Silk Touch

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Silk Touch
Maximum level

I

Primary items

Secondary items

[BE only]

Enchantment weight

1

Incompatible with

Fortune

Silk Touch is an enchantment that allows many blocks to drop themselves instead of their usual items when mined.

Obtainable blocks[edit]

The table below lists blocks that do not normally drop themselves as items:

Block Normal drops Obtainable with Silk Touch? Notes
Bee Nest Nothing Yes When mined with a Silk Touch tool the nest can still contain 1-3 bees.
Beehive (occupied) Beehive (empty) Yes When mined with a Silk Touch tool the nest can still contain 1-3 bees.
Beetroots 1 Beetroot Seeds if not fully grown

1 Beetroot and
0–3 Beetroot Seeds if fully grown

No Beetroot crop cannot be obtained as an item.
Blue ice[a] Nothing Yes
Bookshelf 3 Book Yes
Budding Amethyst[upcoming: 1.17] Nothing No
Cake[a] Nothing No
Campfire 2 Charcoal Yes
Carrots 1-5Carrot No Carrot crop cannot be obtained as an item.
Clay 4 Clay Ball Yes Clay can also be obtained by crafting with the clay balls the block drops, or killing an enderman holding the block.
Coal Ore[a] 1 Coal Yes (only with pickaxe)
Cocoa 1-3 Cocoa Beans No Cocoa pod cannot be obtained as an item.
Coral Blocks[a] Dead Coral Blocks Yes (only with pickaxe)
Coral[a]

Coral Fans[a]

Nothing Yes
Diamond Ore[a] 1 Diamond Yes (only with iron pickaxe or better)
Double Slab 2 Slab No All slabs except wooden drop nothing when mined without a pickaxe.
Emerald Ore[a] 1 Emerald Yes (only with iron pickaxe or better)
Ender Chest[a] 8 Obsidian Yes (only with pickaxe)
Farmland Dirt No
Fire[a] Nothing No Fire cannot be obtained as an item.
Frosted Ice[a] Nothing No Frosted Ice cannot be obtained as an item.
Gilded Blackstone[a] 90% chance for Gilded Blackstone and

10% chance for 2-5 Gold Nuggets

Yes (only with pickaxe)
Glass Pane[a]

Glass[a]

Nothing Yes
Glowstone 2-4 Glowstone Dust Yes Can also be crafted with 4 glowstone dust.
Grass Block Dirt Yes Can also be obtained by killing an enderman holding the block.
Grass Path Dirt Yes‌[BE only]
No‌[JE only]
Gravel 90% chance for Gravel and

10% chance for Flint

Yes The block always drops itself if it falls into an occupied block space.
Ice[a] Nothing Yes
Infested Block

(Monster Egg)

Spawns 1

Silverfish

Partial When mined with a Silk Touch tool, it drops the original version of the block, not the infested block, and no silverfish spawn.
Inverted Daylight Detector Daylight Detector No
Lapis Lazuli Ore[a] 4-8 Lapis Lazuli Yes (only with stone pickaxe or better)
Leaves 0-1 Saplings

0-2 Sticks
0-1 Apple from oak and dark oak leaves

Yes Leaf blocks can also be obtained by mining them with shears.
Melon 3-7 Melon Yes Can also be crafted on the crafting table with 9 melon slices.
Melon Stem 0-4 Melon Seeds No Melon stem cannot be obtained as an item.
Monster Spawner[a] Nothing No The spawner drops experience if mined with a pickaxe.
Mushroom Blocks 0-2 Mushrooms Yes
Mycelium Dirt Yes Can also be obtained by killing an enderman holding the block.
Nether Gold Ore[a] 2-6 Gold Nugget Yes (only with pickaxe)
Nether Quartz Ore[a] 1 Nether Quartz Yes (only with pickaxe)
Nylium[a] Netherrack Yes (only with pickaxe) Can also be obtained by killing an enderman holding the block
Nether Wart 1-4 Nether Wart No Nether wart crop cannot be obtained as an item.
Packed Ice[a] Nothing Yes
Podzol Dirt Yes Can also be obtained by killing an enderman holding the block and buying it from a Wandering Trader
Potatoes 2-5 Potato, and

2% chance for a Poisonous Potato

No Potato crop cannot be obtained as an item.
Pumpkin Stem 0-4 Pumpkin Seeds No Pumpkin stem cannot be obtained as an item.
Redstone Ore[a] 4-5 Redstone Dust Yes (only with iron pickaxe or better)
Sea Lantern 2-3 Prismarine Crystals Yes
Snow[a] 1 Snowball Yes (only with shovel) Can craft 6 using 3 snow blocks.
Snow Block[a] 4 Snowball Yes (only with shovel) Can also be crafted with 4 snowballs.
Soul Campfire Soul Soil Yes
Stone[a] Cobblestone Yes (only with pickaxe) Can also be smelted from cobblestone.
Turtle Egg[a] Nothing Yes
Twisting Vines 33% chance for Twisting Vines Yes Also drops 100% of the time if broken with Fortune III or shears.
Weeping Vines 33% chance for Weeping Vines Yes Also drops 100% of the time if broken with Fortune III or shears.
Wheat 1 Seeds if not fully grown

1 Wheat and
0-3 Seeds if fully grown

No Wheat crop cannot be obtained as an item.
  1. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z The blocks drop nothing when mining them by hand.

Incompatibilities[edit]

If commands are used to apply both Silk Touch and Fortune to an item, the Silk Touch enchantment takes precedence over the Fortune enchantment for blocks affected by both enchantments.

Silk touch is also ‌[JE only] technically incompatible with the Looting and Luck of the Sea enchantments. Since Silk Touch cannot normally be applied to swords or fishing rods, this only affects enchanted books and creative mode anvil use.

If commands are used to apply both Silk Touch and Looting or Luck of the Sea to an item, both enchantments function normally.

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngTotal Beelocation
Move a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk Touch Husbandryhusbandry/silk_touch_nest

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Total Beelocation.pngTotal BeelocationMove and place a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk Touch.30GSilver

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Silk Touchsilk_touchenchantment.minecraft.silk_touch

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Silk Touchsilk_touch16enchantment.untouching

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Added Silk Touch.
Silk Touch currently has no functionality.
Silk Touch is currently unobtainable, due to a bug where all enchantments give Feather Falling.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Silk touch now works. It can acquire these previously non-obtainable blocks: grass, stone, coal ore, redstone ore, lapis lazuli ore, diamond ore, bookshelves, glass, ice.
Mushroom blocks now drop when mined with Silk Touch.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Silk Touch can no longer pick up ice.
1.212w07aSilk Touch can no longer pick up glass.
1.2.4Glass can be collected with Silk Touch again.
1.3.112w17aIce and glass panes can now be collected with Silk Touch.
12w21aAdded emerald ore, which requires Silk Touch to be collected.
12w24aEnder chests now drop 8 obsidian unless mined with Silk Touch.
1.4.612w50aSilk Touch can now be added to shears.
1.513w01aAdded nether quartz ore, which requires Silk Touch to be collected.
1.7.213w36aAdded packed ice and podzol, which require Silk Touch to be collected.
13w41aAdded stained glass and stained glass panes, which require Silk Touch to be collected.
1.814w25aAdded sea lanterns, which require Silk Touch to be collected.
Red and brown mushroom blocks now drop themselves when mined with Silk Touch.
1.915w47bSilk Touch may no longer be added to shears.
15w47cSilk Touch is no longer required to collect cobwebs.
1.1317w47aMushroom stems can now be collected as themselves with Silk Touch.
18w07aAdded turtle eggs, which require Silk Touch to be collected.
18w15aAdded blue ice, which requires Silk Touch to be collected.
18w16aCoral blocks now require Silk Touch to be collected.
pre10Coral, coral fans, and dead coral fans can now be collected using Silk Touch.
1.13.118w32aAdded dead coral, which requires Silk Touch to be collected.
1.1419w02aAdded campfires, which drop coal unless mined with Silk Touch.
1.1519w34aAdded bee nests, which require Silk Touch to be collected.
Bees remain in bee nests and beehives mined with Silk Touch.
19w46aMoving a bee nest with 3 bees inside using Silk Touch, now gives the player the Total Beelocation advancement.
1.1620w10aHoes can now be enchanted with Silk Touch.
20w12aNether gold ore now drops gold nuggets unless mined with Silk Touch, in which case it drops itself.
20w15aAdded soul campfires, which drop soul soil unless mined with Silk Touch.
Added gilded blackstone, which always drops itself when mined with Silk Touch.
20w22aNylium now drops itself only when broken with a Silk Touch pickaxe.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Added Silk Touch.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57‎Hoes can now be enchanted with Silk Touch.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added Silk Touch.

Issues[edit]

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