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Wool
White Wool.pngOrange Wool.pngMagenta Wool.pngLight Blue Wool.pngYellow Wool.pngLime Wool.pngPink Wool.pngGray Wool.pngLight Gray Wool.pngCyan Wool.pngPurple Wool.pngBlue Wool.pngBrown Wool.pngGreen Wool.pngRed Wool.pngBlack Wool.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

4

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64), same color only

Flammable

Yes

Catches fire from lava

Yes

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 35 hex: 23 bin: 100011

Namespaced ID

See Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Wool was added to Minecraft a looooOOOong time ago - in June 2009 during the game's "Classic" development phase. It was originally called cloth and came in sixteen different colours that aren't quite the same colours we have today. Knowing that wool was originally cloth helps to explain why you use it to make paintings - I don't know anyone who paints on wool in the real world. Leather armour was also originally made using cloth and called cloth armour.

Duncan Geere[1]

Wool is a block derived from sheep that can be dyed in any of the 16 different colors, which are white, orange, magenta, light blue, yellow, lime, pink, gray, light gray, cyan, purple, blue, brown, green, red, and black. Unlike certain blocks such as terracotta, there exists no undyed wool variant.

Obtaining[edit]

Wool can be broken using any tool, but shears are the fastest tool to use.

Block Wool
Hardness 0.8
Breaking time
Hand 1.25
Shears 0.25

Sheep[edit]

1 to 3 wool is harvested by using shears on an adult sheep. If unshorn, sheep will drop 1 wool upon death. The wool dropped will be the same color as the sheep's wool. The drop rates are not affected by the Fortune or Looting enchantments.

White, light gray, gray, black, brown, and pink wool can be found naturally on sheep. The rest of the colors require dyeing sheep.

Natural generation[edit]

Naturally occurring black wool with torches on them(pre village and pillage).

All wool colors except for magenta, pink, and purple generate naturally as part of structures within woodland mansions.

White and yellow wool generate in shepherd houses, fletcher houses and meeting points in plains villages.

White wool generate as woolen tents in pillager outposts.

Black wool can be found in 33.0% of village shepherd chests in stacks of 1–3.

White wool can be found in 55.8% of village shepherd chests in stacks of 1–8.

Gray wool can be found in 23.3% of village shepherd chests in stacks of 1–3.

Light gray wool can be found in 23.3% of village shepherd chests in stacks of 1–3.

Brown wool can be found in 23.3% of village shepherd chests in stacks of 1–3.

Trading[edit]

Shepherd villagers sell each separate color of wool for a price of 1 to 2 emeralds for one wool as part of their tier 2 trades.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]

Apprentice-level Shepherd villagers have a 50% chance to sell one colored wool for an emerald, giving each wool color a 132 (3.125%) chance of being offered.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Apprentice-level Shepherd villagers have a 27 chance of selling one or two colored wool for an emerald, giving each wool color a 156 (roughly 1.786%) chance of being offered.‌[Java Edition only]

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
White Wool String

Dyed Wool White Wool +
Matching Colored Dye


[Java and Legacy Console editions only]
Wool Any Wool +
Matching Dye


[BedrockEducation and New Nintendo 3DS editions only]
White Wool Any Dyed Wool +
Bleach


[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Any Wool +
Bone Meal or
Lapis Lazuli or
Cocoa Beans or
Ink Sac


[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]

Usage[edit]

Wool blocks are weak, highly flammable, and offer little resistance against explosions. Their primary usage is as a decorative block.

Trading[edit]

Shepherd villagers buy 16 to 22 white wool for 1 emerald as part of their tier 1 trades.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]

Novice-level Shepherd villagers will buy 18 wool for an emerald, with the color it wants being chosen randomly from white, gray, brown, or black.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Novice-level Shepherd villagers will buy 18 wool for an emerald, with the color it wants being chosen randomly from white, gray, brown, or black. The villager has a 34 chance of offering the trade again with a different color.‌[Java Edition only]

Note blocks[edit]

Wool blocks can be placed under note blocks to produce guitar sounds.‌‌[JELCE & BE only][upcoming: BE 1.13.0]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Any color of wool or wood can be used for paintings but it has no effect on the product's final appearance.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Banner Matching Wool +
Stick

Bed Matching Wool +
Any Planks

Wool color must match. Planks do not need to match.
Carpet Matching Wool
Painting Stick +
Any Wool

Fuel[edit]

Wool can be used as fuel in furnaces, smelting 0.5 items per wool block.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
White Wool white_wool
Orange Wool orange_wool
Magenta Wool magenta_wool
Light Blue Wool light_blue_wool
Yellow Wool yellow_wool
Lime Wool lime_wool
Pink Wool pink_wool
Gray Wool gray_wool
Light Gray Wool light_gray_wool
Cyan Wool cyan_wool
Purple Wool purple_wool
Blue Wool blue_wool
Brown Wool brown_wool
Green Wool green_wool
Red Wool red_wool
Black Wool black_wool

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Wool wool 35

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, wool uses the following data values:

Data value Description Color Code[note 1]
Dec Hex old new
0 0x0 White wool #DDDDDD #E9ECEC
1 0x1 Orange wool #DB7D3E #F07613
2 0x2 Magenta wool #B350BC #BD44B3
3 0x3 Light blue wool #6B8AC9 #3AAFD9
4 0x4 Yellow wool #B1A627 #F8C627
5 0x5 Lime wool #41AE38 #70B919
6 0x6 Pink wool #D08499 #ED8DAC
7 0x7 Gray wool #404040 #3E4447
8 0x8 Light gray wool #9AA1A1 #8E8E86
9 0x9 Cyan wool #2E6E89 #158991
10 0xA Purple wool #7E3DB5 #792AAC
11 0xB Blue wool #2E388D #35399D
12 0xC Brown wool #4F321F #724728
13 0xD Green wool #35461B #546D1B
14 0xE Red wool #963430 #A12722
15 0xF Black wool #191616 #141519
  1. Wool has a mottled pattern. These are the average RGB color values for the default texture.


Block states[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, wool use the following block states:

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
colorwhitewhiteWhite Wool
orangeOrange Wool
magentaMagenta Wool
light_blueLight Blue Wool
yellowYellow Wool
limeLime Wool
pinkPink Wool
grayGray Wool
silverLight Gray Wool
cyanCyan Wool
purplePurple Wool
blueBlue Wool
brownBrown Wool
greenGreen Wool
redRed Wool
blackBlack Wool

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Rainbow CollectionGather all 16 colors of wool.All the colors of wool do not have to be in the inventory at the same time, but must have been picked up by the player once.Xbox OneYesYesWii U, Switch30GSilver
Xbox 360Alt20G

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding multiple colors of cloth.
0.0.20aClassic wool color spectrum. Cloth was added in 16 different color shades. It had white, light gray, gray, 12 colors from the hue cycle, with an additional purple.
0.27 SURVIVAL TESTAdded sheep, which will drop white cloth.
0.28_01Classic wool color spectrum. Gray cloth is now more contrast.
Java Edition Indev
0.31January 25, 2010, 2Cloth can now be found in the starting chests.
January 30, 2010Cloth can now be crafted using four string.
February 12, 2010, 1Sheep will now drop white, gray and light gray cloth.
February 18, 2010Cloth can now be used to craft armor.
February 23, 2010Cloth is now used to craft paintings.
Sheep will only drop gray cloth.
Java Edition Infdev
June 27, 2010Removed all cloth colors except white.
Sheep will now drop white cloth instead of gray.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.8Changed the recipe of cloth/leather armor from cloth to leather.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Beta wool color spectrum. Changed the color shades to 16 colors: White, Light Gray (Silver), Gray, Black, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime, Green, Cyan, Light Blue, Blue, Purple, Magenta, Pink.
Renamed cloth to wool.
Added 16 dyes; white sheep can now be dyed by using on them while holding any dye.
Light gray, gray, and black sheep will now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool.
1.3Wool is now used to craft beds.
1.4Brown and pink sheep will now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool.
1.6.6Changed the crafting recipe of wool, reducing the amount of string required from 9 to 4 pieces.
1.7Added shears to shear sheep without hurting them, dropping 2-4 wool.
Sheep will no longer drop wool when hit, albeit they drop one wool when being killed when they are unsheared.
1.8?Villages will now generate with lamp posts containing black wool.
Java Edition
1.1?Sheep will now graze grass blocks and eat grass to regain their wool, keeping the color they had before shearing.
As a counterbalance, shearing sheep will now yield 1-3 wool instead of 2-4.
1.2.4releaseJava Edition 1.2.4 wool. Tweaked the saturation of wool, making wool blocks slightly darker than before.
1.3.112w21a54 orange wool and 1 blue wool will now naturally generate as part of desert temples.
Wool of any color can now be sold to farmer villagers, at 14–21 wool for 1 emerald.
1.6.113w16aWool is now used to craft carpets.
1.814w02aTrading changed: shepherd villagers now buy 16–22 white wool for 1 emerald. They also sell 1 wool for 1–2 emeralds, 1 offer for each color. Farmer villagers no longer trade wool.
14w03aDesert temples will now generate with stained clay instead of wool.
14w30aWool is now used to craft banners.
1.1116w33aWool can now be used to fuel furnaces.
16w39aVarious wool colors will now generate within structures inside woodland mansions.
16w44aWhite wool is now called "White Wool" rather than just "Wool".
1.12January 23, 2017Jeb tweets a preview of changes to the wool color palette, adding that "the texture itself may need work."
January 27, 2017Jeb tweets another screenshot of further changes to the wool colors, alongside the new concrete blocks. "The noise needs some tweaking," he adds.
17w06aJava Edition 1.12 wool color spectrum. The color spectrum has been changed for a second time, resulting in new textures for all wool and wool-related items.
17w17aWool can now be used to play the guitar, if they are under note blocks.
1.1317w47aThe different block states for the wool ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 35.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Java Edition 1.2.4 wool. Wool are now only available at 13 colors (which?) and now with colors from the pre-1.12 versions.
0.2.0Added the ability to shear sheep.
0.4.0Added a crafting recipe for wool.
Wool is now used to craft beds.
0.5.0Wool is now used to craft paintings.
0.8.0build 2Red wool can now be used to craft red carpets.
0.9.0build 1Black wool now naturally spawns in villages.
The remaining carpet colors can now be crafted using wool.
0.9.3Wool now has smooth lighting.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.0Shepherd villagers now buy 16–22 white wool for 1 emerald. They also sell 1 wool for 1–2 emeralds, 1 offer for each color.
1.1.0January 27, 2017Jeb tweets a picture of new wool textures beside the concrete blocks mentioning that they are a work in progress for Pocket Edition 1.1.
alpha 1.1.0.0Java Edition 1.12 wool color spectrum. The color spectrum has been changed, resulting in new textures for all wool and wool-related items.
Added beds in 16 colors. As a result, the wool has to match in order for the bed to be crafted.
Various wool colors will now generate within structures inside woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Wool can now used to craft banners.
beta 1.2.0.7Any color of wool can now be dyed.
1.4.0beta 1.2.20.1Bleach can now be used to make colored wool turn into white wool.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Regular "Wool" has now been renamed to "White Wool".
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Wool will now generate in plains villages and pillager outpost tents.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Wool can now be found in village shepherd chests.
beta 1.11.0.4Trading has changed, shepherd villagers now have a 132 (3.125%) chance to sell one of 16 colored wool for an emerarld.
Shepherd villagers now have a 25% chance to buy 18 white wool for an emerald, a 25% chance to buy 18 gray wool for an emerald, a 25% chance to buy 18 black wool for an emerald, and a 25% chance to buy 18 brown wool for an emerald as part of their first tier trades.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Wool can now be used to play the guitar, if they are under note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch s1Added wool (all 16 colors).
TU9Sheep can now regrow their wool by eating grass or tall grass.
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch s3Java Edition 1.12 wool color spectrum. The color spectrum has been changed, resulting in new textures for all wool and wool-related items.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added wool.

Issues[edit]

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