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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 theoretically infinite (and still quite vast in practice) map generation, this is a list of resources that can be produced over and over without having to explore for more. 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 a monster or animal is renewable because more mobs of the same kind can spawn and be killed again for more loot. This is not the case for the wither, which requires non renewable soul sand to spawn, nor the elder guardian, which spawns only three times per ocean monument, nor the evoker or the vindicator who spawn only as part of the woodland mansion, nor the shulker, which spawns only as part of end cities. This also does not apply to monsters in peaceful difficulty, because there are no monsters that can be used as a source of renewable resources.

Brief introduction to methods[edit | edit source]

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, 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)
  • Buy it from villagers
  • Get it as a guaranteed or very probable drop after mob's death
  • Get it as a rare drop after mob's death
  • Find it while fishing

The first three methods are the easiest. They are especially worth using when the player wants to avoid risk such as while playing in hardcore mode. The fourth method is normally used to get something that is only possible to get by killing monsters such as blaze rods, arrows, or bones. The last two methods are worth using only when there are no other practical choices, as the player will spend a lot of time executing the method before getting what they need.

Renewable[edit | edit source]

Resource Renewable products Renewable method

Beetroot Seeds

Blaze Rod

Magma Block

Dropped by blazes when killed by a player




  • 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


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
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See Enchanting and Anvil#Repairing and renaming items

Dropped by chickens


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


  • 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 Nugget


Dropped by creepers, ghasts, and witches


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

Magma Cream

Magma Block

Melon Seeds

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

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

Nether Wart

Grown on soul sand


  • 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.

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


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


Rotten Flesh

Dropped by zombies and zombie pigmen

Saplings and trees

Saplings are occasionally dropped when leaves decay or are broken.



Magma Block

Dropped by slimes


  • 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



Dropped by spiders or cave spiders

Sugar Cane

Grown on sand or dirt adjacent to water.


Tall Grass

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


  • 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.

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

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Resource Renewable products




Enchanted Book

See enchanting
Fishing Rod

Ink Sac


Leather Boots

Lily Pad

Name Tag


Raw Fish

Raw Salmon

Rotten Flesh




Tripwire Hook

Water Bottle

Rare drops[edit | edit source]

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 most of these items, this is the only renewable way to obtain them. But, a few of these items have other renewable methods, such as crafting or trading. 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

  • Rarely dropped by zombies and skeletons that are wearing the armor when killed by a player
  • Has a chance to be enchanted
  • Only the chain and diamond armor cannot be crafted with renewable material.
  • Iron helmets and chestplates, every piece of chain armor, and enchanted diamond chestplates are also obtained by trading with an armorer villager.
  • Leather pants and enchanted leather tunics are also obtained by trading with a leatherworker villager.
  • Leather boots are also obtained by fishing.


  • Rarely dropped by zombies when killed by a player
  • Grown on farmland to produce more
Cooked meat


  • Dropped by guardians
  • Obtained by fishing
  • Raw fish can also drop as an uncommon drop by guardians.
Gold Ingot

Melee Weapons

  • Iron shovels and swords are rarely dropped by zombies that are holding the weapon when killed by a player.
  • Iron swords may be dropped by vexes if killed with Looting swords.
  • Stone swords are rarely dropped by wither skeletons when killed by a player.
  • Gold swords are rarely dropped by zombie pigmen when killed by a player.
  • Only the stone sword does not have a chance to be enchanted.
  • Can all be crafted with renewable material
  • Enchanted iron shovels and swords are also obtained by trading with a weapon smith or tool smith villager.
Mob Heads

Music Discs

Dropped by creepers when a skeleton deals the final blow



  • Rarely dropped by witches that are drinking the potion when killed by a player
  • Crafted with renewable materials
Rabbit's Foot

Rarely dropped by rabbits

Tradable[edit | edit source]

These items in every other circumstance would not be renewable but are renewable through trading with villagers. This does not include items that can otherwise be renewed through different means.

Resource Renewable products Renewable method
Bottle o' Enchanting

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Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.


Enchanted diamond gear

  • Obtained by trading with a tool smith, weapon smith, or armorer villager.
  • Technically, zombies and skeletons can spawn wearing and drop an enchanted diamond chestplate, but the chance is so low that it is not considered a reasonable renewable method.

Lapis Lazuli

Obtained by trading with a cleric villager.

Legacy Console Edition[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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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