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This article is about the block. For the Minecraft Dungeons consumable, see MCD:Melon. For the edible item, see Melon Slice. For other types of melon, see Melon (disambiguation).
Melon JE2 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance







Partial (blocks light)



Catches fire from lava


A melon is a fruit block that grows from a fully-grown melon stem, which in turn is grown from melon seeds.



A melon drops 3–7 melon slices when broken by hand, using tools, or by the movement of a piston. Silk Touch causes the block itself to drop. Fortune increases the maximum number of melon slices dropped. The actual amount is capped at 9, so Fortune III simply increases the chance of getting 9 slices, which is sufficient to craft the melon again from the slices.

Block Melon
Hardness 1
Breaking time[A]
Default 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Netherite 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Melon Slice

Natural generation[]

Melons are naturally generated in jungle biomes, in savanna villages and inside tillage rooms of woodland mansions. They also may be found growing in desert villages.



Melon seeds can be planted, placing a small stem that grows over time. Once the stem reaches maturity, it attempts to generate a melon block in one of the four immediately adjacent blocks; however, this attempt may fail if the chosen adjacent block is not empty or the block beneath is not dirt, grass block, farmland, podzol[JE only] or coarse dirt. Melons take 10 to 30 minutes to grow, which is equal to 0.5 or 1.5 of a Daylight cycle. Once a stem has produced a melon, that stem does not produce any further melons until the existing melon is harvested. Melon stems connect only to the melons they produce. For example, if stem A generates a melon adjacent to stem B, stem B does not connect and can still produce another melon. Similarly, if a melon is placed adjacent to stem B, stem B would still be able to produce another melon. The same principle applies for pumpkins. Melons require a light level of 9 or higher to grow.


Villagers who are journeymen (level 3) farmers buy 4 melons for an emerald.


Placing a melon into a composter has a 65% chance of raising the compost level by 1. Composting a crafted melon block instead of 9 melon slices is very inefficient. For example, 100 melons could yield 9.29 bone meals on average. Meanwhile, if not crafted, 900 melon slices could yield 64.29 bone meals on average.


Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
?BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.wood1.00.8
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.wood0.41.0
?BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.wood0.230.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.wood0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.wood0.181.0
?BlocksWalking on the blockstep.wood0.31.0
?BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.wood1.00.8

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
MelonmelonBlock & Itemenderman_holdableblock.minecraft.melon

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Melonmelon_block103Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.melon_block.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 with the block.


Java Edition Beta
July 13, 2011Melons were first revealed in an IGN interview with Notch.
August 2011 On the community ideas section of Mojang Studios' GetSatisfaction.com page, it was signaled that watermelons were to be implemented.
1.8Pre-releaseMelon JE1 BE1.png Added melons.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Melon blocks had a bug that made them yield only 1 melon item.[1]
1.111w49aMelons can now grow onto dirt and grass instead of just farmland.
1.7.213w36aMelons now generate in jungle biomes.
1.814w02aMelons can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 7–12 melons for 1 emerald.
14w31aMelons now break faster when mined with an axe.
1.1116w39aMelons now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 103.
18w20bThe ID of melons has been changed from melon_block to melon.
1.1418w43aMelon JE2 BE2.png The texture of melons has been changed.
19w03aPlacing a melon into the new composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05aMelons now have a 65% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
19w11aMelons can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 4 melons for 1 emerald, instead of 7–12.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.5.0Melon JE1 BE1.png Added melons.
v0.9.0build 1Melons now generate naturally in jungle biomes.
build 10Melons now generate a lot less in jungle biomes.
v0.12.1build 1Melon can now be obtained using a tool with the Silk Touch enchantment.
v0.15.0build 1Melon BE1 (facing NWU).png Melons now use the side texture on the underside.[2][is this the correct version?]
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 7–12 melons for 1 emerald.
1.1.0alpha now generate in woodland mansions.
alpha a melon block with shears now always yield 9 melons.
Bedrock Edition
?Melons no longer drop a constant nine melons with shears.
1.10.0beta now generate in new savanna villages.
Melon JE2 BE2.png Melon BE2 (facing NWU).png The textures of melons have been changed.
1.11.0beta can now be used to fill up composters.
beta has been changed, melons can no longer be used to trade with farmer villagers.
1.16.0beta has been changed, melon can be sold to farmer villager again.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Melon JE1 BE1.png Added melons.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Melons now generate naturally in jungle biomes.
1.90 Melon JE2 BE2.png The texture of melons has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Melon JE1 BE1.png Added melons.
Melons can be crafted back into 9 melon slices.


  • In Bedrock Edition any stem adjacent to a melon block appears connected to it, even if the melon was not grown from that stem.[3] Therefore, if a melon block generates between two stems, it connects to both of them. Pumpkins also do this, although they do not connect to plants of different species.
  • Unlike other versions, the New Nintendo 3DS Edition is the only version that has a reversible crafting recipe for the melon.
  • Minecraft melons greatly resemble square watermelons in real life.


See also[]