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For the decorative block obtained via smelting, see Glazed Terracotta.

Terracotta, formerly known as hardened or stained clay, is the baked version of a clay block that is used as a decorative building material.

Sources

Terracotta generates naturally in badlands biomes in large quantities, but it can also be created by smelting a regular clay block in a furnace or blast furnace. Orange and blue terracotta also generates as a part of desert temples.

Mechanics

When terracotta is broken, it drops itself. However, it can only be gathered by using a pickaxe, or it will simply be destroyed.

Terracotta has the same blast resistance as most other stone blocks, which is significantly higher than a regular block of clay. A block of terracotta, when one meter away from a creeper explosion, will protect any blocks behind it. However, the terracotta block itself will be destroyed in the process.

Terracotta can be smelted to produce Glazed Terracotta.

Crafting

Stained clay

Terracotta can be dyed many different colors, similar to wool, concrete powder, and glass. Simply place 8 blocks around the edge of a crafting table interface, with the desired dye in the middle square (as pictured).

Mining

Terracotta requires a pickaxe to harvest, otherwise it will drop nothing.

Tool Wpickaxe
Hardness 1.25
Breaking time[note 1]
Default
6.25
Wood
0.95
Stone
0.5
Iron
0.35
Diamond
0.25
Netherite
0.25
Gold
0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


Trivia

  • Terracotta retains a darkened hue after being dyed from the original red/brown.
  • As of 1.8, terracotta replaced wool in desert temples.
  • Terracotta has a smoother look compared to wool.
  • Terracotta is useful for creating pixel art, or creating houses. Like Bricks, they are not used for anything other than building.
  • Terracotta can occasionally be found in sandstone ruins that were added in 1.13.
  • Unglazed Terracotta, with a blast resistance of 21, cannot be destroyed by ghast fireballs, similar to cobblestone .   
  • Unglazed terracotta is stronger than Glazed Terracotta, with a blast resistance of 21, while glazed Terracotta only has a blast resistance of 7.
  • Terracotta used to be called Stained Clay or Hardened Clay until the 1.12 update

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