dec: 56 hex: 38 bin: 111000
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
Diamond ore only appears at Y level 16 and below, and can be found in veins of 3–8. One diamond ore vein generates per chunk; this vein or part of it may be overwritten by generated structures such as caves, leaving you without any diamonds in said chunk. Also, because of the way chunks are populated the vein "belonging" to a chunk can actually be generated in a neighboring chunk leading to some chunks with two or more veins and others with none. There is an average of 3.097 diamond ore per chunk-sized area. The highest concentration of diamonds occurs between levels 5–12. Because of the lava lakes, there is slightly less diamond ore in the middle of that range (around layer 9).
There are many strategies for finding diamonds. Ensure that you dig around the ore before mining to ensure that the diamonds do not fall in lava.
Diamond Ore +
|0.31||Diamond first introduced as emerald.|
|1.6||Before, Diamond was about 50% rarer in the north-east quadrant of the point (0,0) compared to the quadrant to the south-west. In this update, clay blocks were more rare than diamond due to a glitch.|
|1.8||Diamonds have become about 25% rarer.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9-pre4||Diamond Ore can be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself. It can also drop extra diamonds with Fortune.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Diamond ore drops experience orbs.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.3.2||Added diamond ore.|
|TU1||Added diamond ore.|
|0.1.1||Added diamond ore.|
Issues relating to "Diamond Ore" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
- In some vein formations, ores connect diagonally. Therefore it is recommended to mine around diamond ore. This also permits checking for lava.
- Diamond ore, along with other ores, appear in the background on the achievement page.