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Bamboo
Leafless Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngLeafless Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.png
Bamboo Shoot JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tools

Blast resistance

1

Hardness

1

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

Bamboo: Yes (60)
Sapling: No

Catches fire from lava

Yes

Bamboo is a plant found in jungles, and can be used as fuel for smelting or cooking, or to breed pandas, and craft scaffolding, or sticks. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in Minecraft.

Obtaining[edit]

Bamboo can be mined with any tool, but the fastest tool to break them is a sword. In Java Edition, a sword breaks bamboo instantly, and in Bedrock Edition, a sword breaks bamboo faster than an axe, though not instantly.

Block Bamboo
Hardness 1
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Netherite 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Bamboo saplings cannot be obtained through vanilla means. In Bedrock Edition, they can be obtained through add-ons or inventory editing. In Java Edition, they are completely unobtainable.

Natural generation[edit]

Bamboo generates in widely scattered single shoots within jungle biomes. Bamboo generates much more densely in the bamboo variants of jungles, covering large areas of the landscape.

Pandas[edit]

In Java Edition, a panda drops 1 bamboo when killed. In Bedrock Edition, a panda drops 0-2 bamboo when killed. Looting increases the drop by 1 per level.

Fishing[edit]

Bamboo can be found while fishing in jungle biomes as a junk item.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Bamboo Jungle temple Chest 1–3 51%
Shipwreck Supply chest 1–3 15.6%
Bedrock Edition
Bamboo Jungle temple Chest 1–3 50.9%
Shipwreck Supply chest 1–3 15.6%

Bamboo can be found inside chests in desert temples too.

Usage[edit]

When broken, any bamboo block placed or grown above it is also broken. A bamboo block drops itself as an item if a piston pushes it or moves a block into its space. When bamboo is first placed as a sapling it's not solid and can be destroyed by water flowing into it. After growing at least one block taller it transforms into another kind of bamboo block that is solid and can't be destroyed by water. To transform a bamboo sapling into a solid bamboo block place another bamboo on top of it.

Farming[edit]

Bamboo can be planted on grass blocks, dirt, coarse dirt, gravel, mycelium, podzol, sand, or red sand. At default random tick speed (3), each plant grows approximately every 4096 game ticks (204.8 seconds). When bone meal is used on it, it grows by 1–2 blocks. Bamboo can grow up to 12–16 blocks tall. The top of a bamboo plant requires a light level of 9 or above to grow.

Since bamboo breaks in almost the same way as sugar canes, a sugar cane farm can be easily adapted to this use. While water is not needed with such a farm, some spacing is recommended if the harvest is done manually as mature stalks are solid.

Pandas[edit]

Bamboo items are eaten by pandas and can be used to speed up the growth of baby pandas. Bamboo can also be used to breed pandas when at least 8 blocks of bamboo are within 5 blocks of the pandas, making the panda the only animal in the game to have extra breeding requirements. At this point, the player can feed them bamboo and they mate to have a baby.

Fuel[edit]

Bamboo can be used as fuel in furnaces. Each bamboo item smelts 0.25 items. Bamboo can also be crafted into a Stick, which can also be used as a fuel for 0.5 items.

Flower pots[edit]

Bamboo can be placed in a flower pot, where it retains the design it has in its item form.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Scaffolding Bamboo +
String
Stick Bamboo

Appearance[edit]

The different stages of bamboo growth.

The appearance of bamboo changes as it grows. When first placed, it takes the form of a small shoot. When it grows one block taller it grows to 2 pixels in length and width and the top block has leaves coming off it. At 3 blocks, the top 2 blocks have leaves and at 4 blocks the bamboo expands to 3×3 pixels. At 5 blocks tall, the top 3 blocks have leaves on them. As the bamboo grows, the leaves move up and stay at the top 3 blocks. Destroying a block of bamboo does not change the appearance of the blocks below it. Bamboo is oriented at a random position in the block that it is in. Bamboo, grass, sweet berry bushes, and ferns are the only plants that change their hit boxes as they grow.

Sounds[edit]

The following sounds section uses an outdated format and should be redone using {{Sound table}}.
You can help by converting the contents of this section into a sound table template.
Examples can be seen at Bee#Sounds and Ladder#Sounds.
The wikicode should be laid out neatly as in these examples for improved readability.
Remember to include a foot parameter so the table appears in the correct place. Do NOT convert the table using Visual Editor.
Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.bamboo.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks ? 1 16
Block broken block.bamboo.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks ? 0.8 16
Block placed block.bamboo.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks ? 0.8 16
Footsteps block.bamboo.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 2, 5 = 0.7
1, 3, 4, 6 = ?
1 16
None[sound 1] block.bamboo.fall Is not actually played when remaining blocks collapse above broken block Blocks ? 1 16
Block breaking block.bamboo_sapling.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks ? 0.8 16
Block broken block.bamboo_sapling.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks ? 0.9 16
Block placed block.bamboo_sapling.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks ? 0.85 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Bamboobamboo block.minecraft.bamboo
Bamboo Shootbamboo_sapling block.minecraft.bamboo_sapling

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Bamboobamboo 418tile.bamboo.name
Bamboo Saplingbamboo_sapling 419tile.bamboo_sapling.name

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:
Bamboo

Name Default value Allowed values Description
age00
1
The age of the bamboo, if this is 1 the bamboo appears thicker.
leavesnonelarge
none
small
The size of the leaves on this bamboo block.
stage00
1
The stage is incremented at random intervals.
At stage 1, bamboo may try to grow more bamboo above it.

Bedrock Edition:
Bamboo

Name Default value Allowed values Description
age_bit00
1
The stage is incremented at random intervals.
At stage 1, bamboo may try to grow more bamboo above it.
bamboo_leaf_sizeno_leaveslarge_leaves
no_leaves
small_leaves
The size of the leaves on this bamboo block.
bamboo_stalk_thicknessthinthick
thin
The age of the bamboo, if this is 1 the bamboo appears thicker.

Bamboo Sapling

Name Default value Allowed values Description
age_bitfalsefalse
true
Specifies the sapling's growth stage.
sapling_typeoakacacia
birch
dark_oak
jungle
oak
spruce
Unused.

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
ZoologistBreed two pandas with bamboo.40GGold

History[edit]

September 29, 2018Bamboo is announced at MINECON Earth 2018.
Java Edition
1.1418w43aLeafless Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngLeafless Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.png Bamboo Shoot JE1 BE1.png Added bamboo.
Bamboo (Item) JE1 BE1.png Bamboo as an item can be dropped by bamboo and planted to grow bamboo.
Added bamboo jungles, where bamboo naturally generates.
1.1620w06a"Bamboo Sapling" has been renamed to "Bamboo Shoot".
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8Leafless Bamboo BE1.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo BE1.pngBig Leaves Bamboo BE1.pngLeafless Old Bamboo BE1.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo BE1.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo BE1.png Bamboo Shoot JE1 BE1.png Added bamboo.
Bamboo (Item) JE1 BE1.png Bamboo as an item can be dropped by bamboo and planted to grow bamboo.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Bamboo can now generate in jungle biomes in single shoots.
Added bamboo jungles, where bamboo naturally generates.
1.12.0beta 1.12.0.3Leafless Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngLeafless Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.png The bamboo texture brightness has been updated to match Java Edition.[1]
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.83Leafless Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngLeafless Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngSmall Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.pngBig Leaves Old Bamboo JE1 BE2.png Bamboo Shoot JE1 BE1.png Added bamboo.
Bamboo (Item) JE1 BE1.png Bamboo as an item can be dropped by bamboo and planted to grow bamboo.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Bamboo" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • Because bamboo grows quickly (on average 1 growth per 200 seconds), just 500 plants in an automatic farm produce more items than a hopper can collect (2.5 items per second). A single hopper can move only enough items to keep 6.25 furnaces running.
  • Bamboo is one of the few plants that cannot be processed by a composter, along with poisonous potatoes, chorus fruit, and dead bushes.
  • Flowing water breaks bamboo shoots but is blocked by mature bamboo stalks.

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