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Data value

dec: 264 hex: 108 bin: 100001000



Diamonds are one of the rarest and most recognizable materials in Minecraft.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Diamonds can be found in 7.4% of stronghold altar chests, 19.2% of nether fortress chests, 6.3% of desert temple chests, 16.3% of village blacksmith chests, and 15.5% of jungle temple chests, all in stacks of 1–3; in 10.5% of chest minecarts in abandoned mine shafts in stacks of 1–2; and in 21.5% of End city chests in stacks of 2–7.

Mining[edit | edit source]

See also: Tutorials/Diamonds

Diamond ore mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe will drop a single diamond. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it can drop an extra diamond per level of fortune, allowing for a maximum of 4 with Fortune III. If the ore is mined using a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch, it will drop itself rather than a diamond.

A nether reactor core will drop 3 diamonds when mined in Pocket Edition.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Diamond


Smelting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Smelting recipe

Diamond Ore +
Any fuel

Usage[edit | edit source]

Diamonds are used to craft the most durable tier of tools and armor.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Any Firework Star

Gunpowder +
Any Dye +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.

Diamond Sword

Diamond +

Diamond Helmet


Diamond Chestplate


Diamond Leggings


Diamond Boots


Block of Diamond


Diamond Shovel

Stick +

Diamond Hoe

Diamond +


Any Wood Planks +

Diamond Axe

Diamond +

Enchantment Table

Obsidian +
Diamond +

Diamond Pickaxe

Diamond +

Trading[edit | edit source]

Villager armorers, tool smiths and weapon smiths buy 3-4 diamonds for one emerald as part of their third tier trades.

Repairing[edit | edit source]

Diamond helmets, chestplates, leggings, boots, swords, pickaxes, axes, hoes and shovels can be repaired with diamonds in an anvil.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
PC Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools Acquire Hardware Pick up a diamond from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Gold
Diamonds to you! Throw diamonds at another player. DIAMONDS! Drop a diamond. Another player or a mob must then pick up this diamond. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.31 January 29, 2010 Added diamonds. Initially, they were referred to as emeralds.
Diamond can be used to craft diamond blocks and diamond swords, shovels, pickaxes and axes.
January 30, 2010 Emeralds from the previous version are now referred to as diamonds.
February 6, 2010 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
February 18, 2010 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond helmets, chestplates, leggings and boots.
1.0.14 Diamonds are now used to craft jukeboxes.
1.8 pre1 Now found in the new mineshaft chests.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre2 Diamond ore could still be smelted into diamond gems, even though there was no silk touch or any way to pick up the ore without mods.
Beta 1.9-pre3 Diamonds are now used to craft enchantment tables.
Now found in the new stronghold altar chests.
1.1 Now found in village blacksmith chests.
1.3.1 12w21a Diamonds could at this time be traded to blacksmith villagers in quantities of 3–5 for 1 emerald.
Added desert temples, with a hidden chest room and loot containing diamonds.
12w21b Diamond was changed in the game code from emerald to diamond, due to actual emeralds being added. Diamond's original name during Indev, as stated above, was emerald in the code, and was kept this way until this snapshot.
12w22a Added jungle temples, which contain loot chests with diamonds.
1.4.6 12w49a Diamonds can be used to craft a firework star with a trail.
1.6.1 13w18a Now found in the new nether fortress chests.
1.8 14w02a Diamonds now can be traded to any black apron villager in quantities of 3–4 for 1 emerald, as their tier III trade.
1.9 15w31a Diamond is now added to end city chests.
15w43a Slightly decreased average yield in nether fortress chests.
15w44a Decreased average yield in desert temple and mineshaft chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Diamonds can now be collected and used to craft blocks of diamond and diamond axes, pickaxes, swords and shovels.
0.4.0 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
0.5.0 Diamonds are now used to craft nether reactor cores.
0.6.0 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond armor.
0.12.1 build 1 Diamonds are now used to craft enchanting tables.
Diamonds are no longer used to craft nether reactor cores and are instead dropped by it.
Diamonds generate in Nether Fortress chests.
0.13.0 build 1 Diamonds have a chance to generate in Desert Temple chest.
0.14.0 build 1 Now found in minecart with Chest in Abandoned Mineshafts.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added diamonds.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Diamonds are a well-known item because they are one of the most shown things on merchandise.
  • In real life, diamond is very fragile in certain directions, so it is not a good material for suits of armor. They are, however, commonly used for industrial purposes, generally as diamond-tipped drill bits and saw blades. They are usually used for cutting stone and other hard materials.