Minecraft Pumpkin

Even though pumpkins can be found around all types of blocks and in various biomes, including areas with snow or sand, it is one of the hardest plant blocks to find on the surface. They are more likely to spawn in forest and plain biomes than anywhere else, but they are still an uncommon find. Pumpkins are orange with a brown/black face carved into one side.

Fortunately, players can propagate and cultivate an indefinite number of pumpkins in a farm after finding just one seed. Pumpkins spawn around mature pumpkin plants on top of adjacent blocks. Players can gather seeds directly from pumpkins or find them in naturally generated chests. Pumpkin blocks can only be placed on the top of other blocks, but they don’t drop as a resource if they block below them is harvested or destroyed.

Small Pumpkin Patch

You can put the pumpkin resource into your “head” armor slot, but it does not provide any additional protection. Players with a pumpkin on their head have limited vision, but can put their cursor over nearby endermen without making them aggressive. You can place a pumpkin at the top of snow or iron blocks to make a powerful friendly golem mob.


Type: Solid Block
Requirements: None
Physics: No
Transparency: No
Luminance: No
Blast Resistance: 5
Tool: Axe
Renewable: Yes
Stackable: Yes (64)
Data Value- Dec: 86, Hex: 56

Minecraft Pumpkin

As a Crafting Ingredient

Pumpkin Seeds: Combine a pumpkin to create 4 pumpkin seeds.
Jack-O-Lantern: Combine 1 pumpkin and 1 torch to create a jack-o-lantern.

Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin Crafting Pumpkin Seeds

Used in farming to obtain more Pumpkins.
Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin and Torch Crafting Jack-O-Lantern

Acts as a torch, but emits more light. Melts snow and ice. Can stay lit underwater.


It can take up to half an hour for a pumpkin to grow from a newly planted seedling to a fruit-bearing, mature plant. You can speed up the process by using bonemeal on a pumpkin seedling, but it will only hasten the process a little bit. It takes plants at least several minutes to produce fruit after being planted. Mature pumpkin plants produce fruit on top of immediately adjacent blocks as long as that block is empty. Adventurous cultivators have also noticed that pumpkin plants don’t produce fruit in The End, even though melon plants do. Here are the most efficient pumpkin farm layouts:

Farming Pumpkins Best LayoutMinecraft Farming Pumpkins Best Layout

Obtaining Seeds

You can gather pumpkin seeds from 3 sources: chests in mineshafts (other chests don’t have them), crafting pumpkins and harvesting/destroying pumpkin plants. Before the Beta 1.9 version, you could only get pumpkin seeds from chests and pumpkin plants. Pumpkin seed are common in mineshaft chests, so finding and exploring a mineshaft is a reliable way to find your first seeds.


Pumpkins received little attention during most of the game’s development, even though they were introduced early during the Alpha 1.1.0 update. In Beta 1.8, pumpkins became self-propagating and appeared in more biomes. Shortly before the game’s official release, pumpkins became a necessary block for constructing golems, which increased their practical value considerably. They became part of the iron golem “recipe” when it was introduced after release.

Wearing a Pumpkin Helmet

Wearing a pumpkin as a helmet

Interesting Facts

  • Pumpkins are the only block that can be worn as armor and placed as a solid block.
  • Pumpkins can’t be placed on many types of blocks, including glass, fences, redstone devices, pistons or ice.
  • You can remove the vision restriction by hiding the HUD or editing your game files.
  • Even though the sides of a pumpkin display different textures depending on how they are placed, the top is always the same.

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