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Double slab: No
Yes (64), same type only
Single Slab: Itself
See Data values
See Data values
Slabs are half-versions of their respective blocks.
Stone-type slabs and smooth blocks require a pickaxe to mine. Wooden slabs can be mined with anything, but an axe is quickest.
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- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
Stone slabs can be found naturally in villages lining the roof of blacksmith shops and inside the Butcher's Shop and the Blacksmith where they form counters. They are also found in strongholds where they are used in some of the stairs, ledges and torch pillars. Sandstone slabs can be found naturally in desert villages, desert wells, and desert temples. Double stone slabs can be found in villages, in the butcher's shop and in blacksmiths. A spruce wood slab serves as a table in igloo basements. Oak, birch, spruce, stone and cobblestone slabs can also be found in woodland mansions.
Smooth blocks can be found in Creative inventory.
Slabs can occupy either the top half or the bottom half:
- Pointing at the top of a block or the bottom half one of its sides will place the slab in the lower half.
- Pointing at the bottom of a block or the top half of its side will place the slab in the top half.
Slabs cannot be oriented sideways.
Slabs are treated as a whole block by other blocks and liquids. Two slabs can be piled on top of one another to make a full-size block, but different slab types cannot be mixed in this way.
Double slabs are handled as a single block instead of two different slabs; as such, breaking one will destroy the whole block and drop two slabs, as opposed to only breaking one slab within the block. "Double slabs" that are not aligned to the grid (i.e. a bottom slab on top of a top slab) are handled as separate blocks and are broken individually.
Redstone can be connected to the wire on the side of the slabs. Redstone placed on top of an upside-down slab can receive signals from an adjacent block of redstone one block lower, but cannot transmit signals to it. This is why "ladders" made from upside-down slabs, as pictured to the right, can transmit redstone signals up, but not down.
Mobs see a slab as a full block. Mobs can also spawn on the tops of upside-down slabs and double slabs, but not on lower slabs.
In Bedrock Edition, mobs standing on right-side up slabs fail to pathfind correctly. They seem to perceive the slabs beneath them to be unwalkable, and will often end up spinning around in a small circle when they try to move. The block directly beneath the slab must be air or another right-side up slab to disturb pathfinding. Also in Bedrock Edition iron golems will not spawn on a slab even if it is the top half of a block.
Due to the way blast rays propagate from an explosion, bottom-half slabs provide extremely effective absorption to explosions directly on top of them.
Sneaking only reduces the player's hitbox height to 1.65 blocks, and so does not allow the player to walk over a single slab with one block of air above it, which is 1.5 blocks of space. A player cannot walk from a block of soul sand directly up to a slab without jumping – this applies not just to soul sand, but to any block 7⁄8 of a block high or shorter, because the maximum step height of the player is 0.6 of a block. The player can walk off a slab while sneaking, because the sneaking only prevents falling when the distance is higher than one half block.
If a slab is placed underwater, the empty half of that slab's block will be waterlogged if the block it is in was a source block. If the slab is placed in flowing water upside down, not only can the player grab a quick breath of air there, but the player can see as clearly as if they were above the surface.
Minecarts on powered rails will not be repelled from a slab. They will, however, be repelled by a slab with a minecart on top.
Falling block entities (like sand, gravel, and concrete powder) will turn into their dropped form if they land on a slab, exactly like what occurs when they fall on a torch.
Slabs do not block light.[Bedrock Edition only]
Red Sandstone Slab
Stone Slab[until 1.14]
Smooth Stone Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Petrified Oak Slab
Stone Brick Slab
Nether Brick Slab
Dark Oak Slab
Prismarine Brick Slab
Dark Prismarine Slab
Stone Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Granite Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Polished Granite Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Diorite Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Polished Diorite Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Andesite Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Polished Andesite Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Red Nether Brick Slab[upcoming 1.14]
End Stone Brick Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Mossy Stone Brick Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Mossy Cobblestone Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Smooth Sandstone Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Smooth Red Sandstone Slab[upcoming 1.14]
Smooth Quartz Slab[upcoming 1.14]
|Block||ID Name||Numerical ID|
Double Stone-type Slabs
Double Wooden Slabs
Other Double Stone Slabs
Other Stone Slabs
- See also: Data values
In Bedrock Edition, slabs use the following data values:
- Double stone slab
|0||Double Stone Slab|
|1||Double Sandstone Slab|
|2||Double (Stone) Wooden Slab|
|3||Double Cobblestone Slab|
|4||Double Bricks Slab|
|5||Double Stone Brick Slab|
|6||Double Quartz Slab|
|7||Double Nether Brick Slab|
- Double stone slab 2
|0||Double Red Sandstone Slab|
|1||Double Purpur Slab|
|2||Double Prismarine Slab|
|3||Double Prismarine Brick Slab|
|4||Double Dark Prismarine Slab|
- Stone slab
|2||(Stone) Wooden Slab|
|5||Stone Brick Slab|
|6||Nether Brick Slab|
|8||Upper Stone Slab|
|9||Upper Sandstone Slab|
|10||Upper (Stone) Wooden Slab|
|11||Upper Cobblestone Slab|
|12||Upper Bricks Slab|
|13||Upper Stone Brick Slab|
|14||Upper Nether Brick Slab|
|15||Upper Quartz Slab|
- Stone slab 2
|0||Red Sandstone Slab|
|3||Prismarine Brick Slab|
|4||Dark Prismarine Slab|
|8||Upper Red Sandstone Slab|
|9||Upper Purpur Slab|
|10||Upper Prismarine Slab|
|11||Upper Prismarine Brick Slab|
|12||Upper Dark Prismarine Slab|
- Double wood slab
|0||Double Oak Slab|
|1||Double Spruce Slab|
|2||Double Birch Slab|
|3||Double Jungle Slab|
|4||Double Acacia Slab|
|5||Double Dark Oak Slab|
- Wood slab
|0||Oak Wood Slab|
|1||Spruce Wood Slab|
|2||Birch Wood Slab|
|3||Jungle Wood Slab|
|4||Acacia Wood Slab|
|5||Dark Oak Wood Slab|
|8||Upper Oak Wood Slab|
|9||Upper Spruce Wood Slab|
|10||Upper Birch Wood Slab|
|11||Upper Jungle Wood Slab|
|12||Upper Acacia Wood Slab|
|13||Upper Dark Oak Wood Slab|
- See also: Block states
|Where the slab is within its block.|
|The block is a double slab.|
|Whether or not there's water in the same place as this slab.|
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|Java Edition Classic|
|May 17, 2009||Slabs were suggested on the TIGSource forums.|
|0.26 (October 22, 2009, 1)||Dirt slab test.|
|0.26 (October 23, 2009, 2)||Half block has nearly been finished.|
|0.27 SURVIVAL TEST||Stone slabs have now been introduced to the game.|
|Stone slabs can be obtained by mining coal ore because of the lack of inventory and crafting.|
|Slabs were originally called stairs.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|0.31||0.31 (January 29, 2010)||Slabs have now received a crafting recipe: 3 slabs from 3 cobblestone.|
|Slabs are now no longer dropped from coal ore.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|June 29, 2010||Renamed stairs to slabs.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.3||Added sandstone, "wooden" and cobblestone slabs as variants of the stone slabs. All had the same properties as stone slabs, apart from using different textures.|
|The original wooden slabs will now the oak plank texture, the only plank type at the moment. Being variants of the stone slabs, they have to be mined with a pickaxe to collect, were not affected by fire, and had stronger blast resistance than wooden planks, making them a useful building material. The only way to obtain this slab on current versions is by using commands. The item tooltip will now say "Wooden Slab" rather than "Oak Wood Slab", and the item form is now a large full block with a missing texture.|
|Before the additional slabs were added, a double stone slab would only yield one slab when broken. Since this update, all double slabs will now yield 2 of their respective single slabs when broken. Destroying double slabs with TNT, however, still only yields single slabs (when the slabs aren't simply destroyed by the explosion).|
|Before Beta 1.3 came out, stone slabs were made with cobblestone instead of stone, but this update has now introduced cobblestone slabs to the game and changed the recipes for pressure plates and stone slabs, so that there wouldn't be any conflicting recipes.|
|1.7||Bottom slabs will now use the bottom half of the double slab texture rather than the top.|
|The texture of the cobblestone slab has now been updated.|
|1.8||?||Added the stone brick, bricks, and smooth stone double slab. (Smooth stone double slab are only obtainable through inventory editing.)|
|The sprinting feature has been added in this update. While stairs will the player's sprinting, slabs allow a player to continue sprinting.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||The textures of bricks and planks have now been updated, and by extension that of the slabs.|
|1.2.1||1.2-pre||All types of slabs are now able to be placed upside down and under blocks; these occupy the top half of their block space rather than the bottom half.|
|The crafting recipe has now been changed, so that 6 slabs would be crafted rather than 3. The prior restriction was likely due to the fact that the slab types were differentiated by their damage values instead of by different data values, similar to wood, coal or charcoal, and colored wool.|
|1.3.1||12w17a||New slabs have now been added for the four different types of wood planks, replacing the old wooden oak/"stone" slab. These new slabs are vulnerable to fire, and can be collected faster with an axe than with a pickaxe. Wooden slabs already crafted or placed in the world will remain the old 'stone' type.|
|12w21a||Sandstone slabs will now generate in desert temples.|
|12w25a||Redstone (including repeaters, torches. levers and pressure plates) and rails can now be placed on slabs and stairs positioned upside down.|
|12w26a||Mobs can now spawn on upside down slabs.|
|1.4.2||12w39a||Slabs will now interact properly with lighting.|
|When slabs are placed upside down, they will now accept light from light sources themselves, and no longer block light to surrounding blocks.|
|Slabs will now no longer cast the shadow of a full-sized block.|
|1.4.6||November 28, 2012||Jeb tweeted a picture of himself crafting nether brick slabs.|
|12w49a||Added nether brick slabs, which has now caused the smooth stone double slab to change its data value to 43:7.|
|1.5||January 22, 2013||Jeb states that the "smooth stone full half-slab" will be re-implemented with a data value of 43:8. Other slabs with data values of 43:9-43:15 will also use the top texture on all sides, resulting in a "smooth sandstone block" with a data value of 43:9. He also stated that they may be obtained legitimately later.|
|13w01a||Wooden Slabs can now be used to craft daylight sensors.|
|13w02a||Added quartz slabs, featuring the top quartz texture on all six sides. The formerly unused slab type, known as the smooth stone slab, has now been removed from the game. Its data values have been replaced with the nether quartz slab.|
|13w04a||The smooth stone double slab has now been re-implemented with a data value of 43:8.|
|The smooth sandstone double slab has now been added, with a data value of 43:9.|
|Seamless data values of 43:10-43:15 have now been added, but are unused and appear identical to their normal counterparts.|
|13w09c||Quartz slabs and double slabs will now use the top, side and bottom textures of the block of quartz.|
|The quartz slab's seamless counterpart, with a data value of 43:15, retains the top texture on all 6 sides.|
|?||The texture of sandstone slabs have now been changed slightly.|
|1.7.2||1.7-pre||Added acacia and dark oak slabs.|
|1.8||14w02a||Stone brick slabs can now be used to craft chiseled stone bricks.|
|Stone slabs can now be crafted using granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished counterparts.|
|14w25a||Double stone slabs and double wooden slabs can now no longer be obtained as an item.|
|14w32a||Added red sandstone slabs and double slabs, as well as smooth red sandstone double slabs.|
|Armor stands are now crafted using any slab.|
|14w32b||Armor stands can now only be crafted using stone slabs.|
|14w33a||Stone slabs can now no longer be crafted using granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished counterparts.|
|1.9||June 22, 2015||Jeb reveals purpur slabs on Instagram, with the words "MINECON 2015 HYPE!"|
|15w31a||Added purpur slabs and double slabs.|
|15w43a||A spruce slab will now act as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.|
|1.11||16w39a||Oak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs will now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.13||17w47a||The different variant block states for |
|Old non-flammable wooden slabs, which are now called "Petrified oak slabs", have been re-implemented into the creative inventory.|
|"Bricks slab" has now been renamed to "Brick slab".|
|"Stone bricks slab" has been renamed to "Stone brick slab".|
|<Wood type> wood slab has now been renamed to <wood type> slab.|
|Smooth double slabs, now smooth blocks, have added to the creative inventory. Smooth blocks will now drop themselves, instead of slabs when mined.|
|Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 43, 44, 125, 126, 181, 182, 204 and 205.|
|18w07a||Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine bricks, and dark prismarine.|
|18w10c||Water can now be placed on the same block as slabs.|
|April 17, 2018||Dinnerbone confirms that 1.14 will contain many new stairs and slabs.|
|1.13||18w20a||Changed the name of "Prismarine Bricks Slab" to "Prismarine Brick Slab."|
|1.13.1||18w32a||Purpur slabs can now be crafted with purpur pillars.|
|October 10, 2018||Dinnerbone tweets that there will be 14 new slabs.|
|October 10, 2018||Polished diorite slabs are tweeted out by LadyAgnes.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.14||18w43a||Added andesite, polished andesite, diorite, polished diorite, granite, polished granite, mossy stone brick slab, mossy cobblestone, smooth sandstone, smooth red sandstone, smooth quartz, red nether brick, end stone brick slabs.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.0||Added stone slabs.|
|0.3.0||Added wood (original oak), brick and cobblestone slabs.|
|0.6.0||Added sandstone and stone brick slabs.|
|Slabs can now be placed on the top half of blocks.|
|The recipes for crafting slabs will now give 6 slabs, instead of 3 slabs.|
|0.7.3||Added quartz slabs.|
|Wooden slabs can now be crafted during and after this update are now flammable. Existing wooden slabs (which have stone properties) are now tagged "Fake Wood Slab" and drop real wooden slabs.|
|0.8.0||build 2||Added birch, spruce and jungle wood slabs.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs.|
|Stone slabs will now generate naturally in villages.|
|build 11||Added crafting recipe for jungle wood slabs.|
|?||Changed wooden slab name from [woodtype] Slab to [woodtype] Wood Slab.|
|0.12.1||build 1||Added nether brick slabs.|
|0.13.0||build 1||Wooden slabs are now used to craft daylight sensors.|
|Sandstone slabs will now generate in desert temples.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Added red sandstone slabs.|
|0.14.2||The nether brick slab texture has now been brightened.|
|1.0||alpha 0.17.0||Added purpur slabs.|
|A spruce slab will now act as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.|
|1.1||alpha 220.127.116.11||Oak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs will now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.2||beta 18.104.22.168||Stone slabs are now used to craft armor stands.|
|1.4||beta 22.214.171.124||Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick and dark prismarine as part of Experimental Gameplay.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||The slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick, and dark prismarine have now been fully implemented.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.9||beta 188.8.131.52||Added stone, andesite, polished andesite, diorite, polished diorite, granite, polished granite, mossy stone brick, mossy cobblestone, smooth sandstone, cut sandstone, smooth red sandstone, cut red sandstone smooth quartz, red nether brick, and end stone brick slabs.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added stone, wood (original oak), sandstone and cobblestone slabs.|
|TU5||Added stone brick and brick slabs.|
|TU9||Added birch wood, spruce wood and nether brick slabs.|
|Wooden slabs crafted during and after this update are now flammable and are broken with an axe instead of a pickaxe. Existing slabs (which have stone properties) are not stackable with the new slabs.|
|TU12||Added jungle wood slabs.|
|Slabs can now be placed upside down.|
|Items can now be placed directly on upside down slabs.|
|TU14||1.04||Added quartz slabs.|
|The placement of half blocks and other blocks on half blocks has now been changed.|
|The placement of upside down slabs has now been changed.|
|TU27||CU15||1.18||Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs to the creative inventory.|
|TU46||CU36||1.38||Patch 15||Added purpur slabs.|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine bricks and dark prismarine.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|1.7.10||Added purpur slabs.|
- Slabs let a small amount of light pass through their edges. This light is only visible when Smooth Lighting is turned on, and does not affect mob spawning or other light-dependent processes.
- The exception of this is that any light directed through a slab does not affect any block's light values north of the source.
- Whereas 1x1 dents in a flat floor using slabs are darkened as one would expect, 1x1 dents created using 2x1 or 2x2 stairs will darken less, due to having fewer surrounding solid blocks. This is a completely intentional feature.
- When water or lava are on top of an upside-down slab, the water dripping particles will appear in midair below the slab instead of from the slab itself, this was fixed in Java Edition 1.13-pre7, but is an intentional feature in Bedrock Edition.
Naturally occurring stone slabs in a village blacksmith.
Slabs used to create the impression of half-aligned full blocks.
Trapdoors on slabs.
A wooden "stone" slab house with a netherrack fireplace.
Light passing through the sides of a brick slab from above. A normal block would render complete darkness.