Minecraft Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of several rare ores that can only spawn in certain layers of server-generated terrain. In its natural state, it exists as an ore block just like iron, coal and other mineral resources. Mining a lapis lazuli ore block yields between 4 and 8 Lapis Lazuli (Dye), which can be used to dye wool or craft solid lapis blocks. Of all the rare resources, including diamond, gold and obsidian, lapis lazuli has the least potential for practical application in building. It is only useful for the aesthetic value of its dye or solid block, which is a unique shade of blue.


Type: Block
Requirements: None
Physics: No
Transparency: No
Luminance: No
Blast Resistance: 15
Took: Pickaxe
Renewable: No
Stackable: Yes (64)
Data Value- Dec: 21, Hex: 15

Minecraft Lapis Lazuli Ore


Minecraft Lapis Lazuli Dye


Locating and Harvesting Lapis Lazuli

Lapis is generated at about the same rate as diamond, but is usually more common due to its larger spawn range. Diamond can only be found in the lowest 16 of the map’s 256 horizontal layers, while lapis is available throughout the bottom 33 layers. Players also often find themselves with much more lapis than diamond because lapis lazuli ore blocks yield at least 4 units of the resource, while diamond ore only yields a single diamond.

Players can find lapis ore blocks while seeking diamonds and gold, as the lowest 16 blocks can contain all three of these rare resources. Generated mineshafts, caverns, ravines and other open areas underground are perfect for locating lapis ore blocks quickly.

Smelting Lapis Lazuli Ore

Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli Ore and Fuel Smelting Lapis Lazuli

Primarily used as a dye.

Crafting with Lapis Lazuli

Solid Lapis Block: Combine 9 Lapis Lazuli (Dye) with a crafting table to make a Lapis Block.
Blue Wool: Combine Wool with Lapis Lazuli (Dye) to create Blue Wool, or apply the dye to sheep to turn them blue.
Cyan Dye: Combine Lapis Lazuli (Dye) with Cactus Green to make Cyan Dye.
Light Blue Due: Combine Lapis Lazuli (Dye) with Bone Meal to make Light Blue Dye.
Purple Dye: Combine Lapis Lazuli (Dye) with Rose Red to make Purple Dye.
Note: Lapis lazuli ore can be smelted in a furnace, but this only produces a single unit of Lapis Lazuli (Dye), which is less than the minimum of 4 units gained from mining the same block. Smelting the ore is very inefficient.

Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Lapis Lazuli Block 9 Lapis Lazuli Crafting Lapis Lazuli Block

Used as decoration and compact storage.
Blue Wool Wool and Lapis Lazuli Crafting Blue Wool from Wool and Lapis Lazuli

Used as decoration.
Cyan Dye Lapis Lazuli and Cactus Green Crafting Cyan Dye from Lapis Lazuli and Cactus Green

Used to dye wool cyan.
Light Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli and Bonemeal Crafting Light Blue Dye from Lapis Lazuli and Bonemeal

Used to dye wool light blue.
Purple Dye Rose Red and Lapis Lazuli Crafting Purple Dye from Lapis Lazuli and Rose Red

Used to dye wool purple.

Interesting Facts

  • Lapis Lazuli in Minecraft is based on an actual precious stone, which was first harvested by ancient civilizations located in what is now the Badakhshan province of modern Afghanistan.
  • The dye is the only dye that can be gathered directly from mining and used without additional crafting combines.
  • The dye was considered as a crafting resource to make Crying Obsidian, but this block was never added to the game.

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