Gravel can be broken using any tool See the in-game items. For program enhancing software, see Programs and Editors. Tools are items used by the player while held to perform actions faster and more efficiently, to gather materials not , but a shovel is the quickest. When broken, it has a 10% chance of dropping flint Flint Type Raw materials Durability N/A Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See History Data value dec: 318 hex: 13E bin: 100111110 Name flint Flint is a raw material. Contents 1 Obtaining 1.1 Mining 1.2 Trading 2 minecraft instead of the gravel itself. The flint received can be controlled with enchantments "Flame" redirects here. For the non-solid damage-dealing block, see Fire. “ How does enchanting work in Minecraft? Well, you open a magical book and pick a random spell, not quite sure knowing what it will minecraft . Silk touch removes the chance of dropping flint. Fortune increases the chance to 14% at level I, 25% at level II, and 100% at level III.

If gravel falls onto a non-full block, it will drop as an item See items as they are in the inventory. For the entity that items and blocks turn into when dropped, see Item (entity). For the items that mobs leave behind on death, see minecraft , and not drop flint.

Hardness 0.6
Breaking "Punch" redirects here. For the enchantment, see Enchanting#Punch. The Player punches trees and gets wood (click to view animation). Breaking, digging, punching, or mining is one of the most fundamental activities in Minecraft, performed (by minecraft time
Hand 0.9
Wooden 0.45
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.15
Golden 0.1
  1. ⃢₆ₑ Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


  • In the Nether, it is possible to find massive cliffs made of naturally-floating Gravel. Just like with Sand, if any are destroyed, replaced, removed, or if a Ghast`s fireball hits them, all of the adjacent floating blocks will collapse.
  • Back in beta versions, there were errors of Gravel appearing everywhere (even in The Void, though it is extremely, extremely rare.) These masses were called "Gravel beaches," which can still be seen in the Overworld.
  • In caves (mainly ravines), there is another glitch called "floating Gravel" in which Gravel is floating in midair without any block under it. A simple hit can cause the gravel patches to fall. This can happen in Mineshafts.

The floating Gravel glitch.

  • Gravel is used as a pathway in NPC Villages. Due to its gravity obeying nature, it can collapse into caves, leaving villagers trapped underground. This will be fixed in version 1.8: Cobblestone will generate underneath the Gravel pathways, preventing it from collapsing.
  • As a version exclusive, gravel that is capable of collapsing releases particles in Pocket Edition.
  • The texture of gravel has changed, the pixel arrangement had differed.


Gravel is a block See the various blocks found in Minecraft. For the blocking with shields that reduces damage when performed, see Blocking. All blocks Blocks are the basic units of structure in Minecraft. Contents 1 minecraft that is affected by gravity.



Natural generation

Gravel is found underground in veins of up to 33 blocks, generated at a rate of approximately 3.29% that of stone between layers Chart lining up Y-coordinate values (left) to block layers (right). Altitude is a measurement of vertical distance, or distance along the Y-axis. Contents 1 Definition 2 Limits 3 Natural resources and altitude 3.1 The Nether minecraft 1 and 111.

In the Nether A view of the Nether. The Nether is a hell-like dimension, filled with fire, lava, and dangerous mobs. Contents 1 Accessing 2 Environment 2.1 Mobs 3 Generation 3.1 Naturally generated 3.2 Naturally created 3.3 Structures minecraft , gravel generates naturally in large veins between Y=63 and Y=65 in one-block-deep layers. It often generates without blocks below it, in which case it falls when updated.

Gravel is also found on beaches, near small pools of water, and underwater covering the ocean bottom.

Gravel is renewable in Console Edition only, due to the fact that you can reset the nether in the world options.


Gravel, if there is no block below it, will fall until it lands on the next available block. When gravel is being affected by gravity and falling, it exhibits a smooth falling animation.

If gravel lands on a mob "Monster" redirects here. For the mob called "monster" in the code, see Human. Mobs are living, moving game entities. The term "mob" is short for "mobile". 1] Contents 1 Spawning 2 Behavior 3 List of minecraft or the player and covers their head, it will suffocate See damage in Minecraft. For information on health/hearts, see Health. Damage represents injury from attacks or natural causes. Players and mobs in Minecraft each have a supply of health points, which are minecraft them until they destroy the block, move out of the block or die The health gauge and monitor in Minecraft is based on a single row of 10 heart icons. Each full heart contains two halves, one hit point each (full health is 20 hit points). Contents 1 minecraft . If falling gravel lands in the space occupied by a non-solid block, (such as torches Torch Transparency Yes Luminance 14 Blast resistance 0 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data value dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010 Name torch See the common light-emitting torch. minecraft , slabs Slab Transparency Double slab: No Single slab: Partial (blocks light) Luminance No Blast resistance Wood: 15 Stone: 30 Tools Renewable Stone: Yes Wood: Yes (except Fake Wood) Cobblestone: Yes Stone Brick: Yes Purpur: Yes Quartz: minecraft , rails Rail Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 3.5 Tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data value dec: 66 hex: 42 bin: 1000010 Name rail See the standard rail. For other uses, minecraft , or redstone Redstone Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 0 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Availability Survival Drops Redstone (1) Data values See Data values Name See Data values This article is minecraft ) or soulsand Soul Sand Transparency No Luminance No Blast resistance 2.5 Tool Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data value dec: 88 hex: 58 bin: 1011000 Name soul_sand “ Only in the fiery caverns of the Nether, minecraft , it will break and turn into a gravel item See items as they are in the inventory. For the entity that items and blocks turn into when dropped, see Item (entity). For the items that mobs leave behind on death, see minecraft . If it falls onto a cobweb Cobweb Transparency Partial (diffuses sky light) Luminance No Blast resistance 20 Tools Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops String (1) Data value dec: 30 hex: 1E bin: 11110 Name web Cobwebs are blocks that slow down minecraft it will slowly fall until it has gone through it completely, or until it touches the ground, at which point it will drop and turn into a gravel item.

Gravel can be placed on a non-solid block without falling.

Crafting ingredient

Name See values from the latest PC version of Minecraft. For values from Classic, see Data values/Classic. For values from Indev, see Data values/Indev. For values from the Pocket Edition, see Pocket Edition minecraft Ingredients Crafting Crafting is the method by which many blocks, tools, and materials are made in Minecraft. In order to craft something, players must move items from their inventory to a crafting grid. A 2×2 crafting grid minecraft recipe
Coarse Dirt Dirt+
Concrete Powder Concrete Powder Transparency No Luminance No Blast resistance 2.5 Tool Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data values PC: dec: 252 hex: FC bin: 11111100 PE: dec: 237 hex: ED bin: 11101101 Name concrete_powder See minecraft Sand+
Matching Dye Dyes Type Items Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See history Data value dec: 351 hex: 15F bin: 101011111 Name dye Dyes are a set of 16 items used to change the color of wool, minecraft


Fletcher villagers will buy 10 blocks of gravel and an emerald for 6⃢₀ₓ10 flint Flint Type Raw materials Durability N/A Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See History Data value dec: 318 hex: 13E bin: 100111110 Name flint Flint is a raw material. Contents 1 Obtaining 1.1 Mining 1.2 Trading 2 minecraft .

falling_block entity

Falling Block
Sand.pngRed Sand.pngGravel.pngWhite Concrete Powder.pngDragon Egg.pngAnvil.png
Internal ID

PC: 21
PE: 66

Network ID

PC: 70

Entity ID


See also: Chunk format₧Dynamic tiles and Tutorials/Falling blocks

  • Dynamic block entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template

    • Tile (deprecated): The Block ID. Not limited to only sand, gravel, concrete powder, dragon eggs, or anvils. Although deprecated, this value is always present.

    • TileID: The Block ID, as above, but now supporting the 1-4095 range. Only prior to 1.8.

    • Block: The Block ID using the alphabetical ID format: minecraft:stone. Only in and after 1.8.

    • TileEntityData: Optional. The tags of the block entity for this block.

    • Data: The data value for the block.

    • Time: The number of ticks the entity has existed. If set to 0, the moment it ticks to 1, it will vanish if the block at its location has a different ID than the entity`s TileID. If the block at its location has the same ID as its TileID when Time ticks from 0 to 1, the block will instead be deleted, and the entity will continue to fall, having overwritten it. When Time goes above 600, or above 100 while the block is below Y=0, the entity is deleted.

    • DropItem: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the block should drop as an item when it breaks. Any block that doesn`t have an item form with the same ID as the block won`t drop even if this is set.

    • HurtEntities: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the block should hurt entities it falls on.

    • FallHurtMax: The maximum number of hitpoints of damage to inflict on entities that intersect this falling_block. For vanilla falling_block, always 40 ( ⃗ 20).

    • FallHurtAmount: Multiplied by the FallDistance to calculate the amount of damage to inflict. For vanilla falling_block, always 2.



0.0.14a_01 Gravel0.0.14a.png Gravel was added. It behaved similarly to sand.
Rather than falling by turning into a falling block entityverify, gravel would instantly appear at the lowest point it could go when placed above an air block, without any sort of falling animation, behavior that lasted until the Seecret Friday 1 update, in Infdev.
A glitch occurring at this time allowed players to raise the height of a fluid block by placing gravel over it. The gravel would stay suspended in mid-air until it was broken. When broken, a fluid block corresponding to the type below the gravel would appear where the block was. The suspended fluid block would remain immobile until a block was placed next to it, causing a flood.
Map editors could be used to create floating gravel, although the server would crash if the gravel was affected from its state
0.0.15a Gravel-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png The texture was changed.
Feb. 27, 2010 Gravel was removed during map tests.
Apr. 13, 2010 Gravel was re-added.
Jun. 17, 2010 Gravel now generates underground, along with dirt, for more varied caves.
Jun. 18, 2010 FallingSand entities fall more realistically.
1.0.5 FallingSand entities float above snow covered tiles when placed above them, an unintended behavior.verify
1.2.0 Gravel can now be found in the newly-added Nether.
1.2 FallingSand entities behave better in SMP.
1.8 Terrain generation was changed, removing gravel beaches.
Gravel beaches no longer have a two-high block wall upland from the beach.verify
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 Gravel-Pre 12w21a.png The texture was changed again.
1.3.1 12w21a Gravel.png Gravel`s texture is changed again. The new texture had been previously teased in the background of a screenshotverify released by Jeb on May 21, 2012, a preview of his experimentation on the trading system.
12w22a Gravel is now able to be used in the trading system: buying flint costs 1 emerald and 10 gravel.
1.4.2 12w38a Gravel now has new sounds when being walked on.
1.8 14w25a Gravel can be used to craft coarse dirt.
1.10 16w20a Added falling dust particles for unsupported gravel.
1.12 17w06a Gravel is now used to craft concrete powder.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Gravel was added.
0.6.0 Gravel is now affected by gravity.
0.8.0 build 2 Gravel.png The texture was changed.
0.9.0 build 1 Gravel no longer falls when generated.
Gravel now appears in villages.
Falling gravel now drops a resource when landing on a non-solid block.
0.10.0 build 1 Added falling dust particles for unsupported gravel.
0.11.0 build 1 Gravel no longer generates as village path.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Gravel is now used to craft concrete powder.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Gravel was added.
TU9 Gravel.png The texture was changed.


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    Gravel is a medium grey block with dark grey marks on it. Its previous texture had a pink/purple tint, but this was changed.


    Gravel`s abundance and gravity-obeying property makes it useful for a variety of tasks, along with its gravity-obeying partner, Sand. For exploration, it can be used to quickly build pillars to reach heights that are easy to dismantle after. They can also be used to quickly fill in Water or Lava lakes by dropping them on the edges or against overhead blocks, so that they fall and occupy the fluids. Filling caves in with Gravel is a quick way to prevent mobs from spawning. Mobs can be suffocated with Gravel, too. This is an efficient way to raid a dungeon. If mined, Gravel has a slight chance of dropping Flints. If using a Tool with the Fortune Enchantment, however, there is anywhere from a 25% chance to a 100% chance the player will find Flints, depending on the Fortune enchantment level.

    Gravel is also commonly used for traps where pistons move down, allowing the gravel to move down as well, so something else such as water or lava will flow in where the gravel was, effectively making a bridge across a moat. This saves the player from having to use Slimeballs for Sticky Pistons. Another trap that Gravel is useful for is setting a suffocation trap. This is where pistons would be triggered and retract sideways, allowing the gravel to fall on top of whoever was below.