Andesite Minecraft: Block Facts

Andesite Minecraft block is a building block that is commonly used as a decoration. In this article, we will explore what andesite is, its uses, how to get it, and more.

What is an Andesite block in Minecraft?

Andesite is a block of igneous rock in Minecraft. It is one of the three special stone variants that you’ll find in Minecraft, alongside granite and diorite.

In real life, an andesite is a blueish-grey volcanic rock. The name andesite comes from the mountain range of the Andes in South America, where it’s pretty common. It forms when a specific type of magma flows out to the surface as lava and cools down. 

What is a Polished Andesite?

It is a polished form of an andesite. Polished andesite can be crafted or naturally generated.

What are the Uses of Andesite Blocks?

Andesites and polished andesites in Minecraft are commonly used for decorations.

Where to Find Andesite in Minecraft

Andesite Minecraft blocks generate in place of stone underground below y-level 80, in veins of similar shape and size to gravel and dirt. Occasionally, you’ll find andesite exposed to the surface in extreme hills biomes as well as in Igloo Basement, Woodland Mansion, Underwater Ruins, and Coral Reefs (in Bedrock edition only).

The polished version of andesite can be commonly found inside of woodland mansions in the “jail rooms.”

How to Obtain Andesite Minecraft Block

Andesite can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it drops nothing. Aside from mining it, you can also make andesite by combining diorite with cobblestone in a crafting bench.

In Java Edition, Journeyman-level mason villagers have a 27 chance to sell 4 polished andesites for one emerald.

In Bedrock Edition, Apprentice-level stone mason villagers have a 25% chance to sell 4 polished andesites for one emerald.

What are the Properties of Andesite Minecraft blocks?

Andesite has the same blast resistance as stone so it can be a good substitute for stone when building.

Andesite and polished andesite can be placed under note blocks to produce “bass drum” sounds.

How to Make Polished Andesite?

To make polished andesite, you need 4 andesite blocks. Open the crafting table and then put the andesite blocks in the bottom left grids.

You can also make a polished andesite using a stone cutter in Minecraft.

How to Make Andesite Slab or Polished Andesite Slab?

Slabs are the half-size of a normal block. To make andesite slabs, place three andesite blocks horizontally on a crafting table. This will result to six slabs. The same process applies for polished andesite slabs.

How To Make Andesite and Polished andesite Stairs

To make andesite stairs, you need six andesite blocks. Place the blocks in the crafting table in the following manner–three blocks in the first column, two blocks at the bottom part of the second column, and one block at the bottom part of the third column. The same process applies for polished andesite stairs. See the image below for reference.

How to Make Andesite Walls Using the Crafting Table?

For andesite wall, you need 6 andesite blocks. Place the blocks on the middle and bottom rows on the crafting table. You will get 6 andesite walls after the crafting process.

How to Make Andesite Stairs, Slabs, and Walls Using a Stone Cutter

For a more efficient way to make andesite stairs, slabs, and walls, you can use a stone cutter instead of a crafting table. The stone cutter, as the name implies is used to cut stone type blocks in Minecraft including andesite and polished andesite.

Here’s how to create stairs, slabs, and walls from Minecraft andesite blocks.

  1. Open the stone cutter.
  2. Place the andesite or the polished andesite on the left side cell.
  3. Choose the type of block you want to create, whether a stair, slab, or wall.
  4. Pick up the resulting block on the right side cell.

When using a stone cutter, you can get one stair from one andesite/polished andesite (1:1) whereas if you use the crafting table, you need six blocks to make four stairs (3:2). You can save on your resources when using stone cutter to create stairs. For other walls and slabs, the ratio of the andesite to the end product is just the same.

How to Make a Stone Cutter in Minecraft?

To make a stone cutter, you need an iron ingot and three stone blocks. In the Bedrock edition, you can also use variants of stone blocks to make a stone cutter.

 To craft a stonecutter in Minecraft, you first need to place the iron ingot in the center cell of the top row of the 3×3 crafting area. Then, place three stone blocks in the middle row.

Sometimes, you can find stonecutters inside stone mason houses in villages.

You can find stone blocks in almost all biomes in Minecraft. You can mine stone blocks using a pick axe but they will only drop cobblestones. If you have a pick axe silk touch enchantment you can makes mine blocks drop as blocks instead of items.

Worry not if you don’t have pick axe with silk touch enchantment. All you need to do is gather cobblestones and smelt them in the furnace to turn them into stones.

To get iron ingots, you need mine iron ore first and then smelt them in the furnace.

What is a Diorite in Minecraft?

Like andesite, diorite is an igneous rock. It has the same blast resistance as a stone.

Diorite can be mined using a pickaxe.  You can find them weaponsmith houses, tannery houses, and mason houses in snowy tundra villages. In Bedrock Edition, it generates in coral reefs, replacing some blocks of coral crust.

You can also craft diorite by combining 2 cobblestone with 2 nether quartz in a crafting table. As mentioned, diorite is an ingredient used to make andesite. It is also an ingredient to make granite.

In real life, diorite is much rarer than in Minecraft.

What is a Cobblestone in Minecraft?

Cobblestone is the resulting product when you mine stone without using silk touch enchantment. It can also be found in dungeons, strongholds, villages, and jungle temples.

Cobblestones are mainly used as a building material. It has also many other uses such as for creating tools, weapons, and furnaces.


Andesite is a naturally occurring block in the overworld but you can also make it by combining diorite and cobblestone. It is a great substitute for regular stone blocks since both have the same hardness (1.5), blast resistance (6), and mining time.