Grass Block

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Grass Block
Grass Block Revision 6.png
Plains Grass Block.pngDesert Grass Block.pngForest Grass Block.pngTaiga Grass Block.pngGreen Swamp Grass Block.pngOlive Swamp Grass Block.pngDark Forest Grass Block.pngBadlands Grass Block.png
Snowy Grass Block JE2 BE2.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

3

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops
Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Tags
  • #enderman_holdable
  • #bamboo_plantable_on
  • #valid_spawn
Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Grass is probably Minecraft's most iconic block (suck it, Mycelium!) Along with cobblestone, it was one of the first two blocks in the game. Originally the grassy top texture was used on all sides, but it wasn't long until the block was given a side texture too, showing the dirt below. Grass blocks have changed a surprising amount throughout Minecraft's history, and today they're one of the most feature-packed blocks around.

Duncan Geere[1]

Grass blocks generate abundantly across the surface of the Overworld.

Occurence[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Grass blocks generate naturally in most biomes in the Overworld and as part of villages.

Post-generation[edit]

Grass grows spontaneously only during map generation. Afterward, it can spread only to a nearby dirt block. Grass spreading without player intervention depends heavily on the time of day. For a dirt block to accept grass from a nearby grass block, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The dirt block receiving grass must be within a 3×3×5 range of the source block where the source block is in the center of the second topmost layer of that range.
  2. The source block must have a light level of 9 or brighter directly above it.
  3. The dirt block must have a light level of at least 4 above it.
  4. Any block above the dirt block must not reduce light by 2 levels or more.
  5. It cannot spread to coarse dirt.

Light-reducing blocks include any opaque block, as well as lava, water, ice, and partially transparent blocks like stairs and single slabs. Grass blocks can grow under all other transparent blocks like glass, fences, or torches. Grass jumps directly from one block to a neighbor and is not affected by gaps or other blocks being "in the way." Grass blocks spread at random intervals and have an equal chance of spreading to any suitable dirt blocks that are in range. Because grass can spread as much as 3 levels downward, it tends to spread down slopes much faster than it spreads up them.

Obtaining[edit]

A grass block can be obtained by mining it using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. Otherwise, it drops dirt.

Block Grass Block
Hardness 0.6
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Endermen[edit]

Endermen can pick up grass blocks, and drop the blocks they are holding if killed.

Death[edit]

Grass dies and changes to dirt after a random time if directly covered by any opaque block. Transparent blocks can kill grass in a similar manner, but only if they cause the light level above the grass block to be four or below (like water does), and the surrounding area is not otherwise sufficiently lit up.

Tilling a grass block with a hoe converts it to a farmland block.

Grass blocks also change to dirt when sheep eat them.

Grass dies when turned into a grass path.

Appearance[edit]

Plains (left) and forest (right) grass colors.

The coloration of grass blocks is dependent on the biome they are in. A grass block always uses the color set to its location, regardless of how it was placed or of its source. Grass and leaves similarly change color with the biome.

These biome-specific colors also appear on maps.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

List of colors[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

These values are generated by the biome dyeing algorithm. See Biome colors for more information.

Biome Category Rainfall Grass Color Temperature Affects Render
Badlands Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Grass Block.png
Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Grass Block.png
Beach Beach Rain #91bd59 Plains Grass Block.png
Birch Forest Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Grass Block.png
Birch Forest Hills Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Grass Block.png
Cold Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Dark Forest Forest Rain #507a32 Dark Forest Grass Block.png
Dark Forest Hills Forest Rain #507a32 Dark Forest Grass Block.png
Deep Cold Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Deep Frozen Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Deep Lukewarm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Deep Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Deep Warm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Desert Desert No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
Desert Hills Desert No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
Desert Lakes Desert No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
End Barrens The End No #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
End Highlands The End No #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
End Midlands The End No #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Eroded Badlands Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Grass Block.png
Flower Forest Forest Rain #79c05a Forest Grass Block.png
Forest Forest Rain #79c05a Forest Grass Block.png
Frozen Ocean Ocean Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Frozen River River Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Giant Spruce Taiga Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Grass Block.png
Giant Spruce Taiga Hills Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Grass Block.png
Giant Tree Taiga Taiga Rain #86b87f Giant Tree Taiga Grass Block.png
Giant Tree Taiga Hills Taiga Rain #86b87f Giant Tree Taiga Grass Block.png
Gravelly Mountains Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Grass Block.png
Gravelly Mountains+ Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Grass Block.png
Ice Spikes Icy Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Jungle Jungle Rain #59c93c Jungle Grass Block.png
Jungle Edge Jungle Rain #64c73f Jungle Edge Grass Block.png
Jungle Hills Jungle Rain #59c93c Jungle Grass Block.png
Lukewarm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Modified Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Grass Block.png
Modified Jungle Jungle Rain #59c93c Jungle Grass Block.png
Modified Jungle Edge Jungle Rain #64c73f Jungle Edge Grass Block.png
Modified Wooded Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Grass Block.png
Mountain Edge Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Grass Block.png
Mountains Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Grass Block.png
Mushroom Fields Mushroom Rain #55c93f Mushroom Fields Grass Block.png
Mushroom Field Shore Mushroom Rain #55c93f Mushroom Fields Grass Block.png
Nether Nether No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Plains Plains Rain #91bd59 Plains Grass Block.png
River River Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Savanna Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
Savanna Plateau Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
Shattered Savanna Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
Shattered Savanna Plateau Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Grass Block.png
Small End Islands The End No #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Snowy Beach Beach Snow #83b593 Snowy Beach Grass Block.png
Snowy Mountains Icy Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Snowy Taiga Taiga Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Snowy Taiga Hills Taiga Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Snowy Taiga Mountains Taiga Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Snowy Tundra Icy Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Grass Block.png
Stone Shore None Rain #8ab689 Mountains Grass Block.png
Sunflower Plains Plains Rain #91bd59 Plains Grass Block.png
Swamp Swamp Rain #6A7039 If temperature below -0.1, used #4C763C. Olive Swamp Grass Block.png / Green Swamp Grass Block.png
Swamp Hills Swamp Rain #6A7039 If temperature below -0.1, used #4C763C. Olive Swamp Grass Block.png / Green Swamp Grass Block.png
Taiga Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Grass Block.png
Taiga Hills Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Grass Block.png
Taiga Mountains Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Grass Block.png
Tall Birch Forest Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Grass Block.png
Tall Birch Hills Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Grass Block.png
The End The End No #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
The Void None No #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Warm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Grass Block.png
Wooded Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Grass Block.png
Wooded Hills Forest Rain #79c05a Forest Grass Block.png
Wooded Mountains Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Grass Block.png

Bedrock Edition[edit]

This section needs more information.
Information requested: can we get analogous color lists for Bedrock Edition?

Usage[edit]

Using bone meal on grass blocks causes tall grass and flowers to grow.

Passive mobs tend to wander toward grass blocks. They also wander toward light.

When a sheep eats a grass block, the block becomes dirt, and a shorn sheep regrows its wool.

Grass paths can be created by using any type of shovel on the side or top of a grass block with air above it. The shovel loses 1 durability for each grass path block created.

Loot[edit]

Block Incorrect tool Correct tool Fortune 1 Fortune 2 Fortune 3 Silk Touch
Grass Block 1 (100%) 1 (100%)
No experience

Spawning[edit]

Animals occasionally spawn on grass blocks that have light level 9 or brighter in the space directly above. This is quite rare and requires that there be few other animals nearby or in the spawn chunks. Most animals are instead created along with the terrain.

Composting[edit]

Grass blocks can be used to fill up composters.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.grass.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.grass.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.grass.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.grass.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.grass.fall None 0.50.7516

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Mining the blockhit.grass ? 0.5
?Breaking the blockdig.grass ? 0.8
?Placing the blockuse.grass ? 0.8
?Walking on the blockstep.grass ? ?
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.grass ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.grass ? ?
?Jumping from the blockjump.grass ? ?

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Grass Block grass_block

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Grass Block grass 2

Block states[edit]


Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
snowyfalsefalse
true
If true, the block uses a snowy side and top texture.
In-game, this is true when a snow block or snow is on top.

History[edit]

This section needs more information.
Information requested: In 18w15a (where it started and when it was removed is unknown), frozen ocean biomes exhibited an effect similar to swamps in which areas of the same biome could have different foliage colors, easily visible with biome blend turned off. When was this implemented, when was it removed, and can we get renders of all biome-affected blocks with both of the distinct colors applied on their respective pages?
Information icon.svg
This section would benefit from the addition of isometric renders.
Please remove this notice once you've added suitable isometric renders to the article.
The specific instructions are:
  • Renders of biome grass in a1.2.0-b1.7.3 biomes
  • Pocket Edition v0.8.0 alpha texture change
  • Beta 1.8 Prelease inventory fix
  • Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 grass and snowy grass top texture changes
  • Pocket Edition's first grass block
  • 15w31a texture change
  • Pocket Edition Alpha 0.9.0 texture change.
Java Edition pre-Classic
Cave game tech testGrass Block Revision 1.png Added grass blocks.
Grass blocks are one of the first two blocks in Minecraft, along with cobblestone.
The same top texture is used on all six sides of grass blocks, resulting in "grass cubes".[2]
rd-160052Grass Block Revision 2.png The texture of grass blocks has now been changed. Grass blocks have now been given side textures, and the top texture has now been brightened.
Grass will now spread to dirt under sunlight, allowing new grass blocks to be created.
Due to the lack of dynamic lighting mode, grass in shadows will eventually "die" and change to dirt.
Java Edition Classic
October 25, 2009On Notch's blog, sheep were shown to eat grass to regrow wool on their bodies, reverting the block to dirt. Often, the grass would regrow just as quickly as sheep would eat it.
0.30 (Creative)Attempting to place grass blocks by means of hacking one's inventory in Classic Creative multiplayer will now cause the server to automatically kick the player.
Grass blocks in the player's inventory, at this point, have the green top-texture on all sides of the block.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120091223-2With the introduction of dynamic lighting, grass is now able to grow in more dimly-lit areas, not having to be fully lit by the sun.
20100125-2Grass blocks have now became available from the chests in The Indev House.
Grass blocks are now placeable, though grass placed from the chest will never revert to dirt when in the shade. The only way to kill the grass is to break the block, so that it would drop as dirt.
20100206Grass can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland, and had a chance of dropping seeds.
?The Indev House and its chests of blocks have now been removed with the end of the Indev development phase, leaving no legitimate way to obtain grass blocks in the player's inventory.
Java Edition Alpha
? Grass blocks now have a buggy top texture when obtained in the inventory via an inventory editor.[when?]
v1.0.4Snowy Grass Block JE1 BE1.png With the introduction of snowfall in Winter Mode worlds, grass block side textures will now turn snowy-colored when the block is under snow layers.
v1.2.0previewGrass Block Revision 3.png With biomes that have now been added as part of the Halloween Update, the color of the top texture has now been made to vary according to the biome it is located in.
Java Edition Beta
1.5Grass Block Revision 4.png The grass texture around the sides has now been given the same biome-dependent color as the top texture, when in Fancy Graphics mode.
1.6Test Build 3Seeds can no longer obtained by using a hoe on a grass block; tall grass will instead occasionally drop seeds when they are broken.
? The inventory texture of glass blocks has now been changed. The top texture is now flipped in the inventory.
1.6.6Bone meal will now cause tall grass to grow when applied to grass blocks.
1.8Pre-releaseThe inventory texture bug that grass blocks had has now been fixed.
It was again possible to legitimately obtain grass blocks in one's inventory, with the introduction of Creative mode.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Grass blocks have become obtainable obtainable for the first time in survival mode through use of the Silk Touch enchantment, introduced with the new enchanting system.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5The top textures of grass and snowy grass have now been slightly changed, to look more fitting with standard biomes.
Grass Block Revision 5.png The side texture of grass blocks has now been slightly changed.
?Slabs have now been changed so that they no longer revert grass blocks beneath them to dirt, allowing grass to spread to and from underneath.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.212w38aNew sounds were added for walking on grass blocks.
1.7.213w36aA "grassless" dirt variant, that grass would not spread to, has now been added.
1.814w25aThe grassless dirt variant has now been replaced with coarse dirt.
14w27bThe top texture of grass is now rotated randomly, due to the addition of arrays to the block model format.
1.915w31aGrass blocks can now be turned into grass paths by right-clicking on them with a shovel.
Grass blocks can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
The texture of grass blocks has now been changed to match up with the Pocket Edition Alpha 0.9.0 texture.
1.1317w47aThe ID of grass blocks has been changed from grass to grass_block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 2.
1.1419w05aGrass blocks are now renewable.
19w08aGrass Block Revision 6.png Snowy Grass Block JE2 BE2.png The textures of grass blocks and snowy grass blocks have now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseAdded grass blocks, with an unknown texture.
0.2.0Grass Block BE Revision 2.png The texture of grass blocks has now been changed to match up with Java Edition Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5.
0.4.0Grass can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland, and has a chance of dropping seeds.
0.8.0build 3Grass now has a chance to drop beetroot seeds, carrots, or potatoes when tilled.
build 4Tilling can no longer spawn carrots or potatoes.
0.9.0build 1Grass coloration is now biome specific.
The texture of grass blocks has now been changed, once again.
0.11.0build 1Grass now can be pressed into grass path blocks when tapped with a shovel.
0.12.1build 1Grass blocks no longer drop beetroot seeds when a hoe is used.
build 8Grass blocks no longer drop wheat seeds when a hoe is used.
build 10The sound of grass blocks has now been changed to match up with grass sound from Java Edition 1.4.2.
?Grass blocks can now be obtained using the Silk Touch enchantment.
0.14.0build 1Grass blocks can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
0.16.0?The biome-dependent colors of grass blocks now appear on maps.
Bedrock Edition
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Grass blocks can now be used to fill up composters.
beta 1.11.0.5Grass Block Revision 6.png Snowy Grass Block JE2 BE2.png The textures of grass blocks and snowy grass blocks have now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Grass Block Revision 5.png Added grass blocks.
?Grass block sides are now 3D.
1.90Grass Block Revision 6.png The texture of grass blocks has now been changed.
1.91Snowy Grass Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of snowy grass blocks has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Grass Block BE Revision 2.png Added grass blocks.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • Grass block, along with cobblestone, were the first two blocks added to Minecraft.
  • Grass blocks and dirt blocks changing between each other is a very common cause of chunk updates.
  • A grass block has become the favicon for minecraft.net, and is the icon for the Minecraft launcher and the Bedrock Edition app.
  • In MINECON's goodie-bags, grass, along with the creeper, diamond, and the player, were given as foldable decorations.

References[edit]