Silk Touch

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Silk Touch
Maximum level

I

Primary items

Secondary items

None

Enchantment weight

1

Incompatible with

Fortune

Namespaced ID
silk_touch
Numeric ID

16

Silk Touch is an enchantment that allows collection of blocks that are normally unobtainable. Mined blocks drop themselves instead of their usual items.

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[upcoming: JE 1.15] 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 pickaxe)
Double Slab 2 Slab No All slabs except wooden drop nothing when mined without a pickaxe.
Emerald Ore * 1 Emerald Yes (only with pickaxe)
Ender Chest * 8 Obsidian Yes (only with pickaxe)
Farmland Dirt No
Fire * Nothing No Mining puts the fire out.
Frosted Ice* Nothing Yes‌[Legacy Console Edition only] Frosted Ice cannot be obtained in inventory.‌[Java and Bedrock editions only]
No‌[Java and Bedrock editions 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[Bedrock Edition only]
No‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]
Gravel 90% chance for Gravel and

10% chance for Flint

Partial
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 pickaxe)
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 pickaxe)
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.

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.