Moss Block

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Not to be confused with Moss Stone.
For the carpet-like block, see Moss Carpet.
Moss Block
Moss Block JE1 BE1.png
Rarity color





Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


A moss block is a natural block that can be spread to some other blocks by using bone meal.


Farthest range moss spreads from a central moss block

Natural generation

Moss generates on the floor and ceiling within the lush caves biome and as loot in shipwreck chests.


Moss blocks can be obtained by trading with a wandering trader, who may sell 2 moss blocks for 1 emerald.


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.

Chest loot

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Moss Block Shipwreck Supply chest 1–4 42.1%
Bedrock Edition
Moss Block Shipwreck Supply chest 1–4 42.1%


Using bone meal on a moss block causes nearby stone and dirt type blocks to be converted to moss blocks. Moss spreads to any blocks with air above them in a corner-less 7×11×7 volume centered on the original moss block. Foliage can replace air on any of these blocks. Moss will not replace farmland or infested blocks.


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In Java Edition, all plants can be placed on moss except for cactus. In Bedrock Edition, cactus, bamboo, dead bush, and sugar cane are the only plants which cannot be placed on moss.

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%

This has the added effect of replacing adjacent blocks by moss blocks.

Blocks affected
Grass block
Coarse dirt
Rooted dirt
Polished andesite[Bedrock Edition only]
Polished diorite[Bedrock Edition only]
Polished granite[Bedrock Edition only]
Deepslate[Java Edition only]
Tuff[Java Edition only]

Piston interactivity

A moss block drops as an item when a piston pushes it.‌[Java Edition only]


Crafting ingredient

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

Mossy Stone Bricks Stone Bricks +
Moss Block


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


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced 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


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.
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 2 moss blocks for 1 emerald.
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.
1.17.0beta 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.
beta now replace Dirt, Podzol, Rooted Dirt, Stone, and Cave Vines.
beta blocks are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
releaseCave Vines are no longer affected by Moss Blocks.


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