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Blast resistance



This block can be broken with any tool, but a shovel is the quickest




Yes, (64)




Mega Taiga

Data values
Java Edition
dec: 32 hex: 32 bin: 112
Bedrock edition
dec: 243 hex: F3 bin: 11110011

JE: dirt
BE: podzol

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 mega taiga biomes.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Podzol generates only in mega taiga biomes.

Endermen[edit | edit source]

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

Usage[edit | edit source]

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.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Podzol has only one possible tile name: minecraft:dirt, which it shares with dirt. The tile data field defines which block is displayed. Podzol has the Numerical ID 243 (minecraft:podzol) in Bedrock Edition.

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
DV Description

0 Dirt

1 Coarse Dirt

2 Podzol

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

If true, Podzol in particular uses a snowy side and top texture.
In-game, this is true when dirt has snow or snow (layer) on top.

 variant[until 1.13]
Coarse Dirt

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.7.2 13w36a Added podzol.
1.8 Podzol no longer displays dirt as its side texture if a block is placed above.
1.9 15w31a Podzol can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
1.13 18w06a Podzol replaces the ground around large spruce trees when they are grown.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added podzol.
0.12.1 Podzol can now be obtained using the silk touch enchantment.
0.14.0 build 1 Podzol can now be obtained by killing an enderman that is holding the block.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added podzol.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Podzol” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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. This is because podzol is a type of soil, and has the same Block ID as dirt, just a different data value.
    • 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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