I've heard of these before, and yet I can't figure out how to get them. The blocks I want are like the 6-sided piston head block. If you can tell me how to use /setblock or /give to get those blocks, please tell me. I want to know what the data values are in order to get those. Sometimes when I mess with data values, I get milky potions, odorless potions, and the list goes on. I also DON'T want to get one of those purple and black checkerboard texture blocks.

  • I'm fairly sure this isn't possible due to the fact that such blocks don't exist in the game at all.
    – user114997
    Aug 24, 2015 at 15:54
  • @blartmemes some of these blocks do technically exist. All-bark logs are can be setblocked, for example. The piston head block is mentioned on the wiki, but is not accessible in the game (maybe MCEdit can do it).
    – MrLemon
    Aug 24, 2015 at 16:29
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    Aren't all blocks in minecraft 6 sided? They are cubes after all...
    – DBS
    Aug 24, 2015 at 20:01

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There are only two of these blocks that I know of: All-bark log, and the 6-sided piston head you mentioned.

The logs are minecraft:log with a data value of 3 in 0x4 and 0x8 bit, that is, add 12 to the normal data value of the log to get all-bark.

setblock ~1 ~ ~ minecraft:log 13

The piston wiki entry is strange, it talks about 0x0 through 0x7, which is technically wrong but we can work with it. In actuality bits 0x1 through 0x4 (0-7) determine the piston facing, while 0x8 (+0/+8) determines if the piston is extended or not.

That being said, the 6-sided piston head is listed as 6 or 7 (14 or 15 if extended). However, using

setblock ~1 ~ ~ minecraft:piston 6

results in an error message saying:

An unknown error has occured while attempting to perform this command

This happens for all combinations of minecraft:piston or minecraft:piston_head and data values of 6, 7, 14 or 15. Using the give command using this data value gives you a checkerboard block, which works like a piston (Because, like with a regular piston, the data value is changed when the block is placed).

  • Thank you for telling me this! I will keep this in mind :) Aug 25, 2015 at 23:20
  • 0x0 through 0x7 are equivalent to 0 through 7. Only 0x8 is indicated as a bit flag. (0x3 is not a bit...)
    – Schism
    Aug 29, 2015 at 18:49

Another extremely easy way is with worldedit, (which, by the way, is a full mod now. also, this IS NOT a tutorial on how to install worldedit, just Google it.) just use //replace <block> log:12 and make ugly log things go from thisTent with ugly protruding log blocks. to THIS![Better looking tent! (in this example i used //replace log log:12)


For 6 sided piston:Go on to 1.7.10 and do /setblock ~ ~0 ~ 33 7

For 6 sided logs:Go onto any version and do /setblock ~ ~ ~ log 12

  • Your welcome!!!
    – Jeremy
    Aug 25, 2016 at 9:19

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