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Gravel JE5 BE4.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Gravel is a block that is affected by gravity.


Natural generation[edit]

Gravel is generated in disks on beaches, near rivers and small pools of water; in gravelly mountains biomes covering most of the surface; and underwater covering the bottom of normal, cold and frozen ocean biomes, as well as their deep variants.

Gravel can generate in the Overworld in the form of blobs. Gravel attempts to generate 8 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-160, at all levels and in all biomes. ‌In Java Edition 1.18[upcoming], gravel only generates at level 0 and above. It can replace stone, granite, andesite, diorite, tuff, and deepslate.

Gravel can also generate as part of cold ocean ruins.

In the Nether, gravel generates naturally in multiple-block-deep layers, along the shores of the lava ocean. It often generates without blocks below it, in which case it falls when updated.

Blobs of gravel attempt to replace netherrack 2 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-160, from levels 5 to 41, in all Nether biomes except basalt deltas.


Gravel can be broken using any tool, but a shovel is the quickest. When broken, it has a 10% chance of dropping flint instead of the gravel itself. The flint received can be controlled with enchantments. Silk Touch removes the chance of dropping flint. Fortune increases the chance to 14% at the level I, 25% at level II, and 100% at level III.

Block Gravel
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.

If gravel falls onto a non-full block, it drops as an item and does not drop flint.


Piglins may barter 8-16 gravel when given a gold ingot.

  • This may be automated with a bartering farm.


Main article: Falling Block

If the supporting block below a block of gravel is removed, it falls until it lands on the next available block. More specifically, the gravel block turns into a "falling block" entity, which is affected by gravity; when the falling block lands on a block with a solid top surface, it becomes a block again. More information about the falling block entity are available in the main article listed above.

When gravel falls on a player or mob, it can engulf the head, resulting in suffocation inside gravel until destroying the block, moving out of it, or dying. If falling gravel lands in a space occupied by a non-solid block (such as torches, slabs, rails, or redstone dust) or soul sand, it breaks and turns into a gravel item. Gravel falls slowly through a cobweb until it passes completely through, or until it touches any block, at which point it drops and becomes a gravel item.

Gravel can be placed on a non-solid block without falling.

Bamboo can be placed and grown on gravel.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Coarse Dirt Dirt +
Concrete Powder Matching Dye +
Sand +
White Concrete Powder or
Blue Concrete Powder or
Brown Concrete Powder or
Black Concrete Powder
Bone Meal or
Lapis Lazuli or
Cocoa Beans or
Ink Sac +
Sand +
[Bedrock and Education editions only]


Novice-level fletcher villagers have a 50%‌[Bedrock Edition only] or 23[Java Edition only] chance to buy 10 gravel and one emerald for 10 flint as part of their trade.

Note Blocks[edit]

Gravel can be placed under note blocks to produce "snare drum" sound.


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.gravel

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Gravelgravel13Block &

Falling block entity[edit]

Falling Block
Gravel JE5 BE4.png
Hitbox size

Height: 0.98 Blocks
Width: 0.98 Blocks

Main article: Falling Block
  • Dynamic block entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    •  BlockState: The falling block represented by this entity.
      •  Name: The namespaced ID of the block.
      •  Properties: Optional. The block states of the block.
        •  Name: The block state name and its value.
    •  DropItem: 1 or 0 (true/false) – true if the block should drop as an item when it breaks. Any block that does not have an item form with the same ID as the block does not drop even if this is set.
    •  FallHurtAmount: Multiplied by the FallDistance to calculate the amount of damage to inflict. By default this value is always 2.
    •  FallHurtMax: The maximum hit points of damage to inflict on entities that intersect this falling_block . For vanilla falling_block, always 40♥ × 20.
    •  HurtEntities: 1 or 0 (true/false) – true if the block should hurt entities it falls on.
    •  TileEntityData: Optional. The tags of the block entity for this block.
    •  Time: The number of ticks the entity has existed. If set to 0, the moment it ticks to 1, it vanishes if the block at its location has a different ID than the entity's BlockState.Name. If the block at its location has the same ID as its BlockState.Name when Time ticks from 0 to 1, the block is deleted, and the entity continues to fall, having overwritten it. When Time goes above 600, or above 100 while the block is below Y=1 or is outside building height, the entity is deleted.


Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding gravel.
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding sand. This claim may also extend to gravel.
0.0.14aGravel JE1.png Added gravel.
Gravel behaves similarly to sand, which was also added during this update.
Rather than falling by turning into a falling block entity, gravel instantly appears at the lowest point it can go when placed above an air block, without any sort of falling animation. This behavior that lasted until the Seecret Friday 1 update, in Infdev.
Map editors can now be used to create floating gravel, although the server crashes if the gravel is affected from its state.
0.0.15a (Multiplayer Test 1)Gravel JE2 BE1.png The texture of gravel has been changed.
0.0.23aA glitch occurring at this time allows players to raise the height of a fluid block by placing gravel over it. The gravel stays suspended in mid-air until it is broken. When broken, a fluid block corresponding to the type below the gravel appears where the block was. The suspended fluid block remains immobile until a block was placed next to it, causing a flood.
Java Edition Indev
Minecraft Indev20100219Gravel now has a 10% chance of dropping flint.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100227-1Gravel has been removed during map tests.[1]
20100413Gravel has been re-added.
20100617-2Gravel now generates as blobs underground, along with dirt, for more varied caves.
20100618The gravel now turns into an entity while falling, which makes them fall more smoothly and realistically.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0_01Some soul sand is replaced with gravel in the Nether.
Java Edition Beta
1.2FallingSand entities now behave better in multiplayer.
1.8Pre-releaseTerrain generation has been changed, removing gravel beaches.
Gravels now generate as disks near water.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Gravel JE3 BE2.png The texture of gravel has been changed.
1.3.112w21aGravel JE4 BE3.png The texture of gravel has been changed again.
12w22aGravel is now able to be used in the trading system: buying flint costs 1 emerald and 10 gravel.
1.4.212w38aGravel now has new sounds when being walked on.
1.814w25aGravel can now be used to craft coarse dirt.
1.1016w20aFalling dust particles for unsupported gravel have been added.
1.1217w06aGravel is now used to craft concrete powder.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 13.
18w09aGravel now generates in ocean ruins.
1.1418w43aGravel JE5 BE4.png The texture of gravel has been changed.
19w14aSoul sand and gravel now generate around lava sea level instead of between y level 60 and 65.[2]
1.1620w07aGravel now has a 5109 (~4.59%) chance of being given by the new piglins when bartering, in a stack size of 4–12, making it renewable.
20w09aGravel now has a 10113 (~8.82%) chance of being given by piglins when bartering, in a stack size of 1–5.
1.1721w06aGravel blobs are now able to generate below Y=0.
21w07aGravel blobs no longer generate below Y=0.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseGravel JE2 BE1.png Added gravel. It is currently unobtainable.
v0.1.0Gravel (inventory) BE1.png The texture of gravel icon in the inventory has been added.
v0.2.0Gravel JE3 BE2.png Gravel (inventory) BE2.png The textures of gravel and icon in the inventory have been changed.
Gravel is now obtainable in both Survival and Creative mode.
v0.4.0Gravel (inventory) BE3.png The texture of gravel icon in the inventory has been changed.
v0.5.0Gravel (inventory) BE4.png The texture of gravel icon in the inventory has been changed, once again.
v0.6.0Gravel (inventory) BE5.png The texture of gravel icon in the inventory has been changed, once again.
Gravel is now affected by gravity.
v0.8.0build 2Gravel JE4 BE3.png The texture of gravel has been changed.
The inventory icon of gravel is now rendered block instead of texture.
build 8Falling gravel now drops a resource when landing on a non-solid block.
v0.9.0build 1Gravel no longer falls when generated.
Gravel now appears in villages.
v0.10.0build 1Falling dust particles for unsupported gravel have been added.
v0.11.0build 1Gravel no longer generates as a village path.
v0.12.1build 1Gravel now generates in the Nether.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha gravel can now be used to trade with fletcher villagers for 6-10 flint.
1.1.0alpha is now used to craft concrete powder.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta can now be used to craft coarse dirt.
1.4.0beta now generates in ocean ruins.
1.10.0beta JE5 BE4.png The texture of gravel has been changed.
1.11.0beta has been changed, fletcher villagers now have a 50% chance to buy 10 gravel and one emerald for 10 flint as part of their first tier trade.
1.16.0beta now has a 10106 (9.43%) chance of being given by piglins when bartering, in a stack size of 8–16, making it renewable.
Gravel now generates below lava sea layer in the Nether.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Gravel JE2 BE1.png Added gravel.
TU3Gravel JE3 BE2.png The texture of gravel has been changed.
TU9Gravel JE4 BE3.png The texture of gravel has been changed, again.
1.90 Gravel JE5 BE4.png The texture of gravel has been changed, once again.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gravel JE4 BE3.png Added gravel.


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


  • Explosions launch falling gravel.
  • If a player stands on a stack of sand or gravel, and the stack falls onto a non-solid block, the player falls fast enough to take damage or even die.
  • Gravel often falls into caves, making a mock dead end. If a player encounters a gravel dead-end while mining, removing the gravel may reveal additional passageways.


Java Edition[edit]

Bedrock Edition[edit]