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A renewable resource is a resource that can be recreated indefinitely in survival without exploiting glitches (as opposed to a non-renewable resource). While running out of resources isn't likely to be a factor due to theoretically infinite (and still quite vast in practice) map generation, this is a list of resources that can be produced over and over without having to explore for more. However, running out of resources can be a bigger issue on superflat worlds, where resources are less plentiful, in PvP maps, where one would like to obtain resources without having to conquer more land, or simply if the map size is limited.

The listed fully renewable craftable items are items which can be crafted, smelted, or brewed using only renewable resources. For example, cookies are renewable as they only require wheat and cocoa beans that can be regrown infinitely, while TNT isn't because it requires sand, which is not renewable.

Anything that is dropped by a monster or animal, is renewable because more mobs of the same kind can spawn and be killed again for more loot. This is not the case for the wither, which requires non renewable soul sand to spawn, nor the elder guardian, which spawns only three times per ocean monument.

Brief introduction to methods[edit | edit source]

There are some main methods to get renewable resources and some item-specific methods. Item-specific methods vary from building a cobblestone generator to harvesting obsidian from portals, so it's very important sometimes to choose non-renewable, but easier and/or safer ways to get them. The methods are listed in increasing difficulty order:

  • Farming - grow it on the dirt or farmland block, breed using renewable resources, etc.
  • Craft it using only renewable resource(s)
  • Buy it from villagers
  • Get it as a guaranteed or very probable drop after mob's death
  • Get it as a rare drop after mob's death
  • Find it while fishing

The first three methods are the easiest. They are especially worth using when the player wants to avoid risk such as while playing in hardcore mode. The fourth method is normally used to get something that is only possible to get by killing monsters such as blaze rods, arrows, or bones. The last two methods are worth using only when there are no other practical choices, as the player will spend a lot of time executing the method before getting what they need.

Renewable[edit | edit source]

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Arrow
















Beetroot Seeds






































Blaze Rod





Magma Block




















Dropped by blazes when killed by a player

Bone

















































Cactus
























Carrot












  • Rarely dropped by zombies when registered as a player kill
  • Grown on farmland
Chorus Flower








Coal and Charcoal








Cobblestone and Stone


































  • Cobblestone or stone blocks are created when water and flowing lava meet, which may then be mined.
  • Stone is obtained by smelting cobblestone
Cocoa Beans











Grown on jungle wood
Dragon's Breath
































Obtained by using a glass bottle on the Ender dragon's breath

Egg



Dropped by chickens every 5 to 20 minutes

Ender Pearl




End Stone


  • 16 blocks are generated under the edge of the exit portal when the Ender dragon is respawned or killed
Experience Orb
XP orb animation.gif
See enchanting
Feather





Dropped by chickens

Fern

Obtained by using shears to break large ferns, which may be created by using bone meal on ferns

Flower








































































  • All short flowers are obtained by using bone meal on grass blocks. Certain short flowers only grow in certain biomes.
  • Tall flowers are dropped when bone meal is used on them
  • Poppies are dropped by iron golems.
Ghast Tear









Dropped by ghasts

Glass Bottle


































































Glowstone Dust





































Gold Nugget







































Gunpowder




















































Dropped by creepers, ghasts, and witches

Ice



































































Forms from water source blocks in cold biomes or at high altitudes that have air above them, obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Ink Sac

























Iron Ingot






















































Iron Bars

  • Crafted from renewable iron ingots
  • Generated as cages around the Ender crystals that are regenerated when the Ender dragon is respawned
Leather










Magma Cream

Magma Block










Melon Seeds















  • Obtained by breaking melon stems
  • Crafted using renewable melon slices
Milk


Obtained by using an empty bucket on cows or mooshrooms

Brown Mushroom (block)





















Created by using bone meal on a brown mushroom, then obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Brown Mushroom





















Red Mushroom (block)




Created by using bone meal on a red mushroom, then obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Red Mushroom




Nether Wart





















































Grown on soul sand

Obsidian


  • Entering a nether portal for which there is no matching exit will generate a new portal of 14 obsidian blocks (18 if it generates in mid air), which may be mined.
  • Traveling to the End regenerates the 5×5 platform, which may be mined.
  • The pillars in the End are regenerated when the Ender dragon is respawned.
Potato




  • Grown on farmland
  • Rarely dropped by zombies when registered as a player kill
Prismarine Shard

Prismarine

Sea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Prismarine Crystals

Sea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Pumpkin Seeds




  • Obtained by breaking pumpkin stems
  • Crafted using renewable pumpkins
Rabbit Hide











Dropped by rabbit

Raw Beef


Dropped by cows and mooshrooms

Raw Chicken


Dropped by chickens

Raw Fish


Raw Mutton


Dropped by sheep.

Raw Porkchop


Dropped by pigs

Raw Rabbit



Dropped by rabbits

Redstone
































































Rotten Flesh

Dropped by zombies and zombie pigmen

Saplings and trees
































































































































































Saplings are occasionally dropped when leaves decay or are broken.

Seeds






Slimeball



Magma Block












Dropped by slimes

Snowball



  • Snow layers naturally form when it snows in snowy biomes or above a certain altitude in cold biomes, or when snow golems walk in certain biomes. These may be broken with a shovel to obtain snowballs.
Spider Eye






















Stick


















































































String




































































Dropped by spiders or cave spiders

Sugar Cane








































Grown on sand or dirt adjacent to water.

Sugar





























Tall Grass


Obtained by shearing it after using bone meal on grass blocks or tall grass

Vines




  • Obtained by shearing it after it has grown on the side of any block
  • Obtained by shearing it after it generates on the sides of 2x2 jungle trees grown from renewable saplings
Water Bucket



































































  • Created by having 2 water sources in the appropriate spots (See water for specifics), then obtained using an empty bucket.
  • Reusable sponges may become wet from flowing water, then smelted to produce a bucket of water
Wool






























































  • Dropped by sheep
  • Obtained by shearing sheep
  • Crafted with renewable string

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Resource Renewable products
Bone

















































Bowl




Bow


Clownfish

Enchanted Book

See enchanting
Fishing Rod


Ink Sac

























Leather










Leather Boots

Lily Pad

Name Tag

Pufferfish









Raw Fish


Raw Salmon


Rotten Flesh

Saddle

Stick


















































































String




































































Tripwire Hook


Water Bottle

































































Rare drops[edit | edit source]

These items are considered rare drops or are obtained by a mob dying in a unique way. For some of these items, this is the only way to even obtain them whatsoever. For most of these items, this is the only renewable way to obtain them. But, a few of these items have other renewable methods, such as crafting or trading. This does not include any item the mob picks up after spawning. Mob farms are a good option for obtaining these easily or in large quantities.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Armor
















  • Rarely dropped by zombies and skeletons which are wearing the armor when killed by a player
  • Has a chance to be enchanted
  • Only the chain and diamond armor cannot be crafted with renewable material.
  • Iron helmets and chestplates, every piece of chain armor, and enchanted diamond chestplates are also obtained by trading with an armorer villager.
  • Leather pants and enchanted leather tunics are also obtained by trading with a leatherworker villager.
  • Leather boots are also obtained by fishing.
Bow


Carrot












  • Rarely dropped by zombies when killed by a player
  • Grown on farmland to produce more
Cooked meat







Fish
















  • Dropped by guardians
  • Obtained by fishing
  • Raw fish can also drop as an uncommon drop by guardians.
Gold Ingot







































Melee Weapons




  • Iron shovels and swords are rarely dropped by zombies that are holding the weapon when killed by a player.
  • Stone swords are rarely dropped by wither skeletons when killed by a player.
  • Gold swords are rarely dropped by zombie pigmen when killed by a player.
  • Only the stone sword does not have a chance to be enchanted.
  • Can all be crafted with renewable material
  • Enchanted iron shovels and swords are also obtained by trading with a weapon smith or tool smith villager.
Mob Heads








Music Discs












Dropped by creepers when a skeleton deals the final blow

Potato




Potions












  • Rarely dropped by witches which are drinking the potion when killed by a player
  • Crafted with renewable materials
Rabbit's Foot












Dropped by rabbits

Tradable[edit | edit source]

These items in every other circumstance would not be renewable but are renewable through trading with villagers. This does not include items that can otherwise be renewed through different means.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Bottle o' Enchanting

XP orb animation.gif

Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Emerald


Enchanted diamond gear




  • Obtained by trading with a tool smith, weapon smith, or armorer villager.
  • Technically, zombies and skeletons can spawn wearing and drop an enchanted diamond chestplate, but the chance is so low that it is not considered a reasonable renewable method.
Glass





































































































Lapis Lazuli

































Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.


Pocket Edition[edit | edit source]

Generally, all resources are renewable in the same way in both the Pocket Edition and the computer edition. The exceptions are noted in subsections here.

Renewable[edit | edit source]

These resources are not renewable in the computer edition but are renewable in the Pocket Edition.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Enchanted Golden Apple

  • Enchanted Golden Apples can still be crafted, unlike in the computer edition

Renewable, but requires non-renewable resources[edit | edit source]

These resources can be made infinitely but require the initial use of at least one non-renewable resource. Some of them are renewable in the computer edition, but they do not require non-renewable resources.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Some wool






These dyes are not renewable, but the player can still dye sheep, and shear them.

Not renewable[edit | edit source]

These resources are renewable in the computer edition but not in the Pocket Edition.

Resource Non-renewable products Reason
Bottle o' Enchanting

Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Diamond tools



Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
End Stone

End stone is entirely unobtainable.
Ender Pearl

Endermen don't drop ender pearls , ender pearls are unobtainable in Pocket edition.
Emerald


Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Glass


Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Lapis Lazuli




Villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition.
Obsidian

Diamond pickaxes are not renewable since villager trading does not exist in Pocket Edition. The player needs diamond pickaxes to mine obsidian, and obsidian is blast resistant (so no creeper explosions) so obsidian is not renewable, but the player can use buckets to make non renewable obsidian since lava is not renewable.

Console edition[edit | edit source]

Generally, all resources are renewable in the same way in both the Console Edition and the computer edition. The exceptions are noted in subsections here.

Renewable[edit | edit source]

These resources are not renewable in the computer edition but are renewable in the Console Edition.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Enchanted Golden Apple

  • Enchanted Golden Apples can still be crafted, unlike in the computer edition
Nether items




Lava


















The Console Edition allows the Nether to be reset without restarting a world or modifying the game save files.
Nether fortress loot chests











  • Nether fortress loot chests from using the Nether reset option. Contents of the chests may vary on renewability based on world.

Not renewable[edit | edit source]

These resources are renewable in the computer edition but not in the Console Edition.

Resource Non-renewable products Reason
End Stone

The ender dragon cannot be respawned.

Video[edit | edit source]