Clay is a block that can be found abundantly in lush caves, in patches in shallow surface water or converted from mud using pointed dripstone. It can be smelted into terracotta or broken into clay balls which are smeltable into bricks.
Clay blocks can be mined with any item, 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. Destroying a clay block with a tool enchanted with Fortune does not increase the amount of clay dropped.
- ↑ Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
Clay generates in large quantities on the floors of ponds in lush caves.
Clay can also generate in lush caves in the form of blobs. Clay attempts to generate 46 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-160, at any height. Clay can replace stone, diorite, andesite, granite, deepslate, and tuff.
Clay is found underwater in swamps, beaches, oceans, and at the bottoms of rivers and lakes in shallow, crystal-shaped disks, disregarding adjacency to other types of blocks.
Clay generates in mason houses in plains, savanna, and desert villages, and under fisher cottages in taiga villages.
An enderman holding a clay block drops the block upon death.
In Java Edition, when the player has the Hero of the Village status effect, a mason villager might throw that player a clay block as a gift.
If mud is placed above a block with a pointed dripstone underneath, the mud eventually turns into clay, although the dripstone does not deposit any water into a cauldron.
Clay can be placed under note blocks to produce flute sounds.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Once the block has broken||1.0||0.8||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||When the block is placed||1.0||0.8||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||While the block is in the process of being broken||0.25||0.5||16|
|None[sound 1]||Entity-Dependent||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Footsteps||Entity-Dependent||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|Blocks||Once the block has broken||1.0||0.8-1.0|
|Blocks||When the block is placed||1.0||0.8-1.0|
|Blocks||While the block is in the process of being broken||0.17||0.5|
|Players||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.4||1.0|
|Players||Walking on the block||0.3||1.0|
|Players||Jumping from the block||0.1||1.0|
|Players||Falling on the block without fall damage||0.17||1.0|
|Name||Identifier||Form||Block tags||Translation key|
|Clay||Block & Item|
|Name||Identifier||Numeric ID||Form||Item ID[i 1]||Translation key|
|Clay Block||Block & Giveable Item[i 2]||Identical[i 3]|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.11||Added clay blocks.|
|Clay generates naturally as clay blobs.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Pre-release||Clay is now found as disks underwater mostly on the bottom of rivers, beaches, and oceans and is common in the submerged area of swamps and shallow "lakes" (1 and 2 meters deep) in large quantities.|
|1.6.1||13w17a||Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Clay is no longer found on the ocean floor.|
|1.12||17w17a||Clay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 82.|
|?||Clay can be found in oceans once again.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of clay blocks has been changed.|
|18w48a||Clay now generates in the updated plains villages.|
|18w49a||Clay now generates in the updated savanna villages.|
|18w50a||Clay now generates in the updated desert and taiga villages.|
|19w13a||Mason villagers now give clay to players under the Hero of the Village effect, making clay renewable.|
|1.17||21w10a||Clay can now generate in the lush caves, though the biome doesn't generate outside of buffet or custom worlds yet.|
|1.18||Experimental Snapshot 1||Lush caves now generate naturally, making clay available from them in regular worlds.|
|1.19||22w14a||Mud now can be converted into clay by placing it above a block which has pointed dripstone underneath.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.1.0||Added clay blocks.|
|Clay generates naturally as clay blobs.|
|v0.3.2||Clay blocks now drop 4 clay balls when broken.|
|Clay blocks can now be crafted from 4 clay balls.|
|v0.3.3||Clay blocks are now available in the creative inventory.|
|v0.9.0||build 1||Clay blocks are found in disks underwater.|
|build 11||Clay can now be smelted into hardened clay.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Clay blocks now generate in village mason houses.|
|The texture of clay blocks has been changed.|
|1.13.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Clay placed under note blocks now make it produce flute sounds.|
|1.16.220||beta 18.104.22.168||Clay can now generate in lush caves, though the biome does not generate naturally yet.|
|1.17.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Lush caves now generate throughout the Overworld behind the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle, making clay available in vanilla worlds this way.|
|release||Lush caves have been made inaccessible in the full release, making clay no longer obtainable from them.|
|1.17.10||release||Lush caves can now generate naturally outside of the beta versions behind the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle, making clay once again available from them.|
|1.19.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Mud now can be converted into clay by placing it above a block which has pointed dripstone underneath making clay renewable.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added clay blocks.|
|1.90||The texture of clay blocks has been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added clay blocks.|
Issues relating to "Clay" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.
- 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.
- Block of the Week: Clay – Minecraft.net on June 2, 2017