Dirt is a block found abundantly in the Overworld. Dirt will drop as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to break it.


Dirt is not worthless.


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 blocks 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.

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. Grass paths will also drop dirt when broken, regardless of if the shovel has Silk Touch.

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.

Usage Edit

Farming Edit

Dirt has 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, carrots and beetroot seeds to be planted on it.

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.

History Edit

rd-20090515 Dirt was added. Grass would grow on dirt when under light.
February 6, 2010 Dirt can now be tilled with a hoe into farmland.
June 17, 2010 Dirt is now generated naturally underground, along with gravel, for more varied caves.
1.8 1.8-pre1 Dirt now generates naturally in villages.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Mycelium is introduced and now spreads to dirt.
Beta 1.9-pre5 The texture was changed, having a very slightly different arrangement of grains around the sides.
1.4.2 12w38a Dirt was given new sounds for being placed and walked upon.
1.7.2 13w36a A "grassless dirt" variant was added that grass would not spread onto. Its Block ID was minecraft:dirt/1.
1.8 June 11, 2014 Ryan 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."
14w27b Dirt's textures now rotate randomly due to the addition of arrays to the block model format.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Dirt was added.
0.4.0 Dirt can now be hoed into farmland.
0.8.0 The textures on dirt are now randomly rotated.
0.9.0 Grassless dirt added.
0.11.0 build 1 Dirt can be obtained by breaking grass path blocks.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Dirt was added.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Coarse dirt was added.