Block of Gold

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Block of Gold
Block of Gold.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

30

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 41 hex: 29 bin: 101001

Namespaced ID

gold_block

A block of gold is a precious metal block crafted from gold ingots.

Obtaining[edit]

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

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

Natural generation[edit]

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

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, and blocks of diamond.

Note blocks[edit]

Blocks of gold can be placed under note blocks to produce bell sounds.‌[JELCE & BE only][upcoming: BE 1.13.0]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot Block of Gold

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding "metal block"s.
0.0.20aBlock of Gold Revision 1.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, 2009Teased a texture change.
0.27 SURVIVAL TESTBlock of Gold Revision 2.png The texture was changed.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Added gold ingots and crafting recipe for blocks of gold.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227Gold blocks can now be used to craft golden apples.[verify]
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0?Block of Gold Revision 3.png Modified gold block texture to use the top texture on all sides.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Block of Gold Revision 4.png The texture was modified, 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 be used to craft enchanted golden apples.
12w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing the texture from to Block of Gold Revision 4.png.
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 is proposed in the beta Texture Update resource pack.
1.1418w43aBlock of Gold TextureUpdate Revision 2.png[verify] Changed the texture of blocks of gold.
18w47aBlock of Gold TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of blocks of gold again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Block of Gold Revision 3.png Added blocks of gold.
0.2.0Block of Gold Revision 4.png The texture was modified, having less drastic dark gradients in the top-left and bottom-right corners.
0.5.0Required to build the Nether Reactor.
0.12.1build 1Blocks of gold are used to craft enchanted golden apples.
Removed Nether Reactor functionality.
0.16.0build 1Blocks of gold generate naturally in ocean monuments.
build 4Blocks of gold can 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.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Block of gold can now be used to play the bell, if they are under note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added blocks of gold.
TU19CU71.12Now can be used to construct beacon pyramids.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added blocks of gold.

Issues[edit]

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Trivia[edit]

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  • In Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, before TU19, four gold blocks stacked on top of an obsidian block can be found inside the tutorial world's desert pyramid.‌[Legacy Console Edition only] 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 meter cubed, then one block of gold has a mass of 19,300 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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