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[edit]Diamond Ore
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Diamond Ore
Type

Solid Block

Requirements

None

Physics

No

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

15

Hardness

3

Tool

An iron pickaxe or better is required to mine this block

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

First appearance

Indev 0.31 (January 29, 2010)

Experience

Mined: 3–7
Smelted: 1

Drops

1
Diamond

Data value

dec: 56 hex: 38 bin: 111000

Name

diamond_ore

Diamond ore is a mineral block that is one of the most valuable and elusive blocks in the game.

Obtaining[edit]

The diamond ore block itself (rather than its diamond drops) can be obtained by mining it with an iron pickaxe or better with the Silk Touch enchantment.

Natural generation[edit]

Diamond ore only appears at Y level 15 and below, and can be found in veins of 3–9. One diamond ore vein generates in each chunk; this vein or part of it may be overwritten by generated structures such as caves, leaving you without any diamonds in said chunk. 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).

Mining strategies[edit]

There are many strategies to find diamonds. Ensure that you dig around the ore before mining to ensure that the diamonds do not fall in the lava.

Usage[edit]

Diamond ore drops 1 diamond and 3 to 7 experience when mined with an iron pickaxe or better. Mining with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe will increase yields, up to 4 diamonds per ore.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe

Diamond

Diamond Ore +
Any fuel

Diamond Ore Grid layout Furnace Progress.png Diamond
Grid layout Fire.png
CoalCharcoalOak WoodOak Wood Planks

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Indev
0.31 Diamond first introduced as emerald.[1]
Beta
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.
Official release
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.
Console Edition
TU1 Added diamond ore.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added diamond ore.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Diamond Ore" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

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