Stone and Bricks
Your guide to the many types of stone and brick building materials in Minecraft.
This is the standard stone that most of the Minecraft world is made out of. When you mine it, it will turn into cobblestone. You can bake cobblestone in a furnace to turn it back into smooth stone.
This is the first stone you’ll be able to build with and since it’s what you get when you break a block of regular stone, you’ll have plenty of this stuff to work with.
However, it’s pretty ugly unless you’re using a custom texture-pack. Bake it in a furnace to make smooth stone (you get XP for this!) and then you can make Stone Bricks which are much more attractive.
Mossy Cobblestone is found in a few places including underground dungeons, jungle temples, but you can also craft it from cobblestone and vines.
This block is naturally occurring in the desert, and can also be made by combining 4 blocks of sand. You will also find sandstone underneath the ocean, so if you’re exploring some caves and come across a lot of sandstone, it’s a good sign that digging away a few blocks will bring you to the seabed.
Sandstone can also be crafted into two, more decorative, forms. 4 blocks of sandstone combine to make 4 blocks of smooth sandstone.
There is also a red variant of Sandstone that can be found in Mesa biomes. Red sandstone can be made from Red Sand and crafted in all the same ways as normal sandstone.
Diorite is another kind of rock that you will find in many parts of the world. Unlike ordinary stone, Diorite can’t be made into slabs, stairs or bricks.
Diorite can be crafted from Cobblestone and Nether Quartz.
Diorite can be crafted into Polished Granite, which is an attactive block for building.
Andesite is another kind of rock that you will find in many parts of the world. Unlike ordinary stone, Andesite can’t be made into slabs, stairs or bricks.
Andesite can be crafted from Diorite and Cobblestone.
Andesite can be crafted into Polished Andesite, which is an attactive block for building.
Granite is another kind of rock that you will find in many parts of the world. Unlike ordinary stone, Granite can’t be made into slabs, stairs or bricks.
Granite can be crafted from Diorite and Nether Quartz.
Granite can be crafted into Polished Granite, which is an attactive block for building.
Quartz is a block you’ll only be able to work with after visiting the Nether and mining Nether Quartz Ore.
The bottom few layers of any Minecraft world are made of Bedrock, which is indestructible, even with a diamond pick axe or TNT.
Prismarine is a kind of underwater stone found in Ocean Monuments.
In addition to mining it from monuments, you can craft Prismarine blocks using Prismarine Shards.
Prismarine Shards can be obtained by killing the Guardians in an Ocean Monument.
There are also two fancy versions of Prismarine:
Prismarine Bricks are a decorative form of Prismarine. They can be crafted from Prismarine Shards, but you’ll need a lot of them!
Dark Prismarine is found in the Treasure Chamber of Ocean monuments and can also be crafted from Prismarine Shards and an Ink Sac.
This underwater lamp can be crafted from Prismarine Crystals and Prismarine Shards. Both ingredients are obtained by killing Guardians in Ocean Monuments.
Bricks are made from clay. It’s hard work to get enough clay to build a decent-sized building, but worth the effort!
First clay must be baked in a furnace to make bricks, then the bricks must be crafted to make brick blocks.
For more about finding clay and making it into bricks, see this page.
Once you have smooth stone, you can craft it into stone bricks, which are much more attractive than other forms of stone for general building.
Mossy Stone Bricks
Mossy Stone Bricks are found in Strongholds, or you can craft your own usng Stone Bricks and Vines.
Chiseled Stone Bricks
Nether Bricks can be found in a Nether Fortress. You can also make them by baking Netherrack in a furnace to and crafting the resulting bricks into blocks, just like with clay bricks.