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Carved Pumpkin.png


Partial (blocks light)



Blast resistance



This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 86 hex: 56 bin: 1010110


pumpkin[until 1.13]
carved_pumpkin[upcoming 1.13]

Alex Wiltshire Mojang avatar.png Part food! Part hat! All block.
Alex Wiltshire[1]

Pumpkins are blocks that appear on grass blocks, generated in random clusters in most Overworld biomes, though somewhat rarely. They have a face and can be oriented.[until 1.13]

Carved pumpkins[upcoming 1.13] are carved versions of pumpkins.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins can be mined with anything, but axes are the quickest.

Hardness 1
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

When a pumpkin is pushed by a piston, it breaks and drops as an item.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins can naturally generate with the terrain in any biome in the Overworld, requiring only a grass block with air above (clear of any plants such as flowers or grass) and can generate whether or not that grass block has a layer of snow cover. Practically speaking, this means that the occurrence of pumpkins in stony or sandy biomes, or in very grassy biomes with few clear grass blocks, is comparatively rare.

Pumpkins also naturally generate in woodland mansions.

Farming[edit | edit source]

Pumpkin farming strategies parallel those of melons. Planted pumpkin seeds grow a central stem that, after maturing, generates pumpkins randomly on adjacent vacant dirt/grass/farmland. If a pumpkin is harvested without also cutting the central stalk, another pumpkin will generate afterwards without requiring replanting or waiting for the stalk to mature again.

Pumpkin stems take around 10 to 30 minutes to fully develop. Bone meal can be used on pumpkin stems to become fully-grown, but will not produce a pumpkin immediately.

Mobs[edit | edit source]

Zombies, zombie villagers, skeletons, wither skeletons, husks, strays, and zombie pigmen have a chance of wearing a pumpkin if they spawn during Halloween. If a mob wearing a pumpkin is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Helmet[edit | edit source]

A pumpkin can be equipped as a helmet without any actual armor value, but will instead function as a mask that allows the player to look at endermen without provoking an attack. When worn, they limit the player's viewing area to a mask pattern that resembles the pumpkin's carved face, except in the New Nintendo 3DS Edition.

Dispensers[edit | edit source]

Dispensers will equip a pumpkin on a player, mob or armor stand with an empty helmet slot, within the block the dispenser is facing.[Java Edition only]

Building golems[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins can be used to make snow golems and iron golems as shown below. Snow golems require snow blocks for their bodies, while Iron Golems require iron blocks. The pumpkin must be placed last or the Golem will not spawn.

Iron Golem build configuration

Snow Golem build configuration

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Jack o'Lantern Pumpkin +

Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin +
Sugar +

Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin

Placement[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins cannot be placed without a block under them[until 1.13], but once placed, will remain even if the block underneath is mined away. When placed, pumpkins automatically face the player. Pumpkins cannot be placed on a transparent block.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Farmers will buy 8–13 pumpkins for an emerald.

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

Pumpkins can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem.YesYesYesYes20GBronze

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Hired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.minecraft:adventure/summon_iron_golem

Video[edit | edit source]

Data values[edit | edit source]

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
Bits Values
0x0 Pumpkin facing south
0x1 Pumpkin facing west
0x2 Pumpkin facing north
0x3 Pumpkin facing east
0x4 (bit flag) Pumpkin without face

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

The direction the pumpkin's carved face is facing.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the pumpkin.

History[edit | edit source]

1.2.0 Carved Pumpkin.png Pumpkins are added, now generating in many of the newly-added biomes. It can be crafted into jack o'lanterns.
1.8 Pumpkins become a renewable resource, they can appear also in swamp biomes, and it is possible to farm pumpkins in the same way as melons. Mineshafts can have pumpkin seeds, providing another way to farm pumpkins besides finding them. Endermen won't become hostile when you look at them if you're wearing a pumpkin.
Official release
1.0.0 Pumpkins can now be crafted into pumpkin seeds.
A snow golem can be "crafted" by stacking two snow blocks on top of each other, then placing a pumpkin on top of the snow.
1.1 Pumpkins no longer require farmland to grow on.
1.2.1 12w08a Pumpkins can be used to make iron golems.
1.4.2 12w37a Pumpkins are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
?Some zombies, skeletons, zombie pigmen, and wither skeletons will be wearing pumpkins if it's Halloween on your computer's clock.
1.7.2 13w37a Block ID 104, pumpkin stem, is removed from the /give command.
1.8 14w02a Pumpkins can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 8–13 pumpkins for 1 emerald.
14w04a Dispensers can be used to place the pumpkin to activate iron golems and snow golems.
1.9 15w31a Faceless pumpkins are removed from the game, presumably due to block states not including it
15w32c Pumpkins now generate in end ships, replacing beacons.
15w33c Pumpkins no longer generate in end ships, they are replaced by a hopper.
15w39a Dispensers can now equip pumpkins onto players, mobs and armor stands.
1.11 16w39a Pumpkins now generate in woodland mansions.
?Pumpkins can be now enchanted in Survival mode using an anvil with cursed books.
1.13 17w47a Pumpkin.png Pumpkins no longer have faces when naturally generated.
Added carved pumpkins, which have the pumpkin's old texture.
Shearing a pumpkin will now turn it into a carved pumpkin, and drop 4 pumpkin seeds.
Can now be placed without a block beneath them.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added pumpkins.
0.9.0 build 1 Pumpkins now generate naturally.
0.12.1 build 1 Pumpkins can now spawn golems.
0.14.0 build 1 Pumpkins can now be worn as armor.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Pumpkins now generate in woodland mansions.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added pumpkins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The pumpkin is the only headgear that obstructs the player's view.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Promotional Content