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Hardened Clay
Hardened Clay
A Hardened Clay block
First Appearance 1.6.1 (PC)
0.9.0 (MC:PE)
TU19 (console)
Type of Block Solid Block
Tool Used Wpickaxe
Data Values Hex: AC
Blast Resistance 21
Obeys Physics?
Sapling inventory Come on! Grow up!

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The Hardened Clay (also known as Stained Clay and Terracotta in 1.12) is a baked version of a Clay Block that is used as a decorative building material.


Hardened Clay occurs naturally in Mesa Biomes in large quantities, but it can also be created by Smelting a regular Clay Block in a Furnace.


When Hardened Clay is broken, it does not drop clay, but instead it drops the Hardened Clay block itself. However, it can only be gathered by using a Pickaxe, or it will simply be destroyed.

Hardened Clay has the same blast resistance as most other Stone blocks, which is significantly higher than a regular block of clay. A block of Hardened Clay, when one meter away from an Explosion, will protect any blocks behind it. However, the hardened clay block itself will be destroyed in the process.


Stained clay

Hardened Clay can be "stained" many different colors, like Wool, Concrete Powder (upcoming), and Glass. Simply place 8 blocks around the edge of a Crafting Table interface, with the desired dye in the middle square (as pictured).


  • Stained Clay retains a darkened hue after being dyed from the original red/brown.
  • As of update 1.8, Stained Clay replaced Wool in Desert Temples.
  • Hardened Clay has a smoother look compared to Wool.
  • Hardened Clay Blocks are useful for creating pixel art, or creating houses. Like Bricks, they are not used for anything other than building.


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