Blocks are the materials that make up planets and structures in Starbound. They can be collected in the player inventory using special tools and then placed or used as a material for crafting. The process of harvesting blocks is called mining.
Natural blocks are any block type found on planets directly obtained by mining. This also includes ores.
Note: Though they can be found naturally, Frozen Water and each Rock Block variant are unobtainable items and do not have an inventory icon. Harvesting them results in Ice and Cobblestone, respectively.
Natural blocks can also be used for construction, or as a crafting material to form other blocks, which can be used as construction materials.
There are building bricks that can be crafted and used in the construction of structures. The following are the blocks available through crafting.
*Bricks, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Blocks do not have a crafting recipe as of Beta v. Angry Koala.
As of v. Angry Koala,though, painting a foreground-only block, such as a platform or ladder, will not show the block as colored when it is placed. This is most likely a bug.
Village and dungeon blocks
Village and dungeon blocks are found in structures in all parts of the game. These blocks can be dislodged from these structures just like all other blocks, but in some dungeons a protection object must first be destroyed.
*As of Beta v. Angry Koala, Smooth Concrete and Smooth Stone Brick have not been fully implemented into the game yet as blocks, though they have item files.
**Ladders cannot be obtained ingame yet and do not display properly when placed.
***Ship Platform cannot be obtained ingame due to a typo in its code.
Village and dungeon blocks are able to painted in the same way as crafted blocks.
As such, as of v. Angry Koala, painting a foreground-only block from this category, such as a platform or ladder, will not show the block as colored when it is placed, similar to crafted blocks. This is most likely a bug.
Block image samples
The following tables show a 3 by 3 square arrangement of each block as they can appear ingame. Note that some blocks, such as Dirt Block and Sand, can naturally have a variety of colors.
|Aegisalt Ore||Cerulium Ore||Coal||Copper Ore||Crystal||Diamond Ore||Gold Ore||Iron Ore||Lead|
|Moonstone Ore||Platinum Ore||Plutonium Ore||Rubium Ore||Silver Ore||Solarium Ore||Sulphur||Titanium Ore||Uranium Ore|
Village and dungeon blocks
|Bamboo Platform||Copper Platform||Modern Platform||Mossy Platform||Pressurized Platform|
|Ship Platform||Skyrail||Steel Platform||Stone Platform||Temple Platform|
|Wooden Platform||Wrecked Platform|