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Wearable items; Solid Block




Partial (blocks light)



Blast resistance





This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Data value

dec: 86 hex: 56 bin: 1010110



Pumpkins are blocks that appear on grass, generated in random clusters in most Overworld biomes, though somewhat rarely.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins can be mined with any tool, but axes are the quickest.

Hardness 1
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

When a pumpkin is pushed by a piston, it breaks and drops as an item.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins may generate naturally in most biomes in the Overworld.

Farming[edit | edit source]

Pumpkin farming strategies parallel those of melons. Planted pumpkin seeds grow a central stem that, after maturing, generates pumpkins randomly on adjacent vacant dirt/grass/farmland. If a pumpkin is harvested without also cutting the central stalk, another pumpkin will generate afterwards without requiring replanting or waiting for the stalk to mature again.

Pumpkin stems take around 10 to 30 minutes to fully develop. Bone Meal can be used on pumpkin stems to become fully-grown, but will not produce a pumpkin immediately.

Mobs[edit | edit source]

Zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons, and zombie pigmen have a chance of wearing a pumpkin if they spawn during Halloween. If a mob wearing a pumpkin is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.

In Pocket Edition, shearing a snow golem will remove its pumpkin.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Helmet[edit | edit source]

A pumpkin can be equipped as a helmet without any actual armor value, but will instead function as a mask that allows the player to look at Endermen without provoking an attack. When worn, they limit the player's viewing area to a mask pattern that resembles the pumpkin's carved face.

Building Golems[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins can be used to make Snow Golems and Iron Golems as shown below. Snow Golems require snow blocks for their bodies, while Iron Golems require iron blocks. The pumpkin must be placed last or the Golem will not spawn.

Iron Golem build configuration

Snow Golem build configuration

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Jack o'Lantern

Pumpkin +

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin +
Sugar +

Pumpkin Seeds


Placement[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins cannot be placed without a block under them, but once placed, will remain even if the block underneath is mined away. When placed, pumpkins automatically face the player. Pumpkins cannot be placed on a transparent block.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Farmers will buy 8-13 pumpkins for an emerald.

Video[edit | edit source]

Data values[edit | edit source]

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
Bits Values
0x0 Pumpkin facing south
0x1 Pumpkin facing west
0x2 Pumpkin facing north
0x3 Pumpkin facing east
0x4 (bit flag) Pumpkin without face

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

The direction the pumpkin's carved face is facing.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the pumpkin.

History[edit | edit source]

1.2.0 Pumpkins are added, now generating in many of the newly-added biomes. It can be crafted into jack o'lanterns.
1.8 Pumpkins become a renewable resource, they can appear also in swamp biomes, and it is possible to farm pumpkins in the same way as melons. Mineshafts can have pumpkin seeds, providing another way to farm pumpkins besides finding them. Endermen won't become hostile when you look at them if you're wearing a pumpkin.
Official release
1.0.0 Pumpkins can now be crafted into pumpkin seeds.
A snow golem can be "crafted" by stacking two snow blocks on top of each other, then placing a pumpkin on top of the snow.
1.1 Pumpkins no longer require farmland to grow on.
1.2.1 12w08a Pumpkins can be used to make iron golems.
1.4.2 12w37a Pumpkins are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
? Some zombies, skeletons, zombie pigmen, and wither skeletons will be wearing pumpkins if it's Halloween on your computer's clock.
1.7.2 13w37a Block ID 104, pumpkin stem, is removed from the /give command.
1.8 14w04a Dispensers can be used to place the pumpkin to activate iron golems and snow golems.
1.9 15w32c Pumpkins now generate in end ships, replacing beacons.
15w33c Pumpkins no longer generate in end ships, they are replaced by a hopper.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added pumpkins.
0.9.0 build 1 Pumpkins now generate naturally.
0.12.1 build 1 Pumpkins can now spawn golems.
Console Edition
TU1 Added pumpkins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The pumpkin is the only headgear that obstructs the player's view.

Gallery[edit | edit source]