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In Minecraft, which blocks:

  1. Can only be acquired with a Silk Touch enchanted tool, or
  2. Do not drop themselves or 100% of their components when broken, so Silk Touch is still useful, even if the block can be built or acquired without Silk Touch?
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All the blocks that can only be obtained by silk touch are listed in green here

  • Coal ore
  • Lapis Lazuli ore
  • Redstone ore
  • Diamond ore
  • Emerald ore
  • Quartz ore
  • Grass or mycellium covered dirt
  • Mushroom blocks
  • Ice
  • Cobwebs (requires the enchantment to be on shears)

The blocks that can be obtained in other ways, but are affected by silk touch are:

  • Stone
  • Snow blocks
  • Glowstone
  • Gravel will always drop (rather than flint)
  • Clay
  • Enderchests
  • Bookshelves
  • Glass
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@KevinReid It was, apparently it got patched. – Ronan Dec 10 '11 at 12:56
You can not get cobweb from Silk Touch either. You did not specifically list it, but your first statement is incorrect. – EdGruberman Dec 10 '11 at 15:52
Silk Touch is most often used for getting glowstone, grass and redstone ore blocks. Redstone ore is used for traps/redstone systems due because it can be updated. – Dycker Dec 10 '11 at 17:42
So monster spawners must not have made it to live. – Resorath Dec 11 '11 at 5:06
@Resorath They could be picked up in pre-5 but it got fixed in pre-6 – Ronan Dec 11 '11 at 10:23

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