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Sugar Cane
Sugar Cane.png
Plains Sugar Cane.pngTaiga Sugar Cane.pngSnowy Tundra Sugar Cane.pngJungle Sugar Cane.pngDesert Sugar Cane.pngGreen Swamp Sugar Cane.pngOlive Swamp Sugar Cane.pngBadlands Sugar Cane.png
Transparent

Yes

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

0

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops

Itself

Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

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.

Natural generation[edit]

Naturally-occurring sugar cane near a pond.

Sugar cane can generate naturally near water, as two (1118 chance), three (518 chance), or four (218 chance) blocks tall. Rare taller sugar canes can be found if generation chooses to generate another on top of one already generated.

Sugar canes are five times more likely to generate in desert biome variants than in other biomes.

Obtaining[edit]

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. Sugar cane does not immediately uproot when all adjacent water is removed, but does so when it next receives a block update or random tick. In Bedrock Edition, sugar cane uproots immediately after all adjacent water is removed.

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.

Trading[edit]

Wandering traders can sell sugar cane for an emerald.‌[BEJE & PS4 only]

Usage[edit]

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.

Sugar cane takes on a different shade of green depending on the biome in which it is placed.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Paper Sugar Cane
Sugar Sugar Cane

Farming[edit]

An underground sugar cane farm

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 ticks (i.e. on average every 18 minutes, but the actual rate can vary widely). In Bedrock Edition, New 3DS Edition and Legacy Console Edition, bone meal can be used to grow sugar canes to the maximum height.

Sugar cane must be planted on a grass block, dirt, sand, podzol, coarse dirt or red sand that is directly adjacent to water 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.

Composting[edit]

Placing sugar cane into a composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.

List of colors[edit]

[more information needed]

Java Edition[edit]

These values are generated by the biome dyeing algorithm. See Biome colors for more information.

Biome Category Rainfall Grass Color Temperature Affects Render
Badlands Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Sugar Cane.png
Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Sugar Cane.png
Beach Beach Rain #91bd59 Plains Sugar Cane.png
Birch Forest Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Sugar Cane.png
Birch Forest Hills Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Sugar Cane.png
Cold Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Dark Forest Forest Rain #507a32 Dark Forest Sugar Cane.png
Dark Forest Hills Forest Rain #507a32 Dark Forest Sugar Cane.png
Deep Cold Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Deep Frozen Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Deep Lukewarm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Deep Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Deep Warm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Desert Desert No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
Desert Hills Desert No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
Desert Lakes Desert No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
End Barrens The End No #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
End Highlands The End No #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
End Midlands The End No #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Eroded Badlands Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Sugar Cane.png
Flower Forest Forest Rain #79c05a Forest Sugar Cane.png
Forest Forest Rain #79c05a Forest Sugar Cane.png
Frozen Ocean Ocean Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Frozen River River Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Giant Spruce Taiga Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Sugar Cane.png
Giant Spruce Taiga Hills Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Sugar Cane.png
Giant Tree Taiga Taiga Rain #86b87f Giant Tree Taiga Sugar Cane.png
Giant Tree Taiga Hills Taiga Rain #86b87f Giant Tree Taiga Sugar Cane.png
Gravelly Mountains Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Sugar Cane.png
Gravelly Mountains+ Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Sugar Cane.png
Ice Spikes Icy Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Jungle Jungle Rain #59c93c Jungle Sugar Cane.png
Jungle Edge Jungle Rain #64c73f Jungle Edge Sugar Cane.png
Jungle Hills Jungle Rain #59c93c Jungle Sugar Cane.png
Lukewarm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Modified Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Sugar Cane.png
Modified Jungle Jungle Rain #59c93c Jungle Sugar Cane.png
Modified Jungle Edge Jungle Rain #64c73f Jungle Edge Sugar Cane.png
Modified Wooded Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Sugar Cane.png
Mountain Edge Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Sugar Cane.png
Mountains Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Sugar Cane.png
Mushroom Fields Mushroom Rain #55c93f Mushroom Fields Sugar Cane.png
Mushroom Field Shore Mushroom Rain #55c93f Mushroom Fields Sugar Cane.png
Nether Nether No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Plains Plains Rain #91bd59 Plains Sugar Cane.png
River River Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Savanna Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
Savanna Plateau Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
Shattered Savanna Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
Shattered Savanna Plateau Savanna No #bfb755 Desert Sugar Cane.png
Small End Islands The End No #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Snowy Beach Beach Snow #83b593 Snowy Beach Sugar Cane.png
Snowy Mountains Icy Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Snowy Taiga Taiga Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Snowy Taiga Hills Taiga Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Snowy Taiga Mountains Taiga Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Snowy Tundra Icy Snow #80b497 Snowy Tundra Sugar Cane.png
Stone Shore None Rain #8ab689 Mountains Sugar Cane.png
Sunflower Plains Plains Rain #91bd59 Plains Sugar Cane.png
Swamp Swamp Rain #6A7039 If temperature below -0.1, used #4C763C. Olive Swamp Sugar Cane.png / Green Swamp Sugar Cane.png
Swamp Hills Swamp Rain #6A7039 If temperature below -0.1, used #4C763C. Olive Swamp Sugar Cane.png / Green Swamp Sugar Cane.png
Taiga Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Sugar Cane.png
Taiga Hills Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Sugar Cane.png
Taiga Mountains Taiga Rain #86b783 Taiga Sugar Cane.png
Tall Birch Forest Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Sugar Cane.png
Tall Birch Hills Forest Rain #88bb67 Birch Forest Sugar Cane.png
The End The End No #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
The Void None No #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Warm Ocean Ocean Rain #8eb971 Ocean Sugar Cane.png
Wooded Badlands Plateau Mesa No #90814d No Badlands Sugar Cane.png
Wooded Hills Forest Rain #79c05a Forest Sugar Cane.png
Wooded Mountains Extreme Hills Rain #8ab689 Mountains Sugar Cane.png

Video[edit]

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Sugar Cane Namespaced ID
Sugar Cane sugar_cane

Bedrock Edition:

Sugar Cane Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Block reeds 83
Item 338

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, sugar cane uses the following data values:

Value Meaning
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.

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
age00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
A freshly-planted cane – and a cane which 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.

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Sugar Cane Revision 1.pngSugar Cane (Item) Revision 1.png Reeds, (the previous name used for sugar cane(s)) were added in the Seecret Friday Update 6 and informally referred to as bamboo or papyrus by many players. Since reeds could be washed away with water currents or instantly destroyed by removing the water adjacent to them, automated reed farms could be made. They can be used to craft paper.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Notch retconned reeds into sugar cane so that it can now be crafted into sugar, included in the recipe for the cakes.
1.6?Arrows no longer stick to sugar cane(s), and instead, they pass through. However, snowballs still come into contact with any sugar cane blocks, as if they are solid.
1.8Pre-releaseSugar 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.
Java Edition
1.7.213w36aSugar Cane.png The color of sugar cane now changes depending on the biome they're in.
13w37aThe item form of block ID 83 (sugar cane) has now been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.915w43aSugar cane no longer breaks if its adjacent water is turned to frosted ice.
1.1317w47aThe ID has now been been changed from reeds to sugar_cane.
Renamed to sugar cane.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 83, and the item's 338.
1.1418w43aSugar Cane (Item).png The texture of the sugar cane item has now been changed.
19w03aPlacing sugarcane into a composter has a 20% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05aSugar cane now has a 50% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Sugar Cane Revision 1.pngSugar Cane (Item) Revision 1.png Added sugar cane. It is not known if this or Sugar Canes was their initial name. They are available in the inventory in the now-unobtainable block form, as opposed to the item, and it is not known when this changed.
0.5.0Sugar cane can now be grown on sand.
0.9.0build 1Sugar Cane.png Sugar cane color now changes depending on the biome they're in.
0.12.1build 1Sugar cane is no longer available from the Nether reactor.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Sugar Cane Revision 1.png Due to a bug, sugar canes no longer change color depending on the biome.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13beta 1.2.13.5Sugar Cane.png The color of sugar canes will again change depending on the biome.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Sugar Cane (Item).png The texture of the sugar cane item has now been changed.
Sugar cane can now be bought from wandering traders.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Sugar canes can now be used to fill up composters.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Sugar Cane Revision 1.pngSugar Cane (Item) Revision 1.png Sugar canes added. They are solid, making it useful for growable walls. It is not known if or when they were renamed to "Sugar Cane".
TU2Sugar canes are no longer solid, and arrows pass through them.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Sugar Cane.png The color of sugar cane now changes depending on the biome they're in.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Sugar Cane (Item).png The texture of the sugar cane item has now been changed.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Sugar Cane" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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 very tall sugar canes (up to y=255, the maximum height for building), although they do not naturally grow this high.
  • Sugar canes usually try to spawn more often on the Legacy Console Edition to ensure that the limited world have some sugar canes to find.
  • 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".

Gallery[edit]

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