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Podzol is a dirt-type block that naturally blankets the surface of the old growth taiga and bamboo jungles, along with their respective variants. Grass blocks and mycelium cannot spread to this block.



Podzol can be broken using any tool or by hand, but the shovel is the quickest. It can be obtained using a tool with Silk Touch, otherwise it drops dirt instead.

Block Podzol
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Mob loot[]


The pattern in which large spruce trees replace blocks with podzol as it grows.

Endermen can pick up podzol blocks, and drop it if holding it when killed.

Natural generation[]

Podzol generates only in old growth taiga and bamboo jungle biomes.


Wandering traders have 16 chance to sell 3 podzol for 3 emeralds.


The furthest reach of podzol from a single 2x2 spruce tree. Up is north.


Podzol replaces grass blocks, dirt, mycelium, coarse dirt, rooted dirt, moss block, mud[Java Edition only][1], and muddy mangrove roots, around a large spruce tree when it is grown from 4 saplings arranged in a square. The pattern of the podzol reaches at most 6 blocks in the eastern and southern (positive X and Z) directions, and 5 blocks in the western and northern directions.

In Java Edition, since podzol can be converted from moss blocks, and moss can be grown on renewable stone, dirt can be renewably created as long as there is access to water, lava, moss, spruce saplings and bone meal. This is especially useful on maps where dirt is limited.


Like mycelium, podzol allows mushrooms to be placed on it no matter the light level, which allows the growth of huge mushrooms. Saplings, all kinds of flowers, and sugar cane can be placed on it normally. A podzol block can be turned into a dirt path by pressing use on it with any type of shovel, but it cannot be tilled with a hoe to make farmland.[2] However, the player can first use the shovel on the podzol to turn it into dirt path, then use the hoe on the dirt path to turn it into farmland.



Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.gravel1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.gravel1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.gravel0.170.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.gravel0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.gravel0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.gravel0.11.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.gravel0.171.0


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Shovel flattensBlocksWhen a shovel creates a dirt pathitem.shovel.flattensubtitles.item.shovel.flatten1.01.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksWhen a shovel creates a dirt path [sound 1]use.grass1.00.8

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
PodzolpodzolBlock & Itembamboo_plantable_on

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Podzolpodzol243Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.podzol.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.

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If true, the block uses a snowy side and top texture.
In-game, this is true when a snow block or snow is on top.


Java Edition
August 7, 2013Podzol JE1 BE1 Jens tweeted the first image of a podzol and mega taiga.
1.7.213w36aPodzol JE1 BE1 Added podzol.
1.8?Podzol no longer displays dirt as its side texture when a block is placed above.[verify]
1.915w31aPodzol can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
1.1318w06aPodzol now replaces the ground around large spruce trees when they are grown.
1.1418w43aPodzol JE2 BE2 The texture of podzol has been changed.
Podzol now generates in the new bamboo jungle biomes.
19w05aAdded wandering traders, which sell podzol, making it renewable.
19w12aPodzol now has random orientations when placed, similar to grass blocks.
1.1720w45aA shovel can now be used on podzol to create a dirt path block.
23w07aSniffers can now dig podzol.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Podzol JE1 BE1 Added podzol.
v0.12.1build 1Podzol can now be obtained using the Silk Touch enchantment.
v0.14.0build 1Podzol can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta now generates in the new bamboo jungle biomes.
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2 The texture of podzol has been changed.
Podzol can now be obtained via trading with wandering traders.
1.16.0beta now replaces the ground around large spruce trees when they are grown.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Podzol JE1 BE1 Added podzol.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Podzol JE2 BE2 The texture of podzol has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Podzol JE1 BE1 Added podzol.

Data history[]

Java Edition
1.1317w47aThe different variant block states for the dirt ID have been now split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 3.


Issues relating to "Podzol" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Unlike other similar blocks, podzol never spreads to dirt blocks, and it does not become dirt if a solid block is placed on top of it, no matter how long the block remains on top of it. Similarly, neither grass nor mycelium can spread to podzol.


Java Edition[]

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