Block of Quartz

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Block of Quartz
Block of Quartz Revision 3.png
Chiseled Quartz Block Axis Y.png
Quartz Pillar Axis Y Revision 3.pngQuartz Pillar Axis X.pngQuartz Pillar Axis Z.png
Smooth Quartz.png




Blast resistance



Pillar and Chiseled
Yes‌[JEBE & LCE only]
No‌[3DS & EE only]

Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 155 hex: 9B bin: 10011011

Namespaced ID

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 a chiseled quartz block, quartz pillar,[a] or smooth quartz.[b]


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


Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Chiseled Quartz Block Block of Quartz
Quartz Pillar Block of Quartz


Ingredients Smelting recipe
Block of Quartz +
Any fuel

This recipe awards 0.1 experience.


Master-level stone mason villagers have a 50% chance to either sell a block of quartz or a quartz pillar for one emerald as their trade.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Master-level stone mason villagers sell both a quartz block for one emerald and a quartz pillar for one emerald.‌[Java Edition only]


Quartz blocks cannot be used to store nether quartz, due to the fact that they cannot be crafted back into it unlike other ore blocks.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

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

Note: Smooth quartz cannot be combined with block of quartz, chiseled quartz block, or quartz pillar to craft the quartz slab or quartz stairs.

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


Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Quartz Slab or
Quartz Stairs or
Chiseled Quartz Block or
Quartz Pillar
Block of Quartz
Smooth Quartz Slab or
Smooth Quartz Stairs
Smooth Quartz


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced 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 Block
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.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
chisel_typedefaultdefaultThe main block type.
chiseledThe chiseled type.
linesThe pillar type.
smoothThe smooth type.
The axis along which the block is oriented. Normally only applies to the pillar type.


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Please remove this notice once you've added suitable images to the article. The specific instructions are: From-the-bottom looking upwards renders of the block of quartz before and after 19w09a, and the 19w13b change

[more information needed]

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.[citation needed]
1.513w02aBlock of Quartz Revision 1.pngQuartz Pillar Axis Y Revision 1.pngChiseled Quartz Block Axis Y Revision 1.png Blocks of quartz have now been added to the game.
13w03aPillar quartz blocks can now be placed sideways.
1.1317w47aThe 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 and 43.
1.1418w43aSmooth quartz can now be obtained by smelting blocks of quartz.
Block of Quartz Revision 2.pngQuartz Pillar Revision 2.pngChiseled Quartz Block Axis Y.png Changed the texture of all quartz blocks.
18w50aQuartz Pillar Axis Y Revision 3.png Changed the texture of quartz pillars again.
19w08aSmooth quartz uses the bottom texture of normal quartz blocks, rather than the top texture.
19w09aBlocks of quartz now use the side texture on the bottom side.
19w13bBlock of Quartz Revision 3.png Changed the block of quartz so it no longer bleeds into smooth quartz.
Pocket Edition Alpha
January 15, 2013Jeb tweeted that he would add nether quartz blocks.
0.6.0Added block of quartz, pillar quartz block, chiseled quartz block and quartz stairs.
Only blocks of quartz are currently craftable in survival.
0.7.3Added quartz slabs, which are craftable in survival.
0.7.4Chiseled quartz block and pillar quartz are now craftable in survival.
0.11.0build 1Blocks of quartz can now be used to craft quartz stairs.
0.12.1build 4Pillar quartz blocks can now be placed sideways.
0.13.0?Chiseled quartz blocks can now be placed sideways.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta quartz can now be obtained by smelting regular blocks of quartz.
Smooth quartz can be used to craft smooth quartz slabs and stairs.
1.10.0beta of Quartz Revision 3.png Quartz Pillar Axis Y Revision 3.png Smooth Quartz.png Changed the texture of blocks of quartz, pillar quartz blocks and smooth quartz blocks.
Pillar quartz block is now renewable, due to it is sold by stone mason villager for 1-2 emeralds.
1.11.0beta quartz block sold by stone mason villager now only cost one emerald.
?Chiseled quartz blocks can no longer be placed over the x and z axis.
1.12.0beta changed, master-level stone mason now sell block of quartz or pillar quartz.
??Quartz pillars with the side texture on all faces has been removed, and replaced with the y axis aligned pillar.
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 and Legacy Console editions.
  2. Known as Smooth Quartz in Java Edition and Smooth Quartz Block in Bedrock and PlayStation 4 editions.