Tiers refer to the different levels and materials of tools and weapons.
There are currently six tiers in the game: wood, stone, iron, diamond, netherite, and gold. The tier of an item determines its mining level, durability, mining speed multiplier, damage bonus, enchantability, and repair item.
|Tier name||Mining level||Durability||Mining speed multiplier||Damage bonus[a]||Enchantability||Repair item|
- The damage bonus is added to the base attack damage of 1. Most tiered items further modify their attack damage value.
- The warped planks and the crimson planks work only in Java Edition.
Other mechanics in the game use these tiers for various purposes.
- Ancient debris, blocks of netherite, crying obsidian, obsidian, and respawn anchors require a pickaxe to have a mining level of 3 or better.
- Blocks of amethyst,[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0] blocks of diamond, diamond ore, blocks of emerald, emerald ore, blocks of gold, gold ore, and redstone ore require a pickaxe to have a mining level of 2 or better.
- Blocks of copper,[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0] copper ore,[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0] blocks of iron, iron ore, lapis lazuli blocks, lapis lazuli ore, and lightning rods[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0] require a pickaxe to have a mining level of 1 or better.
|Java Edition Indev|
|0.31||20100131||Tier system for wooden, stone, iron, diamond, and gold tools added. Each tier has a different mining speed multiplier and durability. Swords also have a different damage bonus.|
|20100201-2||Added mining levels. Before this update, blocks and ores could be broken by hand.|
|20100202-4||All tools can now be used to hit mobs. Damage bonuses apply to all tools instead of just swords.|
|Minecraft Indev||20100206||Added hoes. Since they did not mine any block types faster, the only differences between each tier were their durability and their damage bonus.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|Minecraft Infdev||20100313||The durability of diamond-tier items has been increased from 257 to 513.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|?||The durability of diamond-tier items has been increased to 1025.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||The durability of wood, stone, iron, and diamond tier items have been increased to about twice the previous value.|
|The mining speed multiplier of gold-tier items has been increased to 12.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||Added the enchanting system. Each tier has a different level of enchantability.|
|1.4.2||12w41a||Added the ability to repair items in an anvil. Each tier requires a different material to be used.|
|1.9||15w35a||Damage bonuses no longer apply to hoes.|
|1.13.1||18w30b||The durability of all tiers has been decreased by one due to the fix of.|
|1.16||20w06a||Netherite tools added to tier system.|
|20w09a||Hoes can now break certain block types more quickly, making them affected by mining speed multipliers.|
|20w22a||Blackstone can now be used to repair stone-tier items.|
|1.16.2||20w29a||Tools are now sorted based on their tier in the creative inventory.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.17||21w07a||Grimstone (now called Deepslate) can now be used to repair stone-tier items.|
|21w08a||Cobbled deepslate is now used to repair stone-tier items instead of regular deepslate.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.2.0||Added stone-tier items. They have infinite durability.|
|v0.3.0||Added wooden-tier items. They have 11 durability.|
|Stone-tier items' durability has been decreased to 132 uses.|
|v0.3.2||Added diamond, gold, and iron tier items.|
|v0.3.3||The durabilities of all tiers have been increased to match Java Edition. The durability of gold tools was not increased, but they were given a speed boost.|
|v0.4.0||Added hoes. Since they did not mine any block types faster, the only differences between each tier were their durability and their damage bonus.|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Added the ability to repair items in an anvil. Each tier requires a different material to be used.|
|Added the enchanting system. Each tier has a different level of enchantability.|
|1.16.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Netherite tools added to tier system.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.17.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Cobblestone and cobbled deepslate can now be used to repair stone-tier items.|
|Stone can no longer be used to repair stone-tier items.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Tier system for wooden, stone, iron, diamond, and gold tools added.|