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Suspicious Gravel

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Suspicious gravel is a fragile gravity-affected block found in ocean ruins and trail ruins that can be brushed to extract certain items, including pottery shards. Suspicious gravel will drop nothing if it is broken, and breaks if it falls any height or is moved with a piston.



Suspicious gravel is unobtainable by mining, even using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. It is affected by gravity, but it always breaks with no drop after falling. It breaks immediately if pushed by a piston or sticky piston, and cannot be pulled by sticky pistons or slime block.

Block Suspicious Gravel
Hardness ?
Breaking time[A]
Default ?
Wooden ?
Stone ?
Iron ?
Diamond ?
Netherite ?
Golden ?
  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

Suspicious gravel generates naturally in cold ocean ruins. Additionally, some of the gravel within trail ruins will be replaced with suspicious gravel upon generation.



Suspicious gravel drops nothing when broken.

Using a brush, the player can extract an item from the suspicious gravel. The latter will immediately be converted into regular gravel. The loot within the suspicious gravel is dependent on the structure it generates in (ie. suspicious gravel in trail ruins will have different items inside than suspicious gravel in ocean ruins). Therefore, when placed by the player, nothing is produced after brushing, as no loot table is selected.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.suspicious_gravel.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.suspicious_gravel.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.suspicious_gravel.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.20.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.suspicious_gravel.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.suspicious_gravel.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Brushing GravelBlocksWhile a brush is brushing suspicious gravelitem.brush.brushing.gravelsubtitles.item.brush.brushing.gravel0.60.616
Brushing Gravel completedPlayers[sound 1]When a brush finishes brushing suspicious gravelitem.brush.brushing.gravel.completesubtitles.item.brush.brushing.gravel.complete1.01.016

Bedrock Edition:

  1. These sounds do not play due to MCPE-168805

Data values


NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Suspicious Gravelsuspicious_gravel?Block & 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 entitybrushable_block

Block states

See also: Block states

In Bedrock Edition, suspicious gravel uses the following block states:

Suspicious Gravel/BS

Block data

Main article: Block entity format
  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities
    •  LootTable: Optional. Loot table to be used to generate the hidden item when brushed.[note 1]
    •  LootTableSeed: Optional. Seed for generating the loot table. 0 or omitted use a random seed.[note 1]
    •  item: The item in the block. May not exist.
  1. a b Both loot table tags are removed once the items have been generated.


October 3, 2020Gravel.png Suspicious gravel was shown unnamed as part of the archeology system at Minecraft Live 2020.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.2023w12aAdded suspicious gravel.
23w14aSuspicious gravels now can be mined faster using shovels
Suspicious gravels can now have bamboo planted on it.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
Next Major Update
beta Gravel BE1.png Added suspicious gravel behind the "Next Major Update" experimental toggle.



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