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This article is about the base block. For other uses, see Deepslate (disambiguation).

Deepslate is a stone type found deep underground in the Overworld that functions similarly to regular stone, but is significantly more difficult to break.



Deepslate can only be obtained by mining it using a pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment, otherwise it drops cobbled deepslate. If broken with any other tool, it drops nothing. The breaking time for deepslate is twice the time for stone.

Block Deepslate
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 2.25
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 0.4
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation

Deepslate makes up the majority of the solid blocks generated below Y=0 in the Overworld. Stone is gradually replaced from Y=8 to Y=0 until it is completely replaced by deepslate.

Deepslate also generates in ancient cities.

Chest loot

On ancient_city/city_center/city_center_2, they generate a furnace with 24 deepslate inside of it.


Deepslate can be smelted from cobbled deepslate.

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Cobbled Deepslate +
Any fuel



Deepslate can be placed in three orientations, similarly to logs. Silverfish can enter and hide in deepslate, creating an infested block.

Note blocks

Deepslate can be placed under note blocks to produce the "bass drum" sound.


Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

Data values


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
DeepslatedeepslateBlock & Itembase_stone_overworld

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Deepslatedeepslate633Block & 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

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisy xThe deepslate is oriented east–west.
yThe deepslate is oriented vertically.
zThe deepslate is oriented north–south.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
pillar_axisNot Supportedy xUnsupportedThe deepslate is oriented east–west.
yUnsupportedThe deepslate is oriented vertically.
zUnsupportedThe deepslate is oriented north–south.


October 3, 2020Grimstone (pre-release).png Grimstone was shown unnamed as part of deep dark caves biome at Minecraft Live 2020.
Java Edition
1.1721w07aDeepslate JE1.png Added grimstone.
February 22, 2021Cobbled Deepslate JE1.png JAPPA shows new texture of grimstone.
1.1721w08aDeepslate JE2.png Changed texture and model. Added top texture.
”Grimstone” has been renamed to “Deepslate”.
Cobblestone-like behavior has been moved to cobbled deepslate.
Deepslate now drops cobbled deepslate.
Ores that spawn in deepslate now convert to their deepslate variant.
March 4, 2021Deepslate (pre-release 2).png JAPPA shows the new texture of deepslate.
March 4, 2021Deepslate JE3.png JAPPA shows the new darker texture of deepslate.
1.1721w10aDeepslate (UD) JE3.png Changed texture of deepslate, once again.
Deepslate (EW) JE3.png Deepslate (NS) JE3.png Deepslate can now be placed along any axis.
Deepslate can now be obtained through smelting cobbled deepslate.
Silverfish may now turn normal deepslate into infested deepslate.
21w13aDeepslate blobs can now be found between Y=0 and Y=16.
21w15aDue to 1.17 being split into two parts, deepslate now generates only between Y=0 and Y=16.
21w18aIf the Caves & Cliffs Prototype Data Pack is applied to a world, deepslate blobs above Y=0 were removed.
1.18experimental snapshot 1Stone is gradually replaced from Y=0 to Y=-7 and is completely replaced from Y=-8 to bedrock by deepslate
21w43aUpgrading worlds from before 1.18 changes the old bedrock layer to deepslate.
21w44aNow the gradual transition from stone starts at height between Y=0 to Y=8, rather than Y=-8 to Y=0 previously.
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Deepslate now generate as part of ancient cities.
22w13aDeepslate may now be found in ancient city furnaces.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta (UD) BE1.png Deepslate (EW) BE1.png Deepslate (NS) BE1.png Added deepslate.
beta is no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
beta (UD) JE3.png Deepslate (EW) JE3.png Deepslate (NS) JE3.png Deepslate texture was changed match to Java Edition.
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta now generates below Y=0, gradually replacing stone and then fully replacing it at Y=-8.
1.18.0beta blobs no longer generate above Y=0.[1]
1.18.10beta gradual transition from stone to deepslate now starts at height between Y=0 to Y=8, rather than Y=-8 to Y=0 previously.


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


  • According to Brandon Pearce, the reason for changing the name "grimstone" to "deepslate" was because the word "grim" had too many connotations related to a negative feeling and therefore did not accurately describe the block as to what it actually was. The name "deepslate" was eventually chosen because of its location within the world and to more accurately represent that it is a type of slate.[2]
  • Similar to stone, the orientation of the texture varies depending on the coordinates.



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