Minecraft: How to Get and Use Blackstone

Here's how to get blackstone, polished blackstone, and gilded blackstone in Minecraft.

Blackstone is a new block introduced in the Minecraft 1.16 Nether Update. An alternative to cobblestone, there are several types of blackstone: regular blackstone, polished blackstone, and gilded blackstone. Of course, each has a unique purpose. 

Below, we'll tell you how to find the different blackstone blocks, as well as provide recipes for all of the different items and building materials you can craft using blackstone. 

How to Get and Use Blackstone in Minecraft

Regular Blackstone

A regular blackstone block.

Regular blackstone can be found in the new basalt deltas biome in the nether. Unlike crying obsidian, which requires a diamond pickaxe or netherite pickaxe to harvest, you can harvest blackstone using a simple wooden pickaxe.

You can also find blocks of regular blackstone inside bastion remnant structures.

Regular blackstone can be used for crafting the following items:

Blackstone Slab 3x blackstone
Blackstone Stairs 6x blackstone
Blackstone Wall 6x blackstone
Furnace 8x blackstone
Polished Blackstone 4x blackstone
Stone Axe
3x blackstone
2x stick
Stone Hoe
2x blackstone
2x stick
Stone Pickaxe
3x blackstone
2x stick
Stone Shover
1x blackstone
2x stick
Stone Sword
2x blackstone
1x stick


Polished Blackstone

A polished blackstone block.

Polished blackstone is slightly harder than regular blackstone, and it looks, well, polished and smooth when you craft it.

You need 4x blackstone for crafting one block of polished blackstone. You can also craft chiseled polished blackstone (which has lines chiseled in it) using 2x blackstone slabs.

Polished blackstone can be used for crafting the following items: 

Polished Blackstone Button 1x polished blackstone
Polished Blackstone Pressure Plate 2x polished blackstone
Polished Blackstone Bricks 4x polished blackstone
Polished Blackstone Slabs 3x polished blackstone
Polished Blackstone Stairs 6x polished blackstone
Polished Blackstone Walls 6x polished blackstone


Gilded Blackstone

A gilded blackstone block.

Unlike regular and polished blackstone, gilded blackstone is not available for neither crafting or smelting.

The only way you can obtain gilded blackstone is to mine it at bastion remnant structures. When mined with a pickaxe, it drops gold nuggets. 

It's important to know that mining gilded blackstone my agg piglins, so be on the lookout and keep your guard up while mining. 

Related Minecraft Content

That's all you need to know about blackstone in Minecraft. Check out the links above for more on Minecraft 1.16, our other Minecraft guides, or our extensive seed lists, including those intended for 1.16 play.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Jun. 26th 2020

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