Nether Quartz

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Nether Quartz
Nether Quartz.png
Rarity

Common

Renewable

Yes‌[Legacy Console Edition only]
No‌[Java and Bedrock editions only]

Stackable

Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 406 hex: 196 bin: 110010110

Namespaced ID

quartz

Nether quartz, or simply quartz, is a smooth, white mineral found in the Nether.

Obtaining[edit]

Mining[edit]

Nether quartz ore mined using a pickaxe will drop one unit of nether quartz. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it may drop an extra unit per level of Fortune, up to a maximum of four with Fortune III. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Silk Touch, the ore will be dropped.

Smelting[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Quartz Ore +
Any fuel


Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Block of Quartz Nether Quartz

Daylight Detector Glass +
Nether Quartz +
Any wood Slab

Diorite Cobblestone +
Nether Quartz
Granite Diorite +
Nether Quartz


Observer Cobblestone +
Redstone Dust +
Nether Quartz

Redstone Comparator Redstone Torch +
Nether Quartz +
Stone

Can use stone and its variants interchangeably.‌[LCE only]

Trading[edit]

Expert-level stone mason villagers have a 23 chance to trade 12 nether quartz for one emerald in Java Edition, and this trade will always be offered in Bedrock Edition.

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.513w01aNether Quartz Revision 1.png Added nether quartz. They are used to craft daylight sensors and redstone comparators.
January 4, 2013Jeb tweeted that nether quartz would be used for more decorative uses as well.[1]
January 7, 2013Jeb tweeted a picture of some block of quartz tests potentially being replacements for the lack of limestone/marble in the game.[2]
13w02aAdded block of quartz, which is crafted with nether quartz.
1.814w02aNether quartz can now be used to craft granite and diorite.
1.1116w39aNether quartz is now used to craft observers.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeric ID was 406.
1.1418w43aNether Quartz.png The texture of nether quartz has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.6.0Nether Quartz Revision 1.png Added nether quartz.
0.12.1build 1Nether quartz is now no longer available from the Nether reactor and is now available from the Nether.
0.13.0build 1Nether quartz is now used to craft daylight sensors.
0.14.0build 1Nether quartz can now be used to craft redstone comparators.
0.15.0build 1Nether quartz is now used to craft observers.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Nether Quartz.png The texture of nether quartz has now been changed.
20-26 nether quartz can now be sold to stone mason villagers.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.4Trading has now been changed, 12 nether quartz can now be sold to stone mason villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU11.04Patch 1Nether Quartz Revision 1.png Added nether quartz.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Nether Quartz.png The texture of nether quartz has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Nether Quartz Revision 1.png Added nether quartz.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • All of the sensor related items that are craftable (comparator, daylight sensor, observer) are crafted with some nether quartz involved.

References[edit]