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[edit]Stairs
Wooden Stairs.pngSpruce Wood Stairs.pngBirch Wood Stairs.pngJungle Wood Stairs.pngAcacia Wood Stairs.pngDark Oak Wood Stairs.pngSandstone Stairs.pngRed Sandstone Stairs.pngCobblestone Stairs.pngBrick Stairs.pngStone Brick Stairs.pngNether Brick Stairs.pngQuartz Stairs.png
Oak Wood StairsSpruce Wood StairsBirch Wood StairsJungle Wood StairsAcacia Wood StairsDark Oak Wood StairsSandstone StairsRed Sandstone StairsCobblestone StairsBrick StairsStone Brick StairsNether Brick StairsQuartz Stairs
Type

Solid Block

Requirements

None

Physics

No

Transparency

Partial (blocks light)

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

Wood: 15
Stone: 30
Sandstone, Quartz, Red Sandstone: 4

Hardness

Wood: 2
Stone: 2
Sandstone, Quartz, Red Sandstone: 0.8

Tools

This block can be broken with any tool, but a axe is the quickestGrid Wooden Pickaxe.png

Renewable

Wood: Yes
Sandstone: No
Cobblestone: Yes
Brick: No
Stone Brick: Yes
Nether Brick: No
Quartz: No
Red Sandstone: No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

Wood: Yes
Stone: No

First appearances
Oak wood, Cobblestone
Alpha 1.0.0
Brick, Stone Brick
Beta 1.8
Nether Brick
Beta 1.9
Upside Down Stairs
1.2.1 (12w08a)
Sandstone
1.3.1 (12w21a)
Birch, Spruce, Jungle Wood
1.3.1 (12w25a)
Quartz
1.5 (13w02a)
Acacia, Dark Oak Wood
1.7.2 (1.7-pre)
Red Sandstone
1.8 (14w32a)
Drops

Itself

Data values
Oak Wood Stairs
dec: 53 hex: 35 bin: 110101
Cobblestone stairs
dec: 67 hex: 43 bin: 1000011
Brick stairs
dec: 108 hex: 6C bin: 1101100
Stone Brick Stairs
dec: 109 hex: 6D bin: 1101101
Nether Brick Stairs
dec: 114 hex: 72 bin: 1110010
Sandstone Stairs
dec: 128 hex: 80 bin: 10000000
Spruce Wood Stairs
dec: 134 hex: 86 bin: 10000110
Birch Wood Stairs
dec: 135 hex: 87 bin: 10000111
Jungle Wood Stairs
dec: 136 hex: 88 bin: 10001000
Quartz Stairs
dec: 156 hex: 9C bin: 10011100
Acacia Wood Stairs
dec: 163 hex: A3 bin: 10100011
Dark Oak Wood Stairs
dec: 164 hex: A4 bin: 10100100
Red Sandstone Stairs
dec: 180 hex: B4 bin: 10110100
Name
Oak Wood Stairs 
oak_stairs
Cobblestone Stairs 
stone_stairs
Brick Stairs 
brick_stairs
Stone Brick Stairs 
stone_brick_stairs
Nether Brick Stairs 
nether_brick_stairs
Sandstone Stairs 
sandstone_stairs
Spruce Wood Stairs 
spruce_stairs
Birch Wood Stairs 
birch_stairs
Jungle Wood Stairs 
jungle_stairs
Quartz Stairs 
quartz_stairs
Acacia Wood Stairs 
acacia_stairs
Dark Oak Wood Stairs 
dark_oak_stairs
Red Sandstone Stairs 
red_sandstone_stairs

Stairs are blocks that allow the player to change elevation without jumping. They are a more compact alternative to slabs, allowing a greater elevation change in a shorter horizontal distance. Stairs will change their shape when placed in corners. A player appears to sit if he stands in front of a stair block and crouches.

Contents

[edit] Obtaining

[edit] Natural Occurrence

Stairs occur naturally in villages. Wooden stairs make seating furniture in houses, as well as roofs for most structures in the village. Cobblestone stairs occur in front of doors and inside churches. Cobblestone stairs can also be found within strongholds. Sandstone stairs can be found in Desert NPC Villages, replacing the stairs mentioned above. Nether Brick Stairs occur naturally in Nether fortresses.

[edit] Crafting

Stairs can be made using six of either wooden planks (all six types), cobblestone, bricks, stone bricks (all four types), Nether bricks, sandstone, and blocks of quartz, producing four stairs per craft.

Unlike many wooden items, wooden stairs must be crafted entirely from one type of wood, but by the same token, they keep the type (and color) of the wood used, thus "Birch Wood Stairs" and so forth.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Any Wood Stairs

Any Wood Planks



Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Grid layout Arrow (small).png Oak Wood Stairs4Spruce Wood Stairs4Birch Wood Stairs4Jungle Wood Stairs4Acacia Wood Stairs4Dark Oak Wood Stairs4

Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks
Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks

Cobblestone Stairs

Cobblestone



Cobblestone Grid layout Arrow (small).png Cobblestone Stairs4

Cobblestone Cobblestone
Cobblestone Cobblestone Cobblestone

Brick Stairs

Bricks



Bricks Grid layout Arrow (small).png Brick Stairs4

Bricks Bricks
Bricks Bricks Bricks

Stone Brick Stairs

Any Stone Bricks



Stone BricksMossy Stone BricksCracked Stone BricksChiseled Stone Bricks Grid layout Arrow (small).png Stone Brick Stairs4

Stone BricksMossy Stone BricksCracked Stone BricksChiseled Stone Bricks Stone BricksMossy Stone BricksCracked Stone BricksChiseled Stone Bricks
Stone BricksMossy Stone BricksCracked Stone BricksChiseled Stone Bricks Stone BricksMossy Stone BricksCracked Stone BricksChiseled Stone Bricks Stone BricksMossy Stone BricksCracked Stone BricksChiseled Stone Bricks

Nether Brick Stairs

Nether Brick



Nether Brick Grid layout Arrow (small).png Nether Brick Stairs4

Nether Brick Nether Brick
Nether Brick Nether Brick Nether Brick

Sandstone Stairs

Any Sandstone



SandstoneChiseled SandstoneSmooth Sandstone Grid layout Arrow (small).png Sandstone Stairs4

SandstoneChiseled SandstoneSmooth Sandstone SandstoneChiseled SandstoneSmooth Sandstone
SandstoneChiseled SandstoneSmooth Sandstone SandstoneChiseled SandstoneSmooth Sandstone SandstoneChiseled SandstoneSmooth Sandstone

Quartz Stairs

Any Quartz Block



Block of QuartzChiseled Quartz BlockPillar Quartz Block Grid layout Arrow (small).png Quartz Stairs4

Block of QuartzChiseled Quartz BlockPillar Quartz Block Block of QuartzChiseled Quartz BlockPillar Quartz Block
Block of QuartzChiseled Quartz BlockPillar Quartz Block Block of QuartzChiseled Quartz BlockPillar Quartz Block Block of QuartzChiseled Quartz BlockPillar Quartz Block

[edit] Crafting in 1.8

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Red Sandstone Stairs
(1.8)

Any Red Sandstone



Red SandstoneChiseled Red SandstoneSmooth Red Sandstone Grid layout Arrow (small).png Red Sandstone Stairs4

Red SandstoneChiseled Red SandstoneSmooth Red Sandstone Red SandstoneChiseled Red SandstoneSmooth Red Sandstone
Red SandstoneChiseled Red SandstoneSmooth Red Sandstone Red SandstoneChiseled Red SandstoneSmooth Red Sandstone Red SandstoneChiseled Red SandstoneSmooth Red Sandstone

[edit] Usage

Stone brick steps being used to represent broken masonry.

Aside from their given usage, stairs can be used for a number of aesthetic purposes, mostly in simulating items that are not currently present in the game.

  • Walking up stairs is faster and takes less of a toll on a player's hunger bar than jumping up a slope would.
  • A popular use for stair blocks is to simulate benches or chairs. As of the Beta 1.8 update, NPC villages are generated using stairs for seats.
  • Another popular use is as roofing for homes, also seen in NPC villages but widely used by players prior to the Beta 1.8 update. A side effect of this is preventing mobs from spawning on roofs.
  • Just as normal stairs are used to smooth slopes in the floor, upside-down stairs can be used to smooth slopes in the ceiling. This makes it possible to create more realistic arches under bridges or in architectural buildings.
  • Brick and stone brick steps, when stacked at the end of a wall made with other brick or stone brick blocks, gives the appearance of broken masonry.
  • Stairs can be used to hide Redstone wiring, as power will go through the lower half of a stair block. With the full-sized end facing outwards, it can be used to hide wiring without placing a hole in a wall.
  • Chests can be opened below stair blocks.
  • Stairs can be arranged to form windows or halls with unique properties. These openings will block light (except for the inside edge of the stairs) and fluid, but will allow entities such as items and small animals to pass through (if the opening is large enough). Openings may be made the size of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, or 1 block.

[edit] Behavior

Stairs are placed facing the player so they may be immediately climbed. This may cause problems when constructing a stair; just start at the lower end to fix this. Alternatively, you can face the top of the stairs, sneak, and place stairs at your feet while hanging onto the edge of a block to place them in the correct location while descending the stairs.

Water will flow over stairs as if it were a completely solid block. If one attempts to place a torch or redstone torch on top of a stair block, the torch or redstone torch will be placed instead on the closest available non-stair block.

Wooden stairs and fences are flammable.

Stairs can also be placed upside down by one of two methods.

  1. Right-clicking on the bottom side of a block.
  2. Right-clicking on the top half of the side of a block.

[edit] Video

[edit] History

Alpha
June 28 2010 Added wood and cobblestone 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.
1.2.2
The old light transparency
Stairs now had the odd property of being transparent to light; when placed one or more spaces above the ground with air beneath, sunlight or other light sources would shine through and light the blocks beneath/behind the stairs exactly as if nothing opaque were present between them.[1] Other atmospheric effects such as snowfall did not penetrate stair blocks, making them an unusually effective material for creating roofing which kept weather out, but still let daylight in. Snow could not accumulate on top of stair blocks, grass was able to grow on the block directly underneath a stair block, and grass wouldn't disappear if a stair block was placed on top of it. Any stair block placed in Alpha 1.2.0_02 to Beta 1.5 would keep this property in later versions until it or an adjacent block is changed or removed, causing a lighting update.
Beta
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.
Official release
1.0.0 1.9pre1 Added Nether brick stairs.[2]
1.9pre6 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.[3]
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 1.7pre Added acacia and dark oak stairs.
1.8 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.
Console Edition
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.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added wood (original oak), cobblestone and brick stairs.

[edit] Issues

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

[edit] Trivia

  • Placing 6 Mossy Stone Brick, 6 cracked stone brick, or 6 chiseled stone brick in a crafting box will only make stone brick stairs, not mossy/cracked/chiseled stone brick Stairs. The behavior is the same for the different types of sandstone.
  • Prior to Beta 1.8, stairs' entity had the larger “item” rather than “block” size, a bug shared with cactus.
  • Cobblestone stairs are mistakenly called Stone Stairs.
  • When stairs are placed in a line with the small side facing one direction with water flowing over the top of those stairs, an item "tube" is created that can bring items from one location to another quickly. This can be used instead of hoppers to transport items faster and more cost-effective.
  • 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.
  • Items will bounce on stairs.
  • If a player jumps while sprinting up stairs, there is a chance they will trip and break their sprint.

[edit] Gallery

[edit] References