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A renewable resource (as opposed to a non-renewable, or finite, resource) is a resource that can be recreated indefinitely in survival without exploiting glitches or using commands. While running out of resources isn't likely to be a factor due to massive size of an Minecraft map, this is a list of resources that can be produced over and over without having to explore more terrain. However, running out of resources can be a bigger issue on superflat worlds, where resources are less plentiful, in PvP maps, where one would like to obtain resources without having to conquer more land, or simply if the map size is limited.

The listed fully renewable craftable items are items that can be crafted, smelted, or brewed using only renewable resources. For example, cookies are renewable as they only require wheat and cocoa beans that can be regrown infinitely, while TNT isn't because it requires sand, which is not renewable.

Anything that is dropped by an animal or most monsters, is renewable because more mobs of the same kind can spawn and be killed again for more loot. The exceptions are the Wither (requires non renewable soul sand to spawn), nor several enemies that spawn only in specific places: Elder guardian, (spawns three per ocean monument) Illagers (only spawns as part of the woodland mansion), and the shulker, (only spawns as part of end cities). However, monster drops are not renewable in peaceful difficulty, because the monsters do not spawn.

Brief introduction to methods[edit]

There are some main methods to get renewable resources and some item-specific methods. Item-specific methods vary from building a cobblestone generator to harvesting obsidian from portals to collecting dragon breath into a bottle, so it's very important sometimes to choose non-renewable, but easier and/or safer ways to get them. The methods are listed in increasing difficulty order:

  • Farming - grow it on the dirt or farmland block, breed using renewable resources, etc.
  • Craft it using only renewable resource(s)
  • Get it as a normal drop after a mob's death
  • Buy it from villagers
  • Find it while fishing
  • Get it as a rare drop after a mob's death


The first three methods are often the most practical ways to obtain the items which can be obtained by using them.

Most items obtainable by the fourth and fifth methods are obtainable in some other way, which may be easier or of comparable difficulty, but may not be renewable, they are especially worth using when the player wants to avoid the risk of mining, etc. such as while playing in hardcore mode.

The last method is generally worth using only when there is no other option, as the player will generally have to kill a lot of mobs before getting what they need.

Renewable[edit]

These are renewable items which aren't only renewably obtainable trough fishing or trading and/or rare drops.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Arrow
















Beetroot Seeds






































Blaze Rod





Magma Block




















Dropped by blazes when killed by a player

Bone

















































Banner

















  • Crafted from renewable wool and sticks.
  • Some patterns require non-renewable resources to make, but banners with them can be renewably duplicated by crafting them together with empty banners of same base color.
Cactus
























Carrot












  • Rarely dropped by zombies when registered as a player kill
  • Grown on farmland
Chorus Flower








Coal and Charcoal








Cobblestone and Stone


































  • Cobblestone or stone blocks are created when water and flowing lava meet, which may then be mined.
  • Stone is obtained by smelting cobblestone
Cocoa Beans











Grown on jungle wood
Dragon's Breath
































Obtained by using a glass bottle on the ender dragon's breath

Egg



Dropped by chickens every 5 to 20 minutes

Ender Pearl




End Stone


  • 16 blocks are generated under the edge of the exit portal when the ender dragon is respawned or killed
Experience Orb
Experience Orb.gif
See Enchanting and Anvil#Repairing and renaming items
Feather





Dropped by chickens

Fern

Obtained by using shears to break large ferns, which may be created by using bone meal on ferns

Flower








































































  • All short flowers are obtained by using bone meal on grass blocks. Certain short flowers only grow in certain biomes.
  • Tall flowers are dropped when bone meal is used on them
  • Poppies are dropped by iron golems.
Ghast Tear









Dropped by ghasts

Glass Bottle



































































Glowstone Dust





































Chain Armor



























































Gold Ingot







































Gold Nugget







































Gunpowder




















































Dropped by creepers, ghasts, and witches

Ice



































































Forms from water source blocks in cold biomes or at high altitudes that have air above them, obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Ink Sac

























Iron Ingot























































Iron Bars

  • Crafted from renewable iron ingots
  • Generated as cages around the end crystals that are regenerated when the ender dragon is respawned
Leather










Magma Cream

Magma Block










Melon Seeds















  • Obtained by breaking melon stems
  • Crafted using renewable melon slices
Milk


Obtained by using an empty bucket on cows or mooshrooms

Brown Mushroom (block)





















Created by using bone meal on a brown mushroom, then obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Brown Mushroom





















Red Mushroom (block)




Created by using bone meal on a red mushroom, then obtained using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch

Red Mushroom




Name Tag

Nether Wart





















































Grown on soul sand

Obsidian


  • Entering a nether portal for which there is no matching exit will generate a new portal of 14 obsidian blocks (18 if it generates in mid air), which may be mined.
  • Traveling to the End regenerates the 5×5 platform, which may be mined.
  • The pillars in the End are regenerated when the ender dragon is respawned.
Potato




  • Grown on farmland
  • Rarely dropped by zombies when registered as a player kill
Prismarine Shard

Prismarine

Sea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Prismarine Crystals

Sea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Pumpkin Seeds




  • Obtained by breaking pumpkin stems
  • Crafted using renewable pumpkins
Rabbit Hide











Dropped by rabbits

Raw Beef


Dropped by cows and mooshrooms

Raw Chicken


Dropped by chickens

Raw Fish


Raw Mutton


Dropped by sheep.

Raw Porkchop


Dropped by pigs

Raw Rabbit



Dropped by rabbits

Redstone
































































Rotten Flesh

Dropped by zombies and zombie pigmen

Saplings and trees
































































































































































Saplings are occasionally dropped when leaves decay or are broken.

Seeds






Slimeball



Magma Block












Dropped by slimes

Snowball



  • Snow layers naturally form when it snows in snowy biomes or above a certain altitude in cold biomes, or when snow golems walk in certain biomes. These may be broken with a shovel to obtain snowballs.
Spider Eye






















Stick


















































































String




































































Dropped by spiders or cave spiders

Sugar Cane








































Grown on sand or dirt adjacent to water.

Sugar





























Tall Grass


Obtained by shearing it after using bone meal on grass blocks or tall grass

Vines




  • Obtained by shearing it after it has grown on the side of any block
  • Obtained by shearing it after it generates on the sides of 2x2 jungle trees grown from renewable saplings
Water Bucket



































































  • Created by having 2 water sources in the appropriate spots (See water for specifics), then obtained using an empty bucket.
  • Reusable sponges may become wet from flowing water, then smelted to produce a bucket of water.
  • Water can be collected from a filled cauldron.
Wool


































































  • Dropped by sheep
  • Obtained by shearing sheep
  • Crafted with renewable string

Fishing[edit]

The following items are only renewable by fishing.

Resource Renewable products
Lily Pad

Tradable[edit]

These items are only renewable through trading with villagers or as rare drops from mobs.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Bottle o' Enchanting

Experience Orb.gif

Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Chain Armor




























































Emerald


Enchanted diamond gear




  • Obtained by trading with a tool smith, weapon smith, or armorer villager.
  • Diamond chetplates can also be obtained as a rare drop from extremely rare zombies and skeletons which spawn with them
Glass





































































































Lapis Lazuli

































Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Rare drops[edit]

These items are considered rare drops or are obtained by a mob dying in a unique way. For some of these items, this is the only way to even obtain them whatsoever, for the rest this is the only renewable way to obtain them. This does not include any item the mob picks up after spawning. Mob farms are a good option for obtaining these easily or in large quantities.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Armor



Mob Heads








Music Discs












Dropped by creepers when a skeleton deals the final blow

Rabbit's Foot












Rarely dropped by rabbits

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Generally, all resources are renewable in the same way in both the Bedrock Edition and the Java edition. The exceptions are noted in subsections here.


Renewable[edit]

These resources are not renewable in the Java edition but are renewable in the Bedrock Edition.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Netherrack







The Platform generated when a nether portal is generated in the air contains netherrack in addition to the obsidian that would be there normally in the Bedrock edition. It is possible to break all the blocks of that portal, and go back through on the nether end, and it will generate another platform, making the netherrack there renewable.

Legacy Console Edition[edit]

Generally, all resources are renewable in the same way in both the Legacy Console Edition and the Java edition. The exceptions are noted in subsections here.

Renewable[edit]

These resources are not renewable in the Java edition but are renewable in the Legacy Console Edition.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Nether items


































The Legacy Console Edition allows the Nether to be reset without restarting a world or modifying the game save files.

With at least two dirt blocks available, coarse dirt can be crafted, tilled, then recrafted indefinitely.

Nether fortress loot chests











  • Nether fortress loot chests from using the Nether reset option. Contents of the chests may vary on renewability based on world.
Grass blocks and mycelium



Grass and mycelium spread to nearby dirt blocks and can then be harvested with Silk Touch tools.
Enchanted golden apples

Enchanted golden apples can still be crafted with an apple and gold blocks.
Elytra, dragon heads, and End mob drops





Like with the Nether, the End can be reset using world options, and so the end city's structures (and loot) can be farmed.

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