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This page has a sub-page, Behavior, which covers technical details concerning block appearance.

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.

Platforms are semi-solid blocks. The player can jump up through them, or fall through them by holding Down while falling.

The process of harvesting blocks using tools is called mining.

Natural Blocks

Natural blocks are any block type found on planets directly obtained by mining. This also includes ores.

Natural Blocks

Cobblestone variants

In addition to all obtainable natural blocks, there are also ten varieties of Rough Stone used in planet generation which return Cobblestone when mined. These cannot be obtained without using /spawnitem command, and almost all of them have the same description, both in inventory (when spawned in) and when examined (the exception being Granite Rock).

Rough Stone

Natural blocks can also be used for construction, or as a crafting material to form other blocks, which can be used as construction materials.

Crafted Blocks

There are building bricks that can be crafted and used in the construction of structures. The following are the blocks available through crafting.

Blocks Platforms Rails

*Platinum Blocks do not yet have a crafting recipe.

Crafted blocks have the ability to be recolored using paint mode.

Craftable natural blocks

Flesh Chunk Icon.png Flesh Chunk
Packed Bones Icon.png Packed Bones
Pile of Eyes Icon.png Pile of Eyes
Plant Matter Icon.png Plant Matter

Sloped Blocks

In update 1.3.0 a number of sloping blocks were added as construction blocks for space stations and ship in space encounters.

These blocks are unique because they slope when placed in groups, creating a smooth surface.

Sloped Ship & Station Blocks

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.

Building Bricks Platforms

Village and dungeon blocks are able to be painted in the same way as crafted blocks.

Unavailable Blocks

These blocks exist - or used to exist - in the game assets. They are not obtainable through normal gameplay.

Natural Blocks Crafted Blocks Village Blocks

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 and Sand, can naturally have a variety of colors.


Natural Blocks

Ice Sample.png


Mud Sample.png


Tar Sample.png


Crafted Blocks

Sloped Blocks

Village and Dungeon Blocks


Ancient Platform Sample.png Bamboo Platform Sample.png Copper Platform Sample.png Gold Platform Sample.png Lunar Base Platform Sample.png Modern Platform Sample.png
Ancient Platform Bamboo Platform Copper Platform Gold Platform Lunar Base Platform Modern Platform
Mossy Platform Sample.png Outpost Platform Sample.png Polygon Platform Sample.png Pressurised Platform Sample.png Protectorate Platform Sample.png Ruins Platform Sample.png
Mossy Platform Outpost Platform Polygon Platform Pressurised Platform Protectorate Platform Ruins Platform
Ship Platform Sample.png Silver Platform Sample.png Stone Platform Sample.png Temple Platform Sample.png Tungsten Platform Sample.png Wood Platform Sample.png
Ship Platform Silver Platform Stone Platform Temple Platform Tungsten Platform Wood Platform
Ornate Platform Sample.png Wrecked Platform Sample.png Rusty Rail Sample.png Composite Rail Sample.png
Ornate Platform Wrecked Platform Rusty Rail Composite Rail