Minecraft offers players a huge range of customization options, including different types of wood, stone, and other building materials. To re-color more aesthetic items, players need a secondary ingredient: dye. Colorants are used in a large amount of recipes, typically to provide one of 16 different color options for the finished product. Wool, terra cotta, stained glass, leather armor, fireworks, and even concrete are examples of craft recipes that use dye.
Almost every colorant requires its own main ingredient, all coming from their own far corners of the world. Minecraft world, so finding them all can be overwhelming for old and new players alike. Here’s a description of how each dye is made, where to find their main ingredients, and (if there are multiple options) which manufacturing method is most effective.
Brown tincture is one of the easiest tinctures to make, with only one option for its main ingredient – cocoa beans. These can be extracted from the cocoa pods that spawn on the sides of trees in the Jungle Biome. They can also be obtained from a Wandering Trader, who will offer three in exchange for a single Emerald. While they were previously available in dungeon chests, they have since been removed. Finding a jungle biome can be a bit tricky depending on the player’s world, but they’re easy to spot from a distance with their towering trees and vibrant green color.
Like Brown Dye, players only need to find one main ingredient – the cactus. Cacti are easy to find in any type of desert biome and can be grown anywhere without much difficulty, as they reach a height of three blocks before stopping. Players simply need to check in sporadically at their Cactus Farm and cut off any growth above the single base block. After getting enough cactus, they will need to melt it in an oven to convert it to green dye.
Black Dye has two options for the main ingredients: an ink bag or a Wither Rose. The ink bags are released by the squid, which breed in natural water bodies. They can also be obtained as an unwanted object of fishing. This is by far the easiest way to get Black Dye, as the alternative is to cross the Nether and kill enough Wither Skeletons to drop three Skulls. These skulls are then used with Soul Sand to spawn the Wither, an endgame boss. Crowds killed by the Wither will drop Wither Roses, but picking them up while dodging boss attacks is difficult to say the least.
Like other dyes, white dye can be made from any of Minecraft‘s flowers, lily of the valley. They appear around the world in all of the different forest biomes, but players might not like to go deeper and deeper from wherever they are based to find more. They can be spawned using Bone Meal in Flower Forest biomes, but there is a much more direct way to craft White Dye: by using Bone Meal itself. Bone meal can be crafted from bones abandoned by skeletons, and players with an insufficient supply of either can create a mob farm to automate bone production.
Blue Dye can be crafted using Lapis Lazuli, which players can find by mining or trading with Villagers. While the ore drops several pieces when shattered, it is a valuable substance used to enchant weapons, tools, and armor. A better method of crafting Blue Dye is by using Cornflower, which can be found in the Plains, Sunflower Plains, and Flower Forest biomes. Flowers can be boring to collect, but players can work around this issue by repeatedly spawning them using bone meal. When you generate flowers this way, use bone meal on an empty 15×15 square of grass blocks.
The yellow dye can be made with two different kinds of flowers: dandelion or sunflower. Sunflower can only be spawned in the aptly named Sunflower Plains biome and is unaffected by bone meal spawning. Dandelion is much more accessible, as it is available in all biomes except Swamps, Badlands, or Mushroom Fields. It will appear naturally everywhere else and can be grown using bone meal in those places. This makes them one of the most accessible types of flowers for dyeing.
The red dye is fairly easy to find, as it contains the most primary ingredient options. It can be made from the poppy, rose bush, red tulip, or beet. Poppies spawn in all biomes except Swamps, Badlands, or Mushroom Fields, and can be farmed with bone meal. Players can also use the Red Tulip, which spawns in Plains, Sunflower Plains, and Flower Forest, or the Rosebush, which appears in all kinds of Forest Biomes but cannot be farmed with Bone Meal. Finally, the beetroot, which can be found in the villages.
Light blue dye
Light Blue Dye can be made using Blue Orchid Flower as the main ingredient. It’s a rarer flower only found in swamps, but luckily it can also be spawned there with bone meal. Players who don’t want to walk to a swamp can combine a white dye with a regular blue dye, but it’s slightly easier, as blueberries aren’t much more common. However, players with a significant excess of lapis lazuli might want to use this method instead.
Light Gray Stain
There are three different main ingredients for light gray dye: Azure Blue, Oxeye Daisy, and White Tulip. Azure blue is found in plains, sunflower plains, flower forest, and grassland. The white tulip can be found in the plains, sunflower plains, and flower forest. Likewise, Oxeye Daisy can be found in Plains, Sunflower Plains, Flower Forest, and Meadows biomes. If players have an overabundance of black or gray dye, they can craft a light gray dye using two white dyes and one black dye or one gray dye and one white dye.
Lime dye can be made directly by melting a sea pickle in an oven, similar to the darker green dye. Sea pickles can be found underwater in coral reefs, but searching the ocean floor is a daunting task. Fortunately, all players need to do is find one, after which they can use Bone Meal to grow additional Sea Pickles by using it on an already placed one. If it is too complicated, lime dye can also be made by combining white dye and green dye.
Magenta dye can be made using one of two flowers as the main ingredient: lilac or alium. Lilac cannot be grown with bone meal and can only be found when the world spawns in Forest, Birch Forest, Dark Forest, or Flower Forest. Alium can only be found in the Flower Forest and Meadow biomes, but it has been spawned using bone meal. If players can’t find either, they can also craft magenta dye by mixing purple and pink dye.
Orange tincture has only one main ingredient: orange tulip. Orange Tulips can be found in Plains, Sunflower Plains, Flower Forest, and Grasslands biomes or spawned with bone meal in the same locations. A much simpler route is to combine the red and yellow dye, as these are made up of the two most common flowers in the game that can appear in any biome.
The main ingredients of the rose tincture are peony or pink tulip. The Pink Tulip can be found in the Plains, Sunflower Plains, Flower Forest, and Meadows biomes, and they can be spawned with Bone Meal in these biomes. Peonies are much rarer, only being able to be found when the world is generated in the different types of Forest Biome. The easiest method, however, is to combine the red dye and the white dye, which only require bone meal and poppies.
While most dyes contain some sort of main ingredient that players can use to craft them, there are three dyes that can only be crafted using other dyes. Cyan dye requires a combination of green and blue dye. Gray dye requires a combination of black and white dye, although the prerequisite ingredients (inkbags and bone meal) can be used in their unprocessed form. Violet Dye can be crafted by crafting with Red and Blue Dye. All of the requirements make these dyes a bit more difficult to obtain, as players have to find two special ingredients instead of just one.
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