Most resources in Minecraft are infinite. Plants regrow, animals reproduce, mobs respawn. water sources can also become infinite, based on their placement. Even stone is infinite through the combination of flowing lava and water, and then smelting.

But there are some resources that do not have a natural "reproductive" quality. Eg, lava cannot replace another source block like water can.

What other resources in Minecraft do not have this quality?


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According to the Minecraft Wiki category for non-renewable resources:

Ancient Debris
Block of Diamond
Budding Amethyst
Coal Ore
Copper Ore
Dead Bush
Deepslate (and derivatives)
Diamond Ore
Dragon Egg
Dragon Head
Emerald Ore
Enchanted Golden Apple
Enchantment Table
Gold Ore
Heart of the Sea
Horse Armor (except leather)
Iron Ore
Lapis Lazuli Ore
Nether Quartz Ore
Netherite and all Netherite-derived items
Netherite block
Raw Copper
Raw Gold
Raw Iron
Redstone Ore

Note that this list is not perfect; the original from the wiki contained some PE exclusive blocks (I have edited these out), and it may not contain all items from the 1.9 update of Minecraft. I have also removed items unobtainable in the survival mode inventory.

If you find any more, or feel that a block should be added/removed from the list, please feel free to edit this post.

  • Note that some of these are renewable when exploiting strange game mechanics, such as Sand, but counting those would be a bit silly.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 10:39
  • It still contains the Stonecutter, which is a PE exclusive.
    – John
    Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 11:51
  • @John fixed. Also I believe it has been removed in one of the new versions of PE anyway. Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 23:03
  • If your going to invite others to freely edit to improve your answer, should it perhaps be a community wiki? I almost rejected a proposed edit because it aimed to strip a lot of items, stating that they were incorrectly listed.
    – user228576
    Commented Jul 8, 2021 at 23:48
  • With piglin bartering, dripstone-cauldron mechanics, azalea dirt-conversion, and regular trade, a lot of formerly non-renewable resources are now renewable. I've just removed all based on quartz, lava, gravel, glass, nether brick, soulsand and dirt.
    – SF.
    Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 8:55

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