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Solid Block







Blast resistance





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




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History


  • Gravel

  • Flint
Data value

dec: 13 hex: D bin: 1101



Gravel is an uncommon type of block that is affected by gravity.


Gravel can be broken using any tool, but a shovel is the quickest. When broken, it has a 10% chance of dropping flint instead of the gravel itself. The flint received can be controlled with enchantments. Silk touch removes the chance of dropping flint. Fortune increases the chance to 14% at level I, 25% at level II, and 100% at level III.

If gravel falls onto a non-full block, it will drop as an item, and not drop flint.

Hardness 0.6
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.225
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1125
Golden 0.075
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Gravel is typically found underwater, deep underground in veins of up to 33 blocks, on beaches, in Village pathways, and in the Nether. It is generated at a rate of approximately 3.29% that of stone between layers 1 and 111.

In the Nether, gravel generates naturally between Y=63 and Y=65 in one-block-deep layers. It may generate without a block below it, in which case it will fall when updated.


Falling Gravel
First appearance

Classic 0.0.14a

Network ID


Savegame ID


Gravel, if there is no block below it, will fall until it lands on the next available block. When gravel is being affected by gravity and falling, it exhibits a smooth falling animation.

If gravel lands on a mob or the player and covers their head, it will suffocate them until they destroy the block, move out of the block or die. If falling gravel lands in the space occupied by a non-solid block, (such as torches, slabs, rails, or Redstone), it will break and turn into a gravel item. If it falls onto a cobweb it will slowly fall until it has gone through it completely, or until it touches the ground, at which point it will drop and turn into a gravel item.

Gravel can be placed on a non-solid block without falling.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Coarse Dirt

Gravel +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Coarse Dirt4
Dirt Gravel
Gravel Dirt


Fletcher villagers will buy 10 blocks of gravel and an emerald for 6-10 flint.



0.0.14a_01 Gravel0.0.14a.PNG Gravel was added. It behaved similarly to sand.
A glitch allowed players to raise the height of a fluid block by placing Gravel (or Sand) over it. The Gravel would stay suspended in mid-air until it was broken. When broken, a fluid block corresponding to the type below the Gravel would appear where the block was. The suspended fluid block would remain immobile until a block was placed next to it, causing a flood. This bug has since been fixed, but has been reported that it has happened before. Gravel, for a time could be crafted by breaking down cobblestone, but was patched and forgotten during 0.5.
0.0.15a Gravel-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png The texture was changed.
February 27, 2010 Gravel, along with sand were removed during map tests in infdev.
April 13, 2010 Gravel was re-added.
June 17, 2010 Gravel now generates underground, along with dirt, for more varied caves.
June 18, 2010 FallingSand entities fall more realistically.
1.0.5 FallingSand entities float above snow covered tiles when placed above them, an unintended behavior.
1.2 FallingSand entities behave better in SMP.
Terrain generation was changed, causing gravel beaches to no longer have a two-high block wall upland from the beach.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 Gravel-Pre 12w21a.png The texture was changed again.
1.3.1 12w21a Gravel.png Gravel's texture is changed again. The new texture had been previously teased in the background of a screenshot released by Jeb on May 21, 2012, a preview of his experimentation on the trading system.
1.4.2 12w38a Gravel now has new sounds when being placed and walked on.
1.8 14w25a Gravel can be used to craft Coarse Dirt.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Gravel was added.
0.6.0 Gravel is now affected by gravity.
0.8.0 build 2 Gravel.png The texture was changed.
0.9.0 build 1 Gravel no longer falls from spawn.
0.10.0 build 1 Added dust particles for falling gravel.
Console Edition
TU1 Gravel was added.
TU9 Gravel.png The texture was changed.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Gravel was added.


Issues relating to "Gravel" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • TNT explosions will launch falling gravel.
  • If gravel falls into a cobweb, it will be slowed down and then converted to an item.
  • If a player is standing on a stack of sand or gravel, and the stack falls on a non-solid block, the player will fall fast enough to take damage or even die.
  • Gravel will often fall into caves making a mock dead end. Thus, if a player encounters a gravel dead-end while mining, removing the gravel may reveal additional passageways.
  • Because of the ability to reset the Nether in the console edition, gravel is renewable in it, if not considered cheating.