Block of Gold

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Block of Gold
Block of Gold.png
Block of Gold

Solid Block







Blast resistance





An iron pickaxe or better is required to mine this block




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Data value

dec: 41 hex: 29 bin: 101001



Blocks of Gold (also known as Gold Blocks) are decorative mineral blocks.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Blocks of gold can only be mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe.

Block of Gold
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Ocean monuments have a central room containing 8 blocks of gold encased in dark prismarine.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Gold Ingot

Gold Ingot Gold Ingot Gold Ingot Grid layout Arrow (small).png Block of Gold
Gold Ingot Gold Ingot Gold Ingot
Gold Ingot Gold Ingot Gold Ingot

Usage[edit | edit source]

Blocks of gold are a compact way to store gold ingots.

Beacons[edit | edit source]

Blocks of gold can be used to "power" a beacon. The top layer must be at least 3×3 optional lower layers can be adding as 5×5, 7×7, and 9×9 from top to bottom. The layers do not have to be entirely gold blocks, as they may also contain blocks of iron, blocks of diamond, and blocks of emerald.

Nether Reactor[edit | edit source]

Gold blocks are needed to build and activate the nether reactor in Pocket Edition.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Enchanted Golden Apple

Block of Gold +

Block of Gold Block of Gold Block of Gold Grid layout Arrow (small).png Golden Apple
Block of Gold Apple Block of Gold
Block of Gold Block of Gold Block of Gold

Gold Ingot

Block of Gold

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Gold Ingot9

Block of Gold

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.20 Gold (Block)-Pre Survival 0.26.png Added blocks of gold.
In early versions of Survival Test, gold blocks resisted explosions; however, this is no longer the case.[When was this changed?]
In Survival Test, gold blocks could be obtained by destroying gold ore blocks.
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 9 Gold (Block)-Pre Alpha 1.2.0.png The texture was changed.
1.2.0 Modified gold block texture to use the top texture on all sides.
1.8 Gold blocks can now be used to craft golden apples.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 Gold Block-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png 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.
1.4.2 12w32a Blocks of gold can now be used to activate a beacon.
1.8 14w25a Blocks of gold now generate naturally in ocean monuments.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added block of gold.
Console Edition
TU1 Added block of gold.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added block of gold.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

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  • In Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, before TU19, four gold blocks stacked on top of an obsidian block can be found inside the tutorial world's desert pyramid. This is a reference to Achievement Hunter's Let's Play Minecraft series, in which this combination is used to create the “Tower of Pimps” (seen right), a structure first created by Gavin Free, which is now used in many episodes as a trophy.

Gallery[edit | edit source]