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Can you grow coral in Minecraft?

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Minecraft has hundreds of blocks for players to mess around with, and more get added in each update. However, a few blocks are unique regarding what they are and what they can do.

In this article, we’re talking about the coral block in Minecraft.

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Minecraft corals

Coral is a non-solid block that comes in the following five types:

  • Tube
  • Brain
  • Bubble 
  • Fire 
  • Horn

It’s the only animal that is a block instead of the usual mob form. They naturally generate in the coral reef structures found in warm ocean biomes. They can be mined instantly as well; however, you can’t harvest them unless you’re using a tool with the Silk Touch enchantment. 

Can you grow coral in Minecraft?
Corals in Minecraft Bedrock Edition.

There aren’t any actual uses for the coral block in the game except as a construction or decoration block. You also need to keep in mind that a coral block needs to have at least one water block surrounding it at all times. Otherwise, the coral will turn into its respective dead coral after a few seconds. 

If you’re harvesting a lot of coral, it’s recommended that you use a helmet with the Aqua Affinity enchantment, as it’ll let you mine with the same speed as you do above water. Additionally, having the Respiration enchantment will help you breathe underwater, allowing longer mining sessions.  

Growing Coral in Minecraft

You can’t grow corals in Minecraft at will; however, you can create a semi-automatic coral farm for yourself if you’re playing the Bedrock edition. The Bedrock edition sometimes allows corals to grow in any ocean biome, provided the player uses bonemeal on dirt, red sand, coarse dirt, gravel, clay, and sand.

Can you grow coral in Minecraft?
Coral can be grown by adding bonemeal to gravel underwater in the Bedrock edition.

If you’re in Bedrock and have cheats enabled, you can also use the /give command to give corals to either yourself or any other player on the server.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: