dec: 15 hex: F bin: 1111
Iron ore requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to successfully mine. It must then be smelted in a furnace to make 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 at Crafting.
Iron ore is often used in player traps as it can be mined and replaced in its raw form.
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 Natural Occurrence
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 size is 2x2x2. Iron always comes in veins of 4 to 10 unless dirt, gravel, a cave, or another ore replaced some. 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 empty air. Occasionally, two veins will form next to each other, making it look like more than 10 ores.
|0.0.14a||Iron ore added. Iron in Classic 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.|
|January 29, 2010||Before the furnace was added, The Player smelted ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.|
|Febuary 1, 2010||Iron ore requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to successfully extract.|
|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 gold ore will give the player approximately 2 levels of experience.|
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- In third person view, all ores being held by the player such as Diamond Ore, Gold Ore, or Redstone Ore, seem to look like the texture is reversed, like TNT. The same with Endermen.
- 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 and lapis lazuli ore have different textures.