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


Diamond: No
All Others: Yes



Data values

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Hoes are tools used to till dirt and grass blocks into farmland blocks.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

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

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

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

Usage[edit | edit source]

The hoe is used to turn dirt, grass blocks and grass paths into farmland. To till, press use on a grass or dirt block while holding a hoe.

Hoes can also be used to convert coarse dirt into regular dirt by pressing use on the coarse dirt.

The material used in the construction of the hoe has 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. The material used does, however, affect the durability of the hoe. When using hoes to break blocks or to attack mobs, it will not affect the durability of the hoe..

Weapon[edit | edit source]

In 1.9[upcoming], hoes may be used as a weapon. The hoe takes 1 damage when used as a weapon. Hoes have an attack speed modifier depending on the material: wood and gold have a modifier of -3 (refill in 1s), stone has a modifier of -2 (refill in 0.5s), iron has a modifier of -1 (refill in 0.33s), and diamond has a modifier of 0 (refill in 0.25s).

Attack damage Attack speed Damage/Second (DPS)
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Enchantments[edit | edit source]

A hoe can receive the following enchantment, but only through an anvil:

  • Unbreaking

Data values[edit | edit source]

Item ID Name Numerical ID
Wooden Hoe wooden_hoe 290
Stone Hoe stone_hoe 291
Iron Hoe iron_hoe 292
Diamond Hoe diamond_hoe 293
Golden Hoe golden_hoe 294

Video[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
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 MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking Xbox, PS and Windows 10 15G Bronze

History[edit | edit source]

0.31 Added hoes.
1.2 Before this version, golden hoe has a higher durability than other hoes (except diamond).
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
1.4.2 12w38a Hoe now has a sound when tilling dirt.
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer trade iron or diamond hoes, making diamond hoes non-renewable.
14w32a Hoes can be used to convert coarse dirt into regular dirt.
1.9 15w34c Stone, iron, and diamond hoes do slightly more damage than an unarmed attack.
15w34d All hoes now lose 1 durability when used as a weapon.
15w35a Hoes now all do the same damage, but better materials have higher speeds.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added hoes. Wheat seeds are obtained by using a hoe on grass blocks.
0.8.0 build 3 Beetroot seeds, carrots, and potatoes are obtained by using a hoe on grass blocks.
build 4 Carrots and potatoes are no longer spawned from tilling grass blocks.
0.11.0 build 11 Wooden, stone, golden, and diamond hoes are now available in the creative inventory.
build 12 Removed wooden, stone, golden, and diamond hoes from creative.
build 13 All hoes are available in creative mode again.
Console Edition
TU1 Added hoes (all five types).
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added iron hoes.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • When a hoe breaks it does not display the tool breaking animation like on other tools, since tilling is not predicted client-side.
  • Although the word "hoe" is very recognizable in Minecraft, the word appears as "censored" on a sign in the Console Edition.