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For rarity in other games, see MCE:Rarity and MCD:Rarity.

Rarity is a statistic applied to items, blocks and advancements to signify their value and ease in obtaining. The only effect rarity has on an item is the color with which their name appears when selected in the hotbar,[1] moused over in the inventory or produced via the /give command (but not when viewed in an item frame,[2] the contents of a shulker box[3] or via statistics[4]),[needs in-game testing] and has no effect on gameplay whatsoever.

The only way to change an item's rarity is to enchant it, which brings its rarity from Common or Uncommon to Rare, or from Rare to Epic.


Rarity Description List BE Color JE Color
Common Applies to most items. All blocks/items not listed

Uncommon Mostly common treasure items, as well as drops from minor bosses. Banner Pattern (Creeper)
Banner Pattern (Skull)
Bottle o' Enchanting
Dragon's Breath
Heart of the Sea
Nether Star
Totem of Undying


Normal and goal advancements N/A
Enchanted Book

Rare Items crafted from boss drops, as well as trickier to obtain treasures. Beacon
End Crystal


Enchanted armor, tools and weapons
Golden Apple
Music Discs


Epic Mostly reserved for extremely difficult-to-obtain treasures. Certain Creative-exclusive blocks and items are also contained here, however, exceptions exist (such as player heads, which are Uncommon). Banner Pattern (Thing)
Command Blocks
Dragon Egg
Structure Block
Jigsaw Block


Challenge advancements N/A
Enchanted Golden Apple

Ominous Applies only to the Ominous Banner. This is technically not a rarity, and instead is a custom name color. Ominous Banner N/A


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2The tooltip of the golden apple is now magenta, making it the first item to have a tooltip with a color other than white.
?Music discs have a cyan tooltip.
1.3.112w21aGolden apples now have a cyan tooltip, and added enchanted golden apples, which have the same magenta tooltip color as normal golden apples previously did.
1.1318w21aAdded different colored tooltips for certain items, based on their rarity.[more information needed]
pre2Rarity colors now display over the hotbar.
1.1418w45aAdded Ominous rarity.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1The tooltip for enchanted books is yellow, while enchanted items are cyan, making these items the first items to have a tooltip with a color other than white.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0?Music discs now have a cyan tooltip.
1.12.0beta apples now have a cyan tooltip, while enchanted golden apples have a magenta tooltip.