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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 massive size of an 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 only require wheat and cocoa beans which 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, which requires non-renewable soul sand to spawn and certain enemies that spawn only spawn once with the generation of specific structures; elder guardians (three spawn with each ocean monument), illagers (In woodland mansions), 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 is generally only worth it 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 items which can be renewably obtained through methods other than trading or rare drops.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Arrow


















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.
Beetroot Seeds













































Blaze Rod





Magma Block




















Dropped by blazes when killed by a player

Bone























































Bucket of Fish


















Cactus



























Carrot












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

Egg



Dropped by chickens every 5 to 20 minutes

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





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














































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
Kelp



  • Grows underwater
Leather











Lily Pad

  • Obtained by fishing
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

Mushroom Stem

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

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

Nautilus Shell

  • Obtained by fishing
  • Dropped by drowned.
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.
Phantom Membrane





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

Pufferfish









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 Cod


Raw Mutton


Dropped by sheep.

Raw Porkchop


Dropped by pigs

Raw Rabbit



Dropped by rabbits

Raw Salmon


Redstone








































































Rotten Flesh

Saddle

  • Obtained by fishing
Saplings and trees
















































































































































































































Saplings are occasionally dropped when leaves decay or are broken.

Scute






  • Dropped by baby turtles when they grow into adults.
Seagrass

  • Obtained by using bone meal underwater.
  • Dropped by turtles.
Sea Pickle











  • Obtained by using bone meal underwater on coral blocks.
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.

Trident

Tropical Fish

Turtle Egg







  • Obtained by collecting with silk touch after being created by turtles.
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 renewable cauldron filled by rain.
Wheat Seeds






Wool

















































































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

Tradable[edit]

These items are either only renewable through trading with villagers or additionally 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 chestplates 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]

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 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]

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 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. 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 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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