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This article is about the block found in rivers. For the item, see Clay Ball. For other uses, see Clay (disambiguation).
Clay JE2 BE2.png

Yes‌[JE only]
No‌[BE only]


Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Clay is a block that can be found below water. It can be smelted to form terracotta.



Clay blocks can be mined with anything, but shovels are quickest. Destroying a clay block yields 4 clay balls. If broken with a tool enchanted with silk touch, it drops itself instead.

Block Clay
Hardness 0.6
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Destroying a clay block with a tool enchanted with fortune does not increase the amount of clay dropped.

Natural generation[edit]

Clay is commonly found at the bottoms of rivers and lakes in shallow, crystal-shaped patches, disregarding adjacency to other types of blocks. It can also be found commonly in swamps.

Clay generates inside mason houses in plains, savanna, and desert villages.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Clay Ball

Villager gifts[edit]

If a player has the Hero of the Village status effect, a mason villager might throw that player a clay block as a gift. This is the only renewable way of obtaining clays and clay blocks. ‌[Java Edition only]


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Terracotta Clay +
Any fuel


Note block[edit]

Clay can be placed under note blocks to produce flute sounds.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.gravel.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.gravel.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.gravel.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.gravel.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.gravel.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?BlocksBreaking the blockdig.gravel?0.8
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.gravel??
?BlocksMining the blockhit.gravel?0.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.gravel??
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.gravel??
?BlocksWalking on the blockstep.gravel??
?BlocksPlacing the blockuse.gravel?0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Clayclayenderman_holdableBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.clay

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Clayclay82Block &



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
Clay generates naturally as clay veins.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseClay is now found as disks underwater mostly on the bottom of rivers and is common in the submerged area of swamps and shallow "lakes" (1 and 2 meters deep) in large quantities. However, clay can now be found on dry land in the middle of sand piles and sometimes, underneath the sand.[verify]
Java Edition
1.6.113w17aClay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
1.7.213w36aClay is no longer found on the ocean floor.
1.915w31aIt is now possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay in the End.
15w44aIt is no longer possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay.
1.1217w17aClay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 82.
1.1418w43aClay JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
v0.3.2Clay blocks now drop 4 clay balls when broken.
Clay blocks can now be crafted from 4 clay balls.
v0.3.3Clay blocks are now available in the creative inventory.
v0.9.0build 11Clay blocks can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta blocks now generate in village mason houses.
Clay JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has been changed.
1.13.0beta placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
1.90 Clay JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Clay JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.


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


  • In real life, clay can actually be reddish-brown, not just gray, and can be often found under the surface and away from sand. This color is reflected in the appearance of terracotta, bricks, and flower pots.


See also[edit]