Clay (block)

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Clay Block.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Smelted: 0.35

Data value

dec: 82 hex: 52 bin: 1010010



Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png Next time you're exploring a dank, mushroom-filled swamp, or sailing along one of the majestic rivers that [wind] 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.

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.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.10]


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Smelting ingredient[edit]

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



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11 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]
1.7 The bug in Beta 1.6 was fixed.
1.8 Pre-release Clay 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
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.6.1 13w17a Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
1.7.2 13w36a Clay is no longer found on the ocean floor.
1.9 15w31a It is now possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay in the End.
15w44a It is no longer possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 82.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Clay TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of clay blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added clay blocks.
0.9.0 build 11 Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Clay blocks now generate in village mason houses.
Clay TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of clay blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1 Added clay blocks.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 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.