Clay

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Clay
Clay Block JE2 BE2.png
Renewable

Yes‌[JE only]
No‌[BE only]

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.6

Hardness

0.6

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Clay is a block that can be found below water.

Occurrence[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Clay is commonly found at the bottoms of rivers and lakes in shallow, crystal-shaped patches, disregarding adjacency to other types of blocks. It can also be found commonly in swamps.

Clay generates inside mason houses in plains, savanna, and desert villages.

Obtaining[edit]

Loot[edit]

From block loot[edit]

If broken with a tool enchanted with silk touch, it drops itself instead.

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
DefaultSilk Touch
blocks/clayClay4 (100%)1 (100%)

From villager gifts[edit]

If a player has the Hero of the Village status effect, a mason villager might give that player a clay block as thanks.‌[Java Edition only]

Recipes[edit]

From crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Clay (ball)

Usage[edit]

Breaking[edit]

Clay blocks can be mined with anything, but shovels are quickest. Destroying a clay block yields 4 clay balls. If broken with a tool enchanted with silk touch, it drops itself instead.

Block Clay
Hardness 0.6
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Destroying a clay block with a tool enchanted with fortune does not increase the amount of clay dropped.

Block loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
DefaultSilk Touch
blocks/clayClay4 (100%)1 (100%)

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Terracotta Clay +
Any fuel


0.35

Note block[edit]

Clay can be placed under note blocks to produce flute sounds.‌[JE & BE only]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.gravel.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.gravel.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.gravel.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.gravel.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.gravel.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.gravel? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.gravel? ?
?Mining the blockhit.gravel? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.gravel? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.gravel? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.gravel? ?
?Placing the blockuse.gravel? 0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Clayclay block.minecraft.clay

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Clayclay 82tile.clay.name

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Clay Block JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
v1.1.0Clay is now more common in newly generated worlds.
Java Edition Beta
1.6?In newly generated chunks, clay blocks now generate only when the x and z coordinates are the same, which severely limits the amount of clay on the map.[1]
1.7The bug for clay blocks in Beta 1.6 has now been fixed.
1.8Pre-releaseClay is commonly found underwater mostly on the bottom of rivers and is common in the submerged area of swamps and shallow "lakes" (1 and 2 meters deep) in large quantities. However, clay can now be found on dry land in the middle of sand piles and sometimes, underneath the sand.
Java Edition
1.6.113w17aClay can now be smelted into hardened clay.
1.7.213w36aClay is no longer found on the ocean floor.
1.915w31aIt is now possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay in the End.
15w44aIt is no longer possible to spawn an ender dragon by creating a creeper face using clay.
1.1217w17aClay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 82.
1.1418w43aClay Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Clay Block JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
0.9.0build 11Clay blocks can now be smelted into hardened clay.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Clay blocks now generate in village mason houses.
Clay Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has now been changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Clay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Clay Block JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.
1.90Clay Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of clay blocks has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Clay Block JE1 BE1.png Added clay blocks.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • In real life, clay can actually be reddish-brown, not just gray, and can be often found under the surface and away from sand. This color is reflected in the appearance of terracotta, bricks, and flower pots.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Reddit: Clay formula in 1.6.6: x=z. Notch acknowledges this specific bug in a comment.