Renewable resource

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A renewable resource (as opposed to a non-renewable resource, 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 is unlikely 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, both of which can be regrown infinitely.

Most items 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 enemies that spawn just once with the generation of specific structures, such as 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 do not 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 is not necessarily the easiest, fastest or safest, and may in some cases be highly impractical.

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

The first three methods are often the most practical ways to obtain items that 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[edit]

Renewable

Tradable[edit]

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
Bell
Bottle o' Enchanting
Bottle o' Enchanting
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Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Brick
Coral Blocks

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Diamond gear
Glass
End CrystalPotion of Night VisionPotion of InvisibilityPotion of LeapingPotion of Fire ResistancePotion of SwiftnessPotion of SlownessPotion of Water BreathingPotion of HealingPotion of HarmingPotion of PoisonPotion of RegenerationPotion of StrengthPotion of WeaknessPotion of the Turtle MasterPotion of Slow FallingSplash Potion of Night VisionSplash Potion of InvisibilitySplash Potion of LeapingSplash Potion of Fire ResistanceSplash Potion of SwiftnessSplash Potion of SlownessSplash Potion of Water BreathingSplash Potion of HealingSplash Potion of HarmingSplash Potion of PoisonSplash Potion of RegenerationSplash Potion of StrengthSplash Potion of WeaknessSplash Potion of the Turtle MasterSplash Potion of Slow FallingLingering Potion of Night VisionLingering Potion of InvisibilityLingering Potion of LeapingLingering Potion of Fire ResistanceLingering Potion of SwiftnessLingering Potion of SlownessLingering Potion of Water BreathingLingering Potion of HealingLingering Potion of HarmingLingering Potion of PoisonLingering Potion of RegenerationLingering Potion of StrengthLingering Potion of WeaknessLingering Potion of the Turtle MasterLingering Potion of Slow Falling
Lapis Lazuli
Podzol
  • Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.
  • Using renewable gravel, the player can obtain dirt renewably by crafting and tilling coarse dirt. This can be converted to podzol by having grass spread to it, planting a 2x2 spruce tree, and collecting the new podzol with Silk Touch.
Sand
End CrystalPotion of Night VisionPotion of InvisibilityPotion of LeapingPotion of Fire ResistancePotion of SwiftnessPotion of SlownessPotion of Water BreathingPotion of HealingPotion of HarmingPotion of PoisonPotion of RegenerationPotion of StrengthPotion of WeaknessPotion of the Turtle MasterPotion of Slow FallingSplash Potion of Night VisionSplash Potion of InvisibilitySplash Potion of LeapingSplash Potion of Fire ResistanceSplash Potion of SwiftnessSplash Potion of SlownessSplash Potion of Water BreathingSplash Potion of HealingSplash Potion of HarmingSplash Potion of PoisonSplash Potion of RegenerationSplash Potion of StrengthSplash Potion of WeaknessSplash Potion of the Turtle MasterSplash Potion of Slow FallingLingering Potion of Night VisionLingering Potion of InvisibilityLingering Potion of LeapingLingering Potion of Fire ResistanceLingering Potion of SwiftnessLingering Potion of SlownessLingering Potion of Water BreathingLingering Potion of HealingLingering Potion of HarmingLingering Potion of PoisonLingering Potion of RegenerationLingering Potion of StrengthLingering Potion of WeaknessLingering Potion of the Turtle MasterLingering Potion of Slow Falling

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
Nether Star
Music Discs
Trident

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

Java Edition[edit]

Most resources are as renewable in Java Edition, as they are in 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
Globe Banner Pattern
Blackstone

Obtained by bartering with a piglin. ‌In Bedrock Edition 1.16.100[upcoming], piglins will barter blackstone, making it renewable.

Clay
Soul Soil

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Most resources are as renewable in Bedrock Edition as they are in 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
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 generates another platform, making the netherrack there renewable.
Netherite Hoe
  • Obtained by bartering with a piglin.[until BE 1.16.100]

Upcoming[edit]

These items will be renewable in an upcoming version.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Blackstone

Obtained by bartering with a piglin.

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