|“||Kelp is the first plant to utilise a new kind of visual feature: Animation. Before, the only things that [were] animated were either particles or the lava/water and some other solid blocks. But we never animated a plant that used transparency.
This was a new challenge for the style of Minecraft - as it has never been done before, we had no frame of reference to adapt the animation style to - so we had to find it.
|— Jasper Boerstra|
Kelp can be mined with any tool or without a tool. Breaking part of a kelp stalk will destroy the entire stalk. Each block has an undetermined chance to drop a kelp item.
Kelp, when planted, will grow at an undetermined rate. It will only grow, however, if there is a water block above it.
Kelp can be placed underwater by hand, or anywhere by the use of commands such as
/setblock. Placing it by hand will give it a random
age value between 0 and 19.
|Dried Kelp||Kelp +
- See also: Block states
||A freshly-planted kelp – and a kelp which has just grown kelp above it – each have a random age between 0 and 21.
The age is incremented at random intervals.
At age 25, a kelp may try to grow more kelp above it.
|May 21, 2009||Notch shows interest in adding a "seaweed" block.|
|November 18, 2017||Kelp plants were shown in a clip of MineCon Earth.|
|18w07b||Kelp now behaves more like water, meaning mobs can no longer spawn within the plant under water nor can they replenish their breath by swimming through it.|
|18w10a||The top texture for kelp was overhauled.|
|18w14a||Shifted the kelp textures slightly downwards.|
|The generation rules for kelp have been changed, it will now mainly generate in cold ocean biomes and can no longer generate in warm oceans.|
|18w20a||Changed the "kelp_top" ID to "kelp," and "kelp" to "kelp_plant," for both the block and item forms.|
|pre2||Now destroyed by sponges.|
|pre6||Added 5 new sound events that apply to kelp:
Changed the kelp item texture to the Java Edition's.
|1.5||beta 126.96.36.199||Updated the texture of the top of kelp plant.|
Kelp placed outside of water using the
- "How We Ruin-ed Minecraft" – Minecraft.net, March 5, 2018