Block of Gold
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Blocks of Gold (also known as Gold Blocks) are decorative mineral blocks that do not appear in normally generated maps.
Gold blocks can be crafted by placing 9 gold ingots in a 3x3 square in a crafting grid. The gold blocks can then be crafted back into 9 ingots again (even in your inventory crafting grid), making them more useful as a compact way to store gold ingots rather than a building material. They are also used in a recipe to make a more powerful variation of golden apples.
Mining a gold block drops itself (rather than ingots) as long as an iron or diamond level pickaxe is used, thus, no resources are lost. However, if they are broken without a pickaxe or with a lower pickaxe, they drop nothing, effectively causing the loss of all 9 gold ingots used to create the block.
Gold blocks are susceptible to destruction from TNT, and only require approximately 1 second to mine successfully.
 As a crafting material
|Gold Ingot||Block of Gold||
|Golden Apple||Block of Gold +
|0.0.20||Added blocks of gold.|
|In early versions of Survival Test, gold blocks resisted explosions; however, this is no longer the case.|
|In Survival Test, gold blocks could be obtained by destroying gold ore blocks.|
|0.26 (October 24, 2009)||The skin was changed from to .|
|1.2.0||Modified gold block texture to use the top texture on all sides.|
|1.9pre5||The texture was modified, having less drastic dark gradients in the top-left and bottom-right corners. .|
|1.1||Golden apples are no longer crafted using gold blocks.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Blocks of gold can be used to craft golden apples again. They are much more powerful than they were before 1.1|
|1.4.2||12w32a||Blocks of gold can now be used to activate a beacon.|
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- Gold and iron blocks are the only mineral blocks in Classic.
- Gold and diamond blocks are the only mineral blocks to share the same textures. Iron used to, but as of Beta 1.9pre5, it was changed to a more industrial look.
- In the Pocket Edition, four gold blocks are needed to create a machine called the Nether Reactor, which will provide the player with resources such as quartz, melon seeds, netherrack, Bed, Bow, Arrow and other various types of assorted items (more will be added).
- Gold weighs 19,320 kg per block (cubic meter) and 1,236,480 per stack. Assuming that gold blocks are the heaviest item in the game and that all 36 inventory slots are used. so the maximum weight Steve can carry is 44,513,280 kilograms or about 49,068 imperial tons. Excluding any armor he might wear.