|“||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
Reed is a plant that grows 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 as the dried variant (as of Public Beta 28).
Uses Editfurnace or Hobbit oven (no other type of forge works), one receives a dried variant, which can then be used for crafting.
After drying the reeds in a furnace, they can be crafted into a reed basket, or into reed blocks, using the 2x2 crafting grid or a standard crafting table. These blocks, in turn, can then be used as building material, or crafted into stairs, slabs and bars 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.