How to get black dye in Minecraft

Black is one of the most popular dyes in Minecraft. In order to get it, you have to craft it either by using a wither rose or ink sac. You can also trade one emerald to wandering traders in exchange for 3 black dyes.

In this article, we’ll focus on crafting the black ink in Minecraft, so let’s see how you’ll get the two key materials.

Which materials do you need?

Here’s a list of materials that you will need:

1. Ink sac

To get ink sacs, put on your underwater gear then go to the nearest ocean in search of squids. When you kill the squids they drop ink sacs. So to get a lot of ink sacs, you’ll have to kill many squids.

You could opt to build a squid farm so that you can have an unending supply of ink sacs. The video below shows you how to go about it.

2. Wither rose Minecraft

This is probably the hardest material to acquire in the game. First, it doesn’t grow naturally anywhere in the Minecraft universe. So, how do you get it?

A wither has to kill a mob to leave behind a wither rose. Now, the problem is that when you contact it, the rose gives you the wither effect. This acts like the poison status effect that harms your health.

The workaround is even more complicated as it requires you to trap the wither.

The black dye recipe in survival mode

  • Open the crafting menu
  • Put the ink sac or wither rose in the first box on the top row of the 3×3 grid.
  • You will get a black dye in the box to the right.
  • Take the black dye and move it to inventory.

To give the command for black dye in Minecraft java edition (PC/Mac), press:

/give @p black_dye 1

If you were wondering about how to get black dye in Minecraft without squids then this command and crafting with a wither rose are the options you should go for.

Uses of black dye in Minecraft

  • Add patterns to banners.
  • Applied to sheep to dye the wool so that it can be sheared for 1 to 3 blocks of black wool.
  • Used to dye collars of tamed cats and wolves.
  • Mixed with sand and gravel to make concrete powder.
  • Mixed with gunpowder to craft a firework star.
  • Applied on wool, beds, leather armor, shulker boxes, terracotta, and glass to stain them.
  • Mixed with a firework star to craft a fade-to-color effect.
  • Applied to shulker in Bedrock and Education editions.
  • Helps to dye the water in cauldrons in Bedrock and Education editions.
  • Mixed with white dye to make grey dye.
  • Used to make black carpet and black candle.
  • Mixed with compounds to produce balloons or glow sticks in Bedrock and Education editions.

Which Minecraft versions support black dye?

The Minecraft versions that support black dye include:

  • Bedrock edition
  • Java edition
  • Education edition
  • Playstation edition
  • Pocket edition

It is only the 360 edition that doesn’t support the black dye.

With that, you should be able to get black dye in Minecraft with ease. For tips on how to get the other dyes, check out our guides. We provide detailed and comprehensive information about Minecraft and other games. Feel free to ask any questions.