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Coral blocks are solid blocks that come in five variants: tube, brain, bubble, fire, and horn.
Dead coral blocks are the dead variants of coral blocks.
Coral blocks can only be obtained with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch, otherwise, they will drop the respective dead coral block. Dead coral blocks can be obtained with any type of pickaxe.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
Coral blocks and dead coral blocks naturally generate in coral reef structures. These are found in warm oceans.
Coral blocks and their dead variants can be used as building or decoration blocks.
Dead coral blocks
In order for coral blocks to stay alive, at least one of the orthogonally-adjacent blocks must be water. If placed outside of water, it will transform into its respective dead coral block after a few seconds. They are a grayscale version of coral blocks. Maximum density of living corals is reached when water blocks are a chess knight's move apart, like in a sugar cane farm.
|Tube Coral Block|
|Brain Coral Block|
|Bubble Coral Block|
|Fire Coral Block|
|Horn Coral Block|
|Dead Tube Coral Block|
|Dead Brain Coral Block|
|Dead Bubble Coral Block|
|Dead Fire Coral Block|
|Dead Horn Coral Block|
|Block||Name ID||Numeric ID|
In Bedrock Edition coral blocks have the following block data:
|0||Tube Coral Block|
|1||Brain Coral Block|
|2||Bubble Coral Block|
|3||Fire Coral Block|
|4||Horn Coral Block|
|5||Dead Tube Coral Block|
|6||Dead Brain Coral Block|
|7||Dead Bubble Coral Block|
|8||Dead Fire Coral Block|
|9||Dead Horn Coral Block|
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|Java Edition Classic|
|May 21, 2009||Notch expresses interest in a suggestion regarding corals by user "solarblade".|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|June 28, 2010||Notch mentioned on his blog: "I tried adding corals, but it’s really hard to draw a single block that looks like corals, since it’s really more about crazy amounts of variation and diversity. But I do know that the corals will have tiny fish particles around them."|
|October 5, 2012||Coral were jokingly teased in the fake snapshot 12marc40awesome, along with fish mobs and "fish blocks".|
|November 18, 2017||Coral blocks were shown in a clip at MINECON Earth. Horn coral, fire coral, tube coral, and dead coral were shown (only one variant at the time), and in the clip slab variants of coral were shown as well.|
|1.13||18w09a||Added coral blocks, which at the time were called simply "coral", and the tube, brain, bubble, fire, and horn variants were named blue, pink, purple, red, and yellow, respectively.|
|Added dead coral blocks, which at the time were called dead coral and did not have any variants.|
|18w10a||Changed texture of all coral blocks.|
|18w10b||Replaced the single dead coral block with five dead coral blocks (once again, called dead coral at the time). Like coral blocks, they were blue, pink, purple, red, and yellow at the time, but were later changed to tube, brain, bubble, fire, and horn.|
|18w10d||Added coral reefs, allowing coral blocks to generate naturally.|
|18w14b||Renamed what was previously called coral to coral blocks, and renamed coral plants to coral.|
|Renamed the blue, pink, purple, red, and yellow variants of all coral blocks and dead coral blocks to tube, brain, bubble, fire, and horn, respectively.|
|18w16a||Mining coral blocks will now require Silk Touch to drop them.|
|Coral blocks will now have a short delay before dying.|
|Coral blocks will no longer die as long as one side is touching water.|
|1.13-pre6||Living coral blocks now have new sound events: |
|1.4||beta 188.8.131.52||Added coral blocks. At this time, coral blocks would only "die" if they touched air or void blocks, meaning that coral technically did not need water to stay alive.|
|Added dead coral blocks.|
|1.5||beta 184.108.40.206||Coral blocks will now no longer die as long as one side is touching water.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Added coral blocks.|
|Added dead coral blocks.|
|1.4.0||Added coral blocks.|
- In Bedrock Edition, horn coral block has a different texture than in Java.
- Meanwhile, the dead variant of this block is the same.
- After players had placed 10 million coral blocks underwater in Bedrock Edition, Mojang donated $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy to protect and restore coral reefs around the world.
Coral blocks naturally generating in a coral reef.