Podzol

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Podzol
Podzol JE2 BE2.png
Snowy Grass Block JE2 BE2.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.5

Hardness

0.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

We'll forgive you if you think we're making this one up. Wasn't Podzol one of the goblin chieftans slain at the Battle of the Five Armies? Well, possibly. But it's also the weird-sounding name for one of Minecraft's rarer blocks - and probably a more important part of the natural world than you know!

Duncan Geere[1]

Podzol is a dirt-type block that naturally blankets the surface of the giant tree taiga and bamboo jungles, along with their respective variants.

Occurrence[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Podzol generates only in giant tree taiga and bamboo jungle biomes, as well as their respective variants.

Post-generation[edit]

In Java Edition[upcoming: BE 1.16.0], podzol replaces mycelium, grass blocks, dirt and coarse dirt around a large spruce tree when it is grown from 4 saplings.

Obtaining[edit]

Loot[edit]

From block loot[edit]

It can be obtained using a tool with Silk Touch, otherwise it drops dirt instead.

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
DefaultSilk Touch
blocks/podzolPodzol1 (100%)1 (100%)

From mob loot[edit]

Endermen can pick up podzol blocks, and drop it if holding it when killed.

From trading[edit]

Wandering traders have 16 chance to sell 3 podzol for 3 emeralds.

Usage[edit]

Info[edit]

Like mycelium, podzol allows mushrooms to be placed on it no matter the light level, which allows the growth of huge mushrooms. Unlike mycelium, saplings, all kinds of flowers, and sugar canes can be placed on it normally.

Unlike grass blocks and mycelium, it does not spread to adjacent bare dirt blocks.

Breaking[edit]

Podzol can be broken using any tool or by hand, but the shovel is the quickest. It can be obtained using a tool with Silk Touch, otherwise it drops dirt instead.

Block Podzol
Hardness 0.5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Block loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
DefaultSilk Touch
blocks/podzolPodzol1 (100%)1 (100%)

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.gravel.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.gravel.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.gravel.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.gravel.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.gravel.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.gravel? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.gravel? ?
?Mining the blockhit.gravel? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.gravel? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.gravel? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.gravel? ?
?Placing the blockuse.gravel? 0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Podzolpodzol block.minecraft.podzol

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Podzolpodzol 243tile.podzol.name

Block states[edit]


Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
snowyfalsefalse
true
If true, the block uses a snowy side and top texture.
In-game, this is true when a snow block or snow is on top.

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.7.213w36aPodzol JE1 BE1.png Added podzol.
1.8?Podzol no longer displays dirt as its side texture, if a block is placed above.
1.915w31aPodzol can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
1.1317w47aThe different variant block states for the dirt ID have been now split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 3.
18w06aPodzol now replaces the ground around large spruce trees when they are grown.
1.1418w43aPodzol JE2 BE2.png The texture of podzol has now been changed.
Podzol now generates in the new bamboo jungle biomes.
19w12aPodzol now has random orientations when placed, similar to grass blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0build 1Podzol JE1 BE1.png Added podzol.
0.12.1?Podzol can now be obtained using the Silk Touch enchantment.
0.14.0build 1Podzol can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Podzol now generates in the new bamboo jungle biomes.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Podzol JE2 BE2.png The texture of podzol has now been changed.
Podzol can now be obtained via trading with wandering traders.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.15.0.51Podzol now replaces the ground around large spruce trees when they are grown.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Podzol JE1 BE1.png Added podzol.
1.90Podzol JE2 BE2.png The texture of podzol has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Podzol JE1 BE1.png Added podzol.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • Unlike other similar blocks, podzol never spreads to dirt blocks, and it does not become dirt if a solid block is placed on top of it, no matter how long the block remains on top of it. Similarly, neither grass nor mycelium can spread to podzol.
  • In real life, podzol is a type of acidic, infertile soil found in subarctic taiga biomes and pine forests. Podzol literally means "under-ash" in Russian because it contains a layer of ashy soil that has been drained or leeched of nutrients. This explains why it does not spread like grass or mycelium as it is not an actual plant or fungus, nor can grass or mycelium spread onto it because it is infertile.

Gallery[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Block of the Week: Podzol" – Minecraft.net, September 1, 2017

See also[edit]