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Coarse Dirt.png


Solid Block







Blast resistance





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




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Data value

dec: 03 hex: 3 bin: 11



Dirt is a block found abundantly in the Overworld.

Coarse Dirt is a variation of dirt that will not grow grass.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Dirt will drop as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to break it.

Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Dirt is found at any altitude, and comprises the majority of the upper terrain layers in most overworld biomes.

There are approximately 1,850 dirt blocks per chunk in Plains, Forest, Tundra, Jungle, and Extreme Hills biomes. There can be as many as 3,000 in chunks with high mountains. Dirt generates in pockets underground as well. Dirt also generates naturally in the butcher's shop and in some houses in villages.

Coarse dirt can be found in mega taiga, mesa and savanna biomes.

Dirt based blocks[edit | edit source]

When grass, mycelium, or podzol are broken using a tool that is not enchanted with silk touch, it will drop dirt.

Farmland will drop dirt when broken. It will also turn into dirt if either a mob jumps on it, or if nothing is planted on it and it is not within four blocks of water.

Coarse dirt can be tilled to become dirt.

In Pocket Edition and 1.9,[upcoming] grass path blocks drop dirt when broken.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Coarse Dirt

Dirt +

Usage[edit | edit source]

Dirt's primary use is for farming, but it can also be used as a highly available building block.

Farming[edit | edit source]

Dirt and coarse dirt have the ability to grow saplings, sugar canes, and mushrooms, which can be planted directly in dirt under appropriate conditions.

Using a hoe on dirt will turn it into farmland, enabling wheat seeds, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, potatoes, carrots and beetroot seeds to be planted on it. If you use a hoe on coarse dirt, it will turn into dirt instead.

Grass and mycelium spreading[edit | edit source]

See also: Grass Block

When a dirt block is adjacent to a grass block and is exposed to a light level of at least 4, it will eventually be converted into a grass block at random intervals.

Mycelium spreads in similar fashion, but requires a light level of at least 9.

Neither mycelium nor grass will spread onto coarse dirt.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Dirt has only one possible tile name: minecraft:dirt, which it shares with Podzol and Coarse Dirt. The tile data field defines which block is displayed.

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
DV Description

0 Dirt

1 Coarse Dirt

2 Podzol

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

If true, Podzol in particular uses a snowy side and top texture.
In-game, this is true when dirt has snow or snow (layer) on top.

Coarse Dirt

Videos[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

rd-160052 Dirt-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png Dirt was added. Grass would grow on dirt when under light.
February 6, 2010 Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
June 17, 2010 Dirt is now generated naturally underground, along with gravel, for more varied caves.
1.8 1.8-pre1 Dirt now generates naturally in villages.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Mycelium is introduced and now spreads to dirt.
Beta 1.9-pre5 Dirt.png The texture was changed, having a very slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.
1.4.2 12w38a Dirt was given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.
1.7.2 13w36a A "grassless dirt" variant was added that grass would not spread onto. Its Block ID was minecraft:dirt/1.
1.8 June 11, 2014 Ryan Holtz revealed a new coarse dirt block, including its crafting recipe. "This will be a transparent switch-over in terms of world generation, as the coarse dirt block uses the same block ID and data value as the original grassless dirt block. As a result, even old worlds with the grassless dirt blocks should have them seamlessly change over to coarse dirt."
14w25a Added coarse dirt as a craftable and visually distinct replacement for 'grassless dirt'. Its Block ID is still minecraft:dirt/1. It could be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
14w27b Dirt's textures now rotate randomly due to the addition of arrays to the block model format.
14w32a Coarse dirt is now tilled into regular dirt.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Dirt was added.
0.4.0 Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.
0.8.0 The textures on dirt are now randomly rotated.
0.9.0 Grassless dirt and podzol are added.
0.11.0 build 1 Dirt can be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.
Console Edition
TU1 Dirt was added.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Dirt was added.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]