Partial (blocks light)
Cobblestone, Stone Brick, Wood: Yes
See Data values
See Data values
Stairs are a block that allows mobs and players to change elevation without jumping.
Stairs can be crafted, or can be found in villages, strongholds, and nether fortresses.
Wood stairs drops themselves as items when broken with any tool, or with no tool, but an axe is fastest. Non-wood stairs drop themselves as items only if broken with a pickaxe.
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Wood stairs must be crafted entirely from one type of wood and keep the type and color of the wood used.
Any Wood Stairs
Any Wood Planks
Any Stone Bricks
Any Quartz Block
Any Red Sandstone
Cobblestone stairs also generate naturally in strongholds.
Nether brick stairs generate naturally in Nether fortresses.
Spruce wood stairs generate naturally in Witch huts
To place stairs, use a stairs item while pointing at a surface facing the space the stairs should occupy. Stairs will place with the half-block side closest to the player.
Stairs can be placed either right side up or upside-down:
- Pointing at a block top or the bottom half of a block side will place the stairs right side up.
- Pointing at a block bottom or the top half of a block side will place the stairs upside-down.
Stairs will change their shape to join with adjacent stairs (of any material):
- When a stairs' half-block side is adjacent to the side of another stairs, the stairs' full-block side will wrap into an "L" shape to join the other stairs (it creates an "inner corner").
- When a stairs' full-block side is adjacent to the side of another stairs, the stairs' full-block side will shorten to join only the other stairs' full-block side (it creates an "outer corner").
Right side up stairs won't join with upside-down stairs and vice versa.
Walking up stairs is faster and takes less of a toll on a player's hunger bar than jumping up.
Stairs are defined by their ID and block data. Stairs also have a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.
A stairs' ID specifies its material:
|Name||ID Name||Block ID|
|Oak Wood Stairs||
|Stone Brick Stairs||
|Nether Brick Stairs||
|Spruce Wood Stairs||
|Birch Wood Stairs||
|Jungle Wood Stairs||
|Acacia Wood Stairs||
|Dark Oak Wood Stairs||
|Red Sandstone Stairs||
A stairs' block data specifies its facing and whether it is upside-down:
|A two-bit field containing a value from 0 to 3 specifying the direction of the stairs' full-block side:
|0x4||Set if stairs are upside-down|
||The direction the stairs' full-block side faces.
When placed in-game by a player, this matches the direction the player faces.
||Top if the stairs are upside-down.|
||"straight" is the default stairs shape.
"inner" is an "inside corner" stair shape, with two full-block and two stair-shaped side faces.
"outer" is an "outside corner" stair shape, with two stair-shaped and two half-block side faces.
"left" and "right" specify in which direction is the higher part of the step.
|1.0.0||Added wood and cobblestone stairs (originally called "Stone Stairs"). Wooden stairs do not burn up.|
|1.2.0||Before this version, stairs would determine their orientation based on the surrounding blocks (changing if they were changed). They would attempt to face a block adjacent to the stairs, so as to create a climbable surface towards that block. However, this was often more annoying than helpful, and was therefore changed to be placed facing the player.|
|1.6||Wooden stairs and fences are now flammable.|
|Fixed light transparency from Alpha 1.2.2. Reversed the inventory icon for stairs to show a more recognizable figure.|
|1.8||Added brick and stone brick stairs. Stone brick stairs could drop one of either mossy stone brick or cracked stone brick when broken due to the data value carrying over. Mining a stair block would yield the stair's source material, rather than a stair block, thus wasting material.|
|1.8.1||Stone brick stairs now always drop regular Stone Brick.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9-pre1||Added Nether brick stairs.|
|Beta 1.9-pre6||Mining a stair block now drops the stair block instead of the stair's source material.|
|1.2.1||12w08a||Added upside-down stairs. Before they were added, edited data values of 4 through 15 would create invisible stairs that could be walked through; these higher values are now used for upside-down stairs.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Added sandstone stairs.|
|12w25a||Redstone, repeaters, torches, levers, pressure plates and rails can now be placed on stairs positioned upside down.|
|Added wooden stairs for the remaining three wood types (birch, spruce and jungle).|
|12w26a||Added crafting recipes for birch, spruce and jungle wood stairs.|
|1.4.2||12w34a||Stairs now automatically change shape into corner stairs depending on location.|
|12w39a||Stairs interact properly with lighting now.|
|Smooth lighting on stairs is slightly bugged.|
|1.5||13w02a||Added quartz stairs.|
|13w05a||Fixed stairs lighting when Smooth Lighting is on.|
|13w05b||Stairs no longer stop sprinting.|
|1.7.2||1.7-pre||Added acacia and dark oak stairs.|
|1.8||14w21b||Upside down sandstone and quartz stairs each had their top and bottom textures were switched.|
|14w31a||Renamed "Stone Stairs" to "Cobblestone Stairs".|
|14w32a||Added red sandstone stairs.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.0||Added wooden (original oak) and cobblestone stairs.|
|0.3.0||Added brick stairs.|
|0.6.0||Added Nether brick, sandstone, stone brick and quartz stairs.|
|Corner stairs and upside-down stairs added.|
|0.8.0||build 2||Birch, spruce and jungle wood stairs added.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Added acacia and dark oak wood stairs.|
|Stone brick stairs now naturally spawn in strongholds.|
|Cobblestone and oak wood stairs now naturally spawn in villages.|
|Corrected the name for stairs.|
|TU1||Added wood (original oak) and cobblestone stairs.|
|TU5||Added stone brick stairs and brick stairs.|
|TU7||Added Nether brick stairs.|
|TU9||Added spruce and birch wood stairs and sandstone stairs.|
|TU12||Added jungle wood stairs.|
|Stairs now automatically change shape into corner stairs depending on location.|
|Stairs can be placed upside down. Items can be placed directly on upside down stairs.|
|TU13||Jungle wood stairs are now flammable.|
|TU14||Added quartz stairs.|
|Changed placement of upside down stairs & slabs.|
|0.1.1||Added wood (original oak), cobblestone and brick stairs.|
Issues relating to "Stairs" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
- On the Xbox 360 edition, grass won't revert to dirt on stone or oak wood stairs, but grass can't grow on it either.[Verify]