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Grass Block
Grass Block JE7 BE6.png
Plains Grass Block.pngDesert Grass Block.pngForest Grass Block.pngTaiga Grass Block.pngSwamp Grass Block.pngSwamp Grass Block (Cold).pngDark Forest Grass Block.pngBadlands Grass Block.png
Snowy Grass Block JE3 BE3.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.6

Hardness

0.6

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

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

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]
Default 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.25
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[edit]

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

Spread[edit]

Grass can spread to nearby dirt blocks. 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 3×5×3 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 directly 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.

Endermen[edit]

Endermen can pick up grass blocks, and drop the blocks they are holding if killed, making it the only way to obtain grass without the use of Silk Touch.

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]

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 (all biomes) 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, a used #4C763C. Swamp Grass Block.png / Swamp Grass Block (Cold).png
Swamp Hills Swamp Rain #6A7039 If temperature below -0.1, used #4C763C. Swamp Grass Block.png / Swamp Grass Block (Cold).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

Usage[edit]

Using bone meal on grass blocks causes grass, tall grass, ferns,‌[Bedrock Edition only] large ferns,‌[Bedrock Edition only] 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.

Death[edit]

Grass dies and changes to dirt after a random time (when a random tick lands on the block) 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.

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 IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Sound parameters
VolumePitchAttenuation
distance
StreamPreload
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.grass.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816?????
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.grass.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516?????
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.grass.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516?????
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.grass.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816?????
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.grass.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016?????
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitchSound parameters
VolumePitchStreamLoad
on low
memory
?Breaking the blockdig.grass0.50.8????
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.grass? ? ????
?Mining the blockhit.grass0.60.5????
?Jumping from the blockjump.grass? ? ????
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.grass? ? ????
?Walking on the blockstep.grass? ? ????
?Placing the blockdig.grass10.8????

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Translation key
Grass Blockgrass_block bamboo_plantable_on
enderman_holdable
valid_spawn
block.minecraft.grass_block

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Grass Blockgrass 2tile.grass.name

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]

Java Edition pre-Classic
Cave game tech testGrass Block JE1.png Added grass blocks.
Grass blocks are one of the first two blocks in Minecraft, along with cobblestone.[1]
rd-20090515Grass Block JE2.png The top texture and model of grass blocks have been changed.
The model now uses new texture on the side faces and dirt texture on the bottom face.
Grass now spreads to dirt under sunlight, allowing new grass blocks to be created.
Due to the lack of dynamic lighting mode, grass in shadows eventually dies and changes to dirt.
Java Edition Classic
0.24 SURVIVAL TESTGrass blocks now drop dirt when broken.
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.
0.28Sheep added, with the behavior described above.
0.30 (Creative)Attempting to place grass blocks by means of hacking one's inventory in Classic Creative multiplayer now causes 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.
20100124Grass blocks have now available from the chests in the Indev House.
Grass blocks are now placeable, although grass placed from the chest never reverts to dirt when in the shade. The only way to kill the grass is to break the block, so that it drops as dirt.
20100129Grass blocks have no longer available from the chests in The Indev House.
20100206Grass can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland, and had a chance of dropping seeds.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.4Snowy Grass Block JE1 BE1.png Added snowy grass blocks.
Snowy grass blocks appear when the grass blocks is under snow.
Snowy Grass Block (without snow) JE1.png The model of snowy grass blocks without snow use grass top texture on the top face.
Grass Block (item) JE2 BE1.png The model of grass blocks in item form has been changed. The model now uses grass block side texture on all faces.
v1.0.5Snowy grass blocks appear when the grass blocks is under snow blocks.
v1.2.0previewGrass Block JE3.png Snowy Grass Block (without snow) JE2.png The top texture of grass blocks and snowy grass blocks has been changed. The texture are now grayscale and are affected by biome colors.
Snowy Grass Block JE1 BE1.png This change is not noticeable when snowy grass blocks under the snow layers or snow blocks.
Java Edition Beta
1.5Grass Block JE4.png The model of grass blocks now use overlay texture on side faces when "Graphics: Fancy" is set in options. The texture is grayscale and is affected by biome colors.
Grass Block JE3.png Grass blocks use old model when "Graphics: Fast" is set in options.
1.6Test Build 3Seeds can no longer obtained by using a hoe on a grass block; tall grass instead occasionally drops seeds when broken.
1.6.6Bone meal now causes tall grass to grow when applied to grass blocks.
1.7Snowy Grass Block JE2 BE2.png The model of snow has been changed.
1.8Pre-releaseIt was again possible to legitimately obtain grass blocks in one's inventory, with the introduction of Creative mode.
Pre-release 2 ;)Grass Block JE3.png The model of grass block in item form have been changed. Grass blocks now use grass block top texture on the top face and and dirt texture on the bottom face. The top face is now tinted with
 #7cbd6b.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Grass blocks have become 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 5Grass Block JE5.png Grass Block (graphics fast) JE2.png Snowy Grass Block (without snow) JE2.png The top texture of grass blocks has been changed.
Snowy Grass Block JE2 BE2.png This change is not noticeable when snowy grass blocks under the snow layers or snow blocks.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Grass Block JE6 BE5.png Grass Block (graphics fast) JE3.png The side texture of grass blocks has been 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.
1.4.212w38aNew sounds were added for walking on grass blocks.
1.7.213w36aA "grassless" dirt variant, that grass would not spread to, has now been added.
1.814w10aBadlands Grass Block 14w10a.png Desert Grass Block 14w10a.png Jungle Grass Block 14w10a.png Jungle Edge Grass Block 14w10a.png Forest Grass Block 14w10a.png Birch Forest Grass Block 14w10a.png Dark Forest Grass Block 14w10a.png Swamp Grass Block 14w10a.png Swamp Grass Block (Cold) 14w10a.png Plains Grass Block 14w10a.png Ocean Grass Block 14w10a.png Mushroom Fields Grass Block 14w10a.png Mountains Grass Block 14w10a.png Snowy Beach Grass Block 14w10a.png Giant Tree Taiga Grass Block 14w10a.png Taiga Grass Block 14w10a.png Snowy Tundra Grass Block 14w10a.png
The model of grass blocks in block form has been changed and now use the same model for when "Graphics: Fast" or "Graphics: Fancy" is set in options. The side texture of grass blocks is now tinted by biome.[2]
14w10bThe changes in snapshot 14w10a have been fixed.
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.
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 because wandering traders now offer to sell podzol.
19w08aGrass Block JE7 BE6.png The side texture of grass blocks has been changed.
Snowy Grass Block JE3 BE3.png The side texture of snowy grass blocks and texture of snow has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseGrass Block BE1.png Added grass blocks tinted with
 #339933.
v0.1.0Grass Block (item) JE2 BE1.png Grass block has an item form. The model use grass block side texture on all faces.
v0.2.0Grass Block BE2.png Grass Block (item) BE2.png The side texture of grass blocks for block and item form has been changed.
v0.4.0Grass can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland, and has a chance of dropping seeds.
v0.5.0Grass Block BE3.png Grass Block (item) BE3.png The side texture of grass blocks for block and item form has been changed. The model of item form now use separate top texture on top face.
v0.8.0build 2Grass Block BE4.png Grass Block BE4.png The side texture has been changed to texture before v0.5.0. The top texture for block form now tinted with
 #87cd49. The top texture for item form has been changed to pre-tinted top texture which identical for block form.
build 3Grass now has a chance to drop beetroot seeds, carrots, or potatoes when tilled.
build 4Tilling can no longer spawn carrots or potatoes.
v0.9.0build 1Grass Block JE6 BE5.png Grass Block (item) BE5.png The top texture in block form now tinted with biome colors. The side texture has been changed to various pre-tinted textures dependent by biome.
v0.11.0build 1Grass now can be pressed into grass path blocks when tapped with a shovel.
v0.12.1build 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 1.4.2.
?Grass blocks can now be obtained using the Silk Touch enchantment.
v0.14.0build 1Grass blocks can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
v0.16.0?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 JE7 BE6.png The side texture of grass blocks has been changed.
Snowy Grass Block JE3 BE3.png The side texture of snowy grass blocks and texture of snow has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Grass Block JE6 BE5.png Added grass blocks.
?Grass block sides are now 3D.
1.90 Grass Block JE7 BE6.png The side texture of grass blocks has been changed.
1.91 Snowy Grass Block JE3 BE3.png The side texture of snowy grass blocks and texture of snow has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Grass Block JE6 BE5.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 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]

  1. "Cave game tech test" – (Archive) Nizzotch, May 13, 2009 – via YouTube
  2. MC-50222