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Not to be confused with Dirt or Coarse Dirt. For other uses, see Dirt (disambiguation).

Rooted dirt is a natural decorative block.


Natural generation[]

Azalea Tree with Roots

The rooted dirt generated along with the azalea tree.

Rooted dirt can generate under azalea trees. Below the first block directly underneath the trunk, rooted dirt randomly replaces blocks in a 5×5 cross-section centered on the tree until it reaches the lush caves biome.


Single rooted dirt replaces dirt, coarse dirt or moss below oak logs where azalea trees are grown from azalea or flowering azalea.


Rooted dirt can be mined with any tool or without a tool.

Block Rooted Dirt
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.


Wandering traders can sell 2 rooted dirt for 1 emerald.

Mob loot[]

An enderman holding rooted dirt drops the block upon death.


Much like coarse dirt, neither mycelium nor grass can spread onto rooted dirt.

While it yields itself when dug, it does not convert into dirt after a block is placed onto it.

Rooted dirt blocks can be converted into dirt path blocks by using any type of shovel on the side or top of rooted dirt with air above it.

Hanging roots[]

Using bone meal on rooted dirt causes hanging roots to grow below the block, if space is available for it to grow.

Using a hoe on rooted dirt turns it into normal dirt and drops a hanging roots item.


Using a water bottle, splash water bottle or lingering water bottle will convert the rooted dirt into mud.



Java Edition:
Its sound is between that of wooden planks and dirt variants.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.rooted_dirt.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.rooted_dirt.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.rooted_dirt.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.20.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.rooted_dirt.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.rooted_dirt.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [sound 1]

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
  1. MCPE-121664 — Rooted Dirt uses gravel sounds instead of their distinctive sounds


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
SplashingBlocksWhen a player creates a mud blockentity.generic.splashsubtitles.entity.generic.splash1.01.016
Bottle emptiesBlocksWhen a player or dispenser creates a mud blockitem.bottle.emptysubtitles.item.bottle.empty1.01.016
Shovel flattensBlocksWhen a shovel creates a dirt pathitem.shovel.flattensubtitles.item.shovel.flatten1.01.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
PlayersWhen a player[until BE 1.20.40] or dispenser creates a mud block[sound 1]random.splash1.00.6-1.4
SoundWhen a player creates a mud block[upcoming: BE 1.20.40]bottle.empty1.01.0
BlocksWhen a shovel creates a dirt path [sound 2]use.grass1.00.8

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Rooted Dirtrooted_dirtBlock & Itemmoss_replaceable

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Rooted Dirtdirt_with_roots573Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.dirt_with_roots.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.


October 3, 2020Rooted Dirt JE1 Rooted dirt are shown unnamed as part of lush caves at Minecraft Live 2020.
Java Edition
1.1721w05aRooted Dirt JE1 Added rooted dirt.
February 5, 2021Rooted Dirt (pre-release) JAPPA tweets an image of an alternate rooted dirt texture.
1.1721w10aRooted dirt can now generate as part of the azalea tree.
21w11aFile:Rooted Dirt JE2.png Changed lighting.
Using bone meal on rooted dirt now grows hanging roots underneath
21w13aCan now be converted into dirt path using a shovel.
Wandering traders now sell rooted dirt.
The top texture of the rooted dirt now rotates randomly.
Grass, ferns, flowers, dead bushes, saplings and bamboo can now be planted on rooted dirt. Small dripleaf can be planted as well, but only when underwater.
21w16aRooted dirt is now created when creating azalea tree using bone meal on azalea or flowering azalea.
21w20aTilling rooted dirt with a hoe will now convert it to dirt, and pop out a hanging roots item.
1.1821w39aRooted Dirt JE3 BE1 The default brightness has been changed from "Moody" to 50.
1.1922w11aUsing a water bottle, splash water bottle or lingering water bottle now convert the rooted dirt into mud.
23w07aSniffers can now dig rooted dirt.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta Dirt JE3 BE1 Added rooted dirt.
1.17.0beta now be turned into dirt path using a shovel.
beta traders now sell rooted dirt.
Rooted dirt now replaces the block below azalea trees when they are grown.
beta dirt are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
1.17.10beta top texture of the rooted dirt now rotates randomly.


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