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Snowy Grass Block.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Data value

dec: 110 hex: 6E bin: 1101110

Namespaced ID


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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.


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 will drop dirt. A shovel is the fastest tool to collect it.

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

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 will pop out and drop as an item.


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


Effect on plants[edit]

Data values[edit]

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 PrereleaseAdded mycelium.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Mycelium will now appear 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 were 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.
1.1419w08aMycelium TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of mycelium.
19w12aMycelium now has random orientations when placed, similar to Grass Blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0build 1Added mycelium.
0.9.2Mycelium will now spread 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.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Added mycelium.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added 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 will not spawn mooshrooms.
  • The spore particle effect is called "townaura" in the game code.
  • 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.


See also[edit]


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