Terracotta is a beautiful and versatile building item in Minecraft. Terracotta in Minecraft can be colored in many different ways, and it’s very easy to work with. If you want a building with exotic colors, this is the way to go. It will take some work to get, but it’s well worth it. However, newer Minecraft players may not be aware of how to get this beautiful block. So this guide will explain that.
How to find terracotta in Minecraft
It will most often appear in any Badlands biomes, if you’re having trouble finding the natural colors. If you can’t find these biomes, you can instead gather clay.
To make terracotta, you first must obtain a clay block. Clay can be found in swamps, rivers, and shallow waters along landmasses. You will find some, but if you need a lot, you may want to do some more digging. Once you have enough Clay for your projects, it’s time to make the base Terracotta. Just put it in a Furnace with any fuel source. One Clay Block makes one Uncolored Terracotta.
Uncolored terracotta can also be found in mason houses in plains villages and in some desert village houses. There are a few other places you can find it naturally spawning in villages. It has an orange color and is pretty easy to spot once you know what to look for.
Now it’s time to dye. First things first, after you get your Clay baked, you need to have gathered some dyes. There is one color of terracotta in Minecraft for each kind of dye. That means there are 16 total varieties of basic colored terracotta in the normal game.
To dye your Terracotta, you need to make the right kind of dye. Here are all the easiest combinations and sources of terracotta and dye in vanilla Minecraft.
- Black Terracotta – Black Dye (Ink Sac or Wither Rose)
- Blue Terracotta – Blue Dye (Lapis Lazuli or Cornflower)
- Brown Terracotta – Brown Dye (Cocoa Beans)
- Green Terracotta – Green Dye (Cactus)
- Red Terracotta – Red Dye (Poppy or Rose Bush or Red Tulip or Beetroot)
- White Terracotta – White Dye (Bone Meal or Lily of the Valley)
- Yellow Terracotta – Yellow Dye (Dandelion or Sunflower)
- Orange Terracotta – Orange Dye (Red + Yellow or Orange Tulip)
- Magenta Terracotta – Magenta Dye (Red + Blue or Lilac or Allium)
- Light Blue Terracotta – Light Blue Dye (Blue + White)
- Cyan Terracotta – Cyan Dye (Green + Blue)
- Lime Terracotta – Lime Dye (Green + White)
- Pink Terracotta – Pink Dye (Red + White or Pink Tulips or Peony)
- Purple Terracotta – Purple Dye (Red + Blue/Lapis)
- Grey Terracotta – Grey Dye (Black/Ink Sac + White/Bone Meal)
- Light Grey Terracotta – Light Grey Dye (2 White + Black)
Once you have the right kind of dye for the color of block you want, it’s time to dye it. The dye process is simple, just put one color of the dye you wish to use in the center of a crafting bench and surrounding all eight of the remaining squares with terracotta.
You can also turn the Dyed block into Glazed Terracotta by baking it in a Furnace a second time. This will change the appearance a fair bit. All types of glazed terracotta can be placed under note blocks to produce a “bass drum” sound. They also have a very fancy look for buildings. They even contain little easter eggs like directional arrows and creeper faces in some varieties.