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Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 3 hex: 3 bin: 11



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.


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.

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 the butcher's shop and in some houses in villages. Dirt also generates as part of the dirt floor found in the starting point area in abandoned mineshafts.

Dirt based blocks[edit]

When grass, grass path, mycelium, or podzol is broken using a tool that is not enchanted with Silk Touch, it will drop dirt. Grass path will also drop dirt when broken with a Silk Touch tool, except 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 canes, mushrooms and bamboo[upcoming 1.14], 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]

See also: Grass Block

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]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, dirt uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 Dirt
1 Coarse Dirt



Java Edition Pre-classic
rd-160052 Dirt Revision 1.png Dirt was added. Grass would grow on dirt when under light.
Java Edition Indev
?Now uses a sound distinct from grass.
February 6, 2010 Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
Java Edition Infdev
June 17, 2010, 3 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.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Mycelium is introduced and now spreads to dirt.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Dirt.png The texture was changed, having a very slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.2 12w38a Dirt was given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.
1.7.2 13w36a A "grassless dirt" variant was added that grass would not spread onto. Its Block ID was minecraft:dirt/1.
1.8 June 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."
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 woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a The 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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Dirt was added.
0.4.0 Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.
0.8.0 ?The textures on dirt are now randomly rotated.
0.9.0 ?Grassless dirt added.
0.11.0 build 1 Dirt can be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.
Pocket Edition
1.1 alpha Dirt now generates in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 beta Coarse dirt was added.
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.



  • If dirt is tilled using a hoe and water is placed underneath it, the dirt will not cast a shadow on the water. Untilled dirt, however, will cast a shadow, this is likely a glitch.


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