How to Get Terracotta in Minecraft

Many blocks have been added to Minecraft over the years, but few have been as beautiful as terracotta. Plus, it’s one of the few blocks that naturally spawn and be crafted in the game. Here’s a quick guide on how to get terracotta in Minecraft.

Where to Find Terracotta in Minecraft

Terracotta can be found in several places in Minecraft, including underwater ruins and desert pyramids. If you stumble upon a large village, you’ll also find some terracotta in mason houses.

That said, the easiest way to find terracotta is by finding the Badlands biome. Formerly known as the Mesa biome, this is the only place where terracotta is abundant. One could say that terracotta is the dirt of the Badlands biome since it’s everywhere.

How to Make Terracotta in Minecraft

Smelting clay to make terracotta

If you can’t find a Badlands biome or are not armored enough to explore underwater ruins and pyramids, you can also make your own terracotta. All you’ll need is a block of clay and some fuel to smelt it using a furnace. What you’ll end up with is an uncolored piece of terracotta.

You can then add 8 terracotta blocks along with your favorite dye on a crafting table to get uniquely-colored blocks. In fact, you can add up to 16 different colors to terracotta, which means that you can get pretty creative with it.

How to Make Glazed Terracotta in Minecraft

Every block of glazed terracotta

Nearly 4 years after terracotta was added to Minecraft, a new block was introduced: the glazed terracotta. By smelting a colored terracotta block, you’d get a glazed one. 

The great thing about glazed terracotta blocks is that they feature unique patterns in the game, making them ideal for creative players. Plus, depending on the initial block’s color, the glazed version will have a different design.


Now that you know how to get terracotta in Minecraft, how creative can you get with them? How about making an entire village with a different glazed terracotta block for each house? I’d love to see all your new creations on the Minecraft Forum!