Silk Touch

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Silk Touch
Maximum level

I

Primary items

Secondary items

[BE only]

Enchantment weight

1

Incompatible with

Fortune

Namespaced ID
silk_touch
Numeric ID

16

Silk Touch is an enchantment that allows many blocks to drop themselves instead of their usual items when mined.

Obtainable blocks[edit]

The table below lists blocks that do not drop themselves as items:

Block Normal drops Obtainable with Silk Touch? Notes
Bee Nest
Beehive[upcoming: JE 1.15 & BE 1.14.0]
Nothing Yes When mined with a Silk Touch tool the nest can still contain 1-3 Bees
Beetroots 1 Beetroot Seeds if not fully grown

1 Beetroot and
0–3 Beetroot Seeds if fully grown

No
Blue ice * Nothing Yes
Bookshelf 3 Book Yes
Cake * Nothing No
Campfire 2 Charcoal Yes
Carrots 1-4 Carrot No
Clay 4 Clay Yes Clay can also be obtained by crafting with the clay balls the block drops, or killing an Enderman holding the block.
Coal Ore * 1 Coal Yes (only with pickaxe)
Cocoa 1-3 Cocoa Beans No
Coral Blocks * Dead Coral Blocks Yes (only with pickaxe)
Coral *

Coral Fans *

Nothing Yes
Diamond Ore * 1 Diamond Yes (only with iron pickaxe or better)
Double Slab 2 Slab No All slabs except wooden drop nothing when mined without a pickaxe.
Emerald Ore * 1 Emerald Yes (only with iron pickaxe or better)
Ender Chest * 8 Obsidian Yes (only with pickaxe)
Farmland Dirt No
Fire * Nothing No Mining puts the fire out.
Frosted Ice* Nothing Yes‌[LCE only] Frosted Ice cannot be obtained in inventory.‌[JE & BE only]
No‌[JE & BE only]
Glass Pane *

Glass *

Nothing Yes
Glowstone 2-4 Glowstone Dust Yes Can also be crafted with 4 glowstone dust.
Grass Block Dirt Yes Can also be obtained by killing an Enderman holding the block.
Grass Path Dirt Yes‌[BE only]
No‌[JE & LCE only]
Gravel 90% chance for Gravel and

10% chance for Flint

Yes
Ice * Nothing Yes
Infested Block

(Monster Egg)

Spawns 1

Silverfish

No When mined with a Silk Touch tool, it drops the original version of the block, not the monster egg, and no silverfish spawn.
Inverted Daylight Detector Daylight Detector No
Lapis Lazuli Ore * 4-8 Lapis Lazuli Yes (only with stone pickaxe or better)
Leaves 0-1 Saplings

0-2 Sticks
0-1 Apple from oak and dark oak leaves

Yes Leaf blocks can also be obtained by mining them with shears.
Melon 3-7 Melon Yes Can also be crafted on the crafting table with 9 melon slices.
Melon Stem 0-4 Melon Seeds No
Monster Spawner * Nothing No The spawner drops experience if mined with a pickaxe.
Mushroom Blocks 0-2 Mushrooms Yes
Mycelium Dirt Yes Can also be obtained by killing an Enderman holding the block.
Nether Quartz Ore * 1 Nether Quartz Yes (only with pickaxe)
Nether Wart 1-4 Nether Wart No
Packed Ice * Nothing Yes
Podzol Dirt Yes Can also be obtained by killing an Enderman holding the block.
Potatoes 1-4 Potato, and

2% chance for a Poisonous Potato

No
Pumpkin Stem 0-4 Pumpkin Seeds No
Redstone Ore * 4-5 Redstone Dust Yes (only with iron pickaxe or better)
Sea Lantern 2-3 Prismarine Crystals Yes
Snow * 1 Snowball Yes (only with shovel) Can craft 6 using 3 snow blocks.
Snow Block * 4 Snowball Yes (only with shovel) Can also be crafted with 4 snowballs.
Stone * Cobblestone Yes (only with pickaxe) Can also be smelted from cobblestone.
Turtle Egg * Nothing Yes
Wheat 1 Seeds if not fully grown

1 Wheat and
0-3 Seeds if fully grown

No

* The blocks drop nothing when mining them by hand.

Incompatibilities[edit]

If commands are used to apply both Silk Touch and Fortune to an item, the Silk Touch enchantment takes precedence over the Fortune enchantment for blocks affected by both enchantments.

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png Total Beelocation‌[upcoming: JE 1.15]Move a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk TouchHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/silk_touch_nest

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.3.112w17aIce and glass panes can again now be collected with a Silk Touch-enchanted tool.
1.4.612w50aThe player can now add the Silk Touch enchantment to shears.
1.915w47bSilk Touch may no longer be added to shears.
15w47cSilk Touch is no longer required to collect cobwebs.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w46aMoving a bee nest with 3 bees inside using Silk Touch, will now give the player the Total Beelocation‌ advancement.

Trivia[edit]

  • Unlike other enchantments, mining a block that can be mined by hand using a book with that enchantment will still drop the block itself.[until JE 1.15]