Non-renewable resource

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A non-renewable resource (as opposed to a renewable resource) is a resource that can't be obtained in indefinite quantities in survival without exploring more terrain or using certain glitches, commands or Creative mode to create more of them. While running out of a resource isn't likely to be a factor in normal gameplay due to massive size of a Minecraft map, in principle there is a finite quantity of these resources available in each Minecraft world.

Non-renewable resources can be obtained through crafting recipes that consume other non-renewable items, found as naturally generated blocks, obtained from structure loot chests or as drops from certain enemies that don't respawn (elder guardians, shulkers, and the wither).

Some resources are non-renewable or even unobtainable if playing on peaceful difficulty, as monsters do not spawn.

The degree of impact the non-renewability of a resource has on normal gameplay generally depends on how limited the resource is, but on custom maps these relationships may be changed; for example, on Skyblock-style maps, any soul sand provided is extremely valuable, as no more can be obtained.

All status effect and enchantment-item combinations that cannot be obtained in Survival are non-renewable.


While technically not renewable, these resources or their non-renewable raw materials are so common in the default world generation that they are unlikely to be used up even in relatively small areas of the map, assuming they contain the appropriate biomes. Their non-renewability may be more important in custom maps.

Resource Non-renewable products Sources

Generates in large pockets underground, as well on surface of gravelly mountains, as a layer on the bottom of rivers and normal, cold, frozen ocean and deep variants, as part of cold ocean ruins and in the Nether.

Flint and steel can also be found in some Nether fortress chests. Flint and steel can be generated renewably through trading with farmers who have the trade unlocked in versions 1.3.1 through 1.7.10, and this trade can be retained when updating first to 1.13.2, trading with the villager and then updating to 1.14.4. Coarse dirt generates in the Giant Tree Taiga, Wooded Badlands Plateau, and Shattered Savanna biomes, as well as their variants. Fletching table generate in village fletcher houses.

Lava Bucket

Obtained by collecting lava with a bucket. Lava generates in villages, small lakes in the Overworld, in random pockets in The Nether, and in large amounts at low Y-levels in both dimensions.
Soul Sand

Generates in large quantities in the Nether.


While these resources aren't rare, players may be pushed to explore further to find more, especially if multiple players are collecting them. In many cases, they aren't truly exhausted, but finding and collecting the remaining material is far harder than simply exploring for more. For example, nether quartz generates throughout netherrack, but many players harvest only those veins visible on cavern surfaces.

Resource Non-renewable products Sources
Can be collected with shears from strongholds, mineshafts, igloos, woodland mansions, and zombie village.
Dead Bush
Can be collected with shears in Badlands, desert, and giant tree taiga biomes.
Diamond Ore

"Trail" Firework Stars & Rockets
Generates in veins in the overworld, below Y=16.

Diamonds can also be be found in chests of many generated structures.

Emerald Ore
Emerald ore generates underground in mountains biomes, usually in single-block veins.
Nether Quartz Ore

Generates in medium-sized veins in the Nether
Andesite, Diorite, and Granite can be found in large veins in the overworld.
These ores generate underground in all biomes of the overworld.
Shulker Shell

Dropped by shulkers, which spawn as a part of end cities.
Tall Grass
Can be found in generated chests of villager houses.
Tall grass can be renewably created by using bone meal on grass, but doesn't drop itself when broken.
Wet Sponge
Spawn in the sponge rooms of some ocean monuments.
Dropped by elder guardians.
Formed when water touches a sponge.


These resources are limited enough to force players to wander far and wide to find them in any significant quantity, especially on servers.

Resource Non-renewable products Sources
Dragon Egg

Spawns on top of the exit portal when the ender dragon is defeated for the first time. Only one is obtainable in each world, making it the rarest obtainable resource in the game.

Generates in the end ship alongside end cities.
Dragon Head

Generates on the end ship alongside end cities.
Heart of the Sea
One can be found in every buried treasure chest, which can be found using treasure maps found in shipwrecks or ocean ruins.
(non-leather) Horse Armor

Can be found in generated chests of various generated structures. Leather horse armor can be crafted with leather, a renewable resource.
Enchanted Golden Apple

"Thing" Very rarely found in the chests of dungeons, desert pyramids, mineshafts and woodland mansions.
Potion of Decay

Can be obtained by tapping with an empty bottle on a very rare cauldron filled with Potion of Decay found in a swamp hut. However, Arrows of Decay are renewable through Trading.

Not obtainable in Survival[edit]

These resources are not obtainable as items in Survival. However, they can be encountered and some even created or manipulated in survival.

Resource Notes
Bedrock can be found at the bottom 5 levels of the overworld, the top and bottom 4 levels of the nether, and as part of end crystal structures and portals in the End, but cannot be broken.
End Portal Frame
Can be found in strongholds, but cannot be broken or moved.
Farmland may be created by tilling renewable dirt, grass or grass paths with a hoe, but always drops dirt when mined.
Frosted Ice
Frosted ice may be generated infinitely by walking on renewable water with the Frost Walker enchantment equipped, but drops nothing when mined.
Tall Seagrass
Tall seagrass can be created by applying bone meal to normal seagrass. However, breaking tall seagrass with shears drops 2 normal seagrass.
Infested Blocks
Infested blocks may be generated infinitely as silverfish infest renewable cobblestone, stone and stone bricks, but do not drop themselves when mined.

They also generate naturally in strongholds, igloos, woodland mansions and in mountains.

Monster Spawners
Monster spawners can be encountered in dungeons, mineshafts, strongholds, and fortress, but drop only experience if mined.
Technical Blocks Technical blocks are blocks such as portal blocks and fire, whose main functions are strictly tied to the usage of other blocks and items.

Many can be generated renewably in the world, but they cannot be acquired as items through normal survival gameplay.

Not encountered in Survival[edit]

These resources cannot be accessed without using creative mode or commands.

Command Blocks
Command BlockRepeating Command BlockChain Command Block
Debug Stick

[JE only]
Player Heads
Jigsaw Blocks
Knowledge Books

[JE only]

Minecarts with Command Blocks
Petrified Oak Slab
Unbrewable Potions

[JE only]
Spawn Eggs

Structure Blocks
Chemistry Equipment

[BE only]
All Elements and Compounds

[BE only]

[BE only]
Chemistry Products
Heat Block

[BE only]
Light block

[BE only]

Bedrock Edition[edit]

These resources aren't renewable in the Bedrock Edition, even though they are in the Java Edition.

Resource Non-renewable products Reason for Discrepancy
Bee Nest
Bee nests are obtainable from trees grown via saplings.
Bedrock Edition lacks villager raid reward gift, which would make clay renewable.
Wandering Traders no longer sell regular sand from 1.12.0 onward.

Java Edition[edit]

These resources aren't renewable in the Java Edition, even though they are in the Bedrock Edition.

Resource Non-renewable products Reason for Discrepancy
Grass Path

Grass paths may be created by right clicking renewable grass with a shovel, but drop dirt when mined. Thus, they are obtainable only in Bedrock Edition.

When Nether portals generate in the air, they do not create netherrack like they do in Bedrock Edition.

Peaceful Difficulty[edit]

These resources are not renewable while playing in peaceful difficulty as their renewable methods of obtaining require the spawning of hostile mobs. (Previously mentioned non-renewable resources are removed from the products list).

Resource Non-renewable products Reason for Discrepancy
Brewing fuel
Brewing requires blaze powder, which is unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.

Potions of healing II and splash potions of weakness generate in end ships and igloos, respectively. All other potions (excluding water bottles and potion of invisibility, which are renewable) are unobtainable.

Potions of water breathing and potions of regeneration can be found in buried treasure.‌[BE only]

All potions and splash potions are still obtainable as those can generate in each swamp hut cauldron but are non-renewable.‌[BE only]

Blaze Rod
Magma Block Unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Magma blocks generate in the Nether and underwater, while end rods, and ender chests generate in end city ships. Brewing stands generate in end city ships, igloo basements and village temples.
Clay is renewable as a gift from Villagers when the player gains Hero of the Village. Clay is non-renewable in Peaceful difficulty because raids cannot be triggered.
Obtained from coal ore or generated chests.
Ghast Tear
Unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.

Potions of regeneration can be found in buried treasure.‌[BE only]

A random potion can be found in each swamp hut cauldron.‌[BE only]

Gold Ingot
Obtained by smelting gold ore
Additionally, gold ingots, powered rails, gold nuggets and golden helmets, chestplates, swords and apples can be found in certain generated chests.
Gold blocks generate in Ocean Monuments.
Potions of Healing II generate in end ships.

A random potion can be found in each swamp hut cauldron.‌[BE only]

Mob Heads
"Creeper" and "Skull"

"Creeper" and "Skull" Charge Banners
"Creeper-Shaped" Firework Stars & Rockets

Unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Music Disc
13 and Cat can be found in dungeons and woodland mansions chests. In Bedrock Edition, Mellohi and Wait can be found in buried treasure chests, while others are unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Ominous Banner
8 ominous banners generate in every pillager outpost.
Prismarine Shard and Crystals
PrismarinePrismarine StairsPrismarine SlabSea Lantern Prismarine crystals Found in generated buried treasure chests. Prismarine crystals are obtained from sea lanterns
Prismarine, prismarine bricks, and sea lanterns generate in ocean monuments, prismarine and sea lantern also generate in ocean ruins or are crafted from these blocks.
Spider Eye
Found in certain generated chests.
Splash potions of weakness generate in igloos.

A random potion can be found in each swamp hut cauldron.‌[BE only]

Totem of Undying
Dropped by evokers, which still spawn in woodland mansions in peaceful difficulty but cannot damage the player.

Totems of undying are also not renewable in easy difficulty, since raids do not last long enough to spawn evokers.

Unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Wither Rose
Unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.

Additionally, going to the End requires the use of eye of enders (the chances of requiring none is only 1 in a trillion), which are unobtainable in peaceful difficulty, therefore the following renewable resources can also be considered unobtainable and therefore non-renewable. (Previously mentioned non-renewable resources are removed from the products list)

Resource Non-renewable product Reason for Discrepency
End Stone
Not obtainable if the End is inaccessible.
Chorus Flower
Not obtainable if the End is inaccessible.
Dragon's Breath
Not obtainable if the End is inaccessible.