Block of Gold

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Block of Gold
Block of Gold JE6 BE3.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

6

Hardness

3

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

A block of gold is a precious metal block equivalent to nine gold ingots.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Ocean monuments have a central room containing 8 blocks of gold encased in dark prismarine.

Blocks of gold generate as part of ruined portals and bastion remnants in varying quantities.

Breaking[edit]

Blocks of gold can be mined only with an iron pickaxe or better.

Block Block of Gold
Hardness 3
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Block Of Gold Bastion remnant Bridge chest 1 11.2%
Generic chest 1 19%
Treasure chest 2–5 33.7%
Hoglin stable chest 2–4 18.2%
Ruined portal Chest 1–2 1.5%
Bedrock Edition
Block Of Gold Bastion remnant Bridge chest 1 12.2%
Generic chest 1 16%
Treasure chest 2–5 29.4%
Hoglin stable chest 2–4 23.8%
Ruined portal Chest 1–2 1.5%

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot

Usage[edit]

Blocks of gold are a compact way to store gold ingots.

Beacons[edit]

Blocks of gold can be used to "power" a beacon. The beacon can be powered by a 3×3 square of gold 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 gold blocks, as they may also contain blocks of iron, blocks of emerald, blocks of netherite, and blocks of diamond.

Note blocks[edit]

Blocks of gold can be placed under note blocks to produce bell sounds.

Piglins[edit]

Piglins become distracted upon the player dropping a block of gold as an item, and become enraged if the player breaks a block of gold near them.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot Block of Gold

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Sound parameters
VolumePitchAttenuation
distance
StreamPreload
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.metal.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.01.216?????
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.metal.fallNone[sound 1]0.51.2516?????
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.metal.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.7516?????
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.metal.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.01.216?????
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.metal.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.516?????
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitchSound parameters
VolumePitchStreamLoad
on low
memory
?Breaking the blockdig.metal? 1.2????
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.metal? ? ????
?Mining the blockhit.metal? 0.75????
?Jumping from the blockjump.metal? ? ????
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.metal? ? ????
?Walking on the blockstep.metal? ? ????
?Placing the blockuse.metal? 1.2????

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Item tags (JE)Translation key
Block of Goldgold_block beacon_base_blocks
guarded_by_piglins
piglin_lovedblock.minecraft.gold_block

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Block of Goldgold_block 41tile.gold_block.name

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Oooh, shiny!Distract a Piglin using gold.Give a piglin a gold item while it is aggressive toward the player.30GSilver

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Oh Shiny
Distract Piglins with goldNetherGive a piglin one of these 22 gold-related items in the #piglin_loved entity tag while not wearing any golden armor. If this advancement is attempted while the player is wearing golden armor but piglin(s) are still aggressive toward them, the advancement does not trigger. Other gold-related items, if any, may be used, but are ignored for this advancement and by the piglin.nether/distract_piglin

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding "metal block"s.
0.0.20aBlock of Gold JE1.png Added blocks of gold.
In early versions of Survival Test, gold blocks resisted explosions; however, this is no longer the case.[more information needed]
In Survival Test, gold blocks could be obtained by destroying gold ore blocks. It is not known when this was changed.
October 24, 2009Notch teased a texture change for blocks of gold.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBlock of Gold JE2.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Added gold ingots and a crafting recipe for blocks of gold.
20100130Gold blocks are now more expensive, requiring 9 gold ingots (3x3) instead of 4 (2x2).
Java Edition Infdev
20100227Gold blocks can now be used to craft golden apples.[is this the correct version?]
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0?Block of Gold JE3 BE1.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed to use the top texture on all sides.
Java Edition Beta
1.2The side and bottom textures of blocks of gold have now been removed from terrain.png.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Block of Gold JE4 BE2.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed, having less drastic dark gradients in the top-left and bottom-right corners.
1.1?Golden apples are no longer crafted using gold blocks.
1.3.112w21aBlocks of gold can now be used to craft enchanted golden apples.
1.4.212w32aBlocks of gold can now be used to activate a beacon.
1.814w25aBlocks of gold now generate naturally in ocean monuments.
1.915w44aGold blocks are no longer used to craft enchanted golden apples.
1.1217w17aBlock of gold can now be used to play the bell, if they are under note blocks.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 41.
Texture Update?Block of Gold TextureUpdate Revision 1.png A new texture for gold blocks has now been proposed in the beta Texture Update resource pack.
1.1418w43aBlock of Gold JE5.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed.
18w47aBlock of Gold JE6 BE3.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed, once again.
1.1620w16aBlock of gold can now generate as part of bastion remnants or be found in its chests.
Block of gold can now generate as part of ruined portals or be found in its chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Block of Gold JE3 BE1.png Added blocks of gold.
v0.2.0Block of Gold JE4 BE2.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed, having less drastic dark gradients in the top-left and bottom-right corners.
v0.5.0Blocks of gold are now required to build the Nether reactor.
v0.12.1build 1Blocks of gold are now used to craft enchanted golden apples.
The Nether reactor functionality has now been removed, so blocks of gold are no longer used to build them.
v0.16.0build 1Blocks of gold now generate naturally in ocean monuments.
build 4Blocks of gold can now be used to activate beacons.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Blocks of gold can no longer be used to craft enchanted golden apples.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Block of Gold JE6 BE3.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed.
Block of gold can now be used to play the bell, if they are under note blocks.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57Blocks of gold can now generate naturally in bastion remnants and ruined portals.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 11.0.1Block of Gold JE4 BE2.png Added blocks of gold.
TU19CU71.12Blocks of gold can now be used to construct beacon pyramids.
1.90Block of Gold JE6 BE3.png The texture of blocks of gold has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Block of Gold JE4 BE2.png Added blocks of gold.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Block of Gold" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

Tower of Pimps.png
  • In Xbox 360 Edition, before TU19, four gold blocks stacked on top of an obsidian block could be found inside the tutorial world's desert pyramid. This is a reference to Achievement Hunter's Let's Play Minecraft series, in which this combination is used to create the "Tower of Pimps" (seen right), a structure first created by Gavin Free, which is now used in many episodes as a trophy.
  • If one block is considered to be equal to one meter³, then one block of gold has a mass of 19,320 kilograms, making it the heaviest real-world matter available in vanilla Minecraft if element blocks are not considered. A player's inventory has 36 slots, with each being able to carry 64 gold blocks; therefore, a player can carry a maximum number of 44,467.2 tons of weight, not considering armor or putting things in shulker boxes (which theoretically increases the weight by 27 times). This is equal to the weight of five Eiffel towers.

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