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Hoe
Hoe Anim.gif
Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe
Type

Tools

Durability

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

Renewable

Diamond: Yes (no as of 14w02a)
All Others: Yes

Stackable

No

Data values
Wooden
dec: 290 hex: 122 bin: 100100010
Stone
dec: 291 hex: 123 bin: 100100011
Iron
dec: 292 hex: 124 bin: 100100100
Golden
dec: 294 hex: 126 bin: 100100110
Diamond
dec: 293 hex: 125 bin: 100100101
Name
Wooden
wooden_hoe
Stone
stone_hoe
Iron
iron_hoe
Golden
golden_hoe
Diamond
diamond_hoe

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.

Contents

[edit] Usage

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, 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).

[edit] Crafting

Ingredients Crafting recipe

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

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

Stick

Stick

[edit] Video

[edit] Achievements

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

[edit] History

Beta
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.
Upcoming
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer trade Iron Hoes or Diamond Hoes. This makes Diamond Hoes no longer renewable.
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.

[edit] Trivia

  • 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. A wooden sword is similar in crafting needs.
  • 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 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.