In Minecraft, which blocks:

  1. Can only be acquired with a Silk Touch enchanted tool, or
  2. Do not drop themselves or 100% of their components when broken, so Silk Touch is still useful, even if the block can be built or acquired without Silk Touch?

All the blocks that can only be obtained by silk touch are listed in green here

  • Coal ore
  • Lapis Lazuli ore
  • Redstone ore
  • Diamond ore
  • Emerald ore
  • Quartz ore
  • Grass or mycellium covered dirt
  • Mushroom blocks
  • Ice
  • Cobwebs (requires the enchantment to be on shears)

The blocks that can be obtained in other ways, but are affected by silk touch are:

  • Stone
  • Snow blocks
  • Glowstone
  • Gravel will always drop (rather than flint)
  • Clay
  • Enderchests
  • Bookshelves
  • Glass
  • @KevinReid It was, apparently it got patched. – Ronan Dec 10 '11 at 12:56
  • You can not get cobweb from Silk Touch either. You did not specifically list it, but your first statement is incorrect. – EdGruberman Dec 10 '11 at 15:52
  • Silk Touch is most often used for getting glowstone, grass and redstone ore blocks. Redstone ore is used for traps/redstone systems due because it can be updated. – Dycker Dec 10 '11 at 17:42
  • So monster spawners must not have made it to live. – Resorath Dec 11 '11 at 5:06
  • @Resorath They could be picked up in pre-5 but it got fixed in pre-6 – Ronan Dec 11 '11 at 10:23

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