|Catches fire from lava||
Sugar cane is a block found as 1–4-block-tall plants near water in the Overworld. As an item, it is an important crafting ingredient.
Sugar cane can be mined instantly with anything.
When the spot a sugar cane block is placed in becomes unsuitable, such as when the supporting block is removed, the sugar cane block uproots and drops as an item. In Bedrock Edition, sugar cane uproots immediately after all adjacent water is removed. in Java Edition, sugar cane uproots on the next block update or random tick.
A sugar cane block drops itself as an item if a piston tries to push it (trying to pull it does nothing) or moves a block into its space.
Sugar cane can generate naturally near water, as two (11⁄18 chance), three (5⁄18 chance), or four (2⁄18 chance) blocks tall. Rare taller sugar canes can be found if the world generator places two smaller canes on top of each other. It generates in approximately 0.8 sugar cane per chunk seeing as how they only generate near bodies of water.
Sugar canes attempt to generate 10 times in any overworld biome, which requires water. An extra 10 attempts are made in swamp biomes, and 50 in desert biomes, which makes sugar cane twice more frequent in swamps and six times more frequent in desert biomes, but water is more rare in the desert, except in desert lakes.
Due to its water-displacing properties, sugar cane can interestingly be used to create underwater paths, allowing players to move at normal speed and breathe if it is two blocks in height. (Java Edition only)
Sugar cane takes on a different shade of green depending on the biome in which it is placed.
|Sugar||Sugar Cane||This recipe is shapeless; the inputs may be placed in any arrangement in the crafting grid.|
Sugar cane can generate naturally up to four blocks tall, but short plants grow only to a height of three blocks, adding a block of height when the top sugar cane block has received 16 random block ticks (i.e. on average every 18 minutes on Java Edition or 54 minutes on Bedrock Edition, but the actual rate can vary widely). Sugar cane must be planted on a grass block, dirt, coarse dirt, podzol, sand, or red sand that is directly adjacent to water, waterlogged block, or frosted ice (not merely above or diagonal to water), or on top of another sugar cane block. The adjacent water block can be covered with another block, whether opaque or transparent, and sugar cane can still be placed and grow next to it. Sugar cane grows regardless of light level, even in complete darkness.
Placing sugar cane into a composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
List of colors
These values are generated by the biome dyeing algorithm. See Biome colors for more information.
|Biome||Category||Rainfall||Sugarcane Color||Temperature Affects||Render|
|Birch Forest Hills||Forest||Rain||#88bb67|
|Dark Forest Hills||Forest||Rain||#507a32|
|Deep Cold Ocean||Ocean||Rain||#8eb971|
|Deep Frozen Ocean||Ocean||Rain||#8eb971|
|Deep Lukewarm Ocean||Ocean||Rain||#8eb971|
|Deep Warm Ocean||Ocean||Rain||#8eb971|
|End Barrens||The End||No||#8eb971|
|End Highlands||The End||No||#8eb971|
|End Midlands||The End||No||#8eb971|
|Giant Spruce Taiga||Taiga||Rain||#86b783|
|Giant Spruce Taiga Hills||Taiga||Rain||#86b783|
|Giant Tree Taiga||Taiga||Rain||#86b87f|
|Giant Tree Taiga Hills||Taiga||Rain||#86b87f|
|Gravelly Mountains||Extreme Hills||Rain||#8ab689|
|Gravelly Mountains+||Extreme Hills||Rain||#8ab689|
|Modified Badlands Plateau||Mesa||No||#90814d||No|
|Modified Jungle Edge||Jungle||Rain||#64c73f|
|Modified Wooded Badlands Plateau||Mesa||No||#90814d||No|
|Mountain Edge||Extreme Hills||Rain||#8ab689|
|Mushroom Field Shore||Mushroom||Rain||#55c93f|
|Shattered Savanna Plateau||Savanna||No||#bfb755|
|Small End Islands||The End||No||#8eb971|
|Snowy Taiga Hills||Taiga||Snow||#80b497|
|Snowy Taiga Mountains||Taiga||Snow||#80b497|
|Swamp||Swamp||Rain||#6A7039||If temperature below -0.1, used #4C763C.||/|
|Swamp Hills||Swamp||Rain||#6A7039||If temperature below -0.1, used #4C763C.||/|
|Tall Birch Forest||Forest||Rain||#88bb67|
|Tall Birch Hills||Forest||Rain||#88bb67|
|The End||The End||No||#8eb971|
|Wooded Badlands Plateau||Mesa||No||#90814d||No|
|Wooded Mountains||Extreme Hills||Rain||#8ab689|
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Blocks||Breaking the block||0.7||0.8|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.4||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Mining the block||0.3||0.5|
|?||Blocks||Jumping from the block||0.11||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block without fall damage||0.21||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.3||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Placing the block||0.8||0.8|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Sugar Cane||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
In Bedrock Edition, sugar cane uses the following data values:
|0||Freshly planted sugar cane.|
|1 to 15||The data value is incremented at random intervals.|
When it becomes 15, a new sugar cane block is created on top as long as the total height does not exceed 3.
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|age||A freshly-planted cane – and a cane that has just grown cane above it – each have an age of 0.|
The age is incremented at random intervals.
At age 15, a cane may try to grow more cane above it.
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.11||Added reeds in the Seecret Friday Update 6.|
|Reeds are informally referred to as "bamboo" or "papyrus" by many players.|
|Since reeds can be washed away with water currents or instantly destroyed by removing the water adjacent to them, automated reed farms can be made.|
|Reeds can be used to craft paper.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||Notch has retconned reeds into sugar cane so that it can now be crafted into sugar, included in the recipe for the cakes.|
|1.6||Test Build 3||Arrows no longer stick to sugar cane, and instead, they pass through. However, snowballs still come into contact with any sugar cane blocks, as if they are solid.|
|1.8||Pre-release||Sugar cane can now grow and be placed onto sand as long as they are adjacent to water. This update allows sugar canes to appear next to water ponds in desert biomes.|
|Sugar cane's block form (Sugar cane) and item form (Sugar Canes) are now both available in the creative inventory.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||The color of sugar cane now changes depending on the biome they're in.|
|13w37a||The item form of block ID 83 (sugar cane) has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.|
|1.9||15w43a||Sugar cane no longer breaks if its adjacent water is turned to frosted ice.|
|1.13||17w47a||The ID of sugar cane has now been changed from |
|"Sugar Canes" have now been renamed to "Sugar Cane".|
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 83, and the item's 338.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of the sugar cane item has been changed.|
|19w03a||Placing sugar cane into a composter has a 20% chance of raising the compost level by 1.|
|19w05a||Sugar cane now has a 50% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.1.0||Added sugar cane.|
|Sugar cane are available in the inventory in the block form, as opposed to the item, and it is not known when this changed.|
|v0.5.0||Sugar cane can now be grown on sand.|
|Sugar cane can now be obtained after activating the nether reactor. However, the player can obtain its block form from it.|
|v0.6.0||The player can now obtain the item form of sugar cane correctly from the nether reactor rather than its block form.|
|v0.9.0||build 1||The color of sugar cane now changes depending on the biome they're in.|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Sugar cane is no longer available from the nether reactor.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Due to a bug, sugar canes no longer change color depending on the biome.|
|1.2.13||beta 184.108.40.206||The color of sugar canes now changes depending on the biome, once again.|
|1.10.0||beta 220.127.116.11||The texture of the sugar cane item has been changed.|
|Sugar cane can now be bought from wandering traders.|
|1.11.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Sugar canes can now be used to fill up composters.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added sugar canes.|
|Sugar canes are solid, making it useful for growable walls. It is not known if or when they were renamed to "Sugar Cane".|
|TU2||Sugar canes are no longer solid, and arrows pass through them.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||The color of sugar cane now changes depending on the biome they're in.|
|TU60||CU51||1.64||Patch 30||1.0.11||Sugar cane can now be grown with bonemeal.|
|1.90||The texture of the sugar cane item has been changed.|
|1.91||Sugar cane can now be bought from wandering traders.|
|Sugar canes can now be used to fill up composters.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added sugar cane.|
- When a sugar cane is broken at the second level, the time resets (for example, if a two-block high sugar cane is broken, but is just about to grow to the third stage, it would reset that time).
- By placing more sugar canes on top of a sugar cane plant, it is possible to create tall sugar canes (up to y=255, the maximum height for building), although they do not naturally grow this high.
- Before sugar cane received an official name, they were sometimes referred to as bamboo, a block added 9 years later. Other names were "reeds" and "papyrus".
A large sugar cane farm using 2×2 water holes.
A cactus and sugar cane stalk generated next to each other.
A sugar cane spawning naturally in a cave underground.
Sugar cane found in the ravine.
Reeds generated in the winter mode.
Sugar cane growing between biomes.
Sugar cane generated in a swamp biome.
Sugar cane growing in a savanna biome.
Four-block tall sugar cane in a plains biome.