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Wool
Whitewool
White Wool
First Appearance Classic 0.0.20a (PC)
MCPE Demo (June 8, 2011)
Type of Block Solid Block
Tool Used Shearsgraphic
Data Values Hex: 23
Dec:
35
Technical Name minecraft:wool
Blast Resistance 4
Stackable
Yes
64
Obeys Physics
No
Flammable Blaze Powder
Luminosity
No
Transparency
No
Renewable
Yes

Wool is a block obtained from Sheep, which can be dyed 16 different colors. Wool blocks are weak, flammable, and do not offer much resistance against explosions.

Overview

White, light gray, gray, brown, pink, and black wool can be obtained naturally by shearing sheep of the same color, which Spawn naturally throughout the Overworld. The chances of a sheep spawning in a particular color is as follows:

  • White (82.8%)
  • Brown (3%)
  • Black (5%)
  • Light Gray (5%)
  • Gray (5%)
  • Pink (0.2%)

White wool can also be created by combining 4 pieces of string in a Crafting interface. The string-to-wool recipe involves arranging 4 string in a 2x2 square (shown in the table below). However, making wool from string is not recommended, as string is much harder to obtain. Killing sheep will yield 1 wool, while shearing will yield 1-3 wool and keep the creature alive for future shearing.

Uses

  • Wool can be used for aesthetic reasons, as a decorative, colorful surface anywhere that is not close to Lava or Fire.
  • Wool can be combined with other ingredients in a Crafting Table to make a Bed, Carpet, Banner or Painting (shown in the tables below).
  • Wool can be used as Fuel in a Furnace, but it is not very effective, as each piece will only smelt half an item.

Crafting

BlockCSS
Wool
ItemCSS
String
ItemCSS
String
None
ItemCSS
String
ItemCSS
String
None
None None None
BlockCSS
Carpet
BlockCSS
Bed
BlockCSS
Wool
BlockCSS
Wool
None
BlockCSS
Wool
BlockCSS
Wool
BlockCSS
Wool
None None None
BlockCSS
Wood Planks
BlockCSS
Wood Planks
BlockCSS
Wood Planks
None None None None None None
BlockCSS
Banner
ItemCSS
Painting
BlockCSS
Wool
BlockCSS
Wool
BlockCSS
Wool
ItemCSS
Stick
ItemCSS
Stick
ItemCSS
Stick
BlockCSS
Wool
BlockCSS
Wool
BlockCSS
Wool
ItemCSS
Stick
BlockCSS
Wool
ItemCSS
Stick
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None
ItemCSS
Stick
ItemCSS
Stick
ItemCSS
Stick


History

Wool was added for the creation of paintings, carpet, colorful structures, and in-game pixel art.

In Creative Classic mode, wool blocks were known as "cloth" blocks that came in a set of 16 colors, although the palette was slightly different from the one available in Beta. Three shades of gray were added in Classic 0.0.20a.

Except for white cloth, colored cloth blocks were unobtainable during Classic's Survival Test and Infdev, unless they were pre-placed into the map file. They were completely removed from the code in Infdev. Placing these blocks on the map would cause the game client to crash since the blocks no longer existed.

When colored wool was re-introduced in Beta 1.2, cloth blocks were renamed "wool" blocks.

In update 1.12, wool was updated to be more vibrant. It also required the wool for crafting beds to be of the same color.

Colored Wool

There are 16 different colors of wool listed here, along with their IDs and values (for use in commands):

Wool Color Value ID
White 0 white
Orange 1 orange
Magenta 2 magenta
Light Blue 3 light_blue
Dandelion Yellow 4 yellow
Lime 5 lime
Pink 6 pink
Gray 7 gray
Light Gray 8 silver
Cyan 9 cyan
Purple 10 purple
Lapis Lazuli 11 blue
Cocoa Brown 12 brown
Cactus Green 13 green
Rose Red 14 red
Ink Black 15 black

Colored wool is made from dyes and any color wool. The position of the wool and dye in the crafting square doesn't matter.

Efficiency

The most efficient and sustainable way to gather colored wool is to first dye a sheep the desired color, and then repeatedly shear the sheep each time the colored wool grows back. A sheep can be dyed by right-clicking on it with dye in hand (in PC). The sheep will remain the dyed color until it is either killed or dyed a different color. When sheared, the sheep will drop 1-3 blocks of the colored wool.

Trivia

  • Wool was used to create the Shield in Minecraft 1.9 snapshots.
  • Wool was going to be used to create Horse Armor, but its crafting recipe was removed.
  • The crafting recipe for wool was changed in Beta 1.6. Every update before Minecraft Beta 1.6 would require 9 pieces of string instead of 4.
  • Wool was going to be used to craft Horse Saddles, but the item, along with the crafting recipe, was removed in the full release of 1.6.
  • Naturally-occurring brown and pink sheep did not appear in Minecraft until update 1.4.

Gallery

Whitewool

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