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Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 3 hex: 3 bin: 11

Namespaced ID


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

I don't really need to tell you where to find dirt, because you'll generally acquire stacks and stacks of it during the course of normal play. To stop it filling up your chests, consider using it to fill in terrain, rather than dig it out, when you want to flatten an area. Or make a farm out of it - growing anything from saplings to beetroot. Or just use it to convert the dirt shack you built to protect you from zombies on the first night into an enormous dirt palace with all mod cons.

Duncan Geere[1]

Dirt is a block found abundantly in most biomes under a layer of grass blocks at the top of the Overworld.

Natural generation[edit]

Dirt is found at any altitude, and comprises the majority of the upper terrain layers in most overworld biomes, bridging the gap between stone and grass blocks in various thicknesses.

There are approximately 1,850 dirt blocks per chunk in plains, forest, snowy tundra, jungle, and mountains biomes. There can be as many as 3,000 in chunks with high mountains. Dirt generates in pockets underground as well. Dirt also generates naturally in some houses in villages. Dirt also generates as part of the dirt floor found in the starting point area in mineshafts.


Dirt will drop as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to break it.

Block Dirt
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Dirt based blocks[edit]

When grass, grass path, farmland, mycelium, or podzol is broken using a tool that is not enchanted with Silk Touch, it will drop dirt. Grass path and farmland will also drop dirt when broken with a Silk Touch tool, except for grass path in Bedrock Edition.

Farmland will drop dirt when broken. It will also turn into dirt if either a mob jumps on it, or if nothing is planted on it and it is not within four blocks of water.

Coarse dirt can be tilled with a hoe to become dirt.


Dirt's primary use is for farming, but it can also be used as a highly available building block.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coarse Dirt Dirt +


Dirt has the ability to grow saplings, sugar cane, mushrooms, sweet berries and bamboo, which can be planted directly in dirt under appropriate conditions.

Using a hoe on dirt will turn it into farmland, enabling wheat seeds, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, potatoes, carrots and beetroot seeds to be planted on it.

Grass and mycelium spreading[edit]

When a dirt block is adjacent to a grass block and is exposed to a light level of at least 4, it will eventually be converted into a grass block at random intervals.

Mycelium spreads in similar fashion, but requires a light level of at least 9.

Data values[edit]

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, dirt uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 Dirt
1 Coarse Dirt

Block states[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, dirt uses the following block states:

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
dirt_typenormal normalDirt
coarseCoarse Dirt


Java Edition pre-Classic
rd-160052Dirt Revision 1.png Dirt was added. Grass would spread to dirt when under light.
Java Edition Indev
?Now uses a sound distinct from grass.
Indev2010-02-06Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
Java Edition Infdev
release 2
Dirt is now generated naturally underground, along with gravel, for more varied caves.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseDirt now generates naturally in villages.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseMycelium is introduced and now spreads to dirt.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Dirt.png The texture was changed, having a very slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.212w38aDirt was given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.
1.7.213w36aA "grassless dirt" variant was added that grass would not spread onto. Its block ID was minecraft:dirt/1.
1.8June 11, 2014Ryan Holtz revealed a new coarse dirt block, including its crafting recipe. "This will be a transparent switch-over in terms of world generation, as the coarse dirt block uses the same block ID and data value as the original grassless dirt block. As a result, even old worlds with the grassless dirt blocks should have them seamlessly change over to coarse dirt."
14w25aReplaced grassless dirt with coarse dirt.
14w27bDirt's textures now rotate randomly due to the addition of arrays to the block model format.
1.1116w39aDirt now generates in mansions.
1.1317w47aThe different variant block states for the dirt ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 3.
1.1419w05aDirt is now renewable due to the Wandering Trader selling podzol
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseDirt was added.
0.4.0Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.
0.8.0?The textures on dirt are now randomly rotated.
0.9.0?Grassless dirt added.
0.11.0build 1Dirt can now be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha now generates in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta dirt was added.
1.10.0beta is now renewable.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Dirt was added.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Coarse dirt was added.


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



  1. "Block of the Week: Dirt" – Minecraft.net, February 23, 2018