Block of Iron

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Block of Iron
Block of Iron.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 42 hex: 2A bin: 101010



A block of iron is a decorative mineral block made from iron ingots.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Blocks of iron can only be mined using a stone pickaxe or better. If an iron block is mined without the use of a pickaxe, it drops nothing.

Block of Iron
Hardness 5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 25
Wooden 12.5
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Golden 2.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Iron Ingot

Usage[edit | edit source]

Blocks of iron can be used to store iron ingots in a compact fashion.

Beacons[edit | edit source]

Blocks of iron 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 iron blocks, as they may also contain blocks of gold, blocks of diamond, and blocks of emerald.

Spawning iron golems[edit | edit source]

Iron golem build configuration.

Blocks of iron and pumpkins or jack o'lanterns are used to build iron golems. The pumpkin or jack o'lantern must be placed last, and the golem spawns immediately after placing it.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe


Iron Ingot +
Block of Iron

Iron Ingot

Block of Iron

History[edit | edit source]

0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 9 Iron (Block)-Pre Alpha 1.2.0.png Added block of iron.
? Iron ore no longer drops iron blocks.
0.31 January 29, 2010 Now craftable.
1.2.0 Iron Block-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png Texture changed.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 Block of Iron.png Texture changed again.
1.2.1 12w08a Blocks of iron can be used to make iron golems.
1.4.2 12w32a Blocks of iron can be used to activate a beacon.
12w41a Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
12w42a A new crafting recipe for anvils call for 3 blocks of iron instead of the original 6.
1.9 15w31a 9 iron blocks generate in the end ships.
15w33c End ships only generate with 8 iron blocks now.
15w41a End ships no longer generate with iron blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added block of iron.
0.12.1 build 1 Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.00 Patch 1 Iron Block-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png Added block of iron.
TU3 Block of Iron.png Texture changed.
TU19 CU7 1.12 Now can be used to construct beacon pyramids.

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