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Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Data values

dec: 243 hex: F3 bin: 11110011

Namespaced ID


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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.


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 will drop 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.

Natural generation[edit]

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


Endermen can pick up podzol blocks, and will drop the block they are holding if killed.

Large spruce tree[edit]

Podzol replaces grass blocks, dirt and coarse dirt around a large spruce tree that grows in its place.‌[Java Edition only]


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 kind of flowers and sugar canes can be placed on it normally.

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

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
1.7.213w36aAdded podzol.
1.8?Podzol will no longer display 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 split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 3.
18w06aPodzol will now replace the ground around large spruce trees when they are grown.
1.1418w43aPodzol will now generate in the new bamboo jungle biomes.
19w08aPodzol TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of podzol.
19w12aPodzol now has random orientations when placed, similar to Grass Blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0build 1Added 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 will now generate in the new bamboo jungle biomes.
1.10.0beta can now be obtained via trading with wandering traders.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added podzol.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Podzol.


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


  • Unlike other similar blocks, podzol will never spread to dirt blocks, nor will it turn into 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.
  • Podzol can be picked up by endermen.
  • 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.


See also[edit]

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