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A renewable resource (as opposed to a non-renewable resource, or finite resource) is a resource that can be recreated indefinitely in Survival without exploiting glitches or using cheat commands. While running completely out of resources is unlikely to be a factor in normal worlds due to the massive size of a Minecraft map, only some resources can be produced over and over without having to explore more terrain. Running out of resources can be a bigger issue on Superflat worlds, where resources are less plentiful, in PvP maps, where one would like to obtain resources without having to conquer more land, or simply if the accessible portion of the map is limited.

The listed fully renewable craftable items are items that can be crafted, smelted, or brewed using only renewable resources. For example, cookies are renewable as they require only wheat and cocoa beans, both of which can be regrown infinitely.

Most items dropped by animals or monsters are renewable because more mobs of the same kind can spawn and be killed again for more loot. The exceptions are drops of enemies that spawn just once with the generation of specific structures, such as elder guardians (three spawn with each ocean monument). Drops of hostile mobs, with the exception of those obtainable by other means, are not renewable on Peaceful difficulty because the monsters do not spawn.

Methods for renewably obtaining[]

Many resources are renewably obtainable using certain main methods, such as farming. Others are obtainable by unusual item-specific methods, which can vary from building a cobblestone generator to harvesting obsidian from portals to collecting dragon breath into a bottle. The renewable method to obtain an item is not necessarily the easiest, fastest or safest, and may in some cases be highly impractical.

The most common methods for renewably obtaining items, ordered roughly by increasing effort are:

The first three methods are often the most practical ways to obtain items that can be obtained by using them.

Most items obtainable by fishing and trading are obtainable in some other way, which may be easier or of comparable difficulty, but may not be renewable. They are especially worth using when the player wants to avoid the risk of mining, such as while playing in Hardcore mode.

Grinding for rare drops is rarely practical unless there is no other option, as the player must kill many mobs to obtain the desired drops.



These items are renewable only through trading with villagers or wandering traders, and not by any other method.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Banner Pattern "Globe"
Bottle o' Enchanting
Experience Orb Value -32768-2 Experience Orb Value 3-6 Experience Orb Value 7-16
Coral Blocks

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Diamond gear
Lapis Lazuli
  • Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.
  • Using renewable gravel, the player can obtain dirt renewably by crafting and tilling coarse dirt. This can be converted to podzol by having grass spread to it, planting a 2x2 spruce tree, and collecting the new podzol with Silk Touch.
Rooted Dirt
  • Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.
  • Using renewable gravel, the player can obtain dirt renewably by crafting and tilling coarse dirt. This can be converted to rooted dirt by planting an azalea tree and collecting the blocks.
Small Dripleaf

Rare drops[]

These items are considered rare drops or are obtained by a mob dying in a unique way. For some of these items, this is the only way to obtain them; otherwise, this is the only renewable way to obtain them. Rare drops do not include any item the mob picked up after spawning. Mob farms are an option for obtaining rare drops more easily.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Copper Ingot
Mob Heads
Music Discs
  • Dropped by creepers when a skeleton or stray deals the final blow. Otherside, 5, Pigstep, and Relic are currently not renewable.

All status effects which can be legitimately obtained in Survival are also renewable.

Bedrock Edition[]

Most resources are as renewable in Bedrock Edition as they are in Java Edition. The resources which are renewable in Bedrock Edition, but not in Java Edition, are listed here. For the ones which are non-renewable in Bedrock Edition, but renewable in Java Edition, see the Non-renewable resource page.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Arrow of Decay