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Clay Block JE2 BE2.png




Blast resistance




Yes‌[Java Edition only]


Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Clay is a block that can be found below water.


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.


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

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 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[note 1]
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 in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Destroying a clay block with a tool enchanted with fortune does 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]


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Clay (ball)



Note: Tables for block loot info are currently a work in progress. Please refer to this community portal discussion for more information and to provide feedback.

Namespaced IDOriginDefaultSilk Touch
blocks/clayClay4 (100%)1 (100%)

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Terracotta Clay +
Any fuel

This recipe awards 0.35 experience.

Note block[edit]

Clay can be placed under note blocks to produce flute sounds.‌[JE & BE only]


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.gravel.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.gravel.fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.gravel.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.gravel.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.gravel ? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.gravel ? ?
?Mining the blockhit.gravel ? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.gravel ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.gravel ? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.gravel ? ?
?Placing the blockuse.gravel ? 0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Clayclay block.minecraft.clay

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID
Clayclay 82



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Clay Block JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
v1.1.0Clay is now more common in newly generated worlds.
Java Edition Beta
1.6?In newly generated chunks, clay blocks now generate only when the x and z coordinates are the same, which severely limits the amount of clay on the map.[2]
1.7The bug for clay blocks in Beta 1.6 has now been 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 now be found on dry land in the middle of sand piles and sometimes, underneath the sand.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to Clay Block JE1 BE1.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.
1.1217w17aClay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 82.
1.1418w43aClay Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Clay Block JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
0.9.0build 11Clay blocks can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta blocks now generate in village mason houses.
Clay Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has now been changed.
1.13.0beta placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Clay Block JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
1.90Clay Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Clay Block 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]


  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.