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




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Data values

dec: 243 hex: F3 bin: 11110011

Namespaced ID


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.


Natural generation[edit]

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


In Java Edition, podzol replaces grass blocks, dirt and coarse dirt around a large spruce tree when it is grown from 4 saplings.


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
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


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


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


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.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.gravel.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.gravel.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.gravel.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.gravel.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.gravel.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
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.


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 now generates in the new bamboo jungle biomes.
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2.png The texture of podzol has now been changed.
Podzol can now be obtained via trading with wandering traders.
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 relating to "Podzol" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • 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.



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

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