Hay Bale

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Hay Bale
Hay Bale.pngHay Bale X.pngHay Bale Z.png




Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)


Yes, but does not catch fire from lava



Data value

dec: 170 hex: AA bin: 10101010



Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png Spring is ruined, all thanks to hay. Hay, you traitorous snake. That's why we prefer hay bales in Minecraft, where instead of ruining our lives, they sometimes save them. Landing on a hay bale in the game reduces any fall damage by 80%. That means you could potentially fall from a hundred blocks high and survive. Just. Our legal team cannot stress enough that you should only try that in Minecraft.
Tom Stone[1]

Hay bales are decorative, flammable blocks that can also be used to feed horses, breed llamas, and reduce fall damage.


Hay bales can be mined using any tool, or without a tool.

Block Hay Bale
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time
Hand 0.75

Natural generation[edit]

Hay bales can generate scattered around in plains villages often very commonly, also in savanna and desert villages, but not as common as in plains villages. They also can generate as a part of targets/scarecrows in pillager outposts.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.10]


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Wheat Hay Bale

Food item[edit]

While not edible by players, hay bales can be a useful compact food supply for long periods away from other food sources.


Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png Foals that eat hay bales will actually grow into horses faster. Because who needs a rich and fulfilling childhood when you can just eat your way to the responsibilities, disappointments and baldness of adult life early? Don't do it, foals! Embrace your youth!
Tom Stone[1]

Hay bales can also be fed to horses, donkeys, or mules to heal up to 10 hearts. They are an effective method to heal horses if the player wants to heal them in a short period of time. They also speed up the growth of foals by three minutes.


Hay bales can be used to breed llamas.


Falling onto a hay bale reduces the fall damage by 80%, meaning whatever falls on a hay bale only takes 20% of the normal fall damage.

An unarmored player with full health and no effects can fall as far as 100.27 blocks onto a hay bale, and still survive with 1 (Half Heart.svg) health remaining.


Placing a hay bale under a campfire makes it a signal fire, increasing the height to which its smoke particles can rise from 10 blocks to 25 blocks.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11]


Placing a hay bale into a composter has an 85% chance of raising the compost level by 1.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11]


Seen here alongside logs, bone blocks, quartz pillars, and purpur pillars, hay bales can be pointed in multiple directions.

Hay bales can be placed pointing in all three spatial dimensions, in the same way as log is placed. However, there is no fourth "bark block" variant.

Data values[edit]

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, hay bales use the following data values:

DV Description
0 Hay bale facing up/down
1 Unused
2 Unused
3 Unused
4 Hay bale facing east/west
5 Unused
6 Unused
7 Unused
8 Hay bale facing north/south

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisy xThe hay block is oriented east–west.
yThe hay block is oriented vertically.
zThe hay block is oriented north–south.



February 24, 2013A Reddit user (karthus25) discovers a screenshot of hay bales hidden in the files of the Mojam game Nuke the Dinosaurs.
Java Edition
1.6.1 13w16a Added the hay bale. They have no in-game name, but are called "Hay Bale" in the change notes.
13w16b The hay bale receives an in-game name as Hay Block.
13w18a The hay bale receives a crafting recipe.
13w21a Made hay bale flammable.
13w24a Name changed from Hay Block to Hay Bale.
1.8 14w17a When all blocks were converted to use block states, block/data-value combination 170/12 (6-sided hay bale) was removed.
14w26c Rebalanced how much hay bale heal, and accelerate the growth of horses.
1.9 15w44b Falling onto a hay bale does only 20% of the normal fall damage.
1.11 16w39a Hay bales can now be used to breed llamas.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 170.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 19w02a When a hay bale is placed under a campfire, the campfire's smoke will rise higher than normal (25 blocks instead of the normal 10).
19w03a Placing a hay bale into the new composter has a 80% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05a Hay bales now have an 85% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added hay bales.
0.15.0 build 1 Hay bales can now be used to feed horses.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0 alpha Hay bales can now be used to breed llamas.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13 Falling onto a hay bale now does only 20% of the normal fall damage.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Hay bale now generates in pillager outposts as targets, and in new plains, desert, and savanna villages.
1.11.0 beta Hay bale can now be used to fill up composters.
When a hay bale is placed under a campfire, the campfire's smoke will rise higher than normal (25 blocks instead of the normal 10).
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 1Added hay bales.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Hay Bales.



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