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This article is about the block. For the enchantment, see MCD:Chains. For the armor tier named chainmail, see Armor. For the armor material called chainmail, see Armor materials.
Chain Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngChain Axis X JE1 BE1.pngChain Axis Z JE1 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Chains are metallic decoration blocks.



Chains can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it drops nothing.

Block Chain
Hardness 5
Breaking time[A]
Default 25
Wooden 3.75
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Netherite 0.85
Golden 0.65
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[edit]

Chains generate in bastion remnants and sometimes in ruined portals that generate in the Nether. They always generate above magma cube spawners, also found in bastions.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Chain Bastion remnant Generic chest 2–10 24.4%
Bedrock Edition
Chain Bastion remnant Generic chest 2–10 31.5%

Crafting product[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Nugget +
Iron Ingot


Chains can be used to suspend bells or both types of lanterns (normal lanterns and soul lanterns), as the chain texture connects to the chain of the lantern seamlessly as if it was part of it. Chains do not require a supporting block to be placed whether it is on the top, next to it or at the bottom. It can exist completely free-standing in mid air[1] and it can be rotated. Chains connect horizontally or vertically, but not across different orientations (so a chain with N orientation does not connect to a chain with E orientation in the adjacent block). Horizontal chains one block above a surface may be walked over. Horizontal chains two blocks above a surface prevent players from traveling past them. Vertical chains block travel if targeted directly, but may be skirted.

Precision is required, but chains can be walked on, allowing for inconspicuous, although somewhat costly, bridges.

Chains can be pushed by pistons without being broken.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.chain.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break0.50.816
None[sound 1]PlayersFalling on the block with fall damageblock.chain.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.chain.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.20.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.chain.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.50.816
FootstepsPlayersWalking on the blockblock.chain.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

ChainNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this chain.
axisy xThe chain is oriented east–west.
yThe chain is oriented vertically.
zThe chain is oriented north–south.


Java Edition
1.1620w16aChain Axis Y JE1 BE1.png Added chains.
Chains currently use the generic metal block sounds.
20w17aUnique sounds have now been added for chains.
20w18aChains can now be waterlogged.
1.16.2Pre-release 1Chain Axis X JE1 BE1.pngChain Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Chains can now be placed in all orientations.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta Axis Y JE1 BE1.png Added chains.
Chains currently cannot be crafted.
beta can now be crafted.[2]
beta sounds have now been added for chains.
1.16.100beta Axis X JE1 BE1.pngChain Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Chains can now be placed in all orientations.


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


  • Chain is made out of two iron nuggets and one iron ingot, but its blast resistance is the same as the block of iron.
  • A vertical chain, being a solid, but not a full block, allows for many sizes of mobs and players to pass alongside each piece horizontally.
  • Despite its name, it cannot be crafted into chainmail armor.[3]
  • If a sticky piston pulls a chain that is more than 1 block long, the chain breaks.