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Netherrack JE4 BE2.png




Blast resistance




No‌[JE & 3DS only]


Yes (64)


(burns indefinitely when manually ignited, top side only)

Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 87 hex: 57 bin: 1010111

Namespaced ID


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 regenerates when the player resets the Nether.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]


Netherrack can be mined only with a pickaxe.

Block Netherrack
Hardness 0.4
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 2
Wooden 0.35
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.1
Diamond 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.


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

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Brick Netherrack +
Any fuel

This recipe awards 0.1 experience.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16



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 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 changed.
18w47aNetherrack JE4 BE2.png The texture of netherrack has changed, once again.
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 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 changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Netherrack JE2 BE1.png Added netherrack.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Endermen can now pick up netherrack.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Netherrack JE4 BE2.png The texture of netherrack has 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]