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Type:Block, Natural
Mine with:Hand, Shovel
Stackable:Yes, 64
Found naturally:Yes

Dirt is a block that can have trees and other naturally generated plants placed on it.


Dirt can be broken by hand, but using a shovel will speed up the process.


Dirt has a 0.36% chance of being caught while fishing with an unenchanted fishing rod. It is part of the junk category.

This makes dirt technically renewable.

Natural Generation

It is very easily found in forest biomes, plain biomes, mountain biomes, and mushroom biomes.

Dirt Based Blocks

Dirt is dropped by grass and mycelium if they are broken without a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. Farmland always drops dirt when broken, even with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch.

Farmland turns into dirt if it is not close enough to a water source.


When an Enderman holding a dirt is killed, he always drops dirt.


When a block of dirt has no solid blocks at least up to 3 blocks above it, it will eventually switch to a grass block.


Trees, bamboo and sugarcane can all be grown on dirt. Itself and grass are the only block that passive mobs, such as pigs and cows, spawn on.

When tilled with a hoe, it switches to farmland, allowing crops such as wheat or pumpkins to be grown on it.

Crafting Ingredient

Dirt is required in the recipe for soul sand.

Netherrack Dirt Invisible-sprite Invisible-sprite Soul sand

Dirt is also required in the recipe for coarse dirt.

Gravel Dirt Dirt Gravel Coarse dirt

Dirt can be used to make gold soil.

Invisible-sprite Gold ingot Invisible-sprite Gold ingot Dirt Gold ingot Invisible-sprite Gold ingot Invisible-sprite Gold soil

Dirt can be used to make dirt balls

Invisible-sprite Dirt Invisible-sprite Dirt Dirt Dirt Invisible-sprite Dirt Invisible-sprite Dirt Ball8


Version Date Changes
1.19 Nov 19, 2011
  • Updated texture of dirt
1.27 Nov 13, 2015
  • The texture of dirt was updated
  • Dirt is used to craft coarse dirt and soul sand
1.28 Oct 08, 2016
  • Dirt is no longer flammable
1.31 Dec 30, 2023
  • Dirt is now used to craft the Dirt Ball


  • Since dirt only checks 5 blocks above it, it can change to grass underground.


  • Easily get rid of the dirt using acid.


See also