How to Make Cracked Stone Bricks in Minecraft

Minecraft is a game about building when you’re not surviving, and so wonderful creations from around the world have inspired others to do the same. If you have played a creative game and are trying to make builds, you would come to learn one thing: something that adds depth to a player’s build is variety. You can even see this principle being applied to popular builds out there.

A house plainly made out of stone bricks or planks alone would fall flat in terms of design. You need to add variety to the scene. Of course, not all blocks blend well with each other. If you are trying to make a stone-only build such as a stone pyramid, you would not add dirt blocks for variety. One variant that would work well in that situation could be cracked stone bricks.

Cracked stone bricks are not new blocks, as they have existed since the game’s first version. However, the ways of obtaining them became much easier during the 1.8 updates. What are these blocks, and how can a player get one? Read more to find out.

How To Make Cracked Stone Bricks in Minecraft

Version needed to obtain cracked stone bricks:

  • Version 1.0 or above (through mining)
  • Version 1.8 or above (through smelting)

Requirements to make cracked stone bricks:

  • At least a wooden pickaxe
  • Crafting table
  • Furnace
  • Fuel (e.g., coal, charcoal, bucket of lava)
  • At least four stone blocks

Plan ahead of time on how many cracked stone bricks you want or need for your build since that is the exact number of stone blocks you need to get. You can follow this step-by-step process to gather the materials you need to make cracked stone bricks in Minecraft. Depending on what you already have, here are some suggestions for where to begin in this article.

  • If you are entirely new to the game or if you do not have any tools at all, you can start from step 1.
  • If you already have a crafting table, start from step 2.
  • If you already have a pickaxe, start from step 3.
  • If you already have the number of cobblestone blocks needed and a furnace, start from step 5.
  • If you already have the number of stone bricks needed and a furnace, start from step 7.

Step 1: Make a Crafting Table

Make a Crafting Table

The first thing that you need to do is acquire a crafting table. Crafting tables are essential tools to enhance one’s crafting capabilities. While you do not need a crafting table to make cracked stones directly, you still need it to craft other tools needed, such as your pickaxe or furnace. To make a crafting table, you need:

  • Four wooden planks of any variety (birch, spruce, oak, etc.)

Follow these procedures to get the resources you need to create your crafting table:

  1. Find a tree of any variety.
  2. Break the wooden logs to obtain them. Since you need to make a crafting table and a wooden pickaxe (which will be discussed in later sections), you would need at least three wooden logs.
  3. Open your inventory and find a 2×2 grid near your avatar; that is your crafting grid. You will notice a single tile alongside the grid; that is the output of the crafting grid.
  4. Put a single log in the grid.
  5. Get the stack of four planks from the output tile by dragging the stack to your inventory.
  6. Using the four planks you just received, fill the 2×2 crafting grid with them.
  7. Get the crafting table from the output tile by dragging it to your inventory.

Now that you have a crafting table in your inventory, you can use it. Just place it on the ground and then open it. For PC, you can open it by right-clicking on the crafting table. Other consoles and devices may differ when it comes to opening the crafting table, but a tooltip would usually be visible to notify you.

Step 2: Make a Wooden Pickaxe

Make a Wooden Pickaxe

To make cracked stone bricks, you need to mine stone, and to mine stone, you need at least a wooden pickaxe. In fact, any pickaxe would do as stone can be mined with any pickaxe; just do not break the stone with your fists as it will not drop anything. To make a wooden pickaxe, you need your crafting table and the following materials:

  • Three wooden planks
  • Two sticks

To get these materials, follow the procedure below. Note that this procedure assumes that have gathered at least three logs of any variety during the previous section.

Because you used a single log to make the crafting table, you are left with two of them. These two logs are sufficient to make a wooden pickaxe. If you did not go through the previous step, make sure to gather at least two wooden logs of any variety.

  1. Open your crafting table (place the crafting table first to use it).
  2. If the two logs are not stacked together, do so by dragging one of them to the other.
  3. Drag the stack of logs from your inventory to the 3×3 crafting table grid.
  4. Drag the stack of eight planks from the crafting table’s output tile and into your inventory.
  5. Take two planks from the stack (you can do so by right-clicking on the stack, which will divide the stack into two stacks; do this twice to get two) and place them vertically anywhere in the 3×3 crafting table grid.
  6. Drag the stack of four sticks from the crafting table’s output tile and into your inventory. Only two sticks will be used to create a wooden pickaxe, so you can use the other two in any way you like.
  7. Take three wooden planks from the stack and place them individually on the tiles in the top row of the 3×3 crafting table grid.
  8. Take the stack of two sticks, then place one stick on the centermost tile and the other stick below it.
  9. Drag the wooden pickaxe from the crafting table’s output tile and into your inventory.

You now have your wooden pickaxe. Be sure to put it in your hot bar (the bar with nine tiles at the bottom) so that you can equip it.

Step 3: Gather the Stone You Require

Now that you have a pickaxe, it is time to collect stone. Note that when you mine stone using your pickaxe, cobblestone will be dropped instead of stone; that is perfectly normal and is intended to be that way.

However, there is also a way to turn that cobblestone into stone once more. However, the guide has not reached that part yet, as this part talks about gathering the stones you require.

Stone is a very common block. They can be found a few layers beneath the dirt you walk on. So, you can dig for it easily. Just remember to not dig straight down as large caves might just be below you and if you mine straight down, you might plunge yourself to death.

The amount of stone that you need to mine for varies on the number of cracked stone bricks you need. Also, you still need a certain amount to make your furnace, which is essential to turn your stone into cracked stone bricks.

If you are not a fan of simple mathematics, then you can just simply gather as many stones until your pickaxe breaks. If the stones mined are not enough, then you can go back to mining again. Yet if you want a precise number so that you will not go back and forth, you can calculate the specific amount by considering the following:

  • You need at least eight cobblestones to make your furnace.
  • The amount of stone to mine should be divisible by four because you cannot make cracked stone bricks with less than four stone bricks.

Having these rules in mind, this equation can be formed:

  • Let F be “Amount of stone to mine”
  • Let N be “Amount of cracked stone bricks needed”
  • N % 4 is the remainder of N divided by 4
  • If the amount of cracked stone bricks needed is not divisible by 4: F = 8 + (N – (N % 4)) + 4
  • If the amount of cracked stone bricks is divisible by 4: F = 8 + N

For example, you need 18 cracked stone bricks. 18 is not divisible by 4. So, the first process can be followed.

  • N = 18
  • F = 8 + (N – (N % 4)) + 4
  • F = 8 + (18 – (18 % 4)) + 4
  • F = 8 + (18 – 2) + 4
  • F = 8 + 16 + 4
  • F = 8 + 20
  • F = 28

Thus, you need to mine at least 28 stones. If the cracked stone bricks needed is divisible by 4, like 20, you can do the simpler second process.

  • N = 20
  • F = 8 + 20
  • F = 28

Step 4: Make a Furnace and Get Fuel

Make a Furnace and Get Fuel

You need to smelt the cobblestones to turn them back into stones, and then when the stones are formed into stone bricks, you need to smelt these again to turn them into cracked stone bricks. It is a lengthy process, and to get you started on this journey, you need to make a furnace. To make a furnace, you would need the following:

  • Eight cobblestones

If you already have eight spare cobblestones to build a furnace as instructed from the previous step, proceed below.

  • Open your crafting table.
  • Except for the centermost tile, place all of the cobblestones individually in the 3×3 crafting table grid.
  • Drag the furnace from the output tile into your inventory.

Also, you need fuel for the smelting process. The amount of fuel you need really depends on what kind of fuel you have at your disposal, so just gather lots of them. Coal is a good source as there are plenty of them, but lava is much more efficient and durable.

Step 5: Smelt the Cobblestones to Stone

Now that you have your furnace, it is time to start smelting your gathered cobblestones into stones. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. Open your furnace (place it first on the ground, much like a crafting table).
  2. Drag the stack of cobblestones into the upper tile.
  3. Drag your fuel into the bottom tile.
  4. Wait for a few seconds as a single cobblestone begin to smelt into stone. If you have a stack with lots of them, consider doing something while waiting because it might take longer.
  5. Drag the resulting stones from the furnace’s output tile into your inventory.

Now, you have your stones.

Step 6: Craft the Stones to Stone Bricks

Once you have your stones, you can now make stone bricks. You need to craft for them thus, you do not need to wait. In fact, you do not even need your crafting table as this process can be done using your 2×2 crafting grid. You can follow the steps below.

  1. Open your inventory.
  2. Fill each tile of the 2×2 crafting grid individually with stones.
  3. Do this equivalent to the number of stone bricks you need to craft.
  4. Drag the stack of resulting stone bricks from the output tile into your inventory.

Now, you have your stone brick!

Step 7: Smelt the Stone Bricks to Cracked Stone Bricks

Smelt the Stone Bricks to Cracked Stone Bricks

It is time to go back to the furnace. To obtain cracked stone bricks, you need to smelt the stone bricks that you got. To do so, simply do the following:

  1. Open your furnace (place it first on the ground, much like a crafting table).
  2. Drag the stack of stone bricks into the upper tile.
  3. Drag your fuel into the bottom tile.
  4. Wait for a few seconds as a single stone brick begin to smelt into a cracked stone brick. If you have a stack with lots of them, consider doing something while waiting because it might take longer.
  5. Drag the resulting cracked stone bricks from the furnace’s output tile into your inventory.

Congratulations, you just got cracked stone bricks! You can use them as decorative pieces for your builds to add depth to them. There are no definite features in using cracked stone bricks that can give them an advantage when compared to regular stone bricks, stones, and cobblestones except for its design.

How to Get Cracked Stone Bricks Through Other Methods in Minecraft

Cracked stone bricks can also be obtained from mining them. They can naturally generate in several structures. These structures include:

  • Strongholds
  • Igloo basements
  • Jungle temples
  • Ocean ruins
  • Ruined portals

Much like regular stone, you only need at least a wooden pickaxe to mine them. If you have stumbled upon these structures and you have a pickaxe with you, there is a chance that you can find them.

If you do not have a pickaxe, you can follow the section about making a wooden pickaxe, specifically the “Step 2: Make a wooden pickaxe” subsection in the “How to make cracked stone bricks in Minecraft” section.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cracked Stone Bricks

Question: Can You Make Cracked Stone Bricks?

Answer: Yes, you can. At first, this was not an available feature, but the ability to make them via smelting stone bricks was introduced back in the 1.8 Java Edition update, also known as the Bountiful Update. In Pocket Edition Alpha, which was later remade to become Bedrock Edition, this feature was introduced as early as version 0.11.

Question: Can You Fix Cracked Stone Bricks in Minecraft?

Answer: As of right now, there is no way to transform cracked stone bricks back into stone bricks; only the other way around is possible. Turning your stone bricks into cracked stone bricks is a one-way process, so be careful with this decision, and you must be confident that you do not need the stone bricks you are using.

Question: Can You Make Cracked Stone Brick Stairs?

Answer: No, you cannot. In Minecraft, the cracked stone brick’s two other variants (i.e., the stone brick and the mossy stone brick) can be turned into stairs of their respective forms. However, the chiseled stone brick and the cracked stone brick cannot be turned into stairs. In their current state, they are merely decorative pieces.

Question: What Can You Do With Cracked Stone Bricks?

Answer: There is nothing that you can do with cracked stone bricks other than use them for decorative purposes.
Although you can turn its two other variants (i.e., the stone brick and the mossy stone brick) into slabs, stairs, and walls, you cannot do the same with cracked stone bricks. Plus, there really is no definite advantage of using them over regular stone or cobblestone except for its aesthetic looks.

Question: What is the Recipe for Cracked Stone Bricks?

Answer: There is no recipe for cracked stone bricks, as these blocks are smelt from stone bricks, not crafted. However, stone bricks can be crafted, and its recipe is simply four individual stones placed in a 2×2 formation.

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