|“||He halted their journey, and they rested, squatting like little hunted animals, in the borders of a great brown reed-thicket. There was a deep silence, only scraped on its surfaces by the faint quiver of empty seed-plumes, and broken grass-blades trembling in small air-movements that they could not feel."||”|
–The Two Towers
Reeds are plants that grow in wetlands, fens and along the banks of rivers and lakes in many biomes and are especially abundant in watery biomes such as rivers and swamps.
These plants grow much like sugar cane, however only in water. When you place reeds on the surface of river or lake, it will instantly grow down to the bottom. You can't break it below the water surface, only above. When you break it, you'll receive as many pieces as are above the water. After a while it will grow higher, just like sugar cane. That way, you are able to farm it. Reeds generate both as fresh reeds and more rarely as the dried variant.
In the renewed version, reeds can only be between 1 and 3 blocks tall, and can grow either on dirt, grass or quagmire adjacent to water, or up to two blocks deep in the water. They have a different texture for each growth stage (as well as for being submerged) and can be grown with bone meal.
Blowguns can be crafted using one stick and two fresh reeds. Three fresh reeds can be used to craft three pieces paper. In the renewed version, this yields two pieces of paper. They can also be crafted into storage bales by filling a crafting table with fresh reeds.
After drying the reeds in a furnace, they can be crafted into a reed basket, or into reed thatch blocks, using the 2x2 crafting grid or a vanilla crafting table. These blocks, in turn, can then be used as building material, or crafted into stairs, slabs and bars (as well as wicker fences and gates in renewed) on a standard crafting table as shown below:
- Although, reed bars make a very nice fence and seem optically the same height, they are slightly lower. So it's possible for the player and for farm animals to hop over. To prevent this, make them 2 blocks high.
- Reeds originally could only be harvested with shears. However this was altered in Public Beta 25.1, allowing the player to break it with their hand.
- In Update 36 reeds were retextured to have an animated texture that waves in the wind.
- Originally, the Legacy reed bars were not added to Renewed, instead being replaced by the remodelled fence-like wicker fences in Renewed Snapshot 3.1. However, they were seen as different enough blocks that the bars were later added to Renewed in Renewed Snapshot 4.6 as wicker bars. This update also changed the wicker fences to use a fence crafting recipe, and added a matching fence gate.