|Catches fire from lava||
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.
Dirt drops as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to break it.
- Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
Endermen drop a dirt block upon death, if holding one.
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'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 a similar fashion, but requires a light level of at least 9.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Blocks||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Blocks||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||Blocks||Jumping from the block||?||?|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Blocks||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Blocks||Placing the block||?||0.8|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Block tags (JE)||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
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 spreads to dirt when under light.|
|Java Edition Classic|
|0.24 SURVIVAL TEST||Grass Blocks and Dirt now drops Dirt when broken.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|?||Dirt now uses a sound distinct from grass.|
|Minecraft Indev||20100206||Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|Minecraft Infdev||20100617-2||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 been introduced and now spreads to dirt.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||The texture of dirt has been changed. Dirt now has a slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.|
|1.4.2||12w38a||Dirt has been given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||A "grassless dirt" variant has been added that grass would not spread onto. Its block ID is minecraft:dirt/1.|
|1.8||14w10a||Dirt with numerical metadata variants 3 through 15, which are inaccessible through normal gameplay, now have a missing texture rather than appearing identical to dirt.|
|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 been replaced with coarse dirt.|
|Dirt and its variant are now defined via block states rather than by numerical metadata. Prior to this version, the numerical metadata variants of dirt were as follows:
|14w26a||Dirt with metadata values 3 through 15 have now been completely removed from the game.|
|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.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.17||20w45a||A shovel can now be used on dirt to create a dirt path block.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.4.0||Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.|
|v0.8.0||?||The textures of dirt are now randomly rotated.|
|v0.9.0||?||Grassless dirt has been added.|
|v0.11.0||build 1||Dirt can now be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.|
|1.1.0||alpha 184.108.40.206||Dirt now generates in woodland mansions.|
|1.2.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Grassless dirt has been replaced with coarse dirt.|
|1.10.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Dirt is now renewable.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added dirt.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
Grassless dirt (currently coarse dirt) found in a savanna biome.