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Stairs
Oak Stairs.pngSpruce Stairs.pngBirch Stairs.pngJungle Stairs.pngAcacia Stairs.pngDark Oak Stairs.pngSandstone Stairs.pngRed Sandstone Stairs.pngCobblestone Stairs.pngBrick Stairs.pngStone Brick Stairs.pngNether Brick Stairs.pngQuartz Stairs.pngPurpur Stairs.pngPrismarine Stairs.gifPrismarine Brick Stairs.pngDark Prismarine Stairs.png

















Transparency

Partial (blocks light)

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

Wood: 15
Stone: 30
Sandstone, Quartz, Red Sandstone: 4

Tools



Renewable

Cobblestone, Stone Brick, Wood, Purpur, Prismarine: Yes
All others: No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

Wood: Yes
Stone: No

Drops

Itself

Data values

See Data values

Name

See Data values

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Stairs are blocks that allow mobs and players to change elevation without jumping.

Obtaining[edit]

Stairs can be crafted, or can be found in villages, strongholds, temples, nether fortresses, end cities and woodland mansions.

Breaking[edit]

Wood stairs drop themselves as items when broken with any tool, or with no tool, but an axe is fastest. Non-wood stairs drop themselves as items only if broken with a pickaxe.

Block
Brick


Cobblestone


Nether Brick

Stone Brick


Purpur

Quartz


Sandstone


Red Sandstone

Wood
Hardness 2 1.5 0.8 2
Tool



Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 10 7.5 4 3
Wooden 1.5 1.15 0.65 1.5
Stone 0.75 0.6 0.35 0.75
Iron 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.5
Diamond 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.4
Golden 0.25 0.2 0.1 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Crafting[edit]

Wood stairs must be crafted entirely from one type and color of wood, and they retain the style of that wood's type and color.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Wood Stairs Matching Planks
Cobblestone Stairs Cobblestone
Brick Stairs Bricks
Stone Brick Stairs Any Stone Bricks
Nether Brick Stairs Nether Bricks
Sandstone Stairs Any Sandstone
Quartz Stairs Any Quartz Block
Red Sandstone Stairs Any Red Sandstone
Purpur Stairs Any Purpur Block Can use purpur block and pillar interchangeably.
[Java and Bedrock editions only]
Purpur Stairs Purpur Block Can use purpur block only, not the pillar.
[Legacy Console Edition only]
Prismarine Stairs Prismarine
Prismarine Brick Stairs Prismarine Bricks
Dark Prismarine Stairs Dark Prismarine

Natural generation[edit]

Oak wood and cobblestone stairs generate naturally in plains villages, and sandstone stairs generate naturally in desert villages.

Cobblestone stairs also generate naturally in strongholds, as well as stone brick stairs.

Nether brick stairs generate naturally in nether fortresses.

Spruce wood stairs generate naturally in witch huts and in igloos.

Purpur stairs generate naturally in end cities.

Oak, dark oak and birch wood stairs as well as cobblestone stairs generate naturally in woodland mansions.

Usage[edit]

Walking[edit]

Walking up stairs is faster than jumping up the same distance. It also only costs 0.01 exhaustion from the player's hunger bar per horizontal meter walked on a stairway, versus 0.2 exhaustion per jump.

Placing[edit]

Stairs ReconfigurationLeft: Original facing when separate. Right: Changed shape when adjacent (top: inner corner; bottom: outer corner).

To place stairs, use a stairs item while pointing at a surface facing the space the stairs should occupy. Stairs will place with the half-block side closest to the player.

Stairs can be placed either right side up or upside-down:

  • Pointing at a block top or the bottom half of a block side will place the stairs right side up.
  • Pointing at a block bottom or the top half of a block side will place the stairs upside-down.

Stairs will change their shape to join with adjacent stairs (of any material):

  • When a stairs' half-block side is adjacent to the side of another stairs, the stairs' full-block side will wrap into an "L" shape to join the other stairs (it creates an "inner corner").
  • When a stairs' full-block side is adjacent to the side of another stairs, the stairs' full-block side will shorten to join only the other stairs' full-block side (it creates an "outer corner").

Right side up stairs won't join with upside-down stairs and vice versa.

Fuel[edit]

Wooden stairs can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per block.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Name ID Name

Oak Stairs
oak_stairs

Cobblestone Stairs
cobblestone_stairs

Brick Stairs
brick_stairs

Stone Brick Stairs
stone_brick_stairs

Nether Brick Stairs
nether_brick_stairs

Sandstone Stairs
sandstone_stairs

Spruce Stairs
spruce_stairs

Birch Stairs
birch_stairs

Jungle Stairs
jungle_stairs

Quartz Stairs
quartz_stairs

Acacia Stairs
acacia_stairs

Dark Oak Stairs
dark_oak_stairs

Red Sandstone Stairs
red_sandstone_stairs

Purpur Stairs
purpur_stairs

Prismarine Stairs
prismarine_stairs

Prismarine Brick Stairs
prismarine_brick_stairs

Dark Prismarine Stairs
dark_prismarine_stairs

Bedrock Edition:

Name ID Name Block ID

Oak Wood Stairs
oak_stairs 53

Cobblestone Stairs
stone_stairs 67

Brick Stairs
brick_stairs 108

Stone Brick Stairs
stone_brick_stairs 109

Nether Brick Stairs
nether_brick_stairs 114

Sandstone Stairs
sandstone_stairs 128

Spruce Wood Stairs
spruce_stairs 134

Birch Wood Stairs
birch_stairs 135

Jungle Wood Stairs
jungle_stairs 136

Quartz Stairs
quartz_stairs 156

Acacia Wood Stairs
acacia_stairs 163

Dark Oak Wood Stairs
dark_oak_stairs 164

Red Sandstone Stairs
red_sandstone_stairs 180

Purpur Stairs
purpur_stairs 203

Prismarine Stairs
prismarine_stairs  ?

Prismarine Brick Stairs
prismarine_brick_stairs  ?

Dark Prismarine Stairs
dark_prismarine_stairs  ?

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, stairs use the following data values:

Bits Description
0x1
0x2
A two-bit field containing a value from 0 to 3 specifying the direction of the stairs' full-block side:
  • 0: East
  • 1: West
  • 2: South
  • 3: North
0x4 Set if stairs are upside-down
0x8 (unused)

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

 facing
north
south
east
west
The direction the stairs' full-block side faces.
When placed in-game by a player, this matches the direction the player faces.

 half
top
bottom
Top if the stairs are upside-down.

 shape
straight
inner_left
inner_right
outer_left
outer_right
"straight" is the default stairs shape.
"inner" is an "inside corner" stair shape, with two full-block and two stair-shaped side faces.
"outer" is an "outside corner" stair shape, with two stair-shaped and two half-block side faces.
"left" and "right" specify in which direction is the higher part of the step.

 waterlogged
true
false
Whether or not there's water in the same place as these stairs.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Infdev
June 29, 2010 Oak Stairs Revision 1.pngCobblestone Stairs Revision 1.png Added oak wood stairs (then known as "wooden stairs") and cobblestone stairs (then known as "stone stairs").
Wooden stairs do not burn.


Both icon textures for stairs in the inventory are simply flat planks and cobblestone textures.
Alpha
v1.0.1

Stair inventory textures have been finally changed to a solid two step texture, which are glitched.
v1.2.0 ? Before this version, stairs would determine their orientation based on the surrounding blocks (changing if they were changed). They would attempt to face a block adjacent to the stairs, so as to create a climbable surface towards that block. However, this was often more annoying than helpful, and was therefore changed to be placed facing the player.
v1.2.2 Stairs will now have the odd property of being transparent to light; when placed one or more spaces above the ground with air beneath, sunlight or other light sources would shine through and light the blocks beneath or behind the stairs exactly as if nothing opaque are present between them.
Other atmospheric effects such as snowfall will not penetrate stair blocks, making them an unusually effective material for creating roofing which kept weather out, but still let daylight in.
Snow cannot accumulate on top of stair blocks, grass is able to grow on the block directly underneath a stair block, and grass will disappear if a stair block was placed on top of it. Any stair block placed in Alpha v1.2.0_02 to Beta 1.5 would keep this property in later versions until it or an adjacent block is changed or removed, causing a lighting update.
Beta
1.6 ? Wooden stairs and fences are now flammable.
The light transparency from Alpha v1.2.2 has been fixed.


Reversed the inventory icon for stairs to show a more recognizable figure.
1.7 Cobblestone Stairs.png Updated cobblestone's texture, and by extension the stairs.
1.8 ? Brick Stairs Revision 1.pngStone Brick Stairs.png Added brick and stone brick stairs.
Stone brick stairs will drop either stone bricks, cracked stone bricks, mossy stone bricks or a type of stone bricks, which looks regular, but does not stack, when broken due to the data value carrying over.
Mining a stair block will now yield the stair's source material, rather than a stair block, thus wasting material.
1.8.1 Stone brick stairs will now always drop regular stone bricks.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Nether Brick Stairs.png Added nether brick stairs.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Brick Stairs.png Changed the texture of bricks, and by extension brick stairs.
Oak Stairs.png Updated planks's texture, and by extension the stairs.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6 Mining a stair block will now drop the stair block, instead of the stair's source material.
1.2.1 12w08a Added upside-down stairs. Before they were added, edited data values of 4 through 15 would create invisible stairs that could be walked through; these higher values are now used for upside-down stairs.
1.3.1 12w21a Sandstone Stairs Revision 1.png Added sandstone stairs.
12w22a Cobblestone stairs will now generate in jungle temples.
12w25a Redstone, repeaters, torches, levers, pressure plates and rails can now be placed on stairs positioned upside down.
Birch Stairs.pngSpruce Stairs.pngJungle Stairs.png Added wooden stairs for the remaining three wood types (birch, spruce and jungle).
12w26a Added crafting recipes for birch, spruce and jungle wood stairs.
1.4.2 12w34a Stairs will now automatically change shape into corner stairs depending on location.
12w39a Stairs will now interact properly with lighting.
Smooth lighting on stairs is currently slightly bugged.
1.5 13w02a Quartz Stairs.png Added quartz stairs.
13w05a Fixed stairs lighting when Smooth Lighting is on.
13w05b Stairs will now no longer stop sprinting.
? Sandstone Stairs.png The texture of sandstone stairs have been changed slightly.
1.7.2 1.7-pre Acacia Stairs.pngDark Oak Stairs.png Added acacia and dark oak stairs.
1.8 14w21b Upside down sandstone and quartz stairs each have now had their top and bottom textures switched.[1]
14w31a Renamed "Stone Stairs" to "Cobblestone Stairs".
14w32a Red Sandstone Stairs.png Added red sandstone stairs.
1.9 June 22, 2015 Jeb reveals purpur stairs on Instagram, with the words "MINECON 2015 HYPE!"
15w31a Purpur Stairs.png Added purpur stairs.
Stairs are now rotated 90° in the inventory.
15w43a Spruce wood stairs act as corners of a table will now generate within igloo basements.
1.11 16w39a Oak, birch and dark oak wood stairs and cobblestone stairs will now generate in woodland mansions.
1.12 17w15a Torches can now be placed on the full-block sides of stairs.
Iron bars, glass panes and fences adjacent to the full-block side of a stair will now visually connect.
Carpet and snow layers can now be placed on top of upside-down stairs.
1.13 17w47a The cobblestone stairs ID has been changed from stone_stairs to cobblestone_stairs.
Renamed <wood type> wood stairs to <wood type> stairs.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 53, 67, 108, 109, 114, 128, 134, 135, 136, 156, 163, 164, 180 and 203.
18w07a Prismarine Stairs.pngPrismarine Brick Stairs.pngDark Prismarine Stairs.png Added stairs for prismarine variants.
18w09a Stone brick and sandstone stairs will now generate in underwater ruins.
18w10c Water can now be placed on the same block as stairs.
April 17, 2018 Dinnerbone confirms that 1.14 will contain many new stairs and slabs.
1.13 18w20a Renamed "Prismarine Bricks Stairs" to "Prismarine Brick Stairs."
1.13.1 18w32a Purpur stairs can now be crafted with purpur pillars.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Oak Stairs.png[verify]Cobblestone Stairs.png [verify] Added wooden (original oak) and cobblestone stairs.
0.3.0 Brick Stairs.png Added brick stairs.
0.6.0 Nether Brick Stairs.pngSandstone Stairs.pngStone Brick Stairs.pngQuartz Stairs.png Added nether brick, sandstone, stone brick and quartz stairs.
Corner stairs and upside-down stairs have been added.
0.8.0 build 2 Birch Stairs.pngSpruce Stairs.pngJungle Stairs.png Birch, spruce and jungle wood stairs added.
0.9.0 build 1 Acacia Stairs.pngDark Oak Stairs.png Added acacia and dark oak wood stairs.
Stone brick stairs will now naturally generate in strongholds.
Cobblestone and oak wood stairs will now naturally generate in villages.
? The tooltip has been changed from [woodtype] Stairs to [woodtype] Wood Stairs.
0.11.0 build 1 Acacia and dark oak wooden stairs are now flammable.
Quartz stairs can be crafted in Survival mode.
0.14.0 build 1 Red Sandstone Stairs.png Added red sandstone stairs.
0.14.2 Nether Brick Stairs.png Brightened the nether brick stairs texture as a result of brightening the nether bricks texture.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Purpur Stairs.png Added purpur stairs.
Spruce wood stairs act as corners of a table will now generate within igloo basements.
1.1 build 1 Oak, birch and dark oak wood stairs and cobblestone stairs now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13 build 3 Prismarine Stairs.pngPrismarine Brick Stairs.pngDark Prismarine Stairs.png Added stairs for prismarine variants.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Patch 1 Oak Stairs.png[verify]Cobblestone Stairs.png [verify] Added wood (original oak) and cobblestone stairs.
TU5 Stone Brick Stairs.pngBrick Stairs.png Added stone brick stairs and brick stairs.
TU7 Nether Brick Stairs.png Added Nether brick stairs.
TU9 Birch Stairs.pngSpruce Stairs.pngSandstone Stairs.png Added birch and spruce wood stairs and sandstone stairs.
TU12 Jungle Stairs.png Added jungle wood stairs.
Stairs will now automatically change shape into corner stairs depending on location.
Stairs can now be placed upside down.
Items can now be placed directly on upside down stairs.
TU13 Jungle wood stairs are now flammable.
TU14 1.04 Quartz Stairs.png Added quartz stairs.
Changed placement of upside down stairs and slabs.
TU27 CU15 1.18 Acacia Stairs.pngDark Oak Stairs.png Added acacia and dark oak stairs.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Red Sandstone Stairs.png Added Red Sandstone Stairs.
Renamed "Stone Stairs" into "Cobblestone Stairs".
TU46 CU36 1.38 Patch 15 Purpur Stairs.png Added purpur stairs.
TU54 CU44 1.52 Patch 24 Patch 4 Torches can now be placed on the full-block sides of stairs.
Iron bars, glass panes and fences adjacent to the full-block side of a stair will now visually connect.
Carpet and snow layers can now be placed on top of upside-down stairs.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38 Prismarine Stairs.pngPrismarine Brick Stairs.pngDark Prismarine Stairs.png Added stairs for prismarine variants.

Issues[edit]

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

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