Block of Quartz

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Block of Quartz
Block of Quartz.png
Chiseled Quartz Block.pngChiseled Quartz Block X.pngChiseled Quartz Block Z.png
Quartz Pillar.pngQuartz Pillar X.pngQuartz Pillar Z.png
Smooth Quartz.png




Blast resistance




Pillar and Chiseled: Yes‌[LCE only][upcoming: BE 1.10]
Others: Yes‌[LCE only]


Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 155 hex: 9B bin: 10011011


See § Data values

Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png Oh, come on. You're not fooling anyone. We know you didn't build your palace out of Nether Quartz because you think it looks good – you're just humblebragging that you've been to the Nether, mined the place rotten for Nether Quartz ore, and then got back alive. Alive and smug. Now we have to live next to your magnificent palace made of quartz in our hut made of dirt. Grumble grumble...
Tom Stone[1]

A block of quartz is a mineral block used only for decoration. It can be turned into chiseled quartz block, quartz pillar[n 1], or smooth quartz[n 2].


Blocks of quartz can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing.

Block Block of Quartz
Chiseled Quartz Block
Quartz Pillar
Smooth Quartz
Hardness 0.8
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 4
Wooden 0.65
Stone 0.35
Iron 0.2
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste#Instant mining.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Quartz Nether Quartz

Chiseled Quartz Block Quartz Slab

Quartz Pillar Block of Quartz


Ingredients Smelting recipe Description
Block of Quartz +
Any fuel

[upcoming: JE 1.14]


Stone mason villagers sell a pillar quartz block for 1-2 emerald as their last tiers trade.‌[upcoming: BE 1.10][until BE 1.11]

Stone mason villagers sell a pillar quartz block for one emerald as their last tier trade.‌[upcoming: BE 1.11]


Quartz blocks cannot be used to store Nether quartz, due to the fact that they cannot be crafted back into Nether quartz.

Chiseled‌[Bedrock Edition only] and pillar quartz blocks are orientable like logs.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Quartz Slab Any Quartz Block
Quartz Stairs Any Quartz Block
Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Smooth Quartz Slab
Smooth Quartz
Smooth Quartz Stairs
Smooth Quartz

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Name ID
Block of Quartz quartz_block
Chiseled Quartz Block chiseled_quartz_block
Quartz Pillar quartz_pillar
Smooth Quartz smooth_quartz

Bedrock Edition:

Block Name ID Numeric ID
Block of Quartz quartz_block 155

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, block of quartz uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 Block of Quartz
1 Chiseled Quartz Block (vertical)
2 Pillar Quartz Block (vertical)
3 Smooth Quartz
5 Chiseled Quartz Block (east-west)
6 Pillar Quartz Block (east-west)
9 Chiseled Quartz Block (north-south)
10 Pillar Quartz Block (north-south)
13 Chiseled Quartz Block (all side texture)
14 Pillar Quartz Block (all side texture)

Block states[edit]

Quartz Pillar

Java Edition:

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



Java Edition
January 5, 2013Jeb tweeted that nether quartz would be used for more decorative uses as well.
January 7, 2013Jeb tweeted the first image about the nether quartz block.
January 9, 2013Jeb released the textures for snapshot 13w02a early, which included the textures for the nether quartz block. This revealed there would be at least three variants: The standard block, a lines variant, and a chiseled variant. There are 7 textures for the blocks.
1.5 13w02a Blocks of quartz have now been added to the game.
13w03a Pillar quartz blocks can now be placed sideways.
1.9 15w47a The pillar quartz block will now have 3 block states, lines_x, lines_y and lines_z, where it previously just had 1 state, lines.[verify]
1.13 17w47a The different block states for the quartz_block ID have now been split up into their own IDs.
Pillar quartz block has now been renamed to quartz pillar.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 155.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Smooth quartz can now be obtained by smelting blocks of quartz.
Quartz block TextureUpdate.png Quartz Pillar TextureUpdate Revision 1.png Changed the texture of block of quartz and quartz pillars.
18w50a Quartz Pillar TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of quartz pillars again.
19w08a Smooth quartz uses the bottom texture of normal quartz blocks, rather than the top texture.
19w09a Blocks of quartz now use the side texture on the bottom side.
Pocket Edition Alpha
January 15, 2013Jeb tweeted that he would add nether quartz blocks.
0.6.0 Added block of quartz, pillar quartz block, chiseled quartz block and quartz stairs.
Only blocks of quartz are currently craftable in survival.
0.7.3 Added quartz slabs, which are craftable in survival.
0.7.4 Chiseled quartz block and pillar quartz are now craftable in survival.
0.11.0 build 1 Blocks of quartz can now be used to craft quartz stairs.
0.12.1 build 4 Pillar quartz blocks can now be placed sideways.
0.13.0 ?Chiseled quartz blocks can now be placed sideways.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0 beta Smooth quartz can now be obtained by smelting regular blocks of quartz.
Smooth quartz can be used to craft smooth quartz slabs and stairs.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Pillar quartz now renewable, due to it sold by stone mason villager for 1-2 emeralds.
1.11.0 beta Pillar quartz sold by stone mason villager now only cost one emerald.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU11.04Patch 11.0.1Added block of quartz, pillar quartz block and chiseled quartz block, along with craftable quartz stairs and slabs.


Issues relating to "Block of Quartz", "Quartz Block", "Chiseled Quartz Block", "Pillar Quartz Block", or "Pillar Quartz" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Because of the low blast resistance of regular quartz blocks, it may be preferable to use two quartz slabs when making fortifications using quartz.
  • Unlike other mineral blocks, it is impossible to craft quartz blocks into nether quartz, so it is not possible to use quartz blocks as storage for nether quartz.


See also[edit]


  1. Known as Quartz Pillar in Java Edition and Pillar Quartz Block in Bedrock, Legacy Console, and New Nintendo 3DS editions
  2. Known as Smooth Quartz in Java Edition and Smooth Quartz Block in Bedrock and PlayStation 4 editions