Grass Block

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Grass Block





Blast resistance



This block can be broken with any tool, but a shovel is the quickest




Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 02 hex: 2 bin: 10


grass[until 1.13]
grass_block[upcoming 1.13]

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]

A grass block is a block that generates abundantly across the surface of the Overworld.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

A grass block can be obtained by mining it using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch, otherwise it will drop dirt.

Grass Block
Hardness 0.6
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.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Grass blocks generate naturally in most biomes in the Overworld.

Endermen[edit | edit source]

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

Growth[edit | edit source]

Grass grows spontaneously only during map generation. Afterward, it can only spread to a nearby dirt block. Grass spreading without player intervention depends heavily on the time of day. In order 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.

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, torches, or pistons. 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.

Death[edit | edit source]

Grass will die and change to dirt after a random time if directly covered by an opaque block or water.

Tilling a grass block with a hoe will convert it to a farmland block.

Grass blocks also change to dirt when sheep eat them.

Grass will die when turned into a grass path.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Some of the hues that grass blocks can be

The coloration of grass blocks is dependent on the biome they are in. A grass block will always use the hue set to its location, regardless of how it was placed or of its source. Tall grass and leaves will also change color with the biome in a similar way.

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

Usage[edit | edit source]

Using bone meal on grass blocks will grow tall grass and flowers.

Passive mobs tend to wander towards grass blocks. They also wander towards light, but they ignore light over grass blocks and prefer them to any light levels below 10.

Sheep will eat grass blocks, turning it into dirt and regrowing their wool.

Grass paths can be created by using any type of shovel on the side or top of a grass block that has air above it. The shovel will lose 1 durability.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Animals will 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.

Data values[edit | edit source]

A grass block has the ID name minecraft:grass[until 1.13] or minecraft:grass_block[upcoming 1.13].

A grass block also has a block state.

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

If true, the block uses a snowy side and top texture.
In-game, this is true when grass has snow or snow (layer) on top.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Pre 0.0.0 Grass rd132211.png The grass block was one of the first two blocks in Minecraft, along with cobblestone.
The same top texture was used on all six sides of grass blocks, resulting in "grass cubes".[2]
rd-132328 GrassAlpha.png Grass blocks were given side textures, and the top texture was brightened.
rd-160052 Grass would now spread to dirt under sunlight, allowing new grass blocks to be created.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 12 Sheep would 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 Attempting to place grass blocks by means of hacking one's inventory in Classic Creative multiplayer would cause the server to automatically kick the player.
Due to the lack of dynamic lighting in Creative mode, grass in shadow would eventually "die" and change to dirt.
Grass blocks in one's inventory, at this point, had the green top-texture on all sides of the block.
December 23, 2009 With the introduction of dynamic lighting, grass was now able to grow in more dimly-lit areas, not having to be fully lit by the sun.
0.31 January 26, 2010 Grass blocks became available from the chests in the Indev House. They were placeable, though grass placed from the chest would never revert to dirt when in the shade. The only way to kill the grass was to break the block, so that it would drop as dirt.
February 6, 2010 Grass could now be tilled with a hoe into farmland, and had a chance of dropping seeds.
?The Indev House and its chests of blocks were removed by the end of the Indev development phase, leaving no legitimate way to obtain grass blocks in one's inventory.
1.0.4 Grassy Snow.png With the introduction of snowfall in Winter Mode worlds, grass block side textures would turn snowy-colored when the block was under snow layers.
1.2.0 GrassPreBeta1.5.png When biomes were added as part of the Halloween Update, the color of the top texture was made to vary according to the biome it was located in.
Inv grass block.png The block had a buggy top texture when obtained in the inventory via an inventory editor or the /give command.
1.5 Grass-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png The grass texture around the sides was given the same biome-dependent hue as the top texture, when in Fancy Graphics mode.
1.6 Seeds were no longer obtained by using a hoe on a grass block; tall grass would instead occasionally drop seeds when broken.
1.6.6 Bone meal would now cause tall grass to grow when applied to grass blocks.
1.8 The top texture bug from Alpha 1.2.0 was fixed.
It was again possible to legitimately obtain grass blocks in one's inventory, with the introduction of Creative mode.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 Grass blocks first became obtainable in Survival mode through use of the Silk Touch enchantment, introduced with the new enchanting system.
Beta 1.9-pre5 Grass.png The top textures of grass and snowy grass were slightly changed, to look more fitting with standard biomes.
Beta 1.9-pre6 The side texture was slightly changed.
?Slabs were changed so that they no longer reverted grass blocks beneath them to dirt, allowing grass to spread to and from underneath.
1.4.2 12w38a New sounds were added for walking on grass blocks.
1.7.2 13w36a A "grassless" dirt variant, that grass would not spread to, was added.
1.8 14w25a The grassless dirt variant was replaced with coarse dirt.
14w27b Grass's top texture is now rotated randomly, thanks to the addition of arrays to the block model format.
1.9 15w31a Grass 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.
1.13 17w47a The name ID has been changed from grass to grass_block.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added grass blocks.
0.4.0 Grass can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland, and has a chance of dropping seeds.
0.8.0 build 3 Grass has a chance to drop beetroot seeds, carrots, or potatoes when tilled.
build 4 Tilling can no longer spawn carrots or potatoes.
0.9.0 build 1 Grass coloration is now biome specific.
0.11.0 build 1 Grass now can be pressed into grass path blocks when tapped with a shovel.
0.12.1 Grass blocks can now be obtained using the silk touch enchantment.
0.14.0 build 1 Grass blocks can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
0.16.0 The biome-dependent colors now appear on maps.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added grass blocks.

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