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Yes (64)


Yes, 1 (brown only)

Data values

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See § Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png Wait, go back a minute. Plant life? NO! Mushrooms aren’t actually plants. All plants contain a chemical called chlorophyll which they use to turn sunlight into energy, and which also makes them green, but mushrooms don’t have chlorophyll at all. Instead, they get their energy by breaking down decaying organic matter. So what are they then? They’re fungi, which is a category all of its own, and also includes yeasts and moulds. Fungi don’t get as much attention as plants, because they tend to live in soil or underground where they can’t be seen. In fact, they’re genetically closer to animals than they are plants. Think about that next time you cook up a mushroom stew.
Duncan Geere[1]

Mushrooms are fungi that grow and spread in dark areas.


Mushrooms can be instantly mined with anything.

Natural generation[edit]

Mushrooms naturally generate in poorly lit areas (light level of 12 or less), as well as in mushroom fields biomes and the Nether.

Witch huts have a flower pot with a red mushroom inside.‌[Bedrock, and Java editions only] Mushrooms also generate inside woodland mansions.

In Bedrock Edition, brown mushrooms can be found in all bonus chests in stacks of 1–2.

Huge mushrooms[edit]

Mining a huge mushroom block drops up to 2 mushrooms of the same color.


Shearing a red mooshroom drops 5 red mushrooms and turns it into a normal cow. Shearing a brown mooshroom drops 5 brown mushrooms instead. ‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]


Mushroom can be bought from wandering trader for an emerald.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.10].


Mushrooms can be planted and grown on blocks in light levels below 13 and not directly underneath the sky. If planted on mycelium or podzol, they can stay planted in any light level. Both brown and red mushrooms grow at the same rate regardless of light level.[2][3]

Besides being mined directly, mushrooms are dropped as items if:

  • the block below them falls, is moved, or destroyed;
  • a fluid flows over them;
  • it is above light level 12 and a block updates next to it and it is not on podzol or mycelium.

Huge mushrooms[edit]

When bone meal is applied to a mushroom, the mushroom has a chance to grow into a huge mushroom of the same color, provided that it is on a proper block (dirt, coarse dirt, grass, podzol or mycelium), has enough space, and that the light level is dark enough.


Mushrooms will spread randomly onto nearby blocks when in appropriate conditions. They will spread only if there are fewer than 5 mushrooms of the same type in 9×9×3 area.

Light source[edit]

Brown mushrooms emit a barely visible light level of 1.


Either type of mushroom can be planted in a flower pot.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Fermented Spider Eye Brown Mushroom +
Sugar +
Spider Eye

Mushroom Stew Red Mushroom +
Brown Mushroom +

Rabbit Stew Cooked Rabbit +
Carrot +
Baked Potato +
Any Mushroom +

Suspicious Stew Red Mushroom +
Brown Mushroom +
Bowl +
Any Flower


Placing a mushroom into a composter has a 65% chance of raising the compost level by 1.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11]

Data values[edit]


Block Name ID Numeric ID ‌[BE only]
Brown mushroom brown_mushroom 39
Red mushroom red_mushroom 40



Java Edition Classic
0.0.20a Red Mushroom.pngBrown Mushroom.png Red and brown mushrooms added.
Mushrooms were a decorative item, having no crafting use and remaining in the ground when planted. Mushrooms could be placed on any block except another mushroom, and would remain planted when the block below them was removed.
Pigs had a chance of dropping red mushrooms and sheep dropped brown mushrooms.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST Consumption of a brown mushroom healed 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg). Consumption of a red mushroom causes 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) damage to the player's health.
?Mushrooms now only spawn underground.
Java Edition Indev
?Mushrooms were generated in rare instances under trees or in the shadows of other floating continents in the "Floating" map type.
0.31 2010-01-29Red and brown mushrooms are now used to craft mushroom stew.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 preview With the addition of biomes and the dimly-lit Nether, mushrooms became a more common sight.
Java Edition Beta
1.6 ?Mushrooms could be generated in the open when exploring during night, or under low-light conditions such as those found under trees or overhangs. If planted in direct sunlight or a light level higher than 12 they popped out of the ground. Several bug reports mentioned mushrooms growing on top of trees, but this was a very rare phenomenon.
Mushrooms were given an ability to spread in light levels under 13 onto any block touching their own, including blocks located upwards and downwards diagonally. Mushrooms could be placed on any solid, non-transparent, block including pumpkins, workbenches, furnaces, and chests.
1.8 ?Mushrooms' spreading ability was severely restricted - a mushroom would only spread if there were fewer than 5 mushrooms of the same type in a 9×9×3 area around the original mushroom.
Bone meal can be used on mushrooms to grow new huge mushrooms.
Mushrooms could also be found more easily in the new swamp biomes.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Mushrooms can now spawn in new mushroom island biome.
Shearing a mooshroom drops 5 red mushrooms.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2 Brown mushrooms are now used to craft fermented spider eyes.
1.7.2 13w36a Added podzol, which allows mushrooms to grow on it regardless of the light level.
1.8 14w27a Red or brown mushrooms are now used to craft rabbit stew.
1.11 16w39a Mushrooms now generate in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a Changed names to brown mushroom and red mushroom, respecitvely.
Mushrooms can now be found in the flower pots inside of witch huts.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 39 and 40.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Mushrooms can now be used to craft suspicious stew.
19w03a Placing a mushroom into the new composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05a Mushrooms now have a 65% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Red Mushroom.pngBrown Mushroom.png Added mushrooms.
0.4.0 Red mushrooms can be smelted to obtain rose red.
Red and brown mushrooms are now used to craft mushroom stew.
0.5.0 Mushrooms now spread.
0.9.0 build 1 Added huge mushrooms.
Shearing a mooshroom drops red mushrooms.
0.12.1 build 1 Mushrooms are no longer available from the Nether reactor.
Brown mushrooms are now used to craft fermented spider eyes.
0.14.0 build 1 potted red mushroom generate in swamp hut.
build 3 Hitboxes of mushrooms no longer occupy an entire block.
?As of 0.15.0 (possibly earlier), red mushrooms can no longer be smelted to obtain rose red.
?Mushrooms can now occupy the same space as snow layers.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0 alpha Mushrooms now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0 beta brown mushroom can be found in bonus chest.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta mushroom now sold by new wandering trader.
1.11.0 beta mushroom can be used to fill composter.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Red Mushroom.pngBrown Mushroom.png Added mushrooms.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Mushrooms.


  • Mushrooms can generate on the leaves of trees.