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Coal lumps are items mainly obtained by harvesting coal ore blocks. Their main uses are as a fuel or crafting torches.
Charcoal is an alternative to coal obtained from smelting wood. It can do everything coal can, except be traded with villagers or crafted into a block of coal. Coal and charcoal also cannot stack together.
Obtaining[edit | edit source]
The main difference between coal and charcoal is in the methods of obtaining.
Mining[edit | edit source]
Coal ore mined using a pickaxe will drop 1 unit of coal. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it may drop an extra unit per level of Fortune, up to a maximum of 4 with Fortune III.
Crafting[edit | edit source]
Smelting[edit | edit source]
Wither Skeletons[edit | edit source]
A wither skeleton may drop a coal lump upon death.
Natural generation[edit | edit source]
Coal can be found in 27.4% of dungeon chests and 74.3% of igloo chests in stacks of 1–4, and in 32.0% of chest minecarts in abandoned mine shafts and 35.6% of stronghold storeroom chests in stacks of 3–8.
Usage[edit | edit source]
Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]
Fuel[edit | edit source]
Coal and charcoal are also the only fuels accepted by powered minecarts. They provide approximately four minutes of transit each.
Trading[edit | edit source]
Villager fishermen, armorers, tool smiths and weapon smiths buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their first tier trades. Butchers buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their second tier trades.
Data values[edit | edit source]
Coal and charcoal share the same ID name, which is
minecraft:coal, but charcoal has a data value of 1.
Achievements[edit | edit source]
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Renewable Energy||Smelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal.||—||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||10G||Bronze|
Video[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
|0.31 (January 29, 2010)||Added coal, which dropped when coal ore was lit on fire.|
|Coal can be used to craft torches.|
|0.31 (January 31, 2010)||Coal may be mined from coal ore blocks, dropping one coal if mined by hand, or three when mined with a pickaxe.|
|December 25, 2010||Charcoal is suggested to Notch by @Moleculor as a writing implement.|
|1.2||Charcoal was added, with the same texture as coal. It was not used as a writing implement.|
|1.8||pre1||Coal can be found in the new stronghold storeroom chests.|
|?||Coal and charcoal texture changed.|
|1.2.1||12w04a||Coal is now used to craft fire charges.|
|1.4.2||12w36a||Coal is now dropped by wither skeletons, making it renewable.|
|1.6.1||13w18a||Coal can be used to craft coal blocks.|
|13w19a||Changed the charcoal texture.|
|1.9||15w43a||Coal may now be found in igloo basement chests.|
|15w44a||Decreased average yield from mineshaft chests, and added to dungeon chests.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.3.0||Added coal, which can be used to craft torches.|
|0.8.0||Coal can be crafted to make a block of coal.|
|0.8.1||Changed the charcoal texture.|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added coal and charcoal.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Changed the charcoal texture.|
Issues[edit | edit source]
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