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What are the rare materials/drops in Minecraft? I'm talking about things you might never find, except perhaps in chests near mob spawners, or by some convoluted collection process.

I already know about saddles, records and slime balls. What other rarities am I missing?

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Unique Item

  • Dragon Egg - only obtainable by killing the Ender Dragon

Rare Items

  • Saddles - Only found in chests in dungeons, Nether Fortresses, Desert and Jungle Temples, and NPC villages. Can also be obtained by trading with Villagers and fishing.
  • Horse Armor - Only found in dungeons, Nether Fortresses, Desert/Jungle temples, and NPC villages.
  • Record - Only gained by tricking skeleton into shooting a creeper with its arrow. Also, discs "13" and "cat" are found in 8% of dungeon chests.
  • Cocoa Beans - Found in abandoned mineshaft chests and rarely from Jungle trees
    • Cookies by proxy, as they are made from cocoa beans
  • Ender Pearls - A rare drop from a rare mob (Endermen).
  • Blaze Rods - Blaze are flying mobs in the nether; hazardous to kill. Can be used to make a few other ingredients via Blaze Powder
  • Ghast Tear - Prone to falling into lava when you kill the Ghast
  • Melon Seeds - Most commonly found in chests in Abandoned Mine Shafts. You can also get them from NPCs.
  • Wither Skeleton Skull - A rare drop from a somewhat rare mob (Wither Skeleton).
  • Nether Star - An item drop from the Wither Boss

Rare Blocks

  • Mossy Cobblestone - Only/always found in dungeons
  • Emerald Ore - A new block that only generates in one biome, and generates between three and eight blocks per chunk. Used as a currency for trading with NPC villagers.
  • Beacon Block - An item crafted from the Nether Star.
  • Chiseled Stone Brick - 3 Blocks are found uniquely in Jungle temples.


  • Bedrock/Adminium - Cannot be mined, found at bottom of map. Must be spawned through console to place.
  • Sponge - Cannot be found or made. Sponge can be taken from creative inventory.
  • Ice - can only be mined with a silk touch pickaxe, can only be made in a snow biome.
    • Packed Ice A more compacked version of Ice, but doesn't melt in Torch/Glowstone light, only found in the rare Ice Plains Spikes biome, and obtainable only with silk touch enchanted Pickaxe
  • End portal and End Portal Frame - 27 end portal blocks per world and 36 end portal frame blocks. Possibly less because of terrain generation.
  • Mob head - Aside from Wither Skeleton (above), only available in Creative mode.
  • Command Block - Only obtainable via console command.
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Golden Apple in particular -- Normal apple + 72 gold ingots (8 gold blocks) –  Raven Dreamer Oct 27 '10 at 21:57
I've found at least 3 records in dungeon chests. –  Brant Oct 28 '10 at 0:50
Since new rare stuff has been added, this post needs to be updated. What are the rules on editing these sorts of posts? I'm planning on adding info on Emeralds. –  KBKarma Oct 15 '12 at 8:40
@KBKarma: The rule is, just do it :) If I or anyone else don't agree with it, we'll roll it back or edit it ourselves. And if you have below a certain rep (3k I think), your edit will need to be approved. So basically, the system self-moderates, so knock yourself out :) –  BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Oct 15 '12 at 11:46
Cocoa beans seem fairly common within the Jungle biome -- but you have to have a Jungle biome handy to find them. Does that still count as rare? It doesn't seem more rare than pumpkins, per se. –  Yamikuronue Aug 26 '13 at 15:43

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