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 an Minecraft map, in principle there is only a finite quantity of these resources available in each Minecraft world.

Most non-renewable resources aren't renewable because they can be only obtained through crafting recipes which consume non-renewable items, others can only be obtained by finding them as naturally generated blocks, in structure loot chests or as a drop from certain enemies which don't respawn; elder guardians, illagers and shulkers, which only spawn as a part of structure generation, and the wither, which can only be spawned by using non-renewable soul sand.

Many normally renewable resources become non-renewable, and in some cases unobtainable if playing on peaceful difficulty, as monsters will not spawn.

The degree of impact the non-renewability of a resource has on normal gameplay generally depends on how limited the resource in question is, but on custom maps these relationships may be changed, for example on many Skyblock-style maps dirt is extremely valuable, as often only a small amount is available and it has many important uses.

All status effects which 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 in 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

[JE & BE only]

[JE only][until JE 1.14]

Generates in large pockets underground, as a layer on the bottom of rivers and oceans, in the paths of some generated villages and in The Nether

Flint and steel can also be found in some Nether fortress chests.
Coarse Dirt is found in all Giant Tree Taiga variants, Modified Wooded Badlands Plateau, and Shattered Savanna Plateau Biomes and can be crafted with dirt and gravel.
Dirt can be made by tilling Coarse Dirt with a Hoe or breaking Grass, Mycelium or Podzol blocks without the silk touch enchantment, or breaking Grass path blocks by any means and is commonly found in most overworld biomes, under the layer of grass
Grass generates naturally as the top layer in most biomes, and can spread to nearby dirt blocks.
Mycelium generates naturally as the top layer in mushroom fields, and can spread to nearby dirt blocks.
Large spruce trees convert nearby dirt, grass and coarse dirt to podzol as they grow.
Unlike all other non-renewable products, making concrete powder or concrete requires both sand and gravel, two completely different non-renewable resources[until JE 1.14].

Lava Bucket

[JE & BE only]
Obtained by collecting lava with a bucket. Lava generates in small lakes in The Overworld, in random pockets in The Nether, and in large amounts at low Y-levels in both dimensions.

[JE only]
Generates in massive quantities in the Nether, it is the most abundant non-renewable resource.

Nether bricks naturally generates in nether fortresses.

Red Sand

[JE & LCE only][until JE 1.14]

[JE & LCE only][until JE 1.14]

Spawns as a thin layer in Badlands biomes.

[JE & LCE only][until JE 1.14]

[JE & LCE only][until JE 1.14]

Generates in desert biomes, on beaches and underwater in Swamps. Sandstone Generates under the sand layer in deserts, and in desert villages, wells and temples. TNT generates in underwater loot chests, and as a part of desert temples.

Unlike all other non-renewable products, making concrete powder or concrete requires both sand and gravel, two completely different non-renewable resources.

Soul Sand

[JE & BE only]
Generates in large quantities in The Nether.


While these resources are still common, 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 only harvest the veins visible on cavern surfaces.

Resource Non-renewable products Sources

[until JE 1.14]

[until JE 1.14]

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

[JE & LCE only][until JE 1.14]

Obtained from breaking clay blocks, which are often found in small pockets in swamp biomes.

Red, orange, yellow, brown, white, light gray and unstained terracotta generate in large quantities in Badlands biomes.
Flower pots generate with witch huts.

Can be collected with shears from strongholds and abandoned mineshafts.
Coral Blocks

[JE & LCE only][until JE 1.14]

[JE & LCE only][until JE 1.14]
Can be collected from coral reefs in warm oceans.
Dead Bush
Can be collected with shears in Badlands and desert biomes.
Diamond Ore

"Trail" Firework Stars & Rockets

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]
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.
Horse Armor

[JE & BE only]
Can be found in generated chests of various generated structures.
Nether Quartz Ore

[JE & BE only]

[JE only][until JE 1.14]

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

[JE & BE only]
Dropped by shulkers, which spawn as a part of end cities.
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

[JE & BE only]
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.
Elytra Wings

[JE & BE only]
Generates in the end ship alongside end cities.
Dragon Head

[JE & BE only]
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.
Totem of Undying

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]
Dropped by evokers, who generate with woodland mansions.
Enchanted Golden Apple

[JE & BE only]
Very rarely found in the chests of dungeons, desert pyramids, mineshafts and woodland mansions.
Potion of Decay

[BE & LCE only]

[BE & LCE only]

[until BE 1.11.0]

Very rarely found in cauldron in swamp huts.

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 non-renewable dirt, grass, coarse dirt 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.
Grass Path

[JE & LCE only]
Grass paths may be created by right clicking non-renewable dirt with a shovel, but drop dirt when mined.
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 and in mountains.

Large Ferns and Tall Grass

[JE only][until JE 1.14]
Large ferns and tall grass can be renewably created by using bone meal on ferns and grass, but don't drop themselves when broken.
Monster Spawners
Monster spawners can be encountered in dungeons and abandoned mineshafts, 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
Player Heads
Knowledge Books
Minecarts with Command Blocks
Petrified Oak Slab
Unbrewable Potions

[JE & LCE only]

[JE only]
Smooth Blocks

[JE only][until JE 1.14]
Spawn Eggs

Structure Blocks
Chemistry Equipment

[BE only]
All Elements and Compounds

[BE only]

[BE only]
Chemistry Products
Heat Block.gif

[BE only]


These items are non-renewable only in snapshots and prereleases‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]. They either do not exist, or are renewable in the latest official release.

Resource Non-renewable products Sources
Banner Pattern (Thing)
Crafting requires using a non-renewable enchanted golden apple.
Fletching Table

Crafting requires using non-renewable flint.
Jigsaw Blocks
Obtainable via commands only.
New Slabs

[JE only]

Crafting requires non-renewable blocks.
New Spawn eggs

Obtainable in creative mode only.
New Stairs

[JE only]

Crafting requires non-renewable blocks.
New Walls

[JE only]

Crafting requires non-renewable blocks.

Legacy Console Edition[edit]

These resources aren't renewable in the Legacy Console Edition, even though they are in the Java Edition. For resources which are renewable in Legacy Console Edition, but aren't in Java, see the Renewable resources page.

Resource Non-renewable products Reason for Discrepancy
Legacy Console Edition exclusive

Non-renewable in 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 Sources
Brewing fuel

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

Brewing requires blaze powder which is not obtainable 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) are unobtainable.

Blaze Rod
Magma Block

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

Not obtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Magma blocks generates in the Nether, while end rods, ender chests and brewing stands generate in end cities, end ships and igloos.
Obtained from coal ore or generated chests.
Diamond Helmet, Leggings and Boots

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]
Crafted from diamonds.
End Stone
The renewable method of obtaining end stone requires the use of end crystals which are unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.
The End is mainly composed of end stone. End Stone Bricks generate in end cities and ships.
Ghast Tear

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]
Not obtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Gold Ingot

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

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.

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.10.0]
Found in certain generated chests.
Splash potions of weakness generate in igloos.
Mob Heads
"Creeper" and "Skull" Charge Banners

"Creeper-Shaped" Firework Stars & Rockets

Not obtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Music Disc
13 and Cat can be found in dungeons and woodland mansions chests, while others are unobtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Phantom Membrane

[until JE 1.14]
Not obtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Prismarine Shard and Crystals
PrismarineSea Lantern Found in generated underwater chests. Prismarine crystals are obtained from sea lanterns
All products generate in ocean monuments or are crafted from these blocks.

[until JE 1.14]
Magma Block Not obtainable in peaceful difficulty.
Magma Blocks generate in the Nether and Sticky pistons generate in jungle temples.
Leads can be found in woodland mansions chests.
Spider Eye

[until JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

Found in certain generated chests.
Splash potions of weakness generate in igloos.
Not obtainable 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 products Sources
Chorus Flower
Not obtainable if the End is inaccessible.
Dragon's Breath
Not obtainable if the End is inaccessible.