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Wool
White Wool.pngOrange Wool.pngMagenta Wool.pngLight Blue Wool.pngYellow Wool.pngLime Wool.pngPink Wool.pngGray Wool.pngLight Gray Wool.pngCyan Wool.pngPurple Wool.pngBlue Wool.pngBrown Wool.pngGreen Wool.pngRed Wool.pngBlack Wool.png
White WoolOrange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool
Type

Solid Block

Requirements

None

Physics

No

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

4

Tool

This block can be broken with any tool, but shears are the quickest

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64), same color only

Flammable

Yes

Availability

?

First appearances

Classic colors

Classic 0.0.20 (June 20, 2009)

Beta colors

Beta 1.2 (January 13, 2011)
Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 35 hex: 23 bin: 100011

Name

wool

Wool (previously known as cloth) is a block derived from sheep that can be dyed in any of the 16 different colors. Wool blocks are weak, highly flammable, and offer little resistance against explosions.

Contents

[edit] Obtaining

[edit] From sheep

Wool is harvested by right-clicking a sheep with shears (1–3 wool) or killing it (1 wool). White, light gray, gray, black, brown, and pink wool can be found naturally on sheep. Untamed wolves (commonly seen in Forest or Taiga biomes) will sometimes kill nearby sheep, resulting in the occasional blocks of wool being found.

Dyeing sheep (right-clicking them while holding dye) is the most productive method of obtaining colored wool, as the sheep will drop 1–3 blocks of wool when shorn, and can be reshorn repeatedly if the sheep have access to grass. This is an infinitely higher yield than can by gained by dyeing blocks of wool or killing a dyed sheep. All sheep can be colored and re-colored equally easily, regardless of whether they are any of the naturally occurring colors (white, brown, pink, black, gray, or light gray), or previously dyed to any available shade. Nor is there any need to 'bleach' a sheep to white using bone meal before re-coloring it.

[edit] Crafting

Wool can be crafted from string if required. However, as sheep are much easier to collect from than spiders are to kill, doing so may be a waste of resources. But with the Adventure update, string can be collected very easily for beds for use underground.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

White Wool

String




Grid layout Arrow (small).png White Wool
String String
String String

Any Dyed Wool

White Wool +
Any Dye




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Orange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool
White Wool Orange DyeMagenta DyeLight Blue DyeDandelion YellowLime DyePink DyeGray DyeLight Gray DyeCyan DyePurple DyeLapis LazuliCocoa BeansCactus GreenRose RedInk Sac



Grid layout Shapeless.png

[edit] Naturally generated

Naturally occurring black wool with torches on them.

Black wool blocks can also be found naturally in NPC villages where they lie on top of a fence post, surrounded by 4 torches.

54 orange wool blocks and 1 blue wool block are naturally generated as part of a Desert Temple. (As of 14w03a, stained clay generates in desert temples instead.)

[edit] Usage

Because of the variety of colors in which wool is available, many players use it to build colorful buildings, statues and other structures, especially in Creative mode. Wool is commonly used as decoration, as carpeting in houses and for large 'beds'. It can also be used to color-code a cave system by placing blocks at intervals so that you know which cave section you are in.

Wool can be used for color coding redstone circuits, to make it easier to find a wire or to separate one contraption from another. It acts as a solid block with no special behavior.

You may also trade wool to some farmer villagers for emeralds. You can give them any color of wool, but you can't give them more than one color at once.

Wild wolves can be located by looking for randomly dropped blocks of wool on the ground (especially in Forest or Taiga biomes) as wolves will kill sheep while roaming.

[edit] As a crafting ingredient

Any color of wool or wood may be used for beds and paintings but it has no effect on the product's final appearance.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Bed

Any Wood Planks +
Any Wool




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Bed
White WoolOrange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool White WoolOrange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool White WoolOrange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool
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

Any Carpet

Any Wool




Grid layout Arrow (small).png White Carpet3Orange Carpet3Magenta Carpet3Light Blue Carpet3Yellow Carpet3Lime Carpet3Pink Carpet3Gray Carpet3Light Gray Carpet3Cyan Carpet3Purple Carpet3Blue Carpet3Brown Carpet3Green Carpet3Red Carpet3Black Carpet3



White WoolOrange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool White WoolOrange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool

Painting

Stick +
Any Wool

Stick Stick Stick Grid layout Arrow (small).png Painting
Stick White WoolOrange WoolMagenta WoolLight Blue WoolYellow WoolLime WoolPink WoolGray WoolLight Gray WoolCyan WoolPurple WoolBlue WoolBrown WoolGreen WoolRed WoolBlack Wool Stick
Stick Stick Stick

[edit] Data values

Data value Dec 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Hex 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
Bin 0000 0001 0010 0011 0100 0101 0110 0111 1000 1001 1010 1011 1100 1101 1110 1111
Preview White wool Orange wool Magenta wool Light blue wool Yellow wool Lime wool Pink wool Gray wool Light gray wool Cyan wool Purple wool Blue wool Brown wool Green wool Red wool Black wool
Name White wool Orange wool Magenta wool Light blue wool Yellow wool Lime wool Pink wool Gray wool Light gray wool Cyan wool Purple wool Blue wool Brown wool Green wool Red wool Black wool
Red[fn 1] 221 219 179 107 177 65 208 64 154 46 126 46 79 53 150 25
Green[fn 1] 221 125 80 138 166 174 132 64 161 110 61 56 50 70 52 22
Blue[fn 1] 221 62 188 201 39 56 153 64 161 137 181 141 31 27 48 22
Hex[fn 1] DDDDDD DB7D3E B350BC 6B8AC9 B1A627 41AE38 D08499 404040 9AA1A1 2E6E89 7E3DB5 2E388D 4F321F 35461B 963430 191616
  1. a b c d
    Average RGB color values for the default texture pack.

[edit] Video

[edit] History

Classic
0.0.20 (June 20, 2009) Classic wool color spectrum Cloth was added in 16 different color shades for the creation of carpeting, colorful structures, and in-game pixel art.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST (October 25, 2009) Added Sheep, which will drop red cloth.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST (October 25, 2009) Sheep now drop white cloth instead of red cloth. (This version, although titled the same as the one above, is a different one.)
Indev
February 23, 2010 Added Paintings, which can be crafted using cloth
Alpha
1.0.1 (Seecret Friday 3) Sheep will now regenerate their wool/cloth.
1.0.8 Changed the recipe of cloth/leather Armor from cloth to leather.
1.1.0 (Seecret Friday 9) Sheep will now drop 1-3 cloth when hit instead of always dropping 2.
Beta
1.2 Beta wool color spectrum. Changed the color shades of cloth.
Renamed cloth to wool.
Added 15 dyes; white sheep could be dyed by right-clicking on them while holding any dye.
Light gray, gray, and black sheep now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool.
1.4 Brown and pink sheep now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool.
1.6.6 Changed the crafting recipe of wool, reducing the amount of String required from 9 to 4 pieces.
1.7 Added Shears to shear sheep without hurting them, dropping 2-4 wool.
Sheep no longer drop wool when hit, albeit they drop one wool when being killed when they are unsheared.
Official release
1.1 Sheep will now eat Grass and Tall Grass to regain their wool, keeping the color they had before shearing.
As a counterbalance, shearing sheep now yields 1-3 wool instead of 2-4.
1.2.4 Tweaked the saturation of wool, making wool blocks slightly darker than before. Comparison
1.3.1 12w21a 54 orange wool and 1 blue wool now naturally occur in Desert Temples.
1.6 13w16a Added Carpets, which are crafted using two blocks of wool of any color and placing them side-by-side in the crafting grid.
Upcoming
1.8 14w02a Villagers now trade you Wool of every color.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added gray, pink, lime, yellow, light blue, blue, purple, cyan, white, red, green and brown wool.
0.2.0 Added the ability to shear sheep.
0.4.0 Added a crafting recipe for wool.
0.8.0 Wool can be used to craft carpet.
Console Edition
TU1 Added wool (all 16 colors).

[edit] Issues

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[edit] Trivia

  • Sheep have a 5% chance to be black, 5% chance to be gray, 5% chance to be light gray, 3% chance to be brown, and a 0.164% chance to be pink. The remaining 81.836% are white.
  • The damage values for wool and their respective dyes are the inverse of each other. This is also true for Stained Glass and Stained Clay.
  • Shears do not take damage from destroying wool blocks. They're also the fastest tool to destroy already placed wool blocks.
  • White wool can be crafted together with bonemeal, but this merely "dyes" the already-white wool into another block of still-white wool.
  • On the Xbox 360 Edition Tutorial Map, the Minecraft Logo seen in the sky is made of Light Gray and Black Wool.
  • Using /give to obtain Wool with a Data Value of 16 will appear as White Wool in inventory. When placed, the data value is reset to 0.
  • Beyond that, obtaining wool with a DV of 17 or higher will wrap around to 1 again (i.e.: 17 gives orange, 18 gives Magenta) and appear like normal colored wool in the inventory.
  • Before leather was available, cloth was also used to craft leather armor.
  • Colored cloth was unobtainable during Classic's Survival Test and Indev unless they were pre-placed into the map file. Colored cloth blocks were completely removed from the code in Infdev. Placing these blocks on the map would cause the game client to crash, since the blocks no longer existed.
  • Obtaining the unused wool with damage value 16 as of Minecraft 1.5 will crash the game.
  • Black, Gray, Light Gray and Brown wool can only be obtained in Pocket Edition through natural colored sheep as there are no squids or Cocoa Beans to dye the wool. Even then, there is only a small chance to find Black, Gray, Light Gray and Brown dyed sheep. It is possible, but rare, to find a Pink colored sheep in Pocket Edition.
  • It is rarer to see a natural pink sheep than a zombie/skeleton with natural diamond armor. Both can be "faked", however.
  • The wool colors in Classic are brighter and more vivid. If you look closely at the file found in the History section, each color "blends in" with the last.
  • Wool can be dropped from sheep when they die.