What items can you retrieve intact if a creeper explodes in certain biomes? I usually get sand and grass. Can you also get sandstone and stone as well?

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    Please fix your title to be more descriptive. This is an ongoing issue with your questions.
    – Frank
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 18:17
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    Creeper blast do not "reward" you. They destroy your world, but you are lucky to get 25% of blocks not destroyed, but dropped as items. Also, any items already dropped are destroyed outright, as an added "bonus".
    – Orc JMR
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 18:24
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    is this a better question? Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 22:01

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You can get any mineable block except for obsidian. Just blow up a creeper next to it. These blocks are not rewards, they are the blocks the creeper has destroyed. 75% of the blocks are destroyed outright and 25% will leave behind the block as if it had been mined.

A while ago there was a thread on reddit with a server for which this was the primary means of getting resources since most tools were banned. You may be interested:

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Cobblestone is a sign of wealth, as we can only obtain it through creepers/TNT explosions!

  • So you can get wood and coal as well and its all retrievable? Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 17:55
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    Yes, you can. It's a terrible way to mine though as 75% of the items are destroyed.
    – fredley
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 17:56
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    It should be noted that new FTB Unleashed back has a mod called creeper collateral that makes it so creepers destroy 0% (changeable) of the blocks they blow up.
    – Ender
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 18:04
  • In Pocket Edition, creepers don't blow up sand (yet).
    – Timtech
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 21:46
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    @SF It drops as an item, not a block. Explosive damage is like mining blocks without silk touch.
    – fredley
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 8:45

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