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Polished basalt is the polished version of basalt.
Both basalt and polished basalt can be found naturally as part of bastion remnants.
Basalt drops as an item if mined by any pickaxe. If mined by any other tool, it drops nothing.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
Basalt is currently used only for decoration. Like blocks such as logs and quartz pillars, basalt can face either horizontally or vertically depending on how they are placed; they face in the direction of the surface they are placed on.
Combined with its easy generation, basalt is an excellent material for building bridges and shelters in the nether. It is even possible to automate the building with a flying machine.
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|axis||The basalt is oriented east–west.|
|The basalt is oriented vertically.|
|The basalt is oriented north–south.|
|January 12, 2014||On Reddit, Jeb says that he was considering adding basalt, but did not want to add yet another black block.|
|September 28, 2019||Basalt is shown in a clip at MINECON Live 2019.|
|20w12a||Added polished basalt.|
|Polished basalt can currently be obtained only by smelting the normal basalt block.|
|20w13a||Basalt can now be formed when lava flows over soul soil next to blue ice, making it renewable.|
|Basalt can no longer be smelted into polished basalt.|
|Polished basalt can now be obtained by crafting 4 blocks of basalt in a 2×2 grid or stonecutting it, similar to other polished stones.|
|20w15a||Added the Basalt Deltas, a biome in which basalt is abundant.|
|20w16a||Basalt and polished basalt now generate as part of bastion remnants.|
|Basalt can now generate as part of ruined portals.|
|1.16.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Added basalt and polished basalt.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||Basalt can now be formed when lava flows over soul soil next to blue ice, making it renewable.|
|Added the Basalt Deltas, a biome in which basalt is abundant.|
|Basalt and polished basalt now generate as part of bastion remnants.|
|beta 188.8.131.52||Crafting polished Basalt now gives the correct amount of blocks in return.|
|Polished basalt can now be crafted using a stonecutter.|
- Interestingly, despite being an igneous extrusive rock, it has a lower mining time than granite and diorite, which are both igneous intrusive.
- For unknown reasons, despite basalt is made of magnesium and iron, they cannot be used on a material reducer.