Wood: 60 Uses
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.
When using hoes to break normal blocks, such as Dirt, it will not affect the durability of the hoe but it will take as long as you would use fists on the block you are breaking with the hoe.
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).
|Wood Planks or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)||Version restriction||Xbox points earned|
|Time to Farm!||Use planks and sticks to make a hoe||Benchmarking||Pick up a hoe from a Crafting Table.||None||10G|
|MOAR Tools||Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one spade, one axe and one hoe).||Benchmarking||Xbox||15G|
|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.|
- 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.
- Wooden hoes can be made from just one block of wood, because one block of wood equals four wooden planks, and two wooden planks equals four sticks, and using these you can craft a hoe.
- 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. However, diamond hoes can be useful if the player has a very large wheat farm and the player buys them from villager blacksmiths using emeralds obtained from selling some of the wheat.
- 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 subsistance 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 nutricional 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.