The Minecraft 1.17 Caves & Cliffs update added a ton of new blocks to the game, one of which is rooted dirt.

Previous versions of Minecraft had various shapes of dirt blocks in it before the latest update, but rooted dirt was added to the list. However, this block works very differently than the other established dirt blocks.

Pictured in the middle row of the above image, rooted dirt has a similar visual texture to dirt blocks and granite blocks.

Below is a basic guide on how to root Minecraft block.


Rooted dirt in Minecraft

What is different

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Image via Reddit

As mentioned earlier, Minecraft offers different forms of dirt block like a grass block or coarse dirt. Rooted dirt should be viewed separately from these blocks as they exist for different purposes. However, rooted dirt is similar to coarse dirt in that grass and other unlabeled plants cannot grow on it.

Rooted dirt has a counterpart in the game, the azalea tree. Rooted blocks of dirt serve as the actual roots of these new trees, hence the name. Where there is an azalea tree, there is rooted dirt just below it.

Where is it?

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Image via Reddit Image via Minecraft.net

Rooted blocks of dirt and their associated azalea trees are naturally formed in areas above lush cave biomes. The roots of the trees, made up of both rooted dirt and drooping roots, can even extend into the lush caves.

Unfortunately, lush caves have yet to be introduced into Minecraft Java Edition. However, they are available in the Bedrock Edition. Lush caves are classified as their own biome and generated randomly.

Other ways to get it?

Although rooted debris only forms under an azalea tree, Minecraft players can still get the block without finding an area where it would appear naturally.

Players can get rooted blocks of dirt from the special villager type Mob, the wandering merchant. The price of two ingots of dirt ingrained in one emerald. However, it is not always guaranteed that a wandering dealer will have it in stock.


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