Deepslate is found below Y=0 ‌[upcoming: 1.18] (in negative layers, replacing stone) if the Caves and Cliffs is applied to a world or the Caves and Cliffs Experimental Gameplay toggle is turned on.


Deepslate can be smelted from cobbled deepslate.

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Cobbled Deepslate +
Any fuel



Deepslate can be used as a decorative block. Silverfish can enter and hide in deepslate, creating an infested block.

Cobbled deepslate[]

Deepslate can be mined using a pickaxe without the Silk Touch enchantment to obtain cobbled deepslate.

Note blocks[]

Deepslate can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sounds.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.deepslate.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.deepslate.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.deepslate.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.deepslate.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.deepslate.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[]


Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Deepslatedeepslate633Block & Itemtile.deepslate.name

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisy xThe deepslate is oriented east–west.
yThe deepslate is oriented vertically.
zThe deepslate is oriented north–south.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
pillar_axisy xThe deepslate is oriented east–west.
yThe deepslate is oriented vertically.
zThe deepslate is oriented north–south.


October 3, 2020Deepslate (pre-release).png Deepslate was shown unnamed as part of deep dark caves biome at Minecraft Live 2020.
Java Edition
1.1721w07aDeepslate JE1.png Added Deepslate, then known as Grimstone.
February 22, 2021Cobbled Deepslate JE1.png JAPPA shows new texture of Grimstone.
1.1721w08aDeepslate JE2.png The texture and model have been changed. Added top texture
Renamed Grimstone to Deepslate.
Cobblestone-like behavior has been moved to cobbled deepslate.
Deepslate now drops its cobbled variant.
Ores that spawn in deepslate now convert to their deepslate variant.
March 4, 2021Deepslate (pre-release 2).png JAPPA shows the new texture of deepslate.
March 4, 2021Deepslate (UD) JE3.png JAPPA shows the new texture of deepslate again, make this slightly darker.
1.1721w10aDeepslate (UD) JE3.pngDeepslate (EW) JE3.pngDeepslate (NS) JE3.png The texture has changed once again.
Deepslate can now be placed along any axis.
Deepslate can now be obtained through smelting cobbled deepslate.
Silverfish may now turn normal deepslate into infested deepslate.
21w13aDeepslate blobs can now be found between Y=0 and Y=16.
21w15aDue to 1.17 being split into two parts, deepslate now generates only between Y=0 and Y=16.
21w18aIf the Caves and Cliffs Datapack is applied to a world, deepslate blobs above Y=0 were removed.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta (UD) BE1.pngDeepslate (EW) BE1.pngDeepslate (NS) BE1.png Added Deepslate.
beta are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
beta (UD) JE3.pngDeepslate (EW) JE3.pngDeepslate (NS) JE3.png Deepslate texture was changed match to Java Edition.



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


  • According to Brandon Pearce, the reason for changing the name "grimstone" to "deepslate" was because the word "grim" had too many connotations related to a negative feeling and therefore did not accurately describe the block as to what it actually was. The name "deepslate" was eventually chosen because of its location within the world and to more accurately represent that it is a type of slate.[1]
  • Similar to stone, the orientation of the texture varies depending on the coordinates.