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Dirt.pngCoarse Dirt.pngPodzol.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 03 hex: 3 bin: 11

Namespaced ID


Dirt is a block found abundantly in the Overworld.

Coarse Dirt is a variation of dirt that will not grow grass.

Podzol is another variant.


All variants will drop as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to break them.

Block Dirt
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Natural generation[edit]

Dirt is found at any altitude, and comprises the majority of the upper terrain layers in most overworld biomes.

There are approximately 1,850 dirt per chunk in Plains, Forest, Tundra, Jungle, and Extreme Hills biomes. There can be as many as 3,000 in chunks with high mountains. Dirt generates in pockets underground as well. Dirt also generates naturally in the butcher's shop and in some houses in villages.

Coarse dirt can be found in mega taiga, mesa and savanna biomes.

Podzol generates naturally in mega taiga biomes.

Dirt based blocks[edit]

When grass, mycelium, or podzol are broken using a tool that is not enchanted with silk touch, it will drop dirt.

Farmland will drop dirt when broken. It will also turn into dirt if either a mob jumps on it, or if nothing is planted on it and it is not within four blocks of water.

Coarse dirt can be tilled to become dirt.

In pocket edition, grass path blocks drop dirt when broken.‌[upcoming]


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coarse Dirt Dirt +


Dirt's primary use is for farming, but it can also be used as a highly available building block.


Dirt, coarse dirt and podzol have the ability to grow saplings, sugar canes, and mushrooms, which can be planted directly in dirt under appropriate conditions.

Using a hoe on dirt will turn it into farmland, enabling wheat seeds, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, potatoes, and carrots to be planted on it. If you use a hoe on coarse dirt, it will turn into dirt instead.

Podzol allows mushrooms to be placed on it no matter the light level, allowing the growing of huge mushrooms, like mycelium.

Grass and mycelium spreading[edit]

When a dirt block is adjacent to a grass block and is exposed to a light level of at least 4, it will eventually be converted into a grass block at random intervals.

Mycelium spreads in similar fashion, but requires a light level of at least 9.

Neither mycelium nor grass will spread onto coarse dirt or podzol.

Data values[edit]

Block data[edit]

DV Description
0 Dirt
1 Coarse Dirt

In pocket edition, podzol has a data value of 243.

Block states[edit]

Name Default value Allowed values Description
snowytrue, falseIf true
Podzol in particular uses a snowy side and top texture.

this is true when dirt has snow or snow (layer) on top.



Java Edition pre-Classic
rd-160052Dirt was added. Grass would grow on dirt when under light.
Java Edition Indev
February 6, 2010Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
Java Edition Infdev
June 17, 2010Dirt is now generated naturally underground, along with gravel, for more varied caves.
Java Edition Beta
1.81.8-pre1Dirt now generates naturally in villages.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9-pre1Mycelium is introduced and now spreads to dirt.
Beta 1.9-pre5The texture was changed from Dirt Revision 1.png to Dirt.png.
1.4.212w38aDirt was given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.
1.7.213w36aA "grassless dirt" variant was added that grass would not spread onto. Its Block ID was minecraft:dirt/1.
Added podzol.
1.8June 11, 2014Ryan Holtz revealed a new coarse dirt block, including its crafting recipe. "This will be a transparent switch-over in terms of world generation, as the coarse dirt block uses the same block ID and data value as the original grassless dirt block. As a result, even old worlds with the grassless dirt blocks should have them seamlessly change over to coarse dirt."
14w25aAdded coarse dirt as a craftable and visually distinct replacement for 'grassless dirt'. Its Block ID is still minecraft:dirt/1. It could be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
14w27bDirt's textures now rotate randomly due to the addition of arrays to the block model format.
14w32aCoarse dirt is now tilled into regular dirt.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Dirt was added.
0.4.0Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.
0.8.0The textures on dirt are now randomly rotated.
0.9.0Grassless dirt and podzol are added.
0.11.0build 1Dirt can be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1Dirt was added.
Pi Edition
0.1.1Dirt was added.


Issues relating to "Dirt", "Coarse Dirt", or "Podzol" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.