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This article is about the block. For the Minecraft edition, see Bedrock Edition.

Bedrock is a block that is normally indestructible in Survival mode.



Bedrock cannot normally be broken in Survival mode with any tool.

However, it can be broken using glitches involving a piston.

Natural generation

Bedrock comprises the five bottom-most layers of the Overworld in a rough pattern, although the top four layers are predominantly flat bedrock with only rare gaps, rendering the lowest, completely flat fifth layer (at Y=-64) mostly inaccessible.

In the Nether, bedrock comprises both the top and bottom four layers in a rough pattern. In both Java and Bedrock Editions, the patterns of bedrock are consistent in the Nether. At the top of the Nether, bedrock prevents the player from ascending above Y=127 without exploiting glitches, although in Java Edition the build limit extends to Y=255 in the Nether like the End.

In the End, a single block of bedrock generates on top of each obsidian pillar, each topped with an end crystal. The bedrock remains after the destruction of the crystal (because it is indestructible), and is lit on fire indefinitely. Bedrock additionally comprises part of the exit portal at the center of the central island. In Bedrock Edition, if one manages to break the bedrock in the exit portal, it reappears when the portal regenerates. Placing an end crystal on bedrock in the End sets it on fire.

An end gateway is generated upon the death of each ender dragon, each containing 12 blocks of bedrock. A total of 20 of these portals generate in a circle around the central island in set positions. The dragon must be killed once for each new gateway. A corresponding end gateway is generated in the inner edge of the outer islands after an end gateway on the main island is activated. Additional end gateways also generate randomly across the outer end islands.


Bedrock's primary usage is as a solid unbreakable block. For example, it prevents players from falling into the void.

Mobs do not spawn on bedrock. Endermen are unable to place the block they are holding onto bedrock.

In The End, any fire on bedrock never extinguishes naturally, similar to netherrack.

Trapping the wither

Main article: Tutorials/Wither cage

Since bedrock is indestructible in Survival, it can be used against the wither. Certain configurations of bedrock (Such as that found under the end exit portal) can be cleverly used to securely trap the wither (or even multiple of them) by spawning them below the bedrock. The wither can then either be easily killed, utilized to break blocks automatically, or used to farm wither roses.

End crystal

Bedrock is one of the two only blocks on which end crystals can be placed, the other being obsidian.

Note Blocks

Note blocks can be placed above Bedrock to produce "bass drum" sounds.

Piston interactivity

Bedrock is unable to be pushed or pulled by either of the piston variants (regular or sticky).


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

Data values


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
BedrockbedrockBlock & Itemdragon_immune

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Bedrockbedrock7Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.

Block states

See also: Block states

In Bedrock Edition, bedrock uses the following block states:

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
Specifies if this bedrock can burn indefinitely.


This section is missing information about bedrock's blast resistance being changed from 18,000,000 to 3,600,000. 
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Java Edition Classic
0.0.12aMay 18, 2009Notch showed bedrock.
releaseBedrock JE1 BE1.png Added bedrock.
The world boundary is lined with a bedrock textured barrier. It is completely unbreakable.
0.0.20aBedrock no longer can be placed or destroyed, except by players on servers with operator permissions.
Operators can now destroy bedrock like any other block.
Operators can now use /solid, which now toggles stone placing itself or turning into bedrock shortly.
If any player attempts to place bedrock using an item edited into their inventory, the server now kicks them, even if they are an operator.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TESTThe bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been replaced with an infinite lava sea. Between this version and Infdev, the bottom of the world would repeatedly switch between bedrock and lava. The reason for this is unknown.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been re-added.
20100130The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been replaced with an infinite lava sea once again.
20100131The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been re-added once again.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227The bedrock at the bottom most layer of the world has been replaced with an infinite lava sea once again.
20100616-1Bedrock now generates at the bottom 5 layers of the world. The infinite lava sea still generates below it.
20100617-2The infinite lava sea under the world has been removed and replaced with an additional layer of bedrock.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0?The Nether has been added, with bedrock at the top and bottom.
Java Edition Beta
1.3Bedrock can no longer be destroyed by planting a wheat seed below it on tilled dirt.
1.6Test Build 3A bug has been fixed in which the player could fall into the void. Destroying a boat or rails with a minecart on the lowest bedrock block caused this to happen.
August 10, 2011Notch tweets that he had accidentally done something to the bedrock layer, but didn't specify what.
1.8Pre-releaseCreative mode has been added, in which bedrock can be placed and destroyed instantly, as can any other block.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6The particle effect for bedrock can now be turned off or lowered.
When the ender dragon dies, it now leaves behind a fountain-like bedrock structure with the dragon egg sitting on top. It has another end portal to return to the player's spawn point.
Added end crystals, which are entities that sit atop a block of flaming bedrock.
Bedrock in the End now burns forever if set on fire, similar to netherrack. It can still be put out by the same methods, as well.
1.112w01aBedrock now generates in the superflat world type.
1.2.112w07aAs the max world height of the Nether has been increased to 256, but Nether world generation is unchanged, mobs and mushrooms are still spawning on top of the bedrock ceiling.
12w07bMobs can no longer spawn on bedrock.
1.814w27bThe texture of bedrock now rotates randomly, giving a more natural look to the bedrock layer.
1.8.2pre5Bedrock no longer obstructs beacon activation or beacon beams.
1.915w31aThe ender dragon no longer creates the exit portal upon death, with it instead generating with the world.
Bedrock now forms as part of the end gateway portal.
16w02aBedrock can no longer drop itself as an item.
1.14November 27, 2018JAPPA tweets an image of the updated bedrock texture.
18w50aBedrock JE2 BE2.png The texture of bedrock has been changed.
1.16.2Pre-release 1Endermen no longer place their held blocks onto bedrock.
1.1721w06aWith the expansion of the underground by 64 layers, Bedrock in the Overworld now generates at y levels -64 to -60.
21w15aThe bedrock layer has been moved back to y levels 0 to 5 due to generation changes being reverted.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1The Overworld's bedrock layer once again generates between Y=-64 and Y=-60.
21w40aThe generation of the bedrock layer is now dependent on the world seed.
21w43aUpgrading worlds from before 1.18 replaces the Overworld's old bedrock layer with deepslate.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Bedrock JE1 BE1.png Added bedrock.
Bedrock appears at the bottom of the world, but is unobtainable even in Creative mode.
v0.8.0build 3Added bedrock to Creative mode.
v0.9.0build 1Added bedrock fog.
v0.12.1build 1Bedrock now generates in the Nether.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha now generates in the End.
Bedrock in the End now burns forever if set on fire, similar to netherrack in the Nether.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2.png The texture of bedrock has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Bedrock JE1 BE1.png Added bedrock.
TU14 1.04 The bedrock on layer 0 can now be broken in a world. However, the player still cannot fall out of the world.
1.90 Bedrock JE2 BE2.png The texture of bedrock has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Bedrock JE1 BE1.png Added bedrock.

Data history

Java Edition
1.814w11bBedrock with numerical metadata variants 1 through 15, which are inaccessible through normal gameplay, now have no model Missing Model JE2.png rather than appearing identical to bedrock.
14w26aBlock metadata has been completely removed from this snapshot onwards with the introduction of block states. As this block never used block metadata at all prior to this version, fifteen unused, inaccessible metadata variants of it have been completely removed from the game:
DV Description
0 Bedrock
1-15 Inaccessible "boring" variants of bedrock
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 7.


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


  • Strongholds can override generated bedrock.
  • The End Portal can break Bedrock.
  • The bedrock texture, regardless of the current default resource pack (Programmer Art or Default), is basically the stone block with really high contrast.
  • Vexes and the ender dragon can fly through bedrock. Additionally, the ender dragon cannot break bedrock.
  • Outside of Minecraft, "bedrock" just means any solid rock beneath the soil layer (So everything below the dirt, sand, or gravel surface). In real life, bedrock is breakable.
  • In Java Edition, the texture of bedrock is randomly rotated or flipped. When the sides line up correctly, a pattern similar to a wither skull might appear.


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