Material Reducer

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Material Reducer
Material Reducer.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

?

Hardness

2.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

?

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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition and Education Edition.
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This page describes an education-related feature.
This feature is available only in Education Edition or when enabling the "Education Edition" option in Bedrock Edition.

The material reducer is a block used in chemistry to learn about the natural world, by reducing Minecraft blocks to their component elements.

Obtaining[edit]

Material reducers cannot be obtained in Survival without commands. In Bedrock Edition, the world must also have “Education Edition” enabled.

Loot[edit]

From block loot[edit]

A material reducer can be mined with a pickaxe. Mining without a pickaxe is slow, but the material reducer still drops as an item.

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
Default
HardcodedMaterial Reducer1 (100%)

Usage[edit]

Info[edit]

Using the material reducer opens an interface of 10 inventory slots. The central slot at the top is the input, where blocks can be placed in order to break them down into their component parts. When this happens, the output slots fill up with the percentage of elements found in the broken down material.

Certain blocks such as soul sand and netherrack contain mysterious elements yet to be discovered. These are represented by an unknown element that displays as other elements, but with a question mark in place of a periodic table symbol.

When an element is taken from one of the output slots, the input slot gets cleared, and if there are elements in other output slots, the input slot becomes red and does not accept further input until all of the outputs are cleared.

Any block broken down in the material reducer gives 100 atoms.

Breaking[edit]

A material reducer can be mined with a pickaxe. Mining without a pickaxe is slow, but the material reducer still drops as an item.

Block Material Reducer
Hardness 2.5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 12.5
Wooden 1.9
Stone 0.95
Iron 0.65
Diamond 0.5
Netherite 0.45
Golden 0.35
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Block loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
Default
HardcodedMaterial Reducer1 (100%)

Products[edit]

Block/Item Components Notes

Andesite
Diorite
Granite
Polished Andesite
Polished Diorite
Polished Granite
Gravel
Obsidian
Red Sand
Red Sandstone
Chiseled Red Sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone Stairs
Red Sandstone Slab
Sand
Sandstone
Chiseled Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone
Sandstone Stairs
Sandstone Slab
Stone
Stone Slab
Block of Quartz
Quartz Stairs
Quartz Slab
Nether Quartz Ore

Silicon x33
Oxygen x67

The results approximate SiO2, the chemical formula for silicon dioxide. Silicon dioxide is the sole ingredient of quartz and the main ingredient of silicate minerals.

Grass Block
Mycelium

Carbon x15
Oxygen x70
Nitrogen x8
Phosphorus x7

These four elements are found in all life forms on Earth.

Dirt

Silicon x21
Calcium x8
Phosphorus x3
Nitrogen x3
Iron x13
Magnesium x6
Zinc x2
Copper x2
Oxygen x42

The results depict dirt as a mixture of inorganic rocks and decaying organic material, although there is too little oxygen to form the compounds found in real-life dirt such as calcium carbonate.

Any Logs Any Wooden Planks
Any Wooden Stairs
Any Wooden Slabs

Carbon x49
Hydrogen x6
Oxygen x44
Nitrogen

The formula mirrors the chemical compositions of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, the three main components of wood.

Cobblestone
Cobblestone Stairs
Cobblestone Slab
Cobblestone Wall
Lava Bucket
Magma Block

Oxygen x47
Silicon x28
Aluminum x8
Iron x5
Calcium x4
Sodium x3
Potassium x3
Magnesium x2

These elements are all commonly found in silicate minerals.

Mossy Cobblestone
Mossy Cobblestone Wall

Oxygen x45
Silicon x28
Aluminum x8
Iron x5
Calcium x4
Sodium x3
Potassium x3
Magnesium x2
Carbon x2

Very similar to regular cobblestone, mossy cobblestone has carbon to account for the moss.

Water Bucket
Ice
Packed Ice
Snow Block
Snowball
Snow

Hydrogen x67
Oxygen x33

The results approximate H2O, the chemical formula for water.

Iron Ore
Iron x64
Silicon x12
Oxygen x24

A mixture of pure (elemental) iron and silicate rock. In real life, iron ore usually contains oxidized iron, so the formula would contain much more oxygen.

Gold Ore
Gold x64
Silicon x12
Oxygen x24

A mixture of pure gold and silicate rock. As gold is chemically inert, it is always naturally found in its elemental form.

Diamond Ore
Carbon x64
Silicon x12
Oxygen x24

A mixture of pure carbon and silicate rock. Diamond is composed of pure carbon, and takes billions of years to form deep underground.

Lapis Lazuli Ore
Sodium x13
Sulfur x8
Aluminum x13
Oxygen x53
Silicon x13

The formula roughly corresponds to lazurite, the main component of lapis lazuli.

Redstone Ore
Carbon x31
Uranium x31
??? x38

Redstone contains uranium, which makes it radioactive.

Coal Ore
Hydrogen x6
Carbon x50
Oxygen x43
Nitrogen

The results mirror the composition of coal, although real-life coal contains much less oxygen.

Emerald Ore
Aluminum x15
Beryllium x25
Silicon x20
Oxygen x40

The formula roughly corresponds to beryl, the main component of emerald.

Netherrack
Silicon x64
Oxygen x18
Mercury x15
??? x3

A mixture of silicate rock and mercury. Mercury(II) oxide (HgO) is red to orange in color, although these results contain too little oxygen for any of this compound to form.

End Stone
Silicon x59
Carbon x13
??? x28

The approximate formula is Si4C, which doesn't really reflect any real-life compound. Although it is similar to the mineral SiC (silicon carbide).

Glowstone
Argon x20
Boron x20
Krypton x20
Neon x20
??? x20

These four gases are nobel gases, which are commonly used in neon lights to produce vibrant colors.

Soul Sand
Silicon x37
Oxygen x3
??? x60

Soul sand is mostly composed of an unknown element, due to its paranormal composition.

Clay
Terracotta
Any Glazed Terracotta

Silicon x77
Aluminum x17
Iron x3
Magnesium
Calcium
Oxygen

These results reflect the formulae of many real-life clays, although real-life clay contains much more oxygen.

Ink Sac
Iron
Sulfur
Oxygen x4

This formula roughly corresponds to Iron (II) sulfate, an inorganic dark dye, which is not found in any species of real-life squid.

Sugar
Carbon x6
Hydrogen x12
Oxygen x6

The results approximate C12H22O11, the chemical formula for sugar.

Charcoal
Carbon x7
Hydrogen x4
Oxygen

The results approximate C7H4O, the chemical formula for charcoal.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Material Reducerchemistry_table 238tile.materialreducer.name

Block data[edit]

Bits Values

0x1
0x2

A two-bit field storing the block's facing:
0: north
1: east
2: south
3: west

0x4
0x8

A two-bit field storing the type of block:
0: Compound Creator
1: Material Reducer
2: Element Constructor
3: Lab Table

Block states[edit]

Name Default value Allowed values Description
chemistry_table_typecompound_creator compound_creatorCompound Creator
element_constructorElement Constructor
lab_tableLab Table
material_reducerMaterial Reducer
direction00
1
2
3
The direction the block's front is.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing the block.

History[edit]

Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.20.1Material Reducer.png Added material reducers.
beta 1.2.20.2Pocket UI screens have been added to material reducers.
Education Edition
1.0.27Material Reducer.png Added material reducers.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Material Reducer" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • There is currently a glitch in the material reducer's GUI: When the input slot becomes red, the "tubes" that are connected to it are sometimes rendered over the red square, which causes the image to flick between the normal square and the tubes.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]