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Netherrack JE4 BE2.png




Blast resistance




No‌[JE only]
Yes‌[BE only]


Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Netherrack was added to the Java edition of Minecraft in Alpha version 1.2.0, the Halloween Update, alongside pumpkins, clocks, fishing and the Nether. Spoiler alert: the Nether is where netherrack gets its name from (though it was originally called "bloodstone", eww), and it’s also where you’ll find more netherrack than any one person could ever need.

Duncan Geere[1]

Netherrack is a rock-like block found in the Nether.

Natural generation[edit]

Netherrack makes up most of the Nether's terrain.


Netherrack generates as part of nether portals spawned floating.‌[Bedrock Edition only]


Netherrack can be mined only with a pickaxe.

Block Netherrack
Hardness 0.4
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 2
Wooden 0.35
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.1
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Endermen can pick up netherrack, and drop the block if killed while holding it.[until JE 1.16]


Crimson or warped nylium will turn into netherrack if a solid, opaque block is directly above it.‌[upcoming: JE 1.16]


When netherrack's top is lit on fire, the fire burns indefinitely.

Using bone meal on netherrack placed next to warped nylium or crimson nylium transforms the netherrack into more nylium.‌[upcoming: JE 1.16]


Namespaced IDSourceIncorrect toolCorrect tool
blocks/netherrackNetherrackNothing (100%)1 (100%)

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Brick Netherrack +
Any fuel



The sound table below uses messy wikicode which should be cleaned up for readability.

Java Edition: ‌[upcoming: JE 1.16]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.netherrack.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.0? 16
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.netherrack.fall None 0.5? 16
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.netherrack.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.25? 16
Block placedBlocksPlacing the 1.0? 16
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.netherrack.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.15? 16

Java Edition: [until JE 1.16]

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

Bedrock Edition:

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

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Netherracknetherrack block.minecraft.netherrack

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key



Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewNetherrack JE1.png Added netherrack, originally called "bloodstone", and referred to by Notch at one point as "netherstone".[2]
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Netherrack JE2 BE1.png The texture of netherrack has now been slightly changed.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to Netherrack JE2 BE1.png
1.513w01aNetherrack can now be smelted into a nether brick item, which are used to craft nether bricks, just like clay can become normal bricks.
13w02aNetherrack now uses the hellrock.png texture in texture packs.
1.814w27bThe netherrack's texture now randomly rotates depending on position.
1.1016w20aEndermen can now pick up netherrack.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 87.
1.1418w43aNetherrack JE3.png The texture of netherrack has now been changed.
18w47aNetherrack JE4 BE2.png The texture of netherrack has now been changed, once again.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1620w06aUsing bone meal on netherrack can now spread nylium into it.
20w07aEndermen no longer pick up netherrack.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.6.0Netherrack JE2 BE1.png Added netherrack, which now generates as the main block of the Nether reactor instead of obsidian.
0.7.1Netherrack is now flammable.
0.12.1build 1The Nether reactor has now been removed and replaced with the actual Nether, and this is now the way to get netherrack.
0.15.0build 1Endermen can now pick up netherrack.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE4 BE2.png The texture of netherrack has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Netherrack JE2 BE1.png Added netherrack.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Endermen can now pick up netherrack.
1.90Netherrack JE4 BE2.png The texture of netherrack has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Netherrack JE2 BE1.png Added netherrack.


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

See also[edit]


  1. Burns indefinitely when manually ignited on the top side only.