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Nether Quartz
Nether quartz
First Appearance 13w01a
Data Values Hex: 406


Nether Quartz is a type of material that can only be found in the Nether and is obtained by mining Nether quartz ore. They can be crafted into a block of quartz for decoration purposes and also can be crafted, together with glass and wooden slabs, into a daylight sensor, or into a redstone comparator with redstone torches and stone. Daylight sensors and redstone comparators are both used to send redstone signals.

As a Crafting Ingredient

Block of Quartz Daylight Sensor
None None None Glass Glass Glass
Nether Quartz Nether Quartz None Nether Quartz Nether Quartz Nether Quartz
Nether Quartz Nether Quartz None Wooden Slab Wooden Slab Wooden Slab

Redstone Comparator
None Redstone Torch None
Redstone Torch Nether Quartz Redstone Torch
Stone Stone Stone


  • Nether Quartz is based of the real mineral called quartz.
  • If the player entered the Nether before 1.5 was released, then after the update was released, nether quartz ore would only spawn in newly generated chunks. This makes it difficult to find nether quartz in old worlds.
  • Although in real life striking a quartz crystal on a piece of steel is just as effective as flint on steel (for making sparks), there seems to be no plan to implement a quartz and steel striker, possibly because gravel (thus, flint) is more common than nether quartz, so it is cheaper to use flint anyway.
  • Quartz is the only item in Pocket Edition and the PC version that isn't in the Xbox version.

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