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Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Smelted: 0.1



Data values
dec: 172 hex: AC bin: 10101100
Stained Terracotta
dec: 159 hex: 9F bin: 10011111

See Data values

Terracotta (known as hardened clay in New Nintendo 3DS Edition and previously in other editions) is a block formed from clay, with a hardness and blast resistance comparable to stone. It can be colored in the same 16 colors that wool can be dyed, although the color is tinted orange. The dyed version is known as stained clay in New Nintendo 3DS Edition, and was previously named this in other editions.


Terracotta can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing.

Natural generation[edit]

Red, orange, yellow, brown, white, light gray, and uncolored terracotta can be found naturally in badlands biomes. This yields a large quantity of terracotta. Blue and orange terracotta can also be found in desert temples. Light blue will be generated in underwater ruins.

In 1.14[upcoming], uncolored terracotta can be found in mason houses in plains villages and in some savanna and desert village houses. White terracotta generates in some houses in plains villages. Yellow, orange, and red terracotta generates in some houses in savanna villages. Green terracotta generate in desert village mason house.

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Clay (block) +
Any fuel

Block Terracotta
Hardness 1.25
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 6.25
Wooden 0.95
Stone 0.5
Iron 0.35
Diamond 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


Once terracotta has been dyed, the color cannot be changed or removed.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Terracotta +
Matching Dye



Terracotta has the same blast resistance as most other stone blocks, which is significantly higher than the block of clay before being smelted. A block of terracotta when one meter away from an explosion will protect any blocks behind it, though it will be destroyed in the process.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Glazed Terracotta Matching Dyed Terracotta +
Any fuel

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name
Terracotta terracotta
White Terracotta white_terracotta
Orange Terracotta orange_terracotta
Magenta Terracotta magenta_terracotta
Light Blue Terracotta light_blue_terracotta
Yellow Terracotta yellow_terracotta
Lime Terracotta lime_terracotta
Pink Terracotta pink_terracotta
Gray Terracotta gray_terracotta
Light Gray Terracotta light_gray_terracotta
Cyan Terracotta cyan_terracotta
Purple Terracotta purple_terracotta
Blue Terracotta blue_terracotta
Brown Terracotta brown_terracotta
Green Terracotta green_terracotta
Red Terracotta red_terracotta
Black Terracotta black_terracotta

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID
Terracotta hardened_clay 172
Colored Terracotta stained_hardened_clay 159

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, colored terracotta uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 White terracotta
1 Orange terracotta
2 Magenta terracotta
3 Light blue terracotta
4 Yellow terracotta
5 Lime terracotta
6 Pink terracotta
7 Gray terracotta
8 Light gray terracotta
9 Cyan terracotta
10 Purple terracotta
11 Blue terracotta
12 Brown terracotta
13 Green terracotta
14 Red terracotta
15 Black terracotta



Java Edition
April 24, 2013Dinnerbone tweets the first picture of the hardened clay block, based on a suggestion by user BlameTheController, to be similar to Native American Pueblos.[1]
1.6.1 13w17a Added hardened clay.
13w19a Added stained clay, colored variants of hardened clay.
1.7.2 13w36b Hardened and stained clay will now generate in mesa biomes.
1.8 14w03a Stained clay will now replace wool in desert temples, making deserts and mesas the only two biomes where hardened/stained clay can generate, if the "Generate Structures" option is on.
1.10 Stained clay blocks have been renamed from '<Color> Stained Clay' to '<Color> Hardened Clay'.
The name of the stained clay block in general has been changed from 'Stained Clay' to 'Stained Hardened Clay'
1.12 17w06a Stained hardened clay can now be smelted into glazed terracotta.
17w16a Hardened clay and stained hardened clay are now called "terracotta".
17w17a Terracotta now have unique colors on the map.
1.13 17w47a The different block states for the stained_hardened_clay ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 172 and 159.
17w47b The ID has been changed from hardened_clay to terracotta.
18w09a Terracotta will now generate in underwater ruins.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added hardened and stained clay.
build 11 Hardened clay can now be used to used to craft stained clay.
Hardened clay can now be obtained by smelting clay blocks.
0.13.0 build 1 Blue and orange stained clay will now generate as part of desert temples.
Pocket Edition
1.1 alpha Hardened clay and stained hardened clay are now called "terracotta".
Terracotta can now be smelted into glazed terracotta.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Light blue terracotta will now generate in some underwater ruins.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 1Patch s1Added hardened and stained clay.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Hardened and stained clay will now generate naturally in mesa biomes.
Stained clay can now be found in desert temples.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Stained clay blocks are renamed from '<Color> Stained Clay' to '<Color> Hardened Clay'.
The name of the stained clay block in general is changed from 'Stained Clay' to 'Stained Hardened Clay'
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch s3Hardened clay and stained hardened clay are now called "terracotta".
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Terracotta.


Issues relating to "Terracotta", "Hardened Clay", or "Stained Clay" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Despite the name change, the ID is still hardened_clay and stained_hardened_clay.‌[Bedrock Edition only]