Pointed Dripstone

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"Dripstone" redirects here. For the solid block, see Dripstone Block. For the biome, see Dripstone caves.
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Pointed Dripstone
Pointed Dripstone Base (D) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Middle (D) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Frustum (D) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip (D) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip Merge (D) JE1.png
Pointed Dripstone Base (U) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Middle (U) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Frustum (U) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip (U) JE1.pngPointed Dripstone Tip Merge (U) JE1.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

3

Hardness

1.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Pointed dripstone is a block that makes up stalactites and stalagmites.

Obtaining[edit]

Pointed dripstone can be found in dripstone caves, which can generate using only the buffet or custom world type.

Breaking[edit]

Pointed dripstone can be mined with any tool, but pickaxes are the quickest. Pointed dripstone breaks instantly when a trident is thrown at it.

Block Pointed Dripstone
Hardness 1.5
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 2.25
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Usage[edit]

Pointed dripstone comes in two different forms, stalactites and stalagmites. Placing a pointed dripstone between a stalagmite and stalactite without sneaking will connect them. It can be waterlogged.

Stalactites[edit]

A stalactite.

Stalactites are created when pointed dripstone is placed on the bottom of a block.

When the uppermost block of a stalactite less than 11 blocks tall gets randomly ticked, it checks for a water source or waterlogged block two blocks above it and a cauldron within 10 blocks under the tip with no non-air blocks in between. If both conditions are satisfied, there is a 45256 (~17.6%) chance for it to drip water and fill the cauldron by one level. If there is a lava source above the stalactite, there is a 15256 (~5.9%) chance for it to completely fill an empty cauldron with lava instead, making lava a renewable resource.

Stalactites less than 11 blocks tall passively drip water particles (or lava particles in the Nether) in the absence of a liquid source, but these particles do not fill cauldrons. A waterlogged dripstone at the tip of a stalactite does not produce drip particles or fill a cauldron. Waterlogging other parts of the stalactite doesn't affect the dripping.

If the block supporting a stalactite or any block of the stalactite is broken, all of the unsupported pointed dripstone below the broken block drops, causing damage to any player and mobs standing beneath it, similar to a falling anvil. The amount of damage is 2♥ for each block of falling distance after 2 blocks. Stalactites with multiple pointed dripstone cause multiple damage, however, damage immunity prevents most of the additional blocks to cause damage.

Stalagmites[edit]

A stalagmite.

Stalagmites are created when pointed dripstone is placed on the ground.

Falling onto stalagmites multiplies the fall distance by four to calculate the total amount of fall damage, using the formula roundup(fall_distance × 4 − 3). Note that the distance travelled during last game tick of falling time is not included in this calculation, making it slightly off at higher distances; see Damage § Fall damage for more information.

All mobs that are immune to fall damage do not take damage from falling into stalagmites, the same applies to the player if gamerule fallDamage is set to false.[1]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.pointed_dripstone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.pointed_dripstone.fallNone[sound 1]???
None[sound 2]BlocksWhen the block lands when fallingblock.pointed_dripstone.landNone[sound 2]???
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.pointed_dripstone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.pointed_dripstone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
FootstepsPlayersWalking on the blockblock.pointed_dripstone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
None[sound 3]BlocksLava drips through the blockblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_lavaNone[sound 3]???
None[sound 3]BlocksLava drips fill a cauldronblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_lava_into_cauldronNone[sound 3]???
None[sound 3]BlocksWater drips through the blockblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_waterNone[sound 3]???
None[sound 3]BlocksWater drips fill a cauldronblock.pointed_dripstone.drip_water_into_cauldronNone[sound 3]???

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem form?Translation key
Pointed Dripstonepointed_dripstoneYesblock.minecraft.pointed_dripstone

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
thicknesstip tip_merge
tip
frustum
middle
base
vertical_directionupup
down
The direction of the pointed dripstone.
waterloggedfalsetrue
false
Whether or not the pointed dripstone is located inside of water.

History[edit]

October 3, 2020Pointed dripstone is shown at Minecraft Live 2020 within the dripstone caves biome.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w48aPointed Dripstone Base (D) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Middle (D) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Frustum (D) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip (D) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip Merge (D) JE1.png
Pointed Dripstone Base (U) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Middle (U) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Frustum (U) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip (U) JE1.png Pointed Dripstone Tip Merge (U) JE1.png Added pointed dripstone.
20w49aPointed dripstone can now be generated in dripstone caves, which is accessible using only the buffet or custom world type.
Changed death message from being killed by a stalactite from "<player> was squashed by a falling block" to "<player> was skewered by a stalactite".
Stalactites taller than 1 block can now fill cauldrons.[2]

Issues[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MC-206555 – "Some mobs don't take damage from stalagmites" – resolved as "Works As Intended"
  2. MC-206583 – "Cauldrons below stalactites at least 2 blocks tall don't fill up" – resolved as "Fixed"