|Catches fire from lava||
dec: 3 hex: 3 bin: 11
|— Duncan Geere|
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.
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.
Dirt drops as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to break it.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.
Dirt based blocks
When grass, grass path, farmland, mycelium, or podzol is broken using a tool that is not enchanted with Silk Touch, it drops dirt. Grass path and farmland also drops dirt when broken with a Silk Touch tool, except for grass path in Bedrock Edition.
Farmland drops dirt when broken.
Dirt's primary use is for farming, but it can also be used as a highly available building block.
|Coarse Dirt||Dirt +
Grass and mycelium spreading
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 similar fashion, but requires a light level of at least 9.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Subtitle key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation distance|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|None||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.5||0.75||16|
|?||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Placing the block||?||0.8|
|?||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Jumping from the block||?||?|
In Bedrock Edition, dirt uses the following data values:
In Bedrock Edition, dirt uses the following block states:
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|Java Edition pre-Classic|
|Grass will spread to dirt when under light.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|?||Dirt now uses a sound distinct from grass.|
|Indev||2010-02-06||Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|Dirt is now generated naturally underground, along with gravel, for more varied caves.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Pre-release||Dirt now generates naturally in villages.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||Mycelium has now been introduced and now spreads to dirt.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||The texture of dirt has now been changed. Dirt now has a very slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.4.2||12w38a||Dirt has now been given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||A "grassless dirt" variant has now been added that grass would not spread onto. Its block ID is minecraft:dirt/1.|
|1.8||June 11, 2014||Ryan 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."|
|14w25a||Grassless dirt has now been replaced with coarse dirt.|
|14w27b||Dirt's textures now rotate randomly due to the addition of arrays to the block model format.|
|1.11||16w39a||Dirt now generates in mansions.|
|1.13||17w47a||The different variant block states for the |
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 3.|
|1.14||19w05a||Dirt is now renewable due to the wandering trader selling podzol.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.4.0||Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.|
|0.8.0||?||The textures of dirt are now randomly rotated.|
|0.9.0||?||Grassless dirt has now been added.|
|0.11.0||build 1||Dirt can now be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.|
|1.1.0||alpha 22.214.171.124||Dirt now generates in woodland mansions.|
|1.2.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Grassless dirt has now been replaced with coarse dirt.|
|1.10.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Dirt is now renewable.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added dirt.|
Grassless dirt (now coarse dirt) found in a savanna biome.
- "Block of the Week: Dirt" – Minecraft.net, February 23, 2018