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Mycelium in Minecraft

Posted: Feb 20, 2023 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


In the depths of the oceans of Minecraft, there is a mysterious island that only the most hardened of adventurers can find. It is incredibly rare, only revealing itself to those who sail for hours upon hours. Most players have probably never even seen this place up close. This land has no grass, no trees. It is caked in an oddly colored infection. Today, we’re going to go over the most disgusting iteration of grass, Mycelium.

Mycelium Block


Mycelium is a particularly rare variant of dirt that is found naturally only in mushroom fields biomes. It has a particle effect that resembles tiny spores being released constantly from the surface. Besides being disgusting, what is so special about this block?


Mycelium has a unique interaction with other dirt-based blocks that causes it to spread to other dirt blocks within one space above, one sideways, or three down. The mycelium needs a light level of nine or above, while the dirt needs a light level of four or above, and it must not be covered by any light-impeding block or any opaque block. Mycelium reverts to dirt when covered by one of the light-impeding blocks above, and the light level at the block is below 4. The death and spread behaviors are checked when a random tick lands on the block. Plants that are on dirt blocks that mycelium spreads to pop out and drop as an item.


Mycelium has some unique effects and even a specific interaction on Bedrock Edition that differs from Java.

– Mushrooms and fungus can remain on mycelium blocks in any light level, unlike the situation on other blocks, where mushrooms are broken (dropping as items) during block updates in high light.
– Huge mushrooms can grow on mycelium, just as they can grow on dirt, grass, or podzol.
– Mycelium cannot be tilled with a hoe to make farmland, but it can be converted to a dirt path using a shovel!
– In Bedrock Edition, pumpkins and melons do not grow on Mycelium


That’s all there is to it! Mycelium is a pretty simple block, but it has incredibly unique properties acting as a weird mushroom infection. I love how you can use silk touch on the mycelium to place it back down near other dirt blocks to spread and get even more mycelium. Although, be careful placing too much of this stuff, as it can get laggy. Regardless, I hope you learned something from this little overview of Mycelium. Have a great day!

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