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How to get Black Dye in Minecraft?

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While you may spend most of your time crafting tools and shelter for survival in Minecraft, the game isn’t so bad to not give you anything to have fun with either casually. Several miscellaneous items can help bring colour to the blocky Minecraft life.

In this article, we’re talking about how you can get black dye in Minecraft.

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Black dye in Minecraft

Dyes in Minecraft work the same way as in real-life. They’re used to colour items. To colour an item black, you’d usually use an ink sac. However, starting in the Village and Pillage update (v1.14), players will have to use black dye instead. 

You can use black dyes to colour the following items:

  • Shulker Boxes
  • Sheep
  • Tamed wolves (changes collar colour)
  • Wool
  • Beds
  • Water in cauldrons
  • Banners (in crafting tables and looms)
  • Terracotta
  • Leather armor

Apart from dyeing items, black dye is also used for creating black concrete powder, firework stars and ballons (only in Education and Bedrock versions).

Crafting black dye in Minecraft

To craft a black dye, you’re going to need either of the following two items. 

  • Ink Sac: Obtained by killing squids.
  • Wither Rose: Spawns when the Wither kills a mob (depending upon the mob’s location)

Once you have any of the items mentioned above, You can either use your personal inventory or the crafting table to craft a black dye from said items. Just place the item in any of the slots in a crafting grid, and you’ll get a black dye.

From the personal inventory:

How to get Black Dye in Minecraft?

From the crafting table:

How to get Black Dye in Minecraft?

Alternatively, if you’re playing in creative mode or with cheats enabled, you can use the following command to get black dyes.

/give @p black_dye 1

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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: