Lapis Lazuli Ore
dec: 21 hex: 15 bin: 10101
Lapis lazuli is an ore block that is used to make blue dyes and decorative blocks. Like coal, redstone, emerald ore and diamond ore, the block yields the resource immediately after mining, requiring no crafting or smelting. It drops 4-8 lapis lazuli shards, which can be used to create blue wool as a dye color, crafted into a Lapis Lazuli Block, or mixed with other dyes.
Lapis lazuli is based on the real stone for which it is named and has historically been a prized and rare stone used in jewelry and as a dye.
Lapis lazuli can be mined with a stone or better pickaxe. It is usually found at a depth of 31 and below. The highest concentration of lapis lazuli ore is found between levels 13 and 16. At this level the concentration is about 0.083% of all blocks (0.1013% of stone). The concentration drops linearly as one gets farther from these rows. Overall, lapis lazuli is around 1.1 times as common as diamond ore with an average of 3.43 lapis lazuli per chunk.
If a pickaxe with a Fortune enchantment is used, as many as 32 lapis lazuli shards can be dropped from one ore.
 As a smelting ingredient
Lapis Lazuli Ore +
Note: Lapis lazuli ore blocks can only be mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch. Also, smelting the ore instead of mining it is highly inefficient, as mining it with a regular pickaxe will yield more lapis lazuli and more experience.
|1.2||Lapis lazuli ore was added. Initially, it only dropped one shard per block.|
|1.2_02||Jeb acknowledged that the ore was too rare and increased the drop rate to 4-8.|
|Lapis Lazuli Ore can be found at bedrock level.|
|1.0.0||1.9pre3||Enchanting was added. Mining of lapis lazuli ore was now possible using a pickaxe with the "silk touch" enchantment. During this time the ore could have then been smelted to obtain lapis blocks.|
|1.9pre6||Lapis lazuli can be smelted to obtain blue dye.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Smelting and mining lapis lazuli ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, gives the player experience orbs. One stack of lapis ore will give the player approximately 13 levels of experience.|
|1.8||14w02a||Enchanting requires 1-3 Lapis Lazuli depending on the level.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.0||Added lapis lazuli ore.|
|TU1||Added lapis lazuli ore.|
|0.1.1||Added lapis lazuli ore.|
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- Lapis Lazuli is the only ore that spawns exclusively below level thirty that can be mined with a stone pickaxe.
- It was supposed to be used in the crafting recipe for the unimplemented Crying Obsidian.
- Lapis Lazuli, along with Emerald and Nether Quartz are the only ores that do not have the same texture as the other ores.
- Lapis ore is seemingly redundant, as lapis is a rock, not a gem.
Another vein of lapis ore along with lapis dyes.