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Wooden Hoe.pngStone Hoe.pngIron Hoe.pngGolden Hoe.pngDiamond Hoe.png



Wood: 60 Uses
Stone: 132 Uses
Iron: 251 Uses
Golden: 33 Uses
Diamond: 1562 Uses


Diamond: No
All Others: Yes




Till dirt

Data values

See Data values


See Data values

Hoes are tools used to till dirt and grass blocks into farmland blocks.



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Any Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +

Damaged Matching Hoe

The durability of the two hoes is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Natural generation[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, wooden hoes can be found in 14.2% of village two-room house chests in groups of 1.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Diamond hoes can be found in 21.8% of woodland mansion chests in groups of 1.

In Bedrock Edition, they can be found in 21.5% of woodland mansion chests in groups of 1.



Hoes are used to turn dirt, grass blocks and grass paths into farmland. To till, press use on a grass or dirt block while holding a hoe.

Hoes can also be used to convert coarse dirt into regular dirt by pressing use on the coarse dirt.

Tilling is effectively instantaneous, regardless of material, and uses 1 durability. Breaking blocks with a hoe uses 0 durability.


Hoes may be used as a weapon, though they do only 1 (Half Heart.svg) damage, no more than a fist. Hoes use 1 durability when used as a weapon.

In the Java Edition, hoes have an attack speed modifier depending on the material: wood and gold have a modifier of -3 (refill in 1s), stone has a modifier of -2 (refill in 0.5s), iron has a modifier of -1 (refill in 0.33s), and diamond has a modifier of 0 (refill in 0.25s).

Attack damage Attack speed Damage/Second (DPS)
1 (Half Heart.svg) 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

Hoes always attack instantly in the Legacy Console and Bedrock editions.


A hoe can receive the following enchantments:


Wooden hoes can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1 item per hoe.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Nugget or
Gold Nugget
Iron Hoe or
Golden Hoe +
Any fuel

Data values[edit]

Item Name ID Numeric ID‌[BE only]
Wooden Hoe wooden_hoe 290
Stone Hoe stone_hoe 291
Iron Hoe iron_hoe 292
Diamond Hoe diamond_hoe 293
Golden Hoe golden_hoe 294



Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Time to Farm!Use planks and sticks to make a hoePick up any type of hoe from a crafting table output.YesYesYesYes10GBronze
MOAR ToolsConstruct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe).YesYesYesWii U, Switch15GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngSerious DedicationCompletely use up a diamond hoe, and then reevaluate your life choicesA Seedy PlaceUnobtainable due to MC-136400.[until JE 1.14]
Use up the final bit of durability on a diamond hoe, so that it breaks.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]


Java Edition Indev
February 6, 2010 Added hoes.
Java Edition Beta
1.6 Test Build 3 Before, using a hoe on grass blocks was the only way to collect seeds for planting. When tall grass was introduced, this feature was removed.
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w18a Wooden hoes can now be used as fuel in a furnace.
12w21a Blacksmith villagers will now sell 1 diamond hoe for 7 emeralds, and 1 iron hoe for 4–5 emeralds.
1.4.2 12w38a Hoes now have a sound when tilling dirt.
1.8 14w02a Villagers will now no longer trade iron or diamond hoes, making diamond hoes non-renewable.
14w32a Hoes can now be used to convert coarse dirt into regular dirt.
1.9 15w34c Stone, iron and diamond hoes will now do slightly more damage than an unarmed attack.
15w34d All hoes will now lose 1 durability when used as a weapon.
15w35a Hoes will now all do the same damage, but better materials have higher speeds.
15w50a Added a sound for hoes: item.hoe.till.
1.11 16w39a Diamond hoes are now found in the new woodland mansion chests.
1.11.1 16w50a Golden and iron hoes will now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, these items' numeral IDs were 290, 291, 292, 293 and 294.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added hoes. Wheat seeds are now obtained by using a hoe on grass blocks.
0.8.0 build 3 Beetroot seeds, carrots and potatoes are now obtained by using a hoe on grass blocks.
build 4 Carrots and potatoes will now no longer spawn from tilling grass blocks with a hoe.
0.11.0 build 11 Wooden, stone, golden, and diamond hoes are now available in the creative inventory.
build 12 Wooden, stone, golden, and diamond hoes have now been removed from creative.
build 13 All hoes are now available in creative mode again.
0.16.2 Wooden hoes can now be found inside the chest in the large house of ice plains villages.
Pocket Edition
1.1 alpha Iron and golden hoes are now smeltable.
Diamond hoes can now be found inside woodland mansion chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 beta Hoes can now be used to transform coarse dirt into normal dirt.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Added hoes (all five types).
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch s3Iron and golden hoes are now smeltable.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Hoes.


Issues relating to "Hoe" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Tilling a dirt block, which has a dirt block on top of it, will change it to farmland even though it cannot be used. If a hoe is used on a block horizontally adjacent to such a block, the first block will revert to dirt and the selected block will not be tilled.
  • When a hoe breaks it does not display the tool breaking animation like on other tools, since tilling is not predicted client-side.
  • Although the word "hoe" is very recognizable in Minecraft, the word appears as "censored" on a sign in the Legacy Console Edition.