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White Wool.pngOrange Wool.pngMagenta Wool.pngLight Blue Wool.pngYellow Wool.pngLime Wool.pngPink Wool.pngGray Wool.pngLight Gray Wool.pngCyan Wool.pngPurple Wool.pngBlue Wool.pngBrown Wool.pngGreen Wool.pngRed Wool.pngBlack Wool.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64), same color only





Data value

dec: 35 hex: 23 bin: 100011


See Data Values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png Wool was added to Minecraft a looooOOOong time ago - in June 2009 during the game's "Classic" development phase. It was originally called cloth and came in sixteen different colours that aren't quite the same colours we have today. Knowing that wool was originally cloth helps to explain why you use it to make paintings - I don't know anyone who paints on wool in the real world. Leather armour was also originally made using cloth and called cloth armour.
Duncan Geere[1]

Wool is a block derived from sheep that can be dyed in any of the 16 different colors, which are white, orange, magenta, light blue, yellow, lime green, pink, gray, light gray, cyan, purple, blue, brown, green, red, and black.


Wool can be broken using any tool, but shears are the fastest tool to use.

Hardness 0.8
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.25
Shears 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


1 to 3 wool is harvested by using shears on an adult sheep. If unshorn, sheep will drop 1 wool upon death. The wool dropped will be the same color as the sheep's wool. The drop rates are not affected by the Fortune or Looting enchantments.

White, light gray, gray, black, brown, and pink wool can be found naturally on sheep. The rest of the colors require dyeing sheep.

Natural generation[edit]

Naturally occurring black wool with torches on them.

Black wool can also be found naturally in villages as part of a streetlight-like structure where they lie on top of three fence posts, surrounded by 4 torches. Various wool colors generate naturally as part of structures within woodland mansions.


Shepherd villagers sell each separate color of wool for a price of 1 to 2 emeralds for one wool as part of their tier 2 trades.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
White Wool String

Dyed Wool White Wool +
Matching Colored Dye

White Wool Any Dyed Wool +


Wool blocks are weak, highly flammable, and offer little resistance against explosions. Their primary usage is as a decorative block.


Shepherd villagers buy 16 to 22 white wool for 1 emerald as part of their tier 1 trades.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Any color of wool or wood can be used for paintings but it has no effect on the product's final appearance.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Banner Matching Wool +

Bed Matching Wool +
Any Planks

Wool color must match. Wood planks do not need to match.
Carpet Matching Wool
Painting Stick +
Any Wool


Wool can be used as fuel in furnaces, smelting 0.5 items per wool block.[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name

White Wool

Orange Wool

Magenta Wool

Light Blue Wool

Yellow Wool

Lime Wool

Pink Wool

Gray Wool

Light Gray Wool

Cyan Wool

Purple Wool

Blue Wool

Brown Wool

Green Wool

Red Wool

Black Wool

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID

wool 35

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, wool uses the following data values:

Data value Description Color Code[note 1]
Dec Hex old new

0 0x0 White wool #DDDDDD #E9ECEC

1 0x1 Orange wool #DB7D3E #F07613

2 0x2 Magenta wool #B350BC #BD44B3

3 0x3 Light blue wool #6B8AC9 #3AAFD9

4 0x4 Yellow wool #B1A627 #F8C627

5 0x5 Lime wool #41AE38 #70B919

6 0x6 Pink wool #D08499 #ED8DAC

7 0x7 Gray wool #404040 #3E4447

8 0x8 Light gray wool #9AA1A1 #8E8E86

9 0x9 Cyan wool #2E6E89 #158991

10 0xA Purple wool #7E3DB5 #792AAC

11 0xB Blue wool #2E388D #35399D

12 0xC Brown wool #4F321F #724728

13 0xD Green wool #35461B #546D1B

14 0xE Red wool #963430 #A12722

15 0xF Black wool #191616 #141519
  1. Wool has a mottled pattern. These are the average RGB color values for the default texture.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Rainbow Collection Gather all 16 colors of wool. All the colors of wool do not have to be in the inventory at the same time, but must have been picked up by the player once. Xbox One Yes Yes Wii U, Switch 30G Silver
Xbox 360 Alt 20G



May 21, 2009 Notch shows interest in adding multiple colours of cloth.
0.0.20a Classic wool color spectrum Cloth was added in 16 different color shades. It had white, light gray, gray, 12 colors from the hue cycle, with an additional purple.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST Added sheep, which will drop white cloth.
0.31 (January 30, 2010) Cloth can be crafted using four string.
February 12, 2010, 1 Sheep drop white, gray and light gray cloth.
February 18, 2010 Cloth can now be used to craft armor.
February 23, 2010 Cloth is now used to craft paintings.
Sheep only drop gray cloth.
June 27, 2010 Removed all cloth colors except white.
Sheep now drop white cloth instead of gray.
v1.0.8 Changed the recipe of cloth/leather Armor from cloth to leather.
1.2 Beta wool color spectrum. Changed the color shades to 16 colors: White, Light Gray (Silver), Gray, Black, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime, Green, Cyan, Light Blue, Blue, Purple, Magenta, Pink.
Renamed cloth to wool.
Added 15 dyes; white sheep could be dyed by using on them while holding any dye.
Light gray, gray, and black sheep now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool.
1.3 Wool is now used to craft beds.
1.4 Brown and pink sheep now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool.
1.6.6 Changed the crafting recipe of wool, reducing the amount of string required from 9 to 4 pieces.
1.7 Added shears to shear sheep without hurting them, dropping 2-4 wool.
Sheep no longer drop wool when hit, albeit they drop one wool when being killed when they are unsheared.
1.8 ? Villages generate with lamp posts containing black wool.
Official release
1.1 ? Sheep will now graze grass blocks and eat grass to regain their wool, keeping the color they had before shearing.
As a counterbalance, shearing sheep now yields 1-3 wool instead of 2-4.
1.2.4 1.2.4 wool color spectrum. Tweaked the saturation of wool, making wool blocks slightly darker than before. Comparison
1.3.1 12w21a 54 orange wool and 1 blue wool now naturally generate as part of desert temples.
Wool of any color can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 14–21 wool for 1 emerald.
1.6.1 13w16a Wool is now used to craft carpets.
1.8 14w02a Trading changed: shepherd villagers now buy 16–22 white wool for 1 emerald. They also sell 1 wool for 1–2 emeralds, 1 offer for each color. Farmer villagers no longer trade wool.
14w03a Desert temples now generate with stained clay instead of wool.
14w30a Wool is now used to craft banners.
1.11 16w33a Wool can now be used to fuel furnaces.
16w39a Various wool colors generate within structures inside woodland mansions.
16w44a White wool is now called "White Wool" rather than just "Wool".
1.12 January 23, 2017 Jeb tweets a preview of changes to the wool color palette, adding that "the texture itself may need work."
January 27, 2017 Jeb tweets another screenshot of further changes to the wool colors, alongside the new concrete blocks. "The noise needs some tweaking," he adds.
17w06a 1.12 wool color spectrum. Color spectrum changed for a second time, resulting in new textures for all wool and wool-related items.
17w17a Wool can now be used to play the guitar if they are under note blocks.
1.13 17w47a The different block states for the wool ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 35.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added wool (all 16 colors, not all obtainable)
0.2.0 Added the ability to shear sheep.
0.4.0 Added a crafting recipe for wool.
Wool is now used to craft beds.
0.5.0 Wool is now used to craft paintings.
0.8.0 build 2 Red wool can be used to craft red carpet.
0.9.0 build 1 Black wool now naturally spawns in villages.
The remaining carpet colors can now be crafted using wool.
0.9.3 Wool now has smooth lighting.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 build 1 shepherd villagers now buy 16–22 white wool for 1 emerald. They also sell 1 wool for 1–2 emeralds, 1 offer for each color.
1.1 January 27, 2017 Jeb tweets a picture of new wool textures beside the concrete blocks mentioning that they are a work in progress for Pocket Edition 1.1.
build 1 1.12 wool color spectrum. Color spectrum changed, resulting in new textures for all wool and wool-related items.
Added beds in 16 colors. As a result, the wool has to match in order for the bed to be crafted.
Various wool colors generate within structures inside woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Wool now used to craft banner.
build 2 Any color of wool can be dyed.
1.4 beta Bleach can be used to make colored wool turn into white wool.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Patch s1 Added wool (all 16 colors).
TU9 Sheep can now regrow their wool by eating grass or tall grass.
TU53 CU43 1.49 Patch 23 Patch s3 1.12 wool color spectrum. Color spectrum changed, resulting in new textures for all wool and wool-related items.


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