Moss Block

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For the carpet-like block, see Moss Carpet.
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This article describes content that may be included in Java Edition and Bedrock Edition. 
This content has appeared in Java Edition 1.17 and Bedrock Edition 1.17.0 development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
Moss Block
Moss Block JE1 BE1.png
Rarity color





Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


A moss block is a natural decorative block.


Different areas from the original moss block can be converted.

Moss blocks naturally generate on the floor and ceiling within the lush caves biome. However, the biome does not generate in default worlds yet, and can be accessed only in a single biome world. Moss blocks also generate as loot in shipwreck chests.

Using bone meal on a moss block causes nearby dirt, sand, gravel, stone, deepslate, tuff, granite, andesite, and diorite to be converted to moss blocks. Blocks on the same Y level with an air block above them, within a random 3x3 to 7x7 area from the original moss block can be converted.


Moss blocks can be mined using any tool or by hand, but a hoe is the fastest way to break it.

Block Moss Block
Hardness 0.1
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.15
Wooden 0.1
Stone 0.05
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Netherite 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Wandering traders can sell 2 moss blocks for 1 emerald.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition 1.17[upcoming]
Moss Block Shipwreck Supply chest 1–4 42.1%
Bedrock Edition 1.17.0[upcoming]
Moss Block Shipwreck Supply chest 1–4 42.1%


Plants such as grass and flowers can be planted on top of moss blocks. While saplings can also be planted on moss blocks, they never grow into trees no matter how much bone meal is used on the plant or how many ticks pass, allowing the sapling to remain as it is indefinitely. Sugar cane and bamboo cannot be placed on moss blocks.

Using bone meal on moss blocks causes grass, moss carpets, azaleas, and flowering azaleas to grow.

Bone meal on moss blocks
Block Chance
Grass 50%
Moss Carpet 25%
Tall Grass 10%
Azalea 10%
Flowering Azalea 5%

Piston interactivity[edit]

When a piston pushes a moss block, it drops as an item.


Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Moss Carpet Moss Block
Mossy Cobblestone Cobblestone +
Moss Block

[upcoming: JE 1.17]
Mossy Stone Bricks Stone Bricks +
Moss Block

[upcoming: JE 1.17]


Placing a moss block into a composter has a 65% chance of raising the compost level by 1.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.moss.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break??16
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.moss.fallNone[sound 1]??16
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.moss.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit??16
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.moss.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps??16
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Moss Blockmoss_blockdirt
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.moss_block

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Moss Blockmoss_block575Block &


October 3, 2020Moss Block JE1 BE1.png Moss blocks are shown unnamed as part of lush caves at Minecraft Live 2020.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w05aMoss Block JE1 BE1.png Added moss block.
21w10aMoss blocks now naturally generate in the newly added lush caves biome.
21w11aMoss blocks can now be used to craft mossy cobblestone and mossy stone bricks.
Hoes are now also the appropriate tool for breaking moss blocks.
21w13aAxes are no longer considered an appropriate tool for breaking moss blocks.[1]
Moss blocks can now generate as loot in shipwreck chests.
Wandering traders can now sell moss blocks.
21w16aMoss blocks are now in the dirt tag.
Moss patches obtained from fertilizing moss blocks contain less vegetation and are now smaller and more irregular in shape.
21w17aSmall Dripleafs can now be placed on moss blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.220beta Block JE1 BE1.png Added moss block.
releaseMoss blocks have been made inaccessible in the full release.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta blocks can now generate as loot in shipwreck chests.
Wandering traders can now sell moss blocks.
Moss can now also spread vertically when using bone meal.
Applying bone meal to a moss block can now also grow vegetation on it.
1.17.0beta now replace Dirt, Podzol, Rooted Dirt, Stone, and Cave Vines.
beta blocks are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.


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  1. MC-219960 - Resolved as "Fixed".