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[edit]Iron Ore
Iron Ore.png
Iron Ore
Type

Solid Block

Requirements

None

Physics

No

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

15

Hardness

3

Tool

A stone pickaxe or better is required to mine this block

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

First appearance

Classic 0.0.14a

Experience

Smelted: 0.7

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 15 hex: F bin: 1111

Name

iron_ore

Iron ore is a mineral block found underground. It is the most common mineral that can be used to make tools and armor.

Obtaining[edit]

Iron ore will drop as an item if mined by a stone pickaxe or better. If mined by any other tool, it will drop nothing.

Natural generation[edit]

Iron occurs only around from bedrock to slightly above sea level (layers 1-63). However, almost all of the iron ore will be at the lower levels. On average, there are about 77 iron ores per chunk.

Veins can vary in size, but the most common is 2×2×2. Iron always comes in veins of 4 to 10 unless dirt, gravel, a cave, or another ore overlapped into it. Each block in the vein, which otherwise would be stone, has a random chance of being iron ore instead.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe

Iron Ingot

Iron Ore +
Any fuel

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

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Classic
0.0.14a_01 Iron ore added. It spawns in huge veins, sometimes big enough to protrude into 3 caverns, and could be as big as 167 ores.
Breaking iron ore gave the player 1 - 3 blocks of iron when mined. In a later version, it began dropping iron ingots instead. Finally, the block itself was dropped instead.
Indev
January 29, 2010 Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
February 1, 2010 Iron ore requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Official release
1.3.1 12w22a Smelting iron ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, gives the player experience orbs when taking the item out of the furnace. One stack of iron ore will give the player approximately 2 levels of experience.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Added iron ore.
Console Edition
TU1 Added iron ore.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added iron ore.

Issues[edit]

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Trivia[edit]

  • There's no particular beige iron ore in real life. Colors of common real life iron minerals range from black or red to gold-yellow but none of them are truly beige.

Gallery[edit]