Dirt

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Dirt
Dirt JE2 BE1.png
Transparent

No

Luminant

No

Blast resistance

0.5

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

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.

Occurrence[edit]

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 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.

Mineral veins[edit]

Dirt can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Dirt attempts to generate 10 times per chunk in veins of size 33, from altitudes 0 to 256, in all biomes.

Post-generation[edit]

Farmland turns 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.

Certain blocks also transform into dirt when in invalid states, such as the death of grass blocks.

Obtaining[edit]

Loot[edit]

From block loot[edit]

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

When a grass block, grass path, mycelium, or podzol is broken using a tool that is not enchanted with Silk Touch, it drops dirt. In Java Edition, grass paths drop dirt even when broken with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch.

Farmland drops dirt when broken.

Namespaced IDSourceDefaultSilk Touch
blocks/dirtDirt1 (100%)1 (100%)
blocks/farmlandFarmland1 (100%)1 (100%)
blocks/grass_blockGrass Block1 (100%)1 (100%)
blocks/grass_pathGrass Path1 (100%)1 (100%)
blocks/myceliumMycelium1 (100%)1 (100%)
blocks/podzolPodzol1 (100%)1 (100%)

Usage[edit]

Info[edit]

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

Block loot[edit]

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

Block loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceDefault
blocks/dirtDirt1 (100%)

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Bucket of Mud Dirt +
Water Bucket

[Minecraft Earth only]
Coarse Dirt Dirt +
Gravel

Farming[edit]

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 turns 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 is eventually converted into a grass block at random intervals.

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

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.gravel.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
None[2]BlocksFalling 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 blockblock.gravel.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.gravel.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:[needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.gravel ? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.grsvel ? ?
?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]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Dirtdirt block.minecraft.dirt

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Dirtdirt 3?

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

History[edit]

Java Edition pre-Classic
rd-160052Dirt JE1.png Added dirt.
Grass spreads to dirt when under light.
Java Edition Indev
?Dirt now uses a sound distinct from grass.
Indev2010-02-06Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
Java Edition Infdev
Infdev2010-06-17
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 has been introduced and now spreads to dirt.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Dirt JE2 BE1.png The texture of dirt has been changed. Dirt now has a slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.212w38aDirt has been given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.
1.7.213w36aDirt JE2 BE1.png A "grassless dirt" variant has been added that grass would not spread onto. Its block ID is 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."
14w25aGrassless dirt has been replaced 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 JE2 BE1.png Added dirt.
0.4.0Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.
0.8.0?The textures of dirt are now randomly rotated.
0.9.0?Dirt JE2 BE1.png Grassless dirt has been added.
0.11.0build 1Dirt can now be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Dirt now generates in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Grassless dirt has been replaced with coarse dirt.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Dirt is now renewable.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Dirt JE2 BE1.png Added dirt.

Issues[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Block of the Week: Dirt" – Minecraft.net, February 23, 2018
  2. MC-177082