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Yes (64)

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Data value

dec: 352 hex: 160 bin: 101100000



Bones are items primarily obtained as drops from skeletons.


Natural generation[edit]

Bones can be found in 29.0% of desert temple chests and 72.2% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 4–6, and in 57.8% of dungeon chests, 59.0% of desert temple chests, and 57.8% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–8.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 72.1% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 4–6.


Skeletons, wither skeletons, skeleton horses, and strays may drop 0–2 bones upon death.


Bones can also be obtained by fishing as part of the junk category. The best chance of catching a bone is achieved without the Luck of the Sea enchantment, yielding a 1.1% chance.



Using a bone on a wild wolf has a 13 chance of taming it. Bones cannot tame an angry wolf or a wolf that has already been tamed.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Bone Meal Bone


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Leader Of The PackBefriend five Wolves.This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement.Xbox OneYesYesWii U, Switch20GSilver
Xbox 360Alt30G


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Best Friends ForeverTame an animalHusbandryTame one of the 5 types of mob that are tamable.minecraft:husbandry/tame_an_animal



1.2 Added bones, which can be crafted into bone meal.
1.4 Bones can now be used to tame wolves.
Official release
1.3.1 12w21a Bones can now be found within desert temples, allowing bones to be obtainable on Peaceful difficulty.
1.4.2 12w36a The newly introduced mob, the wither skeleton, also drops bones.
1.7.2 13w36a Bones can be more easily obtained in Peaceful difficulty by fishing this as a "junk" item.
1.9 15w44a Average yield of bones in desert temples is slightly decreased.
Added to dungeon chests.
1.11 16w39a Bone is now found in the new woodland mansion chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3 Added bones to Survival mode. They can be used to craft bone meal.
0.9.0 build 1 Added bones to Creative mode.
0.11.0 build 1 Bones can be more easily obtained in Peaceful difficulty by fishing this as a "junk" item.
0.12.1 build 1 Added wither skeleton which drop bone.
0.13.0 build 1 Bone now can be found inside desert temple hidden chest room.
0.15.0 build 1 Added stray and skeleton horse which also drop bone.
Bone can be found in jungle temple chest.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Bone now can be found inside woodland mansion chest.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added bones.
TU19CU71.12Added wither skeletons which drop bones.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Bones can now be obtained from fishing.


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