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Partial (blocks light)



Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 103 hex: 67 bin: 1100111


See § Data values

Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png Few cubes get our mouths watering and stomachs rumbling quite like the melon block. It's a tasty treat that drops slices which keep your food bar looking healthy and a block that can be used to build a deliciously nutritious looking house. But hang on a second... a block that's also a melon? Has the world gone mad?
Tom Stone[1]

Melons are blocks that grow from fully grown melon seeds.


Melons can be harvested using any tool or by hand. Axes, followed by swords, are the fastest tools for harvesting melons. A melon will drop 3–7 melon slices, when broken; by hand, using a tool, or after being broken by the movement of a piston.

In Bedrock Edition, breaking a melon block with shears does not drop 9 melons, rather they yield the same as any other tool.

Block Melon
Hardness 1
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste#Instant mining.

Natural generation[edit]

Melons are naturally generated in jungle biomes and inside "Stem farm" rooms of woodland mansions.

Melons can be found in savanna villages.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.10.0]


Melon seeds can be planted, placing a small stem that will grow over time. Once the stem reaches maturity, it will attempt to generate a melon block in one of the four immediately adjacent blocks; however, this attempt may fail if the chosen adjacent block is not empty or the block beneath is not dirt, grass, or farmland. Once a stem has connected to a melon, that stem will not produce any further melons until the existing melon is harvested. If there are two melon plants a block away from each other and a melon is placed or generated between them, the two melon plants will connect to the melon as if they generated a melon at the same time. The two melon plants will not generate any more melons until the melon between them is harvested. The same principle applies for pumpkins.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Melon Slice


Endermen can pick up melon blocks and will drop them upon death without breaking them into melon slices.



Farmers will buy 7–12 melons for an emerald.[until BE 1.11.0]


Placing a melon into a composter has a 65% chance of raising the compost level by 1.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Name ID
Melon melon

Bedrock Edition:

Block Name ID Numeric ID
Melon melon_block 103



Java Edition Beta
July 13, 2011Melons were first revealed in an IGN interview with Notch.
August ?, 2011On the complete ideas for the Ideas section, it was stated that watermelons were to be implemented.
1.8 ? Introduced melons.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4 Melons had a bug that made them only yield 1 melon.[2]
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.7.2 13w36a Melons will now generate in jungle biomes.
1.8 14w02a Melons can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 7–12 melons for 1 emerald.
14w31a Melons will now break faster when mined with an axe.
1.11 16w39a Melons will now generate in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 103.
18w20b Melon's ID is changed from melon_block to melon.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Melon TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of melons.
19w03a Placing a melon into the new composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05a Melons now have a 65% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.5.0 Added melons.
0.9.0 build 1 Melons will now generate naturally in jungle biomes.
build 10 Melons will now generate a lot less in jungle biomes.
0.12.1 build 1 Melon can now be obtained using a tool with silk touch enchantment.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 alpha Melons can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 7–12 melons for 1 emerald.
1.1.0 alpha Melons will now generate in woodland mansions.
alpha Breaking a melon block with shears will now always yield 9 melons.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Melons now generate in new savanna villages.
Melon TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of melons.
1.11.0 beta Melons can now be used to fill up composters.
beta Trading has changed, melons can no longer be used to trade with farmer villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.0Patch 1 Added melons.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Melons will now generate naturally in jungle biomes.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added melons.


  • Any stem adjacent to a melon block will appear to be connected to it, even if the melon was not grown from that stem.[3]
    • Due to this, if a melon block generates between two stems, it will connect to both of them. Pumpkins also do this, although they will not connect to plants of different species.


See also[edit]