Clay (block)

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Clay Block.png




Blast resistance




Yes‌[Java Edition only]


Yes (64)




Smelted: 0.35

Data value

dec: 82 hex: 52 bin: 1010010

Namespaced ID


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Next time you're exploring a dank, mushroom-filled swamp, or sailing along one of the majestic rivers that wend their way across Minecraft's blocky landscape, keep an eye out for one of the most versatile building materials the game has to offer - clay!

Duncan Geere[1]

Clay is a block that can be found below water.


Clay blocks can be mined with anything, but shovels are quickest. Destroying clay blocks will yield 4 clay balls each. If broken with a tool enchanted with silk touch, it will drop itself instead.

Block Clay
Hardness 0.6
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Destroying clay blocks with a tool enchanted with fortune will not increase the amount of clay dropped.

If a player has the Hero of the Village status effect, a Mason Villager might give that player a clay block as thanks.‌[Java Edition only]

Natural generation[edit]

Clay is commonly found at the bottoms of rivers and lakes in shallow, diamond-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

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Terracotta Clay (block) +
Any fuel



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Clay Block Revision 1.png Added clay blocks.
Java Edition Beta
1.6?In newly generated chunks, clay blocks only generated when the x and z coordinates were the same, severely limiting the amount of clay on the map.[2]
1.7The bug in Beta 1.6 was fixed.
1.8Pre-releaseClay is commonly found 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 be found on dry land in the middle of sand piles. Sometimes, underneath the sand.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to Clay Block Revision 1.png.
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.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 82.
1.1418w43aClay TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of clay blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Clay Block Revision 1.png Added clay blocks.
0.9.0build 11Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta blocks now generate in village mason houses.
Clay TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of clay blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Clay Block Revision 1.png Added clay blocks.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Clay TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of clay blocks.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Clay Block Revision 1.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]


  1. "Block of the Week: Clay" –, June 2, 2017
  2. Reddit: Clay formula in 1.6.6: x=z. Notch acknowledges this specific bug in a comment.