How to Get Mud in Minecraft and Use It

In Short
  • Mud is naturally generated in mangrove swamps in Minecraft, which you can even break with your hands.
  • To make a mud block in Minecraft, use a water bottle (glass bottle with water) on a dirt block.
  • Mud blocks can be used to make clay blocks, muddy mangrove roots, packed mud, and in sugar cane farms.

In most cases, Minecraft tends to include realistic blocks in the game. The entire terrain generation consists of stone blocks and its variants, as well as dirt, grass, gravel, sand, and more. One of those blocks is also mud. This block pretty much looks like its real-life counterpart. Most importantly, it is special for multiple reasons, as we will explain later in this guide. But first, we will cover where you can find mud or make it in Minecraft.

Items You Will Need to Make Mud

Most natural blocks in the Minecraft world cannot be produced and can only be discovered while exploring. There are several exceptions, and one of those is mud. Mud block is fairly easy to make. All you need is a water bottle and a block of dirt.

  • The bottle can be crafted using a crafting table and three glass blocks.
  • First, place one glass block in the topmost slot of the leftmost column.
  • Then, place another glass block in the topmost slot of the right column.
  • Finally, place the third glass block in the center slot of the middle row.

This recipe will give you three glass bottles, but you need only one. With the bottle selected, walk up to a water source and right-click it. Doing so will instantly fill up the bottle with water.

When it comes to the dirt block, you can easily break a grass block without a silk touch enchantment to get a dirt block.

How to Make Mud in Minecraft

After you acquire the water bottles and dirt blocks, follow the steps below to make mud in the game. Here’s how:

  • With a water bottle selected on your hotbar, walk up to a dirt block.
  • Then, right-click on the dirt block. This will instantly turn into a mud block and the water from the bottle will get used up.
  • You can refill the water bottle and do the same thing again and again until you have a sufficient number of mud blocks.

This process can be a little slow. So, one great hack would be to place the dirt blocks underwater, preferably in a shallow area. Then, you can just spam right-click while looking at the dirt blocks to constantly fill the bottle and turn dirt into mud. This strategy is not the fastest either, but it’ll help you get a bunch of mud blocks in a short amount of time.

Where to Find Mud in Minecraft

Mud blocks are naturally generated in the mangrove swamp biomes. They cover the surface of these dense wood areas and a few layers beneath. Mangrove swamps, like other biomes in Minecraft, tend to generate attached to other biomes with similar temperatures. Therefore, if you encounter a warm biome, like a desert, savanna, jungle, or a regular swamp, a mangrove swamp might be somewhere nearby.

You can break and obtain mud by mining it with your hands, but a preferred tool for this task is a shovel. Breaking mud requires no additional Minecraft enchantments.

How to Use Mud Blocks in Minecraft

The mud itself is a great building block that you can not only use in your terraforming projects but also in many other scenarios, which are as under:

1. Craft Packed Mud, Muddy Mangrove Roots

With mud, you can make two different building blocks in Minecraft, and those are muddy mangrove roots and packed mud.

The muddy mangrove roots block is similar to the mangrove roots, but it’s not transparent. Thanks to this block’s texture, it can be used in terraforming projects in combination with mud blocks. You will need one mud block and one mangrove roots block to craft the muddy mangrove roots.

Furthermore, packed mud is an amazing building block that goes well with terracotta and jungle wood in a Minecraft block palette. There are unfortunately no slabs and stairs variants for packed mud. But, you can use it to craft mud bricks that do have the mentioned variants.

To make a single block of packed mud, you will need one mud block and one wheat. Similar to the previous recipe, this recipe is also shapeless, meaning you can place the ingredients wherever you want in the crafting grid.

2. Mud is Not a Full Block

Minecraft’s mud block is not a full block. But, why is that important? Well, this feature makes mud more efficient to use in certain situations than some other blocks. For example, a hopper below the mud can pick up items that sit on top of this block.

So, if you decide to use mud in a sugar cane farm design, you can make the collection system using only hoppers and not use hopper minecarts at all.

You can still place sugar cane on top of mud, so it’ll make the farm a bit more compact. Moreover, any falling blocks, like sand or gravel, that fall directly on the mud block will break and turn into their item forms. This can be useful in mini-game maps that try to kill the players by suffocating them in the falling blocks.

3. Use Mud to Make Clay Blocks

You may not be able to plant seeds and grow crops in mud, but you can do something even better with it. You can turn it into clay blocks. Yeah, that’s right, with mud, you can make clay completely renewable and get as much of it as you want, provided that you have a ton of mud. This mechanic implies that a mud block should get dried, after which it’ll turn into clay.

You can do this by placing mud on any block and then attaching pointed dripstone to the underside of that block. The pointed dripstone will extract the water and over time, dry the mud block completely. After the conversion, you can break the clay and replace it with more mud.

With that, you now know where to find mud or how to make it in Minecraft. We have also explained its various uses in the game. Did our guide help you get ahold of this block? If your answer is “yes”, then don’t forget to share your experience with our readers in the comments below!

Can you turn mud into dirt?

No, there is no way to turn mud into dirt.

Can you grow crops on mud?

No, you cannot use a hoe on mud and plant seeds like carrots, potatoes, wheat seeds, etc. Though, you can place sugar cane, bamboo, and big dripleaves on top of mud blocks.

Can flowers grow on mud?

You can place one-block tall and two-block tall flowers, saplings, and even pink petals on mud. However, you cannot bone meal mud to get flowers.

Is there a way to farm mud in Minecraft?

Using the method we explained above with the water bottle, you can automatically make mud. With the help of a dispenser and some pistons, you’ll be able to place dirt, convert it into mud, and then break and harvest the mud.

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