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Gray Dye
Gray Dye.png
Rarity color





Yes (64)

Gray dye[a] is a secondary color dye.



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Black Dye +
White Dye

Ink Sac or
Black Dye +
Bone Meal or
White Dye

[Bedrock and Education editions only]


Wandering traders sell 3 gray dye for an emerald.‌[Bedrock Edition only]


Like all other dyes, gray dye can be:

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Gray Balloon Latex +
Gray Dye +
Helium +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Gray Bed Any Bed +
Gray Dye

A bed of any color can be re-dyed using dyes.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Gray Bed White Bed +
Gray Dye

White beds can be re-dyed using dyes.‌[Java Edition only]
Gray Candle Candle +
Gray Dye

Gray Carpet White Carpet +
Gray Dye
Gray Concrete Powder Gray Dye +
Sand +
Gray Firework Star Gunpowder +
Gray Dye +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
One head, gold nugget, feather, or fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
Gray Glow Stick Polyethylene +
Hydrogen Peroxide +
Gray Dye +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Gray Shulker Box Shulker Box or
Any Shulker Box +
Gray Dye

The shulker box retains its contents. If it is renamed on an anvil, it also retains its name.
Gray Stained Glass Glass +
Gray Dye
Gray Stained Glass Pane Glass Pane +
Gray Dye
Gray Terracotta Terracotta +
Gray Dye
Gray Wool Any Wool +
Gray Dye

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Gray Wool White Wool +
Gray Dye

[Java Edition only]
Light Gray Dye Gray Dye +
White Dye
In Bedrock Edition, the white dye can be replaced with bone meal.
Gray Banner pattern Gray Dye +

Gray Banner image Gray Dye +
Banner +
Vines or
Bricks or
Creeper Head or
Wither Skeleton Skull or
Oxeye Daisy or
Enchanted Golden Apple
Enchanted Golden Apple

Loom ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Loom recipe Description
Gray Banner pattern White Banner +
Gray Dye

Field masoned banner and bordure indented banner don't require banner patterns.‌[Java Edition only]
Gray Banner image White Banner +
Gray Dye +
Banner Pattern

  1. Globe banner pattern;‌[Java Edition only]
  2. Field masoned and bordure indented banner patterns.‌[Bedrock Edition only]


Journeyman-level villagers have a 20% chance to buy 12 gray dye for an emerald.

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Gray Dyegray_dyeItemitem.minecraft.gray_dye

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierAlias ID Numeric ID FormTranslation key
Gray Dyegray_dyedye / 8403Itemitem.dye.gray.name



Java Edition Beta
1.2Gray Dye JE1 BE1.png Added gray dye.
Java Edition
1.4.212w34aAdded the ability to dye leather armor and wolf collars.
1.4.612w49aGray dye can be now crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.
1.6.113w19aStained clay can now be crafted.
1.7.213w36aWith the addition of new flowers, many secondary and tertiary dyes are now primary dyes.
13w41aStained glass can now be crafted.
1.814w30aAdded banners, which can be dyed.
1.1116w39aAdded the ability to dye shulker boxes.
1.1217w15aAdded the ability to dye beds.
1.1317w47aThe different data values for the dye ID have now been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 351.
1.1418w43aGray dye is now crafted using black and white dyes, instead of ink sac and bone meal.
Gray Dye JE2 BE2.png The texture of gray dye has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.3.0Gray Dye JE1 BE1.png Added gray dye. It is currently unobtainable and serves no purpose.
v0.8.0build 2Gray dye can be crafted with bone meal and an ink sac, despite there being no way of obtaining ink sacs at the time.
build 3Gray dye is now available in creative mode.
v0.9.0build 3Gray dye can now be obtained in survival mode.
build 11Gray dye can now be used to craft colored terracotta.
v0.11.0build 1Gray dye can now be used to dye tamed wolf collars.
v0.14.0build 1Gray dye can now be used to dye water in cauldrons.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha dye can now be used to dye shulkers.
1.1.0alpha dye can now be used to craft concrete powder, colored beds and dyed shulker boxes.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta dye can now be used to craft firework stars, stained glass and patterns on banners.
1.4.0beta dye can now be used to craft balloons and glow sticks.
1.8.0beta dye can now be used to dye tamed cat collars.
1.10.0beta dye are now sold by wandering traders.
Gray dye can now be used to dye white carpets and undyed glass panes.
Gray Dye JE2 BE2.png The texture of gray dye has now been changed.
1.11.0beta dye can now be sold to shepherd villagers.
1.16.100beta ID of gray dye has been changed from dye/8 to gray_dye.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Gray Dye JE1 BE1.png Added gray dye.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Gray Dye JE2 BE2.png The texture of gray dye has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gray Dye JE1 BE1.png Added gray dye.


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  1. Known as Grey Dye in British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand English variants.