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Tube Coral.pngBrain Coral.pngBubble Coral.pngFire Coral.pngHorn Coral.png
Dead Tube Coral.pngDead Brain Coral.pngDead Bubble Coral.pngDead Fire Coral.pngDead Horn Coral.png





Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)




Itself (with Silk Touch)


See Data values

Corals are non-solid blocks that come in five variants: tube, brain, bubble, fire, and horn.

Dead corals[Legacy Console and Java editions only] are the dead variants of coral.


Corals generated in warm oceans.

Corals can be mined instantly, but can only be obtained when mined with a Silk Touch enchanted tool.

Corals can be grown by using bone meal on dirt, coarse dirt, sand, red sand or gravel underwater. However, this only works in warm ocean biomes.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Dead coral is created when coral is placed out of water.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Natural generation[edit]

Corals naturally generate in coral reef structures found in warm ocean biomes.


Corals can be used as a building or decoration block. If it's not placed underwater, it will quickly transform into dead coral.

In Bedrock Edition, corals cannot be placed in water with air above it, but can be placed in water under a solid or transparent block. If at any time the block above a coral is removed (such as by using a bucket to remove a water source block or by breaking a solid or transparent block) and not immediately replaced with water (which can flow into the block or be left behind when a waterlogged block is broken), the coral will break and drop nothing.

Dead coral[edit]

In order for coral to stay alive, at least one of the blocks surrounding it must be water. If placed outside of water, it will transform into its respective dead coral after a few seconds.‌[Java Edition only]

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name

Tube Coral

Brain Coral

Bubble Coral

Fire Coral

Horn Coral

Dead Tube Coral

Dead Brain Coral

Dead Bubble Coral

Dead Fire Coral

Dead Horn Coral

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name


Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, corals have the following block data:

DV Description

0 Tube Coral

1 Brain Coral

2 Bubble Coral

3 Fire Coral

4 Horn Coral

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

Whether or not there's water in the same place as this coral.


Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch expresses interest in a suggestion regarding corals by user "solarblade".
Java Edition Alpha
June 28, 2010Notch 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."
Java Edition
October 5, 2012Coral were jokingly teased in the fake snapshot 12marc40awesome, along with fish as mobs and "fish blocks".
November 18, 2017Green Coral Preview.pngOrange Coral Preview.png Two types of coral were shown in a clip at MineCon Earth.
1.13 18w10a Tube Coral.png Brain Coral.png Bubble Coral.png Fire Coral Revision 1.png Horn Coral.png Added coral, which at the time were erroneously named coral plants. Also, their variants were named blue, pink, purple, red, and yellow instead of tube, brain, bubble, fire, and horn, like they are now.
18w10b Fire Coral.png Changed texture of red coral.
18w10d Added coral reefs, allowing coral to generate naturally.
18w14b Renamed what was previously coral plants to corals.
Renamed the blue, pink, purple, red, and yellow corals to tube, brain, bubble, fire, and horn, respectively.
pre6 Added 5 new sound events that apply to corals: block.wet_grass.break, block.wet_grass.fall, block.wet_grass.hit,, and block.wet_grass.step.
pre10 Coral now requires silk touch in order to be obtained.
1.13.1 18w31a Bone meal used in water of warm ocean biomes now has a chance of growing coral.
18w32a Dead Tube Coral.png Dead Brain Coral.png Dead Bubble Coral.png Dead Fire Coral.png Dead Horn Coral.png Added dead coral.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Tube Coral.png Brain Coral.png Bubble Coral.png Fire Coral.png Horn Coral.png Added corals.
Education Edition
1.4.0 Tube Coral.png Brain Coral.png Bubble Coral.png Fire Coral.png Horn Coral.png Added corals.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Tube Coral.png Brain Coral.png Bubble Coral.png Fire Coral.png Horn Coral.png Added corals.


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