Minecraft has remained the ultimate sandbox for many years. With its poised infinite world generation system that stretches out for millions of meters in each direction, you’ll be hard stuck on ever reaching the border through fair means.
With that said though, this begs the question, in such a vast and expansive world; how many total blocks are there in Minecraft? The answer is quite simple, each world has an estimated 49,047,599,999,999,991,808 blocks. This includes the End and Nether dimensions too.
However, the real beauty is in finding out how we got to that estimate in the first place. Using a bit of math, our know-how with the way worlds are generated in the game, we’ve been able to derive a fairly accurate estimate!
Laying The Groundwork
Before we get started, we need to factor in some important pointers. Yes, Minecraft’s world generation is random. However, it follows a set pattern which is commonly referred to as an algorithm. While this pattern changes with every consequent update, especially with the introduction of new biomes, it is still possible to get an idea of what you can expect from each world.
For example, while the number of biomes present in a Minecraft world may be different, it’ll still consist of all the biomes that can be generated in that world. So, there might exist a random seed with an overwhelming majority of Snow biomes, but it’ll still have a reasonable sum of other biomes as well.
Nothing Is Truly Infinite
Now that we’ve gotten the hang of how biomes work, it is also integral to understand that the world of Minecraft, while quite large is not infinite. In fact, the commonly referred to World Border occurs at the same point (on the x, y and z axis) for all Minecraft worlds regardless of their seed.
Therefore, with that point in mind, we’ll be able to get an estimate of the total square area a world of Minecraft takes.
How Big Is A Minecraft World?
If we wish to get an estimate of the number of blocks in a Minecraft world, knowing how big the world really is should be our first natural step. Minecraft has gone through various changes in its world size from its inception.
However, to keep things simple, Infdev was when worlds truly became Infinite, or so we thought. In earlier versions, the world was about 12.5 million meters from the center. After which, you’d be greeted with the Farlands where Minecraft’s world generation would start acting up.
The Minecraft that we play today is even bigger, it’ll take you about 30 million blocks to get to the World Border. Therefore, the world of Minecraft in all its entirety is a whopping square with an area of:
60,000,000 x 60,000,000 = 366,000,000,000,000,000 m2
Since we’ll be using this number as we move on, further along, we’ll be referring to this as area as A. Just to put things in perspective, to travel to the World Border by foot, you’ll need to spend 3000 actual hours to get to it to the end!
Not Every Biome Is The Same
Now that we’ve gotten an idea of the area of a Minecraft world, shouldn’t our answer simply be to multiply A by the typical depth of a world? Well, no. We still need to account for the inconsistencies that are typically found in a world too.
Take a look at the two biomes above, while they do consist of blocks, the number of blocks that inhibit each cube is drastically different. For example, a mountainous biome, while consisting of the same number of blocks underground, has more blocks above ground as compared to any other biome.
As of the Caves and Cliffs update, the tallest Minecraft biome can reach the maximum y-limit of 256 blocks. On the other hand, the least populated biome, the Sea, does not have any block over the ground.
With that said, we can then assume:
Overground Depth: ((256 - 0) / 2) - 60) = ~70 blocks
Calculating Underground Depth
If you’ve ever dug down in Minecraft, you’ll quickly end up realizing that the ground is not as empty as it seems. Mainly consisting of dirt, stone, and a few minerals here and there, the game also features an expansive cave system and numerous biomes located deep underneath.
While these can certainly interfere with our calculation, accounting for every cave and stronghold that may generate underground is simply impossible. Therefore, for simplicity’s sake, we’re going to be assuming that the underground depth of a Minecraft world clocks out at -64.
The Overworld Is Not Where It Ends
If you’ve gone to the Nether or End, they consist of blocks too. Therefore, for an accurate assessment, calculating the areas for each of these dimensions is important as well.
The Nether is eight times smaller than a typical world in Minecraft. Therefore, it has the following area:
7,500,000 x 7,500,000 = 56,250,000,000,000 m2
Unlike the Overworld though, the Nether has an overall that is exactly half that of the base dimension. Therefore, the Nether has an overall depth (underground + overground) of 128 blocks.
But, considering the fact that most of the Nether too is devoid of actual blocks and is primarily empty space above a certain area, we can assume that the Nether has an average of 64 blocks per cubic meter.
While the End is considerably large (almost the same size as the Overworld), for our particular estimation in terms of finding out how many Minecraft blocks there are in a world, the End doesn’t serve a lot of purposes.
Why’s that? This is because The End is primarily devoid of blocks. Due to the entire dimension being quite sparse, it is extremely tough to put an estimate on the number of actual blocks present in the dimension.
So, to account for this disparity, we’re going to go with the assumption that the End dimension has about 1/100000000 of the blocks as compared to the Overworld.
Crunching In The Numbers
Now that we’ve set everything up, it’s time to finally answer the question, how many blocks are there in a Minecraft world? Since we don’t want to bore you with all the math involved, we’ll try to keep thing as simple as possible.
Let’s start with the Overworld, it has an area A and has an underground depth of -64 with an overground depth of 70 blocks atoning for all the biomes. Therefore:
Underground Depth + Overground Depth = Total Depth 64 + 70 = 134 blocks
Total Blocks = Area * Depth 134 * 366,000,000,000,000,000 = 49,044,000,000,000,000,000 blocks (4.9044e+19)
For the Nether, we use the same aforementioned formula. However, the area of the Nether is 8 times lesser than A with an actual depth of about 64 blocks per cubic meter. Therefore:
Total Blocks = Area * Depth 64 * (366,000,000,000,000,000 / 8) = 3,600,000,000,000,000 blocks (3.6e+15)
Since it is not possible to estimate the number of actual blocks there are in the End, we’re going to assume that the End has about 1/100000000 blocks as compared to the Overworld. So, we can derive the following result:
49,044,000,000,000,000,000 / 100000000 = 490,440,000,000 blocks
Total Blocks In Minecraft
Whew, with all that mount of the way, we’re finally inching towards the actual answer. That can be derived by the following:
Total Blocks In Overworld + Total Blocks In End + Total Blocks In End 49,044,000,000,000,000,000 + 3,600,000,000,000,000 + 490,440,000,000 = 49,047,599,999,999,991,808 (4.90476e+19) blocks
So, we’ve finally reached our conclusion. The total number of blocks in Minecraft is 49,047,599,999,999,991,808! This can also be written down as 4.90476e+19 for simplicity’s sake.
Before you take this calculation as the Gospel, there are a few pointers you should be aware of:
- Each world in Minecraft has a different number of biomes. Therefore, your world might have a drastically different number of blocks.
- Minecraft keeps updating its World generation algorithm. A change of the height limit for example, can lead to a major difference in the amount of blocks in your world.
That concludes our estimation of the number of blocks there are in Minecraft! We’ll be updating this post if changes are made to the world generation algorithm which end up severely impacting our calculations!
Until then, have fun with you and your forty-nine quintillion blocks!