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Netherrack JE4 BE2.png

No‌[JE only]
Yes‌[BE only]


Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


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


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 Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[edit]

Netherrack makes up most of the Nether's terrain, and also generates as part of ruined portals.


Crimson or warped nylium transforms into netherrack if a solid, opaque block is directly above it. Netherrack can also be obtained by mining nylium without Silk Touch.

Nether portals[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, netherrack generates as part of nether portals spawned floating.


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.

Analyzing the netherrack in a material reducer, it turns out to be a volcanic silicate rock rich in mercury.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Brick Netherrack +
Any fuel



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.netherrack.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.0? 16
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.netherrack.fallNone[sound 1]0.5? 16
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.netherrack.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.25? 16
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.netherrack.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.0? 16
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.netherrack.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

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 ID Translation key



Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewNetherrack JE1.png Added netherrack, originally called "bloodstone", and referred to by Notch at one point as "netherstone".[1]
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Netherrack JE2 BE1.png The texture of netherrack has been slightly changed.
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 been changed.
18w47aNetherrack JE4 BE2.png The texture of netherrack has been changed, once again.
1.1620w06aUsing bone meal on netherrack can now spread nylium into it.
20w07aEndermen no longer pick up netherrack.
20w16aNetherrack now generates as part of bastion remnants and ruined portals.
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 been changed.
1.16.0beta bone meal on netherrack can now spread nylium into it.
Endermen no longer pick up netherrack.
beta now generates as part of bastion remnants and ruined portals.
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 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.