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Raw materials




Yes (64)

First appearances

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Data value

dec: 352 hex: 160 bin: 101100000



Bones are items primarily obtained as drops from skeletons and fish mobs[Bedrock Edition only] .


Natural generation[edit]

Bones can be found in 28.7% of desert temple chests and 69.3% 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 69.2% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 4–6.


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

All types of fish mobs will drop 0-1 bone upon death, except salmon, which will drop 0-3 bones upon death, depending on the size of it.[Bedrock Edition only]


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 a hostile wolf or a wolf that has already been tamed. However, bones can be used to attract the attention of the tamed ones.

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 Pack Befriend 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 One Yes Yes Wii U, Switch 20G Silver
Xbox 360 Alt 30G


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Best Friends Forever Tame an animal Husbandry Tame 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.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 352.
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 alpha Bone now can be found inside woodland mansion chest.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Bones now drop from fish mobs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.00 Patch 1 Added bones.
TU19 CU7 1.12 Added wither skeletons which drop bones.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Bones can now be obtained from fishing.


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


  • As with sticks and blaze rods, bones are wielded as a tool instead of an item.

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