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Netherrack is a frail stone block found abundantly in the Nether and in blobs below ruined portals. Fire lit on top of netherrack burns indefinitely.



Netherrack can be obtained only with a pickaxe. It drops nothing if mined without one.

Block Netherrack
Hardness 0.4
Breaking time[A]
Default 2
Wooden 0.3
Stone 0.15
Iron 0.1
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
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.

Netherrack can also be obtained by mining nylium with a pickaxe not enchanted with Silk Touch.

Natural generation[]

Netherrack makes up most of the Nether's terrain, and also generates as part of ruined portals in the Overworld.

Netherrack generates as part of bridge and treasure room bastion remnants.


In Bedrock Edition, netherrack generates as part of nether portals spawned floating. This is what makes netherrack renewable.

Crimson or warped nylium transforms into netherrack if a solid, opaque block is directly above it, or when it is covered by snow.[1]


Netherrack is mostly used as a cheap building block. Because of its abundance and softness, it is often used to construct temporary structures that can be used for scaffolding, blockage, or other purposes.

When netherrack's top is lit on fire, the fire burns indefinitely. Unlike soul fire, this fire can spread.

Using bone meal on netherrack placed next to warped nylium or crimson nylium transforms the netherrack into more nylium.

Analyzing the netherrack in a material reducer, it turns out to be a volcanic silicate rock rich in mercury.‌[Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Education only]

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Netherite Upgrade Smithing Template or
Rib Armor Trim Smithing Template
Diamond +
Netherite Upgrade Smithing Template or
Rib Armor Trim Smithing Template +

Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Brick Netherrack +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[]

Netherrack can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sounds.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.netherrack.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.netherrack.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.netherrack.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.13750.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.netherrack.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.netherrack.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.netherrack1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.netherrack1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.netherrack0.220.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.netherrack0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.netherrack0.131.0-1.1
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.netherrack0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.netherrack0.141.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
NetherracknetherrackBlock & Itembase_stone_nether

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Netherracknetherrack87Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.netherrack.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.


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewNetherrack JE1 Added netherrack, originally called "bloodstone"[2], and referred to by Notch at one point as "netherstone".[3] However, neither of these two names are in common use.
Java Edition Beta
1.0Items now have tooltips, officially naming this block netherrack.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Netherrack JE2 BE1 The texture of netherrack has been slightly changed.
1.513w01aNetherrack can now be smelted into a nether brick item, which are used to craft nether bricks, just like how clay balls can become bricks.
13w02aNetherrack now uses the hellrock.png texture in texture packs.
1.814w27bThe netherrack's texture now randomly rotates depending on position.
1.1016w20aEndermen can now pick up netherrack.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 87.
1.1418w43aNetherrack JE3 The texture of netherrack has been changed.
18w47aNetherrack JE4 BE2 The texture of netherrack has been changed, once again.
1.1620w06aUsing bone meal on netherrack can now spread nylium into it.
New unique sounds have been added for netherrack.
20w07aEndermen no longer pick up netherrack.
20w16aNetherrack now generates as part of bastion remnants and ruined portals, the latter making netherrack generate in the Overworld for the first time.
23w04aNetherrack can now be used to craft netherite upgrade smithing templates and rib armor trims.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.6.0Netherrack JE2 BE1 Added netherrack, which now generates as the main block of the Nether reactor instead of obsidian.
v0.7.1Netherrack is now flammable.
v0.12.1build 1The Nether reactor has been removed and replaced by the Nether, and this is now the way to get netherrack.
v0.15.0build 1Endermen can now pick up netherrack.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE4 BE2 The texture of netherrack has been changed.
1.16.0beta bone meal on netherrack can now spread nylium into it.
Endermen no longer pick up netherrack.
beta now generates as part of bastion remnants and ruined portals.
Changed breaking and placing sounds.
Next Major Update
beta can now be used to craft netherite upgrade smithing templates and rib armor trims.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Netherrack JE2 BE1 Added netherrack.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 13Endermen can now pick up netherrack.
1.90 Netherrack JE4 BE2 The texture of netherrack has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Netherrack JE2 BE1 Added netherrack.


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