Block of Diamond

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Block of Diamond
Block of Diamond.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 57 hex: 39 bin: 111001



A block of diamond is a decorative mineral block.


Blocks of diamond can only be mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe.

Block Block of Diamond
Hardness 5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 25
Wooden 12.5
Stone 6.25
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Golden 2.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Natural generation[edit]

Diamond blocks spawn as the cores of "obsidian rooms" and "lava rooms" in woodland mansions.


Blocks of diamond can be used to store diamonds in a compact fashion.


Blocks of diamond can be used to "power" a beacon. The beacon can be powered by a 3×3 square of diamond blocks underneath it, and can optionally also include a 5×5, 7×7 and 9×9 layer in the shape of a pyramid under the original layer to increase the effects from the beacon. The layers do not have to be entirely diamond blocks, as they may also contain blocks of iron, blocks of gold, and blocks of emerald.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Diamond Block of Diamond


Java Edition Indev
0.31 2010-01-29Block of Diamond Revision 1.png Added blocks of diamond. Initially, it was referred to as emerald blocks.
2010-01-30Emerald blocks from the previous version is now referred to as diamond blocks.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 ?Block of Diamond Revision 2.png Texture application changed.
Java Edition Beta
1.2 The unused sides removed from terrain.png.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Block of Diamond.png Texture slightly changed; was given less drastic dark gradients in the top-left and bottom-right corners.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.2 12w32a Diamond blocks can be used to activate a beacon.
1.11 16w39a Diamond blocks now can be found in woodland mansions.
July 19, 2017Block of Diamond Revision -1.png Jeb tweets image of a new obsidian and diamond block textures.
July 20, 2017Block of Diamond Revision -2.png Jasper Boerstra tweets an image of an updated diamond block texture.
July 11, 2018Block of Diamond TextureUpdate Revision 1.png Jasper Boerstra tweets an image of an updated diamond block texture.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 57.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Block of Diamond TextureUpdate Revision 1.png Changed the texture of blocks of diamonds.
18w47a Block of Diamond TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of blocks of diamonds again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added block of diamond.
0.16.0 ?Block of diamond is now used to activate beacons.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Diamond blocks now can be found in woodland mansions.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added block of diamond.
TU19CU71.12Now can be used to construct beacon pyramids.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Block of Diamond.


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  • One block of diamond and one wooden log is exactly enough to create a 80% set of diamond tools with one or no sticks left over, depending on if you use a sword or a hoe.