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Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli.png






Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 3514 hex: 15F4 bin: 1010111114


See Data values

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 [until 1.14] 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.


Dye [until 1.14][edit]

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 Any Bed +
Lapis Lazuli

A bed of any color can be re-dyed using dyes.‌[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]
Blue Bed White Bed +
Lapis Lazuli

White beds can be re-dyed using dyes.‌[Java Edition only]
Blue Carpet White Carpet +
Lapis Lazuli
[upcoming 1.14]
Blue Concrete Powder Lapis Lazuli +
Sand +
Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli

[upcoming BE 1.8 & 1.14]
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 Shulker Box Shulker Box or
Any Shulker Box +
Lapis Lazuli

Blue Stained Glass Glass +
Lapis Lazuli
Blue Stained Glass Pane Glass Pane +
Lapis Lazuli
[upcoming 1.14]
Blue Terracotta Terracotta +
Lapis Lazuli
Blue Wool Any Wool +
Lapis Lazuli

[Bedrock Edition only]
Blue Wool White Wool +
Lapis Lazuli

[Java and Legacy Console editions only]
Cyan Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Cactus Green
[until 1.14]
Lapis Lazuli Block Lapis Lazuli

Light Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal
[until 1.14]
Magenta Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal +
Rose Red
[until 1.14]
Magenta Dye Pink Dye +
Rose Red +
Lapis Lazuli
[until 1.14]
Purple Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Rose Red
[until 1.14]
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]


Java Edition:

Item ID Name

Lapis Lazuli

Bedrock Edition:

Item ID Name Numeral ID

Lapis Lazuli
dye 351

In bedrock edition lapis lazuli has the ID name 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

16 Black Dye[upcoming BE 1.8]

17 Brown Dye[upcoming BE 1.8]

18 Blue Dye[upcoming BE 1.8]

19 White Dye[upcoming BE 1.8]

Any number larger than 15 will result in bonemeal.



Java Edition Beta
1.2 Added lapis lazuli.
1.2_02 Lapis lazuli ore can now be found at bedrock level and will now drop 4–8 lapis lazuli per block mined (increased from 1) on singleplayer only (Minecraft beta servers have not been affected yet).
1.8 ?Lapis lazuli can now be found in mineshaft chests.
Java Edition
1.4.2 12w34a Lapis lazuli can now be used to dye leather armor and wolf collars.
1.4.6 12w49a Lapis lazuli can now be crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.
1.6.1 13w19a Lapis lazuli can now be used to craft blue stained clay.
1.7.2 13w36a With the addition of new flowers, many secondary and tertiary dyes are now primary dyes.
13w41a Lapis lazuli can now be used to craft blue stained glass.
1.8 14w02a Enchanting will now require lapis lazuli. Different enchantments require different amounts of levels and different amounts of levels will now require different amounts of lapis lazuli (between 1-3).
Cleric villagers will now sell 1–2 lapis lazuli for 1 emerald, making it a renewable resource.
14w30a Lapis lazuli can now be used to dye banners.
1.9 15w44a The average yield of lapis lazuli in mineshaft chests has now been decreased.
1.13 17w47a The different data values for the dye ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 351.
18w11a Lapis lazuli will now generate in shipwreck chests.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Lapis lazuli can now be used to craft blue dye.
Lapis lazuli can no longer be used as a dye.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added lapis lazuli.
0.12.1 build 1 Lapis lazuli can now used in enchanting.
0.14.0 build 1 Lapis lazuli can now be found inside minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.
Lapis lazuli can be used to color water in cauldron.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 alpha Cleric villagers will now sell 1–2 lapis lazuli for 1 emerald.
Lapis lazuli can now be used to dye shulker shells.
1.1 alpha Lapis lazuli can now be used to dye shulker boxes and beds.
Lapis lazuli can now be used to craft blue concrete powder.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added lapis lazuli.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Lapis can now be used in enchanting.


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  • In real life, lapis lazuli is a blue gem that may be ground and processed into ultramarine pigment. Lapis lazuli pigment has been famously used in the production of illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and cave paintings. It was also used by Egyptians for their jewelry and other valuable items (see Wikipedia page).