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Hoe Anim.gif
Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe



Wood: 60 Uses
Stone: 132 Uses
Iron: 251 Uses
Golden: 33 Uses
Diamond: 1562 Uses


Diamond: No
All Others: Yes



Data values
dec: 290 hex: 122 bin: 100100010
dec: 291 hex: 123 bin: 100100011
dec: 292 hex: 124 bin: 100100100
dec: 294 hex: 126 bin: 100100110
dec: 293 hex: 125 bin: 100100101

Hoes are tools used to till dirt and grass blocks into farmland blocks, the first step in farming wheat, melons, pumpkins, carrots and potatoes. They are an indispensable tool for farming.


The hoe is used to turn dirt and grass blocks into farmland for producing wheat, melons, pumpkins, carrots or potatoes. To till, right-click on a grass or dirt block while holding a hoe. The material used in the construction of the hoe has almost no effect on the utility of the hoe - the process of tilling is effectively instantaneous, regardless of material, and all hoes deal the same damage as fists if used in combat. As with all tools, the material used does, however, affect the durability of the hoe.

Hoes can also be used to convert coarse dirt into regular dirt by right-clicking on the coarse dirt

When using hoes to break normal blocks, such as Dirt, it will not affect the durability of the hoe, and it will take as long as breaking the block with your fist, just like the Flint and Steel.

Because of the fact that all hoes take the same time to till dirt, it is usually impractical to construct golden hoes (low durability) or diamond hoes (waste of diamonds).


Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Any Wood Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +

Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe



Damaged Wooden Hoe or
Damaged Stone Hoe or
Damaged Iron Hoe or
Damaged Golden Hoe or
Damaged Diamond Hoe

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe
Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe

Grid layout Shapeless.png

The durability of the two hoes is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.



Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Grid Wooden Hoe.png
Time to Farm! Use planks and sticks to make a hoe Benchmarking Pick up any type of Hoe from a Crafting Table output. None 10G Bronze
MOAR Tools.png
ConsoleOnly.png MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking Xbox & PS 15G Bronze


1.2 The glitch that placing a dirt block under any block, tilling the dirt, and planting a seed on it would cause the block above to disappear without yielding any blocks that could be used to destroy bedrock was fixed.
1.6 Before, using a hoe on grass blocks was the only way to collect seeds for planting. When tall grass was introduced, this feature was removed.
Official release
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer trade Iron Hoes or Diamond Hoes. This makes Diamond Hoes no longer renewable.
14w32a Hoes can be used to convert coarse dirt into regular dirt.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added hoes. Wheat seeds are obtained by using a hoe on grass blocks.
Console Edition
TU1 Added hoes (all five types).
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added iron hoes.


  • Tilling a dirt block which has a dirt block on top of it will change it to farmland even though it cannot be used. If a hoe is used on a block horizontally adjacent to such a block, the first block will revert to dirt and the selected block will not be tilled. The hoe will still take one point of damage from each use.
  • When you till a dirt block, the top layer is removed. But due to the way farmland is textured, it appears as if the block sinks into the ground. The texture for the sides is shifted down instead of the top pixels being removed.
  • When a hoe breaks it does not display the tool breaking animation like on other tools, since tilling is not predicted client-side.
  • It is impractical to have a golden hoe, as it takes the same time to till with all hoes, but gold has only a few uses. It is also impractical to have a diamond hoe, as it would be a waste to use such a valuable resource.
  • Since it can be used while moving, a hoe is a quick and easy method of temporarily marking your trail while moving through the overworld in low visibility areas such as heavy forests. Tilled tiles decay over time, so this isn't for permanent paths.
  • When used as a weapon, hoes do not take durability damage.
  • In Minecraft Pocket Edition, you can still use a hoe to obtain wheat seeds from grass blocks, the same as before beta 1.6.
  • A hoe can not be enchanted using the enchanting table. The only enchant that can be placed on a hoe is unbreaking via enchanted book and anvil.
  • It is possible to make a subsistence farm without hoes or tiling dirt; for example, by growing giant mushrooms or by spreading them and crafting mushroom stew or by farming oak trees for their apples. This has however very low yields with poor nutritional value. Another, more efficient way is to farm nether warts or seeds from tall grass and feed them to chickens. While inefficient and counter-intuitive, some players actually use this type of farming as a challenge to their knowledge of alternative ways of advancing in-game.
  • Although the word "hoe" is very recognizable in Minecraft, the word appears as "censored" on a sign in the Console Edition.