Banner

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Banner
Banner.png
















Type

Non-Solid Block

Physics

No

Transparency

Yes

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

5

Hardness

1

Tool

This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (16)

Flammable

No

First appearances

See history

Drops

Itself

Block Entity ID

Banner

Data values

See Data values

Name

See Data values

Banners are tall decorative blocks, featuring a field that is highly customizable using dyes.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Banners can be broken with any tool, or without a tool, but an axe is fastest.

Block
Banner
Hardness 1
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.15
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

A banner will also break and drop itself as an item if the block the banner is attached to is moved, removed, or destroyed.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Banners can be crafted from wool and a stick.

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Matching Wool +
Stick





















































































































Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Banners generate on the outside of end cities. It is a magenta banner with a black chevron and black inverted chevron.

Banners also spawn in Woodland Mansions.[upcoming]

Usage[edit | edit source]

Getting started[edit | edit source]

There are 16 colored blank banners, and numerous patterns each available in each of the 16 colors. A banner can feature up to 6 different patterns. The top layer of a banner (or the last pattern added) can be washed off by using it on a cauldron.

Banners, much like signs, can be placed both on the ground, facing different directions, and on walls. Banners have no collision mask (they are completely non-solid), so items and mobs can move through banners. Other blocks (including other banners) can be placed on any edge of a banner's hitbox; which, despite appearing as two blocks tall, it only fills the bottom block (or the top block for banners on walls). Banners can also be placed in item frames, where they simply appear as their item model.

Water and lava will flow around banners. Lava can create fire in air blocks next to banners as if the banners were flammable, but the banners will not burn up (and can't be burned by other methods, either). Banners also cannot be moved by pistons.

Copying[edit | edit source]

Banners can be copied with a blank banner to make multiple identical banners.

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Matching Banner


























































Copies pattern; both banners must have the same base color, and the one that will have patterns printed onto it must have no preexisting patterns.

Patterns[edit | edit source]

A banner may have up to six patterns, which are overlaid with the last-crafted on top.

Any color banner can be used, the color will just be overlayed with the pattern.

Stripes[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Base Fess Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a base fess (bottom third colored)

Chief Fess Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a chief fess (top third colored)

Pale Dexter Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a pale dexter (left third colored)

Pale Sinister Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a pale sinister (right third colored)

Pale Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a pale (center vertical line)

Fess Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a fess (center horizontal line)

Bend Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a bend (line from upper-left to lower-right)

Bend Sinister Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a bend sinister (line from upper-right to lower-left)

Paly Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye







































































































Emblazons a paly (vertical pinstripes)

Saltire Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye






















































































































Emblazons a saltire ('X' shape)

Cross Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye






















































































































Emblazons a cross

Halves[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Per Bend Sinister Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a per bend sinister (upper-left half colored)

Per Bend Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a per bend (upper-right half colored)

Per Bend Inverted Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a per bend inverted (lower-left half colored)

Per Bend Sinister Inverted Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a per bend sinister inverted (lower-right half colored)

Per Pale Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye





































































































































Emblazons a per pale (left half colored)

Per Pale Inverted Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye





































































































































Emblazons a per pale inverted (right half colored)

Per Fess Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye





































































































































Emblazons a per fess (top half colored)

Per Fess Inverted Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye





































































































































Emblazons a per fess inverted (bottom half colored)

Shapes[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Base Dexter Canton Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye


























































Emblazons a base dexter canton (square in lower-left corner)

Base Sinister Canton Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye


























































Emblazons a base sinister canton (square in lower-right corner)

Chief Dexter Canton Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye


























































Emblazons a chief dexter canton (square in upper-left corner)

Chief Sinister Canton Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye


























































Emblazons a chief sinister canton (square in upper-right corner)

Chevron Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a chevron (triangle at bottom)

Inverted Chevron Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons an inverted chevron (triangle at top)

Base Indented Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a base indented (scallop shapes at bottom)

Chief Indented Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye
























































































Emblazons a chief indented (scallop shapes at top)

Roundel Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye


























































Emblazons a roundel (circle in center)

Lozenge Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye







































































































Emblazons a lozenge (rhombus in center)

Borders[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Bordure Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye


































































































































































Emblazons a bordure (border)

Black Bordure Indented Banner

Any Banner +
Vines













Emblazons a black bordure indented (fancy border)

Dyed Bordure Indented Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye +
Vines


























































Emblazons a dyed bordure indented (fancy border)

Backgrounds[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Black Field Masoned Banner

Any Banner +
Bricks













Emblazons a black field masoned (brick pattern)

Dyed Field Masoned Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye +
Bricks


























































Emblazons a dyed field masoned (brick pattern)

Gradients[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Gradient Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye







































































































Emblazons a gradient (color at top)

Base Gradient Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye







































































































Emblazons a base gradient (color at bottom)

Symbols/Icons[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Black Creeper Charge Banner

Any Banner +
Creeper Head













Emblazons a black creeper charge (creeper face)

Dyed Creeper Charge Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye +
Creeper Head


























































Emblazons a dyed creeper charge (creeper face)

Black Skull Charge Banner

Any Banner +
Wither Skeleton Skull













Emblazons a black skull charge (skull and crossbones)

Dyed Skull Charge Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye +
Wither Skeleton Skull


























































Emblazons a dyed skull charge (skull and crossbones)

Black Flower Charge Banner

Any Banner +
Oxeye Daisy













Emblazons a black flower charge (flower icon)

Dyed Flower Charge Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye +
Oxeye Daisy


























































Emblazons a dyed flower charge (flower icon)

Black Thing Banner

Any Banner +
Enchanted Golden Apple













Emblazons a black Thing (Mojang logo)

Dyed Thing Banner

Any Banner +
Matching Dye +
Enchanted Golden Apple


























































Emblazons a dyed Thing (Mojang logo)

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Shields can have patterns applied to them using banners. The shield pattern has a smaller resolution than the banner pattern, causing them to look different or offset.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Shield

Shield +
Matching Banner











































Applies the banner pattern to the shield. The banner is consumed.
The shield must have no preexisting patterns.
Also repairs the shield to full durability.[until 1.11]
Does not change existing durability or enchantments on the shield.[upcoming 1.11]

Fuel[edit | edit source]

Banners can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per banner.

Data values[edit | edit source]

A banner is defined by its ID, block data, and block entity. A banner also has a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.

ID[edit | edit source]

A banner's ID defines whether it is standing on the top of a block or attached to the side of a block:

Description ID Name Numerical ID
Standing standing_banner 176
Wall wall_banner 177
Item banner 425

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values

A banner's block data specifies the direction it is facing.

Standing[edit | edit source]

Bits Description
0x1
0x2
0x4
0x8
A four-bit field storing a value from 0 to 15 specifying the block's orientation:
  • 0: south
  • 1: south-southwest
  • 2: southwest
  • 3: west-southwest
  • 4: west
  • 5: west-northwest
  • 6: northwest
  • 7: north-northwest
  • 8: north
  • 9: north-northeast
  • 10: northeast
  • 11: east-northeast
  • 12: east
  • 13: east-southeast
  • 14: southeast
  • 15: south-southeast

Wall[edit | edit source]

Bits Description
0x1
0x2
0x4
A three-bit field storing a value from 2 to 5 specifying the block's orientation:
  • 2: north
  • 3: south
  • 4: west
  • 5: east
0x8 (unused)

Block entity[edit | edit source]

See also: Block entity format

A banner has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block. The banner's block entity ID is Banner.


  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template

    •  Base: Determines background color of the banner.

    •  Patterns: List of all patterns applied to the banner.

      • : An individual pattern.

        •  Color: Color of the section.

        •  Pattern: Section of the banner the color is applied to (see Banner/Patterns).

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states

Standing[edit | edit source]

Name Value Description

 rotation
0—15 The direction the block is facing:
  • 0: south
  • 1: south-southwest
  • 2: southwest
  • 3: west-southwest
  • 4: west
  • 5: west-northwest
  • 6: northwest
  • 7: north-northwest
  • 8: north
  • 9: north-northeast
  • 10: northeast
  • 11: east-northeast
  • 12: east
  • 13: east-southeast
  • 14: southeast
  • 15: south-southeast

Wall[edit | edit source]

Name Value Description

 facing
north
south
east
west
The direction the block is facing. For example, a block facing east is attached to a block to its west.
Opposite from the direction a player faces when placing the block.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.8 July 21, 2014 Jeb posts a picture of banners and states that he is working on them.
14w30a Added banners.
14w30c Added four additional patterns: Cross (+), Border, Curly Border and Thing (Mojang logo).
14w31a Added five additional patterns: Inverted Halves and Base Gradient.
Changed banner pattern terminology based on vexillology advice Jeb received from his reddit post.
Can be used as a fuel in furnaces.
1.8.8 pre Number of layers attainable by using commands is now limited to 16 per banner.
1.9 15w31a Magenta banners with a black chevron and inverted chevron are naturally generated on the outside walls of end cities.
15w33c Banners can be used to apply patterns to shields.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Banner” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A banner is 20 pixels on the bottom, and 40 pixels on the side.
  • Banners gently sway, as if swaying in the wind.
    • However, banners lie still when in the nether.
  • With 16 blank banners, 38 patterns of 16 colors each (608 uniquely-colored patterns), and 0 to 6 patterns per banner, the number of uniquely crafted banners is 16 × ( 6080 + 6081 + 6082 + 6083 + 6084 + 6085 + 6086 ) ≈ 809 quadrillion (809,573,616,779,945,488). The number of visually distinct banners is smaller, because one or more patterns may completely cover other patterns, or the entire banner, or be duplicated due to the symmetric set of patterns (e.g. field or (yellow) + per pale azure (blue) = field azure + per pale Or inverted).
  • Although it is impossible to add more than 6 patterns to a banner through crafting, up to 16 can be added using commands. When hovered over such a banner in an inventory, only the six bottommost patterns are displayed.
  • The Mojang Logo is called "Thing" ingame, which could be considered an alternate translation for mojäng. If you use Google Translate, it translates to "thingys".
  • Banner textures are located in \assets\minecraft\textures\entity\banner.
    • There are 34 monochrome textures, each containing all 6 sides of the banner.
    • The texture of the back side is mirrored texture of the front side.
    • Textures are inverted, that's because they're not used as textures, instead they act as masks for re-colored base texture, base.png. That means white is visible, while black is transparent.
  • There are two unused item textures for the banner. Instead, the banner displays itself as if it were a block.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Example designs[edit | edit source]

Commands[edit | edit source]