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Pumpkin.pngCarved Pumpkin.png

Partial (blocks light)



Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data values

See § Data values


See § Data values

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Part food! Part hat! All block.
Alex Wiltshire[1]

Pumpkins are blocks that appear on grass blocks, generated in random clusters in most Overworld biomes, though somewhat rarely. Pumpkins have the same texture on all 4 sides.

Carved pumpkins are carved versions of pumpkins that can be worn or used to spawn golems.


Pumpkins can be mined with anything, but axes are the quickest.

Block Pumpkin
Carved Pumpkin
Hardness 1
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

When a pumpkin is pushed by a piston, it breaks and drops as an item.

A carved pumpkin (and 4 pumpkin seeds) is obtained by using shears on an uncarved pumpkin. Once carved, a pumpkin cannot be changed back to uncarved. This will change the rotation of the top texture.[2]

Natural generation[edit]

Pumpkins can naturally generate with the terrain in any biome in the Overworld, requiring only a grass block with air above (clear of any plants such as flowers or grass) and can generate whether or not that grass block has a layer of snow cover. Practically speaking, this means that the occurrence of pumpkins in stony or sandy biomes, or in very grassy biomes with few clear grass blocks, is comparatively rare.

Pumpkins naturally generate in stem farm rooms in woodland mansions.

4 pumpkins generate naturally in woolen tents in pillager outposts.‌[BE only][upcoming: JE 1.14]

Pumpkins generate naturally in taiga and snowy taiga villages.‌[BE only][upcoming: JE 1.14]

Carved pumpkins generate in rail rooms in woodland mansions.

Carved pumpkins also generate in pillager outposts as a part of targets/scarecrows.‌[BE only][upcoming: JE 1.14]

Pumpkins can be found in 18.2% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 1–3. In 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 15.6% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 1–3.


Pumpkin farming strategies parallel those of melons. Planted pumpkin seeds grow a central stem that, after maturing, generates pumpkins randomly on adjacent vacant dirt/grass/farmland. If a pumpkin is harvested without also cutting the central stalk, another pumpkin will generate afterwards without requiring replanting or waiting for the stalk to mature again. If a carved pumpkin is desired, simply use the shears on the pumpkin on the ground, and then harvest it as normal. If you forgot to use the shears and end up with a pumpkin instead of a carved pumpkin, no need to worry, just set it back down, and use the shears on it.

Pumpkin stems take around 10 to 30 minutes to fully develop. Bone meal can be used on pumpkin stems to become fully-grown, but will not produce a pumpkin immediately.


Zombies, zombie villagers, skeletons, wither skeletons, drowned, husks, strays, and zombie pigmen have a chance of wearing a carved pumpkin if they spawn during Halloween (October 31)‌[Java Edition only]. If a mob wearing a carved pumpkin is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the carved pumpkin, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.


The Wandering Trader sells a pumpkin in exchange for an emerald.‌[BE only][upcoming: JE 1.14]



A carved pumpkin can be equipped as a helmet without any actual armor value, but will instead function as a mask that allows the player to look at endermen without provoking an attack. When worn, they limit the player's viewing area to a mask pattern that resembles the carved pumpkin's carved face, except in the New Nintendo 3DS Edition.


Dispensers will equip a carved pumpkin on a player, mob or armor stand with an empty helmet slot, within the block the dispenser is facing.

Building golems[edit]

Carved pumpkins can be used to make snow golems and iron golems as shown below. Snow golems require snow blocks for their bodies, while iron golems require iron blocks. The carved pumpkin must be placed last or the golem will not spawn. While building an iron golem or snow golem, the carved pumpkin can be placed sideways or upside down and the golem being built will still spawn.

Iron Golem build configuration
Snow Golem build configuration

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Jack o'Lantern Carved Pumpkin +

Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin +
Sugar +

Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin


Pumpkins can be placed without a block under them. When placed, carved pumpkins automatically face the player. Pumpkins can be placed on a transparent block.


Farmers will buy 8–13 pumpkins for an emerald.[until BE 1.11.0]

Apprentice-level Farmer villager buy 6 pumpkins for an emerald as part of their trades.‌[upcoming: BE 1.11.0]


Pumpkins[3] can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil.


Placing a pumpkin or carved pumpkin into a composter has a 65% chance of raising the compost level by 1.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

Data values[edit]


Pumpkin Name ID Numeric ID ‌[BE only]
Pumpkin pumpkin 86
Carved Pumpkin carved_pumpkin 410

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, carved pumpkins use the following data values:

Lowest two bits value Facing
0 Pumpkin facing south
1 Pumpkin facing west
2 Pumpkin facing north
3 Pumpkin facing east

Block states[edit]

Carved Pumpkin Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the pumpkin's carved face is facing.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the pumpkin.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem.YesYesYesYes20GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-oval-raw.pngHired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.minecraft:adventure/summon_iron_golem



Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 ?Carved Pumpkin.png Pumpkins added, now generating in many of the newly-added biomes. They also can be crafted into jack o'lanterns.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 Pre-release Pumpkins have become a renewable resource, they can appear also in swamps,[verify] and it is possible to farm pumpkins in the same way as melons.
Mineshafts can now have pumpkin seeds, providing another way to farm pumpkins besides finding them.
?Endermen will now no longer become hostile when players look at them if they're wearing a pumpkin.
Java Edition
1.0.0 ?Pumpkins can now be crafted into pumpkin seeds.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease Snow golems have been introduced, which can be "crafted" by stacking two snow blocks on top of each other, then placing a pumpkin on top of the snow.
1.1 ?Pumpkins no longer require farmland to grow on.
1.2.1 12w08a Pumpkins can now be used to make iron golems.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing Carved Pumpkin.png to .
1.4.2 12w37a Pumpkins are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
?Some zombies, skeletons, zombie pigmen, and wither skeletons will be wearing pumpkins if it's Halloween on the player's computer's clock.
1.7.2 13w37a Block ID 104, pumpkin stem, is removed from the /give command.
1.8 14w02a Pumpkins can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 8–13 pumpkins for 1 emerald.
14w04a Dispensers can be used to place the pumpkin to activate iron golems and snow golems.
1.9 15w31a Faceless pumpkins are removed from the game, presumably due to block states not including it.
15w32c Pumpkins now generate in end ships, replacing beacons.
15w33c Pumpkins no longer generate in end ships, they are replaced by a hopper.
15w39a Dispensers can now equip pumpkins onto players, mobs and armor stands.
1.11 16w39a Pumpkins now generate in woodland mansions.
?Pumpkins can be now enchanted in Survival mode using an anvil with cursed books.
1.13 17w47a The ID has been changed from pumpkin to carved_pumpkin.
"Pumpkin"s renamed to "Carved Pumpkin"s.
Pumpkin.png Added new pumpkins which have no faces, these generate naturally and from pumpkin stems rather than carved pumpkins.
Shearing a pumpkin will now turn it into a carved pumpkin, and drop 4 pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkins can now be placed without a block beneath them.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 86.
18w11a Pumpkins will now sometimes generate in shipwreck chests.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 19w03a Placing any pumpkin into the new composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05a Pumpkins now have a 65% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added pumpkins.
0.9.0 build 1 Pumpkins will now generate naturally.
0.12.1 build 1 Pumpkins can now spawn golems.
0.14.0 build 1 Pumpkins can now be worn as armor.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 alpha Pumpkins can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 8–13 pumpkins for 1 emerald.
1.1.0 alpha Pumpkins will now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13 beta Pumpkin.png Pumpkins no longer have faces when naturally generated.
Added carved pumpkins, which have the pumpkin's old texture.
Shearing a pumpkin will now turn it into a carved pumpkin, and drop 4 pumpkin seeds.
1.4.0 beta Pumpkins now can be found inside shipwreck chests.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Pumpkins now generate in pillager outpost tents, taiga villages and snowy taiga villages.
Carved pumpkins now generate in pillager outpost target.
Pumpkins can now be bought from wandering traders.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.11.0 beta Pumpkin can now be used to fill up composters.
beta Farmer villager now buy 6 pumpkin for one emerald.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added pumpkins.
TU691.76Patch 38"Pumpkin"s renamed to "Carved Pumpkin"s.
Pumpkin.png Added new pumpkins which have no faces, these generate naturally and from pumpkin stems rather than carved pumpkins.
Shearing a pumpkin will now turn it into a carved pumpkin, and drop 4 pumpkin seeds.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Pumpkins.


  • The pumpkin is the only headgear that obstructs the player's view.
  • Pumpkins, mob heads and banners are the only block that can be placed in an armor slot without commands.
  • Naturally generated pumpkins are rarer than diamond ore.



  1. https://minecraft.net/article/block-week-pumpkin
  2. MC-122685 resolved as "Won't Fix"
  3. Only regular pumpkins can be enchanted with these curses, and not the carved variant. Due to the bug MC-125810 in 1.13.2.