Renewable resource

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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 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 require only wheat and cocoa beans which can be regrown infinitely.

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, which requires non-renewable soul sand to spawn and certain enemies that spawn just once with the generation of specific structures; elder guardians (three spawn with each ocean monument) and shulkers (in end cities). Hostile monster drops are not renewable on peaceful difficulty, as the monsters won't spawn.

Introduction to methods of 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.

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 isn't feasible unless there is no other option, as the player will have to kill many mobs to obtain the desired drops.

Renewable[edit]

These are items which can be renewably obtained through methods other than trading or rare drops.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Arrow
Bamboo
Banners
  • 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.
Beetroot Seeds
Blaze Rod
Magma Block

Dropped by blazes when killed by a player

Bone
Bucket of Fish
Cactus
Carrot
Chainmail Armor
Stonecutter
Chorus Flower
Coal and Charcoal
Cobblestone and Stone
Stonecutter
  • 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

Egg
  • Dropped by chickens every 5 to 20 minutes
  • Dropped by foxes that spawn holding the item
Emerald
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
Feather
Ferns and Grass
Flowers
Ghast Tear

Dropped by ghasts

Glass Bottle
Glowstone Dust
Gold Ingot
Gold Nugget
Gunpowder
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
Stonecutter
Iron Bars
Kelp
Leather
Lily Pad
Magma Cream
Magma Block
Melon Seeds
Milk
Brown Mushroom
Red Mushroom
Name Tag
Nautilus Shell
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.
Ominous Banner
Phantom Membrane
Potato
Prismarine Shard
PrismarinePrismarine StairsPrismarine SlabPrismarine WallSea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Prismarine Crystals
Sea Lantern

Dropped by guardians

Pufferfish
Pumpkin Seeds
Rabbit Hide
  • Dropped by rabbits.
  • Dropped by foxes that spawn holding the item.
  • Gifted by cats.
Rabbit's Foot
  • Dropped by rabbits.
  • Dropped by foxes that spawn holding the item.
  • Gifted by cats.
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
Redstone
Rotten Flesh
Saddle
Saplings and trees
Scute
  • Dropped by baby turtles when they grow into adults.
Seagrass
Sea Pickle
Slimeball
Magma Block
Snowball
Spider Eye
Stick
String
Sugar Cane
Sugar
Sweet Berries
Totem of Undying
Tropical Fish
Turtle Egg
Vines
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
Wool

Tradable[edit]

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

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Bell
Bottle o' Enchanting
Experience Orb.gif

Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Brick

Obtained by trading with a mason villager.

Coral Blocks

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Diamond gear
  • Obtained by trading with an armorer, toolsmith or weaponsmith villager.
  • Diamond armor can also be obtained as a rare drop from extremely rare zombies and skeletons, which spawn with them.
Glass
Glazed Terracotta

Obtained by trading with a mason villager.

Lapis Lazuli
Large Fern

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Podzol

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

Polished Stone Blocks

Obtained by trading with a mason villager.

Quartz Pillar

Obtained by trading with a mason villager.

Sand and Red Sand

Obtained by trading with a wandering trader.

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 sources
Mob Heads
Music Discs

Dropped by creepers when a skeleton or stray deals the final blow

Trident

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

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.

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
Banner Pattern

Obtained by trading with a cartographer villager.

Block of Quartz

Obtained by trading with a mason villager.

Clay

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 aren't 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
Banner Patterns
Grass Path

In Bedrock Edition, grass paths drop themselves when mined with Silk Touch.

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]

Most resources are as renewable in the Legacy Console Edition, as they are in the Java Edition. The resources, which are renewable in Legacy Console Edition, but aren't in Java are listed here, for the ones which are non-renewable in Legacy Console Edition, but renewable in Java, see the Non-renewable resource page.

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

Resource Renewable products Renewable sources
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. Grass or mycelium can then spread on it.
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.
Enchanted Golden Apple
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. and shulkers and the original ender dragon will be regenerated.

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