I wanted to get some flint in a Minecraft server and had some gravel. According to what I read, I could get flint from gravel that I placed myself.

I started trying and it was unsuccessful. I then tried for a few more times but all did not work.

I'm on Minecraft 1.12.2 Forge client and Waterfall 1.12.2 server with plugins. I don't know if this is intentional or is a feature with Waterfall or some plugins of the server. If you could get flint from mining gravel you placed, it would make no sense (at least to me)! Or is this only a feature for newer versions(eg 1.16)?

What is going on here?

Edit: I also tried this in Singleplayer on the same version and it also did not work. Are the stuff that I read lying to me or am I just very unlucky?

Edit 2: I'm not using a Silk Touch tool

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    Vanilla Minecraft makes no distinction whatsoever between naturally spawned and placed gravel, and never did. What 3rd party servers do is a different matter.
    – SF.
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 10:55
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    OTOH the gravel must be broken by player - dropping it onto a torch etc won't produce flint.
    – SF.
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 11:03
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    Are you getting flint from naturally generated gravel? It could be that one of your plugins is disabling flint entirely, either due to a bug or because it's changing the crafting system and having you get flint or flint-based items some other way. It may also help if you list your plugins.
    – TheHans255
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 15:21
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    Do you have any mods running? You say you're on a Forge client. Some mods cancel the drop chance of flint and instead make a crafting recipe - usually 3 gravel, if I remember correctly.
    – Tal
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 17:54
  • @Tal I do have mods running, but they all are utility mods which boost FPS and improve PVP.
    – Pilot
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 3:55

2 Answers 2


Yes, you can get flint from it even if you placed it. Flint has a small random chance of dropping. If you mine the block with fortune enchantment, it will be more likely to drop flint. If you use a tool with maximum fortune level of III (3), it will have a 100% chance of dropping flint--i.e., it will always drop flint. If you use a tool with silk touch enchantment, it will NEVER drop flint. You may have been using silk if you are having 0 luck with it.

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    The chance for gravel to drop flint is specifically 10% per dig, according to the Minecraft Wiki.
    – TheHans255
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 15:31
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    Note that the gravel needs to be mined by a player to drop flint, just dropping it on a torch does not yield flint
    – Ferrybig
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 10:56

Yes, you can get flint from gravel you placed yourself.

Given a 10% chance to drop flint, you have a 0.515% chance to not get any flint after mining 50 gravel - [(1-0.1)^50]*100. You might have just gotten really unlucky. Or, a mod on your server might have affected your ability to get some (though you say this was replicated in smp, so probably not that)

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