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Netherrack JE4 BE2.png

No‌[Java Edition only]
Yes‌[Bedrock Edition only]


Yes (64)


Blast resistance









No, but burns indefinitely on the top surface

Catches fire from lava


Netherrack is a rock-like block found in the Nether and in ruined portals.



Netherrack can be mined 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.

Natural generation[]

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

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


Netherrack can be obtained by mining nylium without Silk Touch.


In Bedrock Edition, netherrack generates as part of nether portals spawned floating.

Crimson or warped nylium transforms into netherrack if a solid, opaque block is directly above it.


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

When netherrack's top is lit on fire, the fire burns indefinitely.

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 and Education editions only]

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.break1.0?16
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.netherrack.fallNone[sound 1]0.5?16
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.netherrack.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.25?16
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.netherrack.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.0?16
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.netherrack.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

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 with the block.


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewNetherrack JE1.png Added netherrack, originally called "bloodstone"[1], and referred to by Notch at one point as "netherstone".[2] 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.png 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 clay balls can become normal 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.png The texture of netherrack has been changed.
18w47aNetherrack JE4 BE2.png 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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.6.0Netherrack JE2 BE1.png 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 with the actual 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.png 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.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Netherrack JE2 BE1.png Added netherrack.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 13Endermen can now pick up netherrack.
1.90 Netherrack JE4 BE2.png The texture of netherrack has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Netherrack JE2 BE1.png Added netherrack.


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See also[]