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For other uses, see Dirt (disambiguation).
Dirt
Dirt JE2 BE2.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.5

Hardness

0.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Dirt is a block found abundantly in most biomes under a layer of grass blocks at the top of the Overworld.

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

Dirt is found at any altitude, and comprises the majority of the upper terrain layers in most Overworld biomes, bridging the gap between stone and grass blocks in various thicknesses.

There are approximately 1,850 dirt blocks per chunk in plains, forest, snowy tundra, jungle, and mountain biomes. There can be as many as 3,000 in chunks with high mountains. Dirt also generates naturally in some houses in villages and as part of the dirt floor found in the starting point area in mineshafts.

Dirt can generate in the Overworld in the form of blobs. Dirt attempts to generate 15 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-160 at any level in all biomes. It can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff, and deepslate. If the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle is enabled in Bedrock Edition, dirt blobs do not generate below Y=-4.

Breaking[]

Dirt drops as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the quickest way to break it.

Block Dirt
Hardness 0.5
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
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.

Farmland, dirt paths, grass blocks, mycelium, and podzol drop dirt if broken without Silk Touch. Farmland and dirt paths‌[JE only] drop dirt even if broken with Silk Touch.

Mob loot[]

An enderman drops a dirt block upon death, if holding one.

Post-generation[]

Farmland turns into dirt if either a mob jumps on it, a solid block is placed over it, or if nothing is planted on it and it is not within four blocks of water.

Dirt path immediately turns into dirt if a solid block is placed over it.

Coarse dirt can be tilled with a hoe to become dirt.

Tilling rooted dirt with a hoe turns it into normal dirt, and yields a hanging roots item.

Grass blocks and mycelium can die under various circumstances. When they die, they turn into dirt.

Renewable acquisition[]

By tilling coarse dirt, the player can convert gravel into dirt. Two blocks each of gravel and dirt become four blocks of coarse dirt, which can then be placed and tilled. Since gravel is renewable through bartering with piglins, this makes a renewable source of dirt.

Another renewable way to obtain dirt makes use of moss blocks. Since large spruce trees can convert moss blocks into podzol, and moss can be grown on renewable stone (generated with water and lava), dirt can be renewably created as long as there is access to water, lava, moss, spruce saplings and bone meal. Azalea can also convert moss blocks into rooted dirt when grown into a tree, but since only one block is converted at a time, it is much less efficient than large spruce trees.

A third way to obtain renewable dirt is by buying podzol from wandering traders. However, only 18 blocks of podzol can be purchased from each trader, so this method cannot be performed on a large scale.

Usage[]

Dirt's primary use is for farming, but it can also be used as a highly available building block.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coarse Dirt Dirt +
Gravel

Farming[]

Dirt has the ability to grow saplings, sugar cane, mushrooms, sweet berries, and bamboo, which can be planted directly in dirt under appropriate conditions.

Using a hoe on dirt turns it into farmland, enabling wheat seeds, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, potatoes, carrots and beetroot seeds to be planted on it.

Dirt path[]

Using a shovel on dirt turns it into a dirt path.

Grass and mycelium spreading[]

See also: Grass Block

When a dirt block is adjacent to a grass block and is exposed to a light level of at least 4, it is eventually converted into a grass block at random intervals.

Mycelium spreads in a similar fashion, but requires a light level of at least 9.

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
Dirtdirtbamboo_plantable_on
enderman_holdable
dripstone_replaceable_blocks
moss_replaceable
lush_ground_replaceable
mineable/shovel
dirt
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.dirt

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Dirtdirt3Block & Itemtile.dirt.default.name

Metadata[]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, dirt uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 Dirt
1 Coarse Dirt

Block states[]

See also: Block states

In Bedrock Edition, dirt uses the following block states:

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
dirt_typenormal normalDirt
coarseCoarse Dirt

History[]

Java Edition pre-Classic
rd-20090515Dirt JE1 BE1.png Added dirt.
Grass spreads to dirt when under light.
Java Edition Classic
0.24 SURVIVAL TESTGrass blocks and dirt now drop dirt when broken.
Java Edition Indev
?Dirt now uses a sound distinct from grass.
20100206Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
Java Edition Infdev
20100617-2Dirt and gravel now generate naturally as blobs underground.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseDirt now generates naturally in villages and mineshafts.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseMycelium has been introduced, and now spreads to dirt.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Dirt JE2 BE2.png The texture of dirt has been changed. Dirt now has a slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.
1.112w01aDirt is now generating in Superflat world type.
1.4.212w38aDirt has been given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.
1.7.213w36aAdded podzol, a variant of dirt that drops dirt if mined without Silk Touch.
Dirt JE2 BE2.png A "grassless dirt" variant has been added that grass would not spread onto. Its block ID is minecraft:dirt/1.
1.814w10aDirt with numerical metadata variants 3 through 15, which are inaccessible through normal gameplay, now have no model Missing Model JE2.png rather than appearing identical to dirt.
June 11, 2014Ryan Holtz revealed a new coarse dirt block, including its crafting recipe. "This will be a transparent switch-over in terms of world generation, as the coarse dirt block uses the same block ID and data value as the original grassless dirt block. As a result, even old worlds with the grassless dirt blocks should have them seamlessly change over to coarse dirt."
14w25aGrassless dirt has been replaced with coarse dirt.
Dirt and its variant are now defined via block states rather than by numerical metadata. Prior to this version, the numerical metadata variants of dirt were as follows:
DV Description
0 Dirt
1 Grassless Dirt
2 Podzol
3-15 Inaccessible "boring" variants of dirt
14w26aDirt with metadata values 3 through 15 have now been completely removed from the game.
14w27bDirt's textures now rotate randomly due to the addition of arrays to the block model format.
1.1116w39aDirt now generates in mansions.
1.1317w47aThe different variant block states for the dirt ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 3.
1.1419w05aDirt is now renewable due to the wandering trader selling podzol.
1.1620w07aAs gravel has become renewable through piglin bartering, dirt can be more easily and renewably obtained through crafting and tilling coarse dirt.
1.1720w45aA shovel can now be used on dirt to create a dirt path block.
21w06aDirt blobs are now able to generate below Y=0.
21w07aDirt blobs no longer generate below Y=0.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseDirt (texture) JE1 BE1.png Dirt JE1 BE1.png Added dirt.
v0.2.0Dirt JE2 BE2.png The texture of dirt has been changed.
v0.4.0Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.
v0.8.0build 2The textures of dirt are now randomly rotated.
v0.9.0build 1Dirt JE2 BE2.png Grassless dirt has been added.
v0.11.0build 1Dirt can now be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Dirt now generates in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Grassless dirt has been replaced with coarse dirt.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Dirt is now renewable.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Dirt JE2 BE2.png[verify] Added dirt.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Dirt JE2 BE2.png Added dirt.

Issues[]

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