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Mycelium JE2 BE2.png
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Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava?


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In Minecraft, mycelium is represented as a type of dirt block, covered in grey-purple strands and emitting strange particulates. Predictably enough, mycelium blocks occur naturally in Mushroom Island biomes, and though they aren't very good for growing most crops - they can't even be hoed into farmland - mushrooms spread here easily, and in any light level.

Marsh Davies[1]

Mycelium is a variant of dirt that is found naturally in mushroom fields biomes. It has a particle effect that resembles tiny spores being released constantly from the surface.


Natural generation[edit]

Mycelium generates naturally in mushroom fields.


A mycelium block can spread to any dirt block within one space above, one sideways, or three down. The mycelium needs light level 9+ above it and the dirt needs light level 4+ above it, and must not be covered by any light-impeding block or any opaque block. Mycelium reverts to dirt when covered by one of the light-impeding blocks above and the light level at that block is below 4.

If there is a plant on a dirt block when mycelium spreads to it, the plant pops out and drops as an item.


Mycelium can be obtained by mining it using a tool with the Silk Touch enchantment. If mined with any other tool or by hand, it drops dirt. A shovel is the fastest tool to collect it.

Block Mycelium
Hardness 0.6
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Endermen can pick up mycelium blocks, and drop the block they are holding if killed.



Namespaced IDSourceDefaultSilk Touch
blocks/myceliumMycelium1 (100%)1 (100%)

Effect on plants[edit]


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.grass.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.grass.fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.grass.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.grass.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.grass ? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.grass ? ?
?Mining the blockhit.grass ? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.grass ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.grass ? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.grass ? ?
?Placing the blockuse.grass ? 0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Myceliummycelium block.minecraft.mycelium

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If true, the block uses a snowy side and top texture.
In-game, this is true when a snow block or snow is on top.


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseMycelium JE1 BE1.png Added mycelium.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Mycelium now appears in the creative mode inventory.
1.2.4Mycelium is now the only block that mushrooms can be planted and spawned on while in direct contact with sunlight.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.915w31aMycelium can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 110.
1.1418w43aMycelium JE2 BE2.png The texture of mycelium has now been changed.
19w12aMycelium now has random orientations when placed, similar to grass blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0build 1Mycelium JE1 BE1.png Added mycelium.
0.9.2Mycelium now spreads correctly.
0.12.1?Mycelium can now be obtained using the Silk Touch enchantment.
0.14.0build 1Mycelium can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2.png The texture of mycelium has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Mycelium JE1 BE1.png Added mycelium.
1.90Mycelium JE2 BE2.png The texture of mycelium has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Mycelium JE1 BE1.png Added mycelium.


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


  • It is a common misconception that only mooshrooms can spawn on mycelium. This is not true; it is the biome itself that prevents other mobs from spawning. Friendly and hostile mobs can spawn on mycelium in any other biome just like they do on any other block. Relatedly, mycelium outside of a mushroom biome does not spawn mooshrooms.
  • In real life, mycelium is the part of a fungus that gathers nutrients, comprised of web-like threads known as hyphae. Mycelium can be considered the roots of a fungus, whereas the mushrooms can be considered the fruits.
  • mycelium will turn into dirt in the nether. this takes time to happen.


See also[edit]


  1. "Block of the Week: Mycelium" –, Nobember 28, 2016