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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


Solid Block







Blast resistance





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




Yes (64), same color only



First appearances

See History



Data value

dec: 35 hex: 23 bin: 100011



Wool (previously known as cloth) is a block derived from sheep that can be dyed in any of the 16 different colors.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Wool can be broken using any tool, but shears are the fastest.

Hardness 0.8
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.25
Shears 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Sheep[edit | edit source]

1 to 3 wool is harvested by using shears on an adult sheep. If unshorn, sheep will drop 1 wool upon death. The wool dropped will be the same color as the sheep's wool. The drop rates are not affected by the Fortune or Looting enchantments.

White, light gray, gray, black, brown, and pink wool can be found naturally on sheep. The rest of the colors require dyeing sheep.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Naturally occurring black wool with torches on them.

Black wool can also be found naturally in villages as part of a streetlight-like structure where they lie on top of three fence posts, surrounded by 4 torches.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Shepherd villagers sell each separate color of wool for a price of 1 to 2 emeralds for one wool as part of their tier 2 trades.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

White Wool


Any Dyed Wool

White Wool +
Any Colored Dye

Usage[edit | edit source]

Wool blocks are weak, highly flammable, and offer little resistance against explosions. Their primary usage is as a decorative block.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Shepherd villagers buy 16 to 22 white wool for 1 emerald as part of their tier 1 trades.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

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

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Any Carpet

Any Wool


Stick +
Any Wool


Any Wood Planks +
Any Wool

Any Banner

Stick +
Any Wool

Data values[edit | edit source]

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: 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.

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description


















The color of the wool.
'silver' refers to Light Gray.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Rainbow Collection.png Rainbow Collection Gather all 16 colours of wool. None Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 30G Sliver

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.20 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 11 Added Sheep, which will drop red cloth.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 12 Sheep now drop white cloth instead of red cloth.
February 23, 2010 Added Paintings, which can be crafted using cloth.
1.0.1 Sheep will now regenerate their cloth.
1.0.8 Changed the recipe of cloth/leather Armor from cloth to leather.
1.1.0 Sheep will now drop 1-3 cloth when hit instead of always dropping 2.
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.
1.8 Villages generate with lamp posts containing black wool.
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.
1.6.1 13w16a Added carpets, which are crafted using two blocks of wool of any color and placing them side-by-side in the crafting grid.
1.8 14w02a Villagers now trade you wool of every color.
14w03a Desert temples now spawn with stained clay instead of wool.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added wool (all 16 colors, not all obtainable)
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.
0.9.0 build 1 Black wool now naturally spawns in villages.
0.9.3 Wool now has smooth lighting.
Console Edition
TU1 Added wool (all 16 colors).
TU9 Sheep can now regrow their wool by eating grass or tall grass.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added wool (all 16 colors).

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • White wool can be crafted together with bone meal, but this simply wastes the bone meal.
  • On the Console Edition tutorial world, the Minecraft Logo seen in the sky is made of light gray and black wool.
  • Wool is referred to cloth in the game code.