|First Appearance||Classic 0.0.14a|
|Type of Block||Solid block|
|Data Values||Hex: 0D|
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 Flint. If using a tool with the fortune enchantment however, there is a 100% chance the player will get flint.
Gravel is also commonly used for traps where pistons with move down, allowing the gravel to move down as well, allowing something else such as water or lava to 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.
- In the Nether, it is possible to find massive cliffs made of naturally-floating gravel. Just like with Sand, if you destroy, replace, remove, or if a Ghast's fireball hits any of these blocks, 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.
- Gravel bears an odd likeness to Cobblestone.
- Gravel is used as a pathway in NPC Villages. Due to its gravity obeying nature, it can collapse into caves, leaving villagers trapped underground.
- Gravel has a different appearance in Pocket Edition. This is planned to change in a future update.