Pointed Dripstone

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This article is about the pointed block. For the solid block, see Dripstone Block. For the biome, see Dripstone Caves.
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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 1.16.230 development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
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This page contains content on features that are part of Experimental Gameplay in Bedrock Edition. 
These features may be properly added in a future update, but require the "Caves and Cliffs" option toggled to be enabled in the current version.
Pointed Dripstone
Pointed Dripstone Base (D) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Middle (D) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Frustum (D) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip (D) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip Merge (D) JE1 BE1.png
Pointed Dripstone Base (U) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Middle (U) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Frustum (U) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip (U) JE1 BE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip Merge (U) JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

3

Hardness

1.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Pointed dripstone is a block that makes up stalactites and stalagmites.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Pointed dripstone can be found in dripstone caves. They are also found in small groups inside ordinary caves.

Breaking[edit]

Pointed dripstone can be mined with any tool, but pickaxes are the quickest. Pointed dripstone breaks instantly when a trident is thrown at it.

Block Pointed Dripstone
Hardness 1.5
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 2.25
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Trading[edit]

Wandering traders can sell 2 pointed dripstones for 1 emerald.

Usage[edit]

Pointed dripstone comes in two different forms, stalactites and stalagmites. Placing a pointed dripstone between a stalagmite and stalactite without sneaking connects them. It can be waterlogged.

Stalactites[edit]

A stalactite.

Stalactites are created when pointed dripstone is placed on the bottom of a block.

Stalactites less than 11 blocks tall passively drip water particles (or lava particles in the Nether) in the absence of a liquid source, but these particles do not fill cauldrons. A waterlogged pointed dripstone at the tip of a stalactite does not produce drip particles. Waterlogging other parts of the stalactite doesn't affect the dripping.

If the block supporting a stalactite or any block of the stalactite is broken, all of the unsupported pointed dripstone below the broken block drops, causing damage to any player and mobs standing beneath it, similar to a falling anvil. The amount of damage is 2♥ for each block of falling distance after 2 blocks. Stalactites with multiple pointed dripstone cause multiple damage; however, damage immunity prevents most of the damage from additional blocks.

Cauldrons[edit]

When the uppermost block of a stalactite less than 11 blocks tall gets randomly ticked, it checks for a water source or waterlogged block two blocks above it and a cauldron within 10 blocks under the tip with no non-air blocks in between. If both conditions are satisfied, there is a 45256 (~17.6%) chance for it to drip water and fill the cauldron by one level. If there is a lava source above the stalactite, there is a 15256 (~5.9%) chance for it to completely fill an empty cauldron with lava instead, making lava a renewable resource.

Stalagmites[edit]

A stalagmite.

Stalagmites are created when pointed dripstone is placed on the ground.

Falling onto stalagmites multiplies the fall distance by four to calculate the total amount of fall damage, using the formula roundup(fall_distance × 4 − 3). Note that the distance travelled during last game tick of falling time is not included in this calculation, making it slightly off at higher distances; see Damage § Fall damage for more information.

All mobs that are immune to fall damage do not take damage from falling into stalagmites, the same applies to the player if the game rule fallDamage is set to false.[1]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Dripstone Block Pointed Dripstone

Sounds[edit]

Generic[edit]

Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Unique[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Lava dripsBlocksLava drip lands on a blockblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_lavasubtitles.block.pointed_dripstone.drip_lava???
Lava drips into CauldronBlocksLava drip lands on and fills a cauldronblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_lava_into_cauldronsubtitles.block.pointed_dripstone.drip_lava_into_cauldron???
Water dripsBlocksWater drip lands on a blockblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_watersubtitles.block.pointed_dripstone.drip_water???
Water drips into CauldronBlocksWater drip lands on and fills a cauldronblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_water_into_cauldronsubtitles.block.pointed_dripstone.drip_water_into_cauldron???
None[sound 1]BlocksWhen the block lands when fallingblock.pointed_dripstone.landNone[sound 1]???
  1. a b MC-213647

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Pointed Dripstonepointed_dripstoneBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.pointed_dripstone

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Pointed Dripstonepointed_dripstone563Block & Itemtile.pointed_dripstone.name

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
thicknesstip tip_merge
tip
frustum
middle
base
vertical_directionupup
down
The direction of the pointed dripstone.
waterloggedfalsetrue
false
Whether or not the pointed dripstone is located inside of water.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
dripstone_thicknesstip merge
tip
frustum
middle
base
hangingtruefalse
true
Whether or not the pointed dripstone is pointing down.

History[edit]

October 3, 2020Pointed dripstone is shown at Minecraft Live 2020 within the dripstone caves biome.
Pointed Dripstone Frustum (down texture) JE1.png Item texture was different.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w48aPointed Dripstone Base (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Middle (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Frustum (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip Merge (D) JE1 BE1.png
Pointed Dripstone Base (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Middle (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Frustum (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip Merge (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip (down texture) JE1.png Added pointed dripstone alongside with other dripstone related things.
20w49aPointed dripstone can now be generated in dripstone caves, which is accessible using only the buffet or custom world type.
Changed death message from being killed by a stalactite from "<player> was squashed by a falling block" to "<player> was skewered by a stalactite".
Stalactites taller than 1 block can now fill cauldrons.[2]
21w03aPointed dripstone can now be used to craft dripstone blocks.
Sounds drip_lava, drip_lava_into_cauldron, drip_water, and drip_water_into_cauldron now have subtitles.[3]
21w13aWandering traders can now sell pointed dripstones, making them renewable.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.56Pointed Dripstone Base (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Middle (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Frustum (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip (D) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip Merge (D) JE1 BE1.png
Pointed Dripstone Base (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Middle (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Frustum (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip Merge (U) JE1 BE1.png Pointed Dripstone Frustum (up texture) JE1.png Added pointed dripstone.
releasePointed Dripstone have been made inaccessible in the full release.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Pointed Dripstone Tip (down texture) JE1.png Item texture and rotation of pointed dripstone now matches Java Edition.
Pointed dripstone can now be waterlogged.
Tweaked visual shape of pointed dripstone to match Java Edition.
Pointed dripstone now breaks if being hit by a trident.
Pointed dripstone can now be used to craft dripstone blocks.
Changed death message from being killed by a stalactite from "<player> was squashed by a falling block" to "<player> was skewered by a stalactite".
Now uses the correct sounds for pointed dripstone.
Now generate in Dripstone Caves, though they can generate only through add-ons.
releasePointed dripstone has once again been made unaccessible in the full release
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta 1.16.230.54Wandering traders now sell 2 pointed dripstones for an emerald.
Pointed dripstone now generate rarely in caves in small patch from layer 0 to 59.
Water and lava now drip more often from pointed dripstone.

Issues[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MC-206555 – "Some mobs don't take damage from stalagmites" – resolved as "Works As Intended"
  2. MC-206583 – "Cauldrons below stalactites at least 2 blocks tall don't fill up" – resolved as "Fixed"
  3. MC-206550 – "block.pointed_dripstone.drip_[liquid/cauldron] has no subtitles" – resolved as "Fixed"