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A lodestone is a block that can be used to alter compasses to point toward it. It can be used in all three dimensions.



Lodestone requires a pickaxe to be mined, in which case it drops itself. If mined without a pickaxe, then the mining is slower and it drops nothing.

Block Lodestone
Hardness 3.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 17.5
Wooden 2.65
Stone 1.35
Iron 0.9
Diamond 0.7
Netherite 0.6
Golden 0.45
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Lodestone Bastion remnant Bridge chest 1 100%
Bedrock Edition
Lodestone Bastion remnant Bridge chest 1 100%


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Lodestone Chiseled Stone Bricks +
Netherite Ingot


Lodestone Compass[]

Using a compass on a lodestone causes the compass to point to the lodestone, indicated by an enchantment glint effect on the compass. This works even in the End and the Nether. If the lodestone is broken, or in a different dimension than the compass, then the compass spins randomly, as ordinary compasses in the End and Nether do. If the lodestone is destroyed while a paired compass is in a chest, shulker box, item frame, armor stand, or any other storage item, the compass does not register that the lodestone is destroyed until the item is retrieved. Placing a lodestone back in the exact place as the original lodestone while the compass is still in a container prevents unpairing.

Piston interactivity[]

Lodestones cannot be pushed by pistons or pulled by sticky pistons.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.lodestone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.lodestone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.lodestone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.lodestone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.lodestone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.lodestone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.30.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Lodestone Compass locks onto LodestonePlayersWhen a compass is used on a lodestoneitem.lodestone_compass.locksubtitles.item.lodestone_compass.lock1.0varies [sound 1]16
  1. Can be 0.85 or 0.95 for each sound

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksWhen a compass is used on a lodestonelodestone_compass.link_compass_to_lodestone1.00.85-0.95

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
LodestonelodestoneBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.lodestone

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Lodestonelodestone477Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.lodestone.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.

Block data[]

In Bedrock Edition, a lodestone has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

See Bedrock Edition level format/Block entity format.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawCountry Lode, Take Me Home
Use a Compass on a Lodestone Hidden in the Depthsnether/use_lodestone


Java Edition
1.1620w13aLodestone JE1 BE1 Added lodestones.
20w16aLodestones now generate in chests within bastion remnants.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta JE1 BE1 Added lodestones.
Lodestones are currently available only in Experimental Gameplay.
Lodestones generate in chests within bastion remnants.
beta now have their own sounds.
Lodestones are no longer behind Experimental Gameplay.


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


  • In reality, the lodestone is a naturally magnetized piece of the mineral magnetite, which can attract iron.
  • Despite being made from netherite, lodestones are not immune to fire and lava damage.[1]
  • The advancement "Country Lode, Take Me Home" is a reference to the lyrics of the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver.
  • The Lodestone Compass may be a reference to the "Eternal pose", a compass in One Piece that always points to a specific location no matter where the user is.

See also[]


  1. MC-176618 resolved as "Works as Intended"

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