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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
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64), same color only

Tool

Blast resistance

0.8

Hardness

0.8

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

Yes (30)

Catches fire from lava

Yes

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 Leather armour was also originally made using cloth and called cloth armour.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 obtained 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 (even the white wool doesn't count as an undyed wool variant).

Occurrence[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

All wool colors (except 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 generates as woolen tents in pillager outposts.

Obtaining[edit]

Loot[edit]

From block loot[edit]

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

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
Default
blocks/white_woolWhite Wool1 (100%)
blocks/orange_woolOrange Wool1 (100%)
blocks/magenta_woolMagenta Wool1 (100%)
blocks/light_blue_woolLight Blue Wool1 (100%)
blocks/yellow_woolYellow Wool1 (100%)
blocks/lime_woolLime Wool1 (100%)
blocks/pink_woolPink Wool1 (100%)
blocks/gray_woolGray Wool1 (100%)
blocks/light_gray_woolLight Gray Wool1 (100%)
blocks/cyan_woolCyan Wool1 (100%)
blocks/blue_woolBlue Wool1 (100%)
blocks/purple_woolPurple Wool1 (100%)
blocks/green_woolGreen Wool1 (100%)
blocks/brown_woolBrown Wool1 (100%)
blocks/red_woolRed Wool1 (100%)
blocks/black_woolBlack Wool1 (100%)

From mob loot[edit]

Using shears on an adult sheep yields 1-3 wool. If unshorn, sheep drop 1 wool upon death. The wool dropped is the same color as the sheep. The drop rates are not affected by the Fortune or Looting enchantments.

White, light gray, gray, black, brown, and (rarely) pink wool can be found naturally on sheep. Getting a sheep of a different color requires dyeing the sheep.

From chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Black Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 33%
Bedrock Edition
Black Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 33%
Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
White Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–8 55.8%
Bedrock Edition
White Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–8 55.8%
Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Gray Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 23.3%
Bedrock Edition
Gray Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 23.3%
Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Light Gray Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 23.3%
Bedrock Edition
Light Gray Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 23.3%
Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Brown Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 23.3%
Bedrock Edition
Brown Wool Village Shepherd's chest 1–3 23.3%

Recipes[edit]

From crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
White Wool String

Dyed Wool White Wool +
Matching Colored Dye


[Java Edition only]
Wool Any Wool +
Matching Dye


[Bedrock and Education 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


[Bedrock and Education editions only]

From trading[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, 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.

In Java Edition, 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.

Usage[edit]

Info[edit]

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

Breaking[edit]

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

Block Wool
Hardness 0.8
Breaking time
Default 1.25
Shears 0.25

Block loot[edit]

Wool drops itself when broken with the correct tool if any is assigned. Refer to the Obtaining section for more info.

Trading[edit]

Novice-level Shepherd villagers offer to buy 18 wool for an emerald, with the color being sold chosen randomly from white, gray, brown, or black.‌[BE only]

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

Note blocks[edit]

Wool blocks can be placed under note blocks to produce guitar sounds.‌

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]

In Java Edition, wool can be used as fuel in furnaces and their variants, smelting 0.5 items per wool block.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the block?? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damage?? ?
?Mining the block?? 0.5
?Jumping from the block?? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damage?? ?
?Walking on the block?? ?
?Placing the block?? 0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
White Woolwhite_wool block.minecraft.white_wool
Orange Woolorange_wool block.minecraft.orange_wool
Magenta Woolmagenta_wool block.minecraft.magenta_wool
Light Blue Woollight_blue_wool block.minecraft.light_blue_wool
Yellow Woolyellow_wool block.minecraft.yellow_wool
Lime Woollime_wool block.minecraft.lime_wool
Pink Woolpink_wool block.minecraft.pink_wool
Gray Woolgray_wool block.minecraft.gray_wool
Light Gray Woollight_gray_wool block.minecraft.light_gray_wool
Cyan Woolcyan_wool block.minecraft.cyan_wool
Purple Woolpurple_wool block.minecraft.purple_wool
Blue Woolblue_wool block.minecraft.blue_wool
Brown Woolbrown_wool block.minecraft.brown_wool
Green Woolgreen_wool block.minecraft.green_wool
Red Woolred_wool block.minecraft.red_wool
Black Woolblack_wool block.minecraft.black_wool

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Woolwool 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
colorwhitewhite
orange
magenta
light_blue
yellow
lime
pink
gray
silver
cyan
purple
blue
brown
green
red
black

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
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.30GSilver

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding multiple colors of cloth.
0.0.20aWhite Cloth.png Light Gray Cloth Revision 1.png Dark Gray Cloth Revision 1.png Red Cloth.png Orange Cloth.png Yellow Cloth.png Chartreuse Cloth.png Green Cloth.png Spring Green Cloth.png Cyan Cloth.png Capri Cloth.png Ultramarine Cloth.png Violet Cloth.png Purple Cloth.png Magenta Cloth.png Rose Cloth.png Added cloth in 16 different color shades.
Cloth has white, light gray, gray, 12 colors from the hue cycle, with an additional purple.
They used the breaking sounds of grass. When this was added and when this was changed is unknown,
0.28Added sheep, which drop white cloth.
Light Gray Cloth.png Dark Gray Cloth.png Gray cloth is now darker.[verify]
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100201-1Cloth can now be crafted using nine string.
20100212-1Sheep now drop white, gray, and light gray cloth.
20100218Cloth can now be used to craft armor.
20100223Cloth is now used to craft paintings.
Sheep now drop only gray cloth.
Java Edition Infdev
20100624All cloth colors have now been removed, except white cloth.
Sheep now drop white cloth instead of gray.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.8The crafting recipe of cloth/leather armor has now been changed from cloth to leather.
Java Edition Beta
1.0Cloth is now called "wool", shown in the newly-introduced item tooltips.
1.2Light Gray Wool JE1 BE1.png Gray Wool JE1 BE1.png Black Wool JE1 BE1.png Brown Wool JE1 BE1.png Red Wool JE1 BE1.png Orange Wool JE1 BE1.png Yellow Wool JE1 BE1.png Lime Wool JE1 BE1.png Green Wool JE1 BE1.png Cyan Wool JE1 BE1.png Light Blue Wool JE1 BE1.png Blue Wool JE1 BE1.png Purple Wool JE1 BE1.png Magenta Wool JE1 BE1.png Pink Wool JE1 BE1.png Re-added colored wool with a new spectrum.
Added 16 dyes; white sheep can now be dyed by using on them while holding any dye.
Light gray, gray, and black sheep now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool.
Brown wool are currently impossible obtain in the game without hacks.
1.3Wool is now used to craft beds.
1.4Brown and pink sheep now rarely spawn, dropping the corresponding colored wool making that brown wool to obtain in the game without hacks.
1.6.6The crafting recipe of wool has now been changed, 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 no longer drop wool when hit, albeit they drop one wool when being killed when they are unsheared.
1.8Pre-releaseVillages now generate with lamp posts containing black wool.
Java Edition
1.111w49aSheep now graze grass blocks and eat grass to regain their wool, keeping the color they had before shearing.
As a counterbalance, shearing sheep now yields 1-3 wool instead of 2-4.
1.2.4Light Gray Wool JE2 BE2.png Gray Wool JE2 BE2.png Black Wool JE2 BE2.png Brown Wool JE2 BE2.png Red Wool JE2 BE2.png Orange Wool JE2 BE2.png Yellow Wool JE2 BE2.png Lime Wool JE2 BE2.png Green Wool JE2 BE2.png Cyan Wool JE2 BE2.png Light Blue Wool JE2 BE2.png Blue Wool JE2 BE2.png Purple Wool JE2 BE2.png Magenta Wool JE2 BE2.png Pink Wool JE2 BE2.png The saturation of wool has now been tweaked, making wool blocks slightly darker than before.
1.3.112w21a54 orange wool and 1 blue wool 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 has now been 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 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 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.
17w06aWhite Wool.png Light Gray Wool.png Gray Wool.png Black Wool.png Brown Wool.png Red Wool.png Orange Wool.png Yellow Wool.png Lime Wool.png Green Wool.png Cyan Wool.png Light Blue Wool.png Blue Wool.png Purple Wool.png Magenta Wool.png Pink Wool.png 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
0.1.0Light Gray Wool JE1 BE1.png Gray Wool JE1 BE1.png Brown Wool JE1 BE1.png Red Wool JE1 BE1.png Yellow Wool JE1 BE1.png Lime Wool JE1 BE1.png Green Wool JE1 BE1.png Cyan Wool JE1 BE1.png Light Blue Wool JE1 BE1.png Blue Wool JE1 BE1.png Purple Wool JE1 BE1.png Pink Wool JE1 BE1.png Added 12 colors of wool.
0.2.0Black Wool JE1 BE1.png Added black wool.
The ability to shear sheep has been added, which drops wool.
0.3.0Orange Wool JE1 BE1.png Magenta Wool JE1 BE1.png Added orange and magenta wool.
0.4.0White Cloth.png Added white wool.
A crafting recipe for wool has now been added.
Wool is now used to craft beds.
0.5.0Wool is now used to craft paintings.
0.8.0build 2Light Gray Wool JE2 BE2.png Gray Wool JE2 BE2.png Black Wool JE2 BE2.png Brown Wool JE2 BE2.png Red Wool JE2 BE2.png Orange Wool JE2 BE2.png Yellow Wool JE2 BE2.png Lime Wool JE2 BE2.png Green Wool JE2 BE2.png Cyan Wool JE2 BE2.png Light Blue Wool JE2 BE2.png Blue Wool JE2 BE2.png Purple Wool JE2 BE2.png Magenta Wool JE2 BE2.png Pink Wool JE2 BE2.png The saturation of wool has now been tweaked, making wool blocks slightly darker than before.
Red 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 1.1.0.0White Wool.png Light Gray Wool.png Gray Wool.png Black Wool.png Brown Wool.png Red Wool.png Orange Wool.png Yellow Wool.png Lime Wool.png Green Wool.png Cyan Wool.png Light Blue Wool.png Blue Wool.png Purple Wool.png Magenta Wool.png Pink Wool.png 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 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 now generates 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 now been changed, shepherd villagers now have a 132 (3.125%) chance to sell one of 16 colored wool for an emerald.
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.
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 11.0.1White Cloth.png Light Gray Wool JE1 BE1.png Gray Wool JE1 BE1.png Black Wool JE1 BE1.png Brown Wool JE1 BE1.png Red Wool JE1 BE1.png Orange Wool JE1 BE1.png Yellow Wool JE1 BE1.png Lime Wool JE1 BE1.png Green Wool JE1 BE1.png Cyan Wool JE1 BE1.png Light Blue Wool JE1 BE1.png Blue Wool JE1 BE1.png Purple Wool JE1 BE1.png Magenta Wool JE1 BE1.png Pink Wool JE1 BE1.png Added wool.
TU9Sheep can now regrow their wool by eating grass or tall grass.
TU53CU431.49Patch 231.0.3White Wool.png Light Gray Wool.png Gray Wool.png Black Wool.png Brown Wool.png Red Wool.png Orange Wool.png Yellow Wool.png Lime Wool.png Green Wool.png Cyan Wool.png Light Blue Wool.png Blue Wool.png Purple Wool.png Magenta Wool.png Pink Wool.png The color spectrum has been changed, resulting in new textures for all wool and wool-related items.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Light Gray Wool JE2 BE2.png Gray Wool JE2 BE2.png Black Wool JE2 BE2.png Brown Wool JE2 BE2.png Red Wool JE2 BE2.png Orange Wool JE2 BE2.png Yellow Wool JE2 BE2.png Lime Wool JE2 BE2.png Green Wool JE2 BE2.png Cyan Wool JE2 BE2.png Light Blue Wool JE2 BE2.png Blue Wool JE2 BE2.png Purple Wool JE2 BE2.png Magenta Wool JE2 BE2.png Pink Wool JE2 BE2.png Added wool.

Issues[edit]

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

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