Iron Ore

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[edit]Iron Ore
Iron Ore.png
Iron Ore

Solid Block









Blast resistance





A stone pickaxe or better is required to mine this block




Yes (64)



First appearance

Classic 0.0.14a


Smelted: 0.7



Data value

dec: 15 hex: F bin: 1111



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

Iron ore requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to successfully mine. It must then be smelted in a furnace to obtain an iron ingot; iron ingots can be used to make medium quality tools, armor, buckets, Flint and Steel and shears, as well as a compass. A full list of craftable items can be found here. Iron tools and armor can be considered the second best materials, next to diamond tools and armor.

Iron ore is often used in player traps as it can be mined and replaced in its raw form, like Gold Ore.


[edit] As a smelting ingredient

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

[edit] Natural Occurrence

A vein of iron ore.

Iron occurs only around from bedrock to slightly above sea level (layers 1-63). However, almost all of the iron ore will be underground. It composes approximately 1.3% of all blocks on layers 5-40, tapering off above that. On average, there are about 77 iron ores per chunk. Due to being extremely common, iron veins are frequently seen at the boundaries of any hollow space such as caves and lava lakes, but they are no more common there than in any other volume of stone.

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 (therefore it is good practice to check around a located ore block for more ore, as ore blocks may be only diagonally adjacent rather than face-to-face). If the vein intersects a cave or other structure, part of it may be replaced with air. Occasionally, two veins will form next to each other, making it look like a bigger vein with more than 10 ores.

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[edit] History

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.
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.

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[edit] Trivia

  • In third person view or when looking at Endermen, any ore held may have a reversed texture.
  • Iron ore can rarely be seen from the surface.
  • Iron, coal, gold, diamond and redstone ores all have the same texture, with different colors of the spots being the only way to separate them. However, emerald ore, Nether quartz ore and lapis lazuli ore have different textures.
  • There's no particular beige iron ore in real life. Colours of common real life iron minerals range from black or red to gold-yellow but no of them is truly beige.

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