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Basalt

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Basalt
Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png
Polished Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

4.2

Hardness

1.25

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Basalt is a type of igneous rock found in the Nether.

Polished basalt is the polished version of basalt.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Basalt generates naturally as basalt pillars, which are found in the soul sand valley biome. They also generate in basalt deltas biomes as regular terrain and as part of basalt columns.

Both basalt and polished basalt can be found naturally as part of bastion remnants.

Breaking[edit]

Basalt drops as an item if mined by any pickaxe. If mined by any other tool, it drops nothing.

Block Basalt
Polished Basalt
Hardness 1.25
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 6.25
Wooden 0.95
Stone 0.5
Iron 0.35
Diamond 0.25
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Polished Basalt Basalt

Stonecutting[edit]

Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Polished Basalt Basalt

Post-generation[edit]

A simple basalt generator.

Basalt can also be made by lava flowing into a space that is on top of soul soil and next to blue ice. The lava is replaced with basalt.

Usage[edit]

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.

Contrary to the documented blast resistance, basalt can be destroyed by ghast fireballs in Bedrock Edition.[1]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocks? block.basalt.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break? ? ?
None[sound 1]Blocks? block.basalt.fallNone[sound 1]? ? ?
?Blocks? block.basalt.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit? ? ?
Block brokenBlocks? block.basalt.placesubtitles.block.generic.place? ? ?
FootstepsBlocks? block.basalt.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps? ? ?

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Basaltbasalt block.minecraft.basalt
Polished Basaltpolished_basalt block.minecraft.polished_basalt

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Basaltbasalt 489tile.basalt.name
Polished Basaltpolished_basalt 490tile.polished_basalt.name

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisy xThe basalt is oriented east–west.
yThe basalt is oriented vertically.
zThe basalt is oriented north–south.

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

History[edit]

January 12, 2014On Reddit, Jeb says that he was considering adding basalt, but did not want to add yet another black block.
September 28, 2019Basalt is shown in a clip at MINECON Live 2019.
Java Edition
1.1620w06aBasalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Added basalt.
20w12aPolished Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Added polished basalt.
Polished basalt can currently be obtained only by smelting the normal basalt block.
20w13aBasalt 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.
20w15aAdded the Basalt Deltas, a biome in which basalt is abundant.
20w16aBasalt and polished basalt now generate as part of bastion remnants.
Basalt can now generate as part of ruined portals.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngBasalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Polished Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis X JE1 BE1.pngPolished Basalt Axis Z JE1 BE1.png Added basalt and polished basalt.
beta 1.16.0.57Basalt 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 1.16.0.59Crafting polished Basalt now gives the correct amount of blocks in return.[2]
Polished basalt can now be crafted using a stonecutter.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]