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Iron ore is a mineral block found underground. It is the most common mineral that can be used to make tools and armor.
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.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
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.
Iron Ore +
|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.|
|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.|
|TU1||Added iron ore.|
|0.1.1||Added iron ore.|
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- 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.