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Nether Wart

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Nether Wart
Nether Wart Age 0.pngNether Wart Age 1.pngNether Wart Age 2.png




Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



Data values
dec: 115 hex: 73 bin: 1110011
dec: 372 hex: 174 bin: 101110100
Namespaced ID


Nether wart is a plant grown in the Nether.


Nether wart can be mined with or without any tool.

Natural generation[edit]

Nether wart sometimes generates naturally in nether fortresses as a plant, in patches near stairwells.

It is also randomly found in soul sand patches around the landscape of the Nether in Legacy Console Edition.

Nether wart can be found in 19.0% of fortress chests in stacks of 3–7.


When planted on soul sand, nether wart will grow through four stages, though the middle two stages have almost the same appearance (the difference is that stage 3 is one pixel taller). The exact age can be seen using the debug screen, and the ages range from 0–3. The duration of each stage is random, with no upper or lower limit, but the average duration is about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. The growth rate is not affected by light or any other environmental factors. Bone meal cannot be used on the nether wart. Nether wart can only be planted on soul sand. It will grow in any dimension. Nether wart is ready to harvest when it reaches its fourth stage (age:3). Breaking a fully grown nether wart yields 2 to 4 nether wart, while an immature one yields only a single nether wart. Using a tool enchanted with fortune increases the maximum number of nether wart dropped by 1 per level.

Nether wart must be directly planted on the top of a soul sand block; unlike most blocks, targeting the side of a block which would result in it being placed on top of soul sand will not allow it to be placed.[1]


Brewing ingredient[edit]

Nether wart’s primary purpose is to brew the awkward potion, the base for all potions except Weakness.

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe
Awkward Potion Nether Wart +
Water Bottle

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Nether Wart Block Nether Wart

Red Nether Bricks Nether Wart +
Nether Brick


Master-level cleric villagers buy 22 nether wart for an emerald as part of their trades.

Data values[edit]

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, nether wart uses the following data values:

Icon Value

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
age0 0
3 Fully grown.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png A Seedy PlacePlant a seed and watch it growHusbandryPlant one of these 5 seeds. Crops and plants without seeds are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/plant_seed


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease Added nether wart.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Nether wart can now be brewed in a water bottle to create an awkward potion.
1.3.112w27aNether wart can now grow outside of the Nether.
1.4.212w36aNether wart can now be used to breed chickens.
1.6.113w18aNether wart is now found in the new chests in nether fortresses.
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 115 (nether wart) was removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.814w34dNether wart no longer can be used to breed chickens.
1.915w43aNether wart's average yield from nether fortress chests has been slightly decreased.
1.1016w20aNether wart can now be used to craft the new red nether brick blocks and nether wart blocks.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 115, and the item's 372.
1.1419w03aAdded placement and breaking sounds to nether wart.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Nether Wart PE.gif Added nether wart, shaped like an "x" rather than a "#".
?Changed nether wart, so that it renders like other crops.
Pocket Edition
1.1.3alpha wart can now be used to craft the new red nether brick blocks and nether wart blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta placement and breaking sounds to nether wart.
1.11.0beta wart can now be sold to cleric villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1 Added nether wart.
TU9Made nether wart spawn randomly wherever soul sand is generated in the Nether.
Changed nether fortresses to make nether wart rooms more likely.
Nether wart will now grow outside of the Nether.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added nether wart.


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


  • Disregarding color, nether wart bears a strong resemblance to warted puffball, a type of fungi.
  • Nether wart makes stone sounds when destroyed.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]
  • Nether wart’s stage changes cannot be detected by a BUD, except the Observer block.
  • Nether wart is known as “nether stalk” in the code.