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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 cheat commands. While running completely out of resources isn't likely to be a factor in normal worlds due to the massive size of a Minecraft map, only some resources can be produced over and over without having to explore more terrain. 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 accessible portion of the map 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 require only wheat and cocoa beans which can be regrown infinitely.

Most things dropped by animals or monsters are renewable because more mobs of the same kind can spawn and be killed again for more loot. The exceptions are drops of the wither, which requires non-renewable soul sand to spawn and of enemies that spawn just once with the generation of specific structures; elder guardians (three spawn with each ocean monument) and shulkers (in end cities). Drops of hostile mobs are not renewable on peaceful difficulty because the monsters don't spawn.

Renewably obtaining items[edit]

Many resources are renewably obtainable using certain main methods, such as farming. Others are obtainable by unusual item-specific methods, which can vary from building a cobblestone generator to harvesting obsidian from portals to collecting dragon breath into a bottle. The renewable method to obtain an item isn't necessarily the easiest, fastest or safest, and may in some cases be highly impractical.

The most common methods for renewably obtaining items, ordered by roughly increasing effort are:

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, such as while playing in hardcore mode.

Grinding for rare drops is rarely practical unless there is no other option, as the player must kill many mobs to obtain the desired drops.


Renewable items can be obtained through methods other than trading or rare drops.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
  • Crafted from renewable wool and sticks.
  • Obtained by trading with cartographer and shepherd villagers.
  • 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.
Beetroot Seeds
Blaze Rod
Magma Block

Dropped by blazes when killed by a player.

Bucket of Fish
Chainmail Armor
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
Coral and Coral Fans
Dragon's Breath

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

  • Dropped by chickens every 5 to 20 minutes.
  • Dropped by foxes that spawn holding the item.
Ender Pearl
Enchanted Book
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 Repairing and renaming items
Ferns and Grass
Ghast Tear
Glass Bottle
Glowstone Dust
Gold Ingot
Gold Nugget
Honey Bottle

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
Lily Pad
Magma Cream
Magma Block
Melon Seeds
Milk Bucket
Brown Mushroom
Red Mushroom
Name Tag
Nautilus Shell
Nether Wart

Grown on soul sand.

  • Entering a nether portal for which there is no matching exit generates 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.
Ominous Banner
Phantom Membrane
Prismarine Shard
PrismarinePrismarine StairsPrismarine SlabPrismarine WallSea Lantern

Dropped by guardians.

Prismarine Crystals
Sea Lantern

Dropped by guardians.

Pumpkin Seeds
Rabbit Hide
Rabbit's Foot
Raw Beef

Dropped by cows and mooshrooms

Raw Chicken
Raw Cod
Raw Mutton

Dropped by sheep.

Raw Porkchop

Dropped by pigs.

Raw Rabbit

Dropped by rabbits.

Raw Salmon
Rotten Flesh
  • Dropped by baby turtles when they grow into adults.
Sea Pickle
Magma Block
Spider Eye
Sugar Cane
Sweet Berries
Totem of Undying
Tropical Fish
Turtle Egg
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 renewable cauldron filled by rain.
Wheat Seeds
  • Obtained by breaking grass and their variants.
  • Grown on farmland.


These items are renewable through trading with villagers or the wandering trader, or as rare drops from mobs, and not by other methods.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Block of Quartz

Obtained by trading with a mason villager.

Bottle o' Enchanting
Experience Orb Value -32768-2.png Experience Orb Value 3-6.png Experience Orb Value 7-16.png

Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Coral Blocks

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Diamond gear
Lapis Lazuli
Large Fern

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Polished Stone Blocks

Obtained by trading with a mason villager.

Red Sand

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Stained Terracotta

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 obtain them; otherwise, this is the only renewable way to obtain them. Rare drops do not include any item the mob picked up after spawning. Mob farms are an option for obtaining rare drops more easily.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Mob Heads
Music Discs

All status effects which can be legitimately obtained in Survival are also renewable.


These items are renewable only in Bedrock Edition development builds and Java Edition snapshots, and are potentially subject to change. They either do not currently exist, or are not renewable in the latest official release.


Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Nether Sprouts
Obtained by using bone meal on warped nylium.
Weeping Vines

Java Edition[edit]

Most resources are as renewable in the Java Edition, as they are in the Bedrock Edition. The resources, which are renewable in Java Edition, but aren't in Bedrock are listed here, for the ones which are non-renewable in Java Edition, but renewable in Bedrock, see the Non-renewable resource page. The product list include only renewable products that aren't renewable in other editions.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Banner Pattern
Bee Nest
  • Has a 5% chance to generate from a birch or oak sapling within 2 blocks of a flower.
Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Upcoming Java Edition[edit]

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Crying Obsidian
Nether Quartz
Netherite Hoe
Nether Brick
Soul Sand
Twisting Vines

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Most resources are as renewable in the Bedrock Edition as they are in the Java Edition. The resources which are renewable in Bedrock Edition, but not in Java, are listed here. For the ones which are non-renewable in Bedrock Edition, but renewable in Java, see the Non-renewable resource page.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Arrow of Decay
Obtained by trading with fletcher villagers.
Banner Patterns
Grass Path
  • 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 generates another platform, making the netherrack there renewable.

Upcoming Bedrock Edition[edit]

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Flint and Steel
  • Obtained by using bone meal on renewable netherrack that is placed next to or adjacent to respective nylium.



  • Although wither roses are technically renewable, they are very dangerous to obtain renewably; the player would need to spawn the wither without killing it.
  • Using certain glitches, most non-renewable items can be obtained indefinitely; see Tutorials/Block and item duplication. However, the use of such glitches are not considered a renewable method.
  • In addition to the items listed, experience and all status effects and enchantments that can be obtained in survival are also renewable.