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Bony Soil
Stackable 64
Material Soil
Drops Bony Soil


Barren soil
Stackable 64
Material Soil
Drops Barren Soil
Fertility 5%


Low fertility soil
Stackable 64
Material Soil
Drops Low fertility soil
Fertility 25%


Medium fertility soil
Stackable 64
Material Soil
Drops Medium fertility soil
Fertility 50%


Stackable 64
Material Soil
Drops Compost
Fertility 65%


Terra Preta
Stackable 64
Material Soil
Drops Terra Preta
Fertility 80%


Natural Generation

Seventeen soil type variants may exist in the world, and are created during world generation. The appearance of each block indicates the nutrient levels (soil type) and the grass coverage (grass variant) indicates the climate conditions in the area.

Soil Types

Different types of soil are found in different places in the world and vary based on the climate. Five different types of soil exist in the world at different fertility rates: bony, barren, low, medium, and high (called "terra preta"). Each type has the following starting levels of nutrients, respectively: 0%, 5%, 25%, 50%, 80%. Soil retains its fertility levels when removed and placed elsewhere. Players can find deposits of terra preta in mild and hot areas with enough rainfall, mostly on plains and low hills.

Specifically, terra preta requires:

  • rainfall: 0.5 - 0.9
  • temperature: 5 - 37
  • maximum Y level: 0.53, and terra preta seems to follow the the soil surface at a depth of 1

Barren soil is found in some above ground ruins, but is a rare occurrence. Bony soil may be found buried below ruins, has no farming nutrients, and will not grow grass.



Players can create Compost which can be crafted with Medium Fertility Soil to create High Fertility Soil, which has 65% fertility. Compost is made via Barrel Crafting mechanics and requires 64 Rot for 16 compost (enough for 2 High Fertility Soil) and 20 days.

Grass Variants

Each type of soil block (with the exceptions of bony and barren soil) has three grass coverage variants and may appear as "bare soil" with a brown top (no grass), or a green top surface, aka "grass block". Depending on climactic conditions, grass coverage appears as a continuum from sparse (patchy brown and green), patchy (mostly green), or grassy (solid green). Grass spreads from grassy blocks onto bare soil blocks as the climate allows, while grass blocks lacking sunlight lose the grass and may revert to bare soil blocks. Also, tall grass can grow/spawn on "grass" blocks.


Soil blocks may be removed by breaking with bare hands or using any tool, though a shovel is a faster method to harvest soil blocks.



Soil blocks are used in crafting both light and dark mudbrick blocks, as well as cob building blocks.


Soil blocks can be converted to farmland using a hoe. For more information, see the farming guide.


Soil blocks may be placed in the world or stored in containers.

Vanilla Game Content
Terrain Blocks

Rawclay blue.pngClay Grid Gravel Granite.pngGravel Peat.pngPeat Grid Rock granite.pngRock Grid Granite sand.pngSand Grid Barren low fertility soil.pngSoil

Construction Blocks

Claybricks-blue.pngCeramic Blocks Glass-plain.pngGlass Planks-oak.pngBoards Grid Diagonal logs plaster.pngPlaster Grid Cob.pngSoil Blocks Grid Polished Granite.pngStone Blocks Grid Stone path.pngPath

Functional Blocks

Grid Barrel.pngBarrel Grid Woodbucket.pngWooden bucket Bed-wood-head-north.pngBed Chest-east.pngContainer Firepit lit.pngFirepit Forge.pngForge Grid Loot Vessel.pngCracked vessel Grid Ore blasting bomb.pngOre blasting bomb Grid Large trough.pngTrough

Decorative Blocks

Grid Painting.pngPainting Mediumcarpet-turqoise-ns.pngCarpet Bookshelves-ns.pngBookshelves Flowerpot-earthern-empty.pngFlowerpots Agedwallpaperplanks-green-east.pngWallpapers Salvation.pngTapestry

Metal Working

Grid Copper anvil.pngAnvil Bloomery.pngBloomery Grid Crucible burned.pngCrucible Forge.pngForge Grid Tin bronze helve hammer.pngHelve hammer Ingot Mold Burned.pngMolds Grid Copper Ingot.pngMetal Gem-emerald-rough.pngGemstone

Tools & Weapons

Grid Copper axe.pngAxe Bow-simple.pngBow Chisel-copper.pngChisel Cleaver-copper.pngCleaver Grid Wooden club.pngClub Hammer-copper.pngHammer Hoe-copper.pngHoe Knife-copper.pngKnife Pickaxe-copper.pngPickaxe Prospectingpick-copper.pngProspecting Pick Grid Copper saw.pngSaw Scythe-copper.pngScythe Grid Copper shears.pngShears Grid Crude Shield.pngShield Shovel-copper.pngShovel Grid Copper spear.pngSpear Sword-copper.pngSword


Armor-body-brigandine-iron.pngArmor Clothes-upperbody-lackey-shirt.pngClothes Grid Backpack.pngBags

Craftable Resources

Grid Oak board.pngBoards Charcoal.pngCharcoal Coke.pngCoke Grid Firewood.pngFirewood Grid Copper Ingot.pngIngots Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Flaxtwine.pngFlax


Berrybush red currant ripe.pngBerries Grid mushroom bolete.pngMushroom Grid Cattail tops.pngReed Flower-californiapoppy.pngFlower Tallgrass-tall.pngGrass Tallfern.pngOther Plants Sapling-oak.pngTree Sapling-oak.pngFruit tree Flax.pngWild food


Bear-male-polar.pngBear BeeMob.pngBees Creature-bell-normal.pngBell Bighorn.pngBighorn sheep Rooster.pngChicken Normal Drifter.pngDrifter Creature-fox-male.pngFox Hare-male-lightbrown.pngHare Hyena.pngHyena Locust.pngLocust Raccoon.pngRaccoon Pig.pngWild Pig Wolf.pngWolf


Pig.pngAnimal husbandry Grid Empty skep.pngBeekeeping Grid Crucible burned.pngCasting Grid Blue clay.pngClay Forming Sword-copper.pngCombat Hoe-copper.pngFarming Bread-spelt.pngCooking Bone.pngHealth Flax.pngSatiety Grid Flint arrow head.pngKnapping Grid Angled Gears.pngMechanical Power Pickaxe-copper.pngMining Grid Copper anvil.pngSmithing Creature-humanoid-trader-treasurehunter.pngTrading Gear-temporal.pngTemporal stability Hammer-copper.pngSteel Making


Grid Lore Book.pngCrafting Recipes Charcoal.pngFuel Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Working Torch.pngLight sources Grid Copper Chunk.pngOre Deposits Grid Ruins.pngRuin Grid Lore Scroll.pngStarter Guide Berrybush blueberry ripe.pngWorld Generation