Clay (block)

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Clay Block.png





Blast resistance



This block can be broken with any tool, but a shovel is the quickest




Yes (64)




Smelted: 0.35

Data value

dec: 82 hex: 52 bin: 1010010



Clay is a block that can be found below water.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Clay blocks can be mined with anything, but shovels are quickest. Destroying clay blocks will yield 4 clay balls each. If broken with a tool enchanted with silk touch, it will drop itself instead.

Hardness 0.6
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Clay is commonly found at the bottoms of rivers and lakes in shallow, diamond-shaped patches, disregarding adjacency to other types of blocks. It can also be found commonly in swamps.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe


Smelting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe

Hardened Clay

Clay (block) +
Any fuel

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.11 Added clay blocks.
1.6 In newly generated chunks, clay blocks only generated when the x and z coordinates were the same, severely limiting the amount of clay on the map.[1]
1.7 The bug in Beta 1.6 was fixed.
1.8 Clay is commonly found underwater mostly on the bottom of Rivers and is common in the submerged area of swamps and shallow "lakes" (1 and 2 meters deep) in large quantities. However, clay can be found on dry land in the middle of sand piles. Sometimes, underneath the sand.
Official release
1.6.1 13w17a Clay can be smelted into hardened clay.
1.7.2 13w36a Clay is no longer found on the ocean floor.
1.9 15w31a It is now possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay in the End.
15w44a It is no longer possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added clay blocks.
0.9.0 build 11 Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added clay blocks.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In real life, clay can actually be reddish brown, not just gray, and can be often found under the surface and away from sand. This color is reflected in the appearance of hardened clay, bricks, and flower pots, and in the naturally-occurring stained clay of mesas.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Reddit: Clay formula in 1.6.6: x=z. Notch acknowledges this specific bug in a comment.