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The Creative inventory is filled with a wide variety of items.

Items are objects which only exist within the player's inventory and hands - which means, they cannot be directly placed in the game world.


Some items, when used, place a block or entity version of themselves into the game world. Put simply, they are an item when in the inventory, and a block when placed. For example, boats turn into an entity when placed, and beds turn into a group of blocks when placed. When selected in the hotbar, items briefly display their names above the HUD.

The only method by which items can be properly displayed within the game environment is with the use of item frames.

Items use item IDs, whereas blocks use block IDs.

List of items

Raw materials

Raw materials are used for crafting, brewing, and smelting other items and blocks.


Some items are manufactured through most of the raw materials listed above.


Potions inflict status effects on players and mobs.


Food items are used to feed the player in order to get hunger points and saturation. Some food items may inflict status effects on the player, be they positive or negative. Food items can also be used to restore the health of tameable mobs (including horses and wolves), and to make passive mobs (including pigs and cows) breed.


Most plants can be planted, grown, and harvested for food. The growth of plants can be accelerated with bone meal.


Dyes are a set of 16 items used to change the color of wool, leather armor, hardened clay, certain mobs, banners and glass.


Tools are utilized for a variety of purposes, mainly to help players harvest food and minerals.


These tools help players navigate and understand the world around them.


Weapons are mostly used to do damage and/or hinder mobs (and other players).


Armor is used to reduce the amount of damage received from mobs, players, and the environment. Armor enchantments help to reduce damage even further.


Vehicles allow players, mobs, and even some blocks to move in a much more efficient fashion.


Utility items are used for a wide variety of specific purposes that are helpful to the player.


Decorations are used only for aesthetic purposes.

Creative only

These items can only be accessed within the Creative mode inventory.

Spawn Egg

Commands only

These items can only be accessed with the use of commands, such as /give.



December 31, 2009 Added the inventory, and with it, the first "non-tile" items.
Notch was hard at work making items and the inventory fully functional.[1][2]
January 11, 2010 Added the first functioning items: iron shovel, iron pickaxe, iron axe, and flint and steel.
Because the crafting system did not exist at this point, these items were automatically added to the inventory after creating a new world.[3]
Apples were added, but they currently serve no function.
January 22, 2010 Can now place blocks on resource items
Dropped items now experience gravity.
January 24, 2010 Can now drop a whole stack of items instead of just one at a time.
January 29, 2010 Added crafting.
Right-clicking drops one of a stack.
Added the following items: diamonds (originally emeralds), iron ingots, gold ingots, sticks, bowls, mushrooms, mushroom stew, bows, signs, pickaxes, swords, shovels, and axes (iron, diamond, and golden).
January 30, 2010 Crafting improved - now 36 recipes.
Official release
1.3 12w15a Stackable items now stack outside inventory when thrown to the ground individually.
1.8 14w25a All items are now models, some are still generated from item icons.
Resource packs can make models for all items.


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See also