Black Dye

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Black Dye
Black Dye JE1 BE1.png
Rarity color





Yes (64)

Black dye is a primary color dye similar to an ink sac.



Wandering traders have a chance to trade 3 black dyes for 1 emerald.‌[Java Edition only]


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Ink Sac

Wither Rose


Like all other dyes, black dye can be:

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Black Balloon Latex +
Black Dye +
Helium +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Black Bed White Bed +
Black Dye

White beds can be re-dyed using dyes.‌[Java Edition only]
Black Bed Any Bed +
Black Dye

A bed of any color can be re-dyed using dyes.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Black Candle Candle +
Black Dye

[upcoming: JE 1.17]
Black Carpet White Carpet +
Black Dye
Black Concrete Powder Sand +
Black Dye +
Black Firework Star Gunpowder +
Black Dye +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
One head, gold nugget, feather, or fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
Black Shulker Box Shulker Box or
Any Shulker Box +
Black Dye

The shulker box retains its contents. If it is renamed on an anvil, it also retains its name.
Black Stained Glass Glass +
Black Dye
Black Stained Glass Pane Glass Pane +
Black Dye
Black Terracotta Terracotta +
Black Dye
Black Wool Any Wool +
Black Dye

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Black Wool White Wool +
Black Dye

[Java Edition only]
Dark Prismarine Prismarine Shard +
Black Dye

Gray Dye Black Dye +
White Dye
Gray Dye Black Dye +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Light Gray Dye Black Dye +
White Dye
In Bedrock Edition, the black and white dye can be replaced with ink sacs and bone meal, respectively.
Black Banner pattern Black Dye +

Black Banner image Black Dye +
Banner +
Vines or
Bricks or
Creeper Head or
Wither Skeleton Skull or
Oxeye Daisy or
Enchanted Golden Apple
Enchanted Golden Apple

Loom ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Loom recipe Description
Black Banner pattern White Banner +
Black Dye

Field masoned banner and bordure indented banner don't require banner patterns.‌[Java Edition only]
Black Banner image White Banner +
Black Dye +
Banner Pattern

  1. Globe banner pattern;‌[Java Edition only]
  2. Field masoned and bordure indented banner patterns.‌[Bedrock Edition only]


Apprentice-level Shepherd villagers have a 20%‌[Bedrock Edition only] or 27[Java Edition only] chance to buy 12 black dye for an emerald.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Black Dyeblack_dye item.minecraft.black_dye

Bedrock Edition: [until BE 1.16.100]

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Black Dyedye

[upcoming: BE 1.16.100]

NameNamespaced IDAlias ID (BE)Numeric ID Translation key
Black Dyeblack_dye dye /

Item data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, black dye has the ID name dye, with a data value of 16.

DV Description
0 Ink Sac
1 Red Dye
2 Green Dye
3 Cocoa Beans
4 Lapis Lazuli
5 Purple Dye
6 Cyan Dye
7 Light Gray Dye
8 Gray Dye
9 Pink Dye
10 Lime Dye
11 Yellow Dye
12 Light Blue Dye
13 Magenta Dye
14 Orange Dye
15 Bone Meal
16 Black Dye
17 Brown Dye
18 Blue Dye
19 White Dye


Java Edition
1.1418w43aBlack Dye JE1 BE1.png Added black dye.
1.15Pre-release 1Black dye can now be used to craft dark prismarine.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta Dye JE1 BE1.png Added black dye.
1.11.0beta dye can now be sold to shepherd villagers.
1.13.0beta dye can now be crafted from wither roses.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.83Black Dye JE1 BE1.png Added black dye.


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