Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli.png






Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 3514 hex: 15F4 bin: 1010111114


dye 4

Alex Wiltshire Mojang avatar.png A glimmer of blue in the dark wall of a cave - could it be DIAMOND? Ah, no. Instead you've stumbled on a seam of lapis lazuli ore. It can be fashioned into a fancy blue block (which can only otherwise to be found in the centre of Illager statues in Woodland Mansions), or into the dyes beloved of aesthetes who want to splash a bit of colour about. But it doesn't make for hardy armour, and for that reason, survival specialists may be disappointed to discover it.
Alex Wiltshire[1]

Lapis lazuli is a primary color dye and an enchanting item.



When mined with a stone pickaxe or better, a block of lapis lazuli ore will drop 4–8 pieces of lapis lazuli. With the Fortune III enchantment, a single block has a chance of dropping up to 32 pieces.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Lapis Lazuli Block



Ingredients Smelting recipe
Lapis Lazuli Ore +
Any fuel


Cleric villagers sell 1–2 lapis lazuli for an emerald as part of their second tier of trades.

Natural generation[edit]

Lapis lazuli can be found in 16.9% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts in stacks of 4–9, and in 61.5% of shipwreck treasure chests in stacks of 1–10.



Like all other dyes, lapis lazuli can be:


1–3 pieces of lapis lazuli are used to enchant items in an enchantment table.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Blue Balloon Latex +
Lapis Lazuli +
Helium +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Blue Bed White Bed +
Lapis Lazuli

White beds can be re-dyed using dyes.[Java Edition only]
Blue Bed Any Bed +
Lapis Lazuli

A bed of any color can be re-dyed using dyes.[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]
Blue Concrete Powder Lapis Lazuli +
Sand +
Blue Firework Star Gunpowder +
Lapis Lazuli +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
Blue Glow Stick
(Bedrock Edition 1.2.20)
Polyethylene +
Hydrogen Peroxide +
Lapis Lazuli +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Blue Shulker Box Shulker Box or
Any Shulker Box +
Lapis Lazuli

Blue Stained Glass Glass +
Lapis Lazuli
Blue Terracotta Terracotta +
Lapis Lazuli
Blue Wool White Wool +
Lapis Lazuli

Cyan Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Cactus Green
Lapis Lazuli Block Lapis Lazuli

Light Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal
Magenta Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal +
Rose Red
Magenta Dye Pink Dye +
Rose Red +
Lapis Lazuli
Purple Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Rose Red
Blue Banner pattern Lapis Lazuli +

Blue Banner image Lapis Lazuli +
Banner +
Vines or
Bricks or
Creeper Head or
Wither Skeleton Skull or
Oxeye Daisy or
Enchanted Golden Apple

Data values[edit]

Lapis lazuli has the ID name minecraft:dye, with a data value of 4.

DV Description

0 Ink Sac

1 Rose Red

2 Cactus Green

3 Cocoa Beans

4 Lapis Lazuli

5 Purple Dye

6 Cyan Dye

7 Light Gray Dye

8 Gray Dye

9 Pink Dye

10 Lime Dye

11 Dandelion Yellow

12 Light Blue Dye

13 Magenta Dye

14 Orange Dye

15 Bone Meal



1.2 Added lapis lazuli.
1.2_02 Lapis lazuli ore can be found at bedrock level and now it drops 4–8 lapis lazuli per block mined (increased from 1) on single player only (Minecraft beta servers have not been affected yet).
1.8 ? Lapis lazuli can be found in mineshaft chests.
Official release
1.4.2 12w34a Added the ability to dye leather armor and wolf collars.
1.4.6 12w49a Lapis lazuli can be crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.
1.6.1 13w19a Stained clay can now be crafted.
1.7.2 13w36a With the addition of new flowers, many secondary and tertiary dyes are now primary dyes.
13w41a Stained glass can now be crafted.
1.8 14w02a Enchanting requires lapis lazuli, different enchantments that requires different amount of levels requires different amounts of lapis lazuli (between 1-3).
Cleric villagers now sell 1–2 lapis lazuli for 1 emerald, making it a renewable resource.
14w30a Added banners which can be dyed.
1.9 15w44a Decreased average yield from mineshaft chests.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 18w11a Lapis lazuli now generate in shipwreck chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added lapis lazuli.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Lapis is now used in enchanting.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added lapis lazuli.
0.12.1 build 1 Lapis lazuli is now used in enchanting.
0.14.0 build 1 Lapis lazuli can now be found inside minecart with chest in abandoned mineshaft.
Lapis lazuli can be used to color water in cauldron.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 alpha Cleric villagers now sell 1–2 lapis lazuli for 1 emerald.
Lapis lazuli can be used to dye shulker shell
1.1 alpha Lapis lazuli can be used to dye shulker box and bed.
Lapis lazuli is now used to craft blue concrete powder.


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  • In real life, lapis lazuli is a medium hard stone used for making jewelry and as a pigment.


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