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Block of Iron

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Block of Iron
Block of Iron JE4 BE3.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

6

Hardness

5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

A block of iron is a precious metal block equivalent to nine iron ingots. It can be used to make a pyramid for a beacon, spawn iron golems, and for other things such as building.

Obtaining[edit]

Breaking[edit]

Blocks of iron can be mined only with a stone pickaxe or better. If an iron block is mined without the use of a pickaxe, it drops nothing.

Block Block of Iron
Hardness 5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 25
Wooden 12.5
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Netherite 0.85
Golden 2.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition 1.16.2[upcoming]
Block Of Iron Bastion remnant Generic chest 1 19%
Treasure chest 2–5 33.7%

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot

Usage[edit]

Blocks of iron can be used to store iron ingots in a compact fashion.

Beacons[edit]

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

Spawning iron golems[edit]

Iron golem build configuration.

Blocks of iron and pumpkins[Bedrock Edition only], carved pumpkins or jack o'lanterns are used to build iron golems. The pumpkin, carved pumpkin or jack o'lantern must be placed last, and the golem spawns immediately after placing it.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Anvil Block of Iron +
Iron Ingot

Iron Ingot Block of Iron

Note blocks[edit]

Blocks of iron can be placed under note blocks to produce iron xylophone sounds.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
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

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?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 IDTranslation key
Block of Ironiron_block block.minecraft.iron_block

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Block of Ironiron_block 42tile.iron_block.name

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem20GBronze

Advancements[edit]

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

Advancement-oval-raw.png

Hired Help
Summon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.adventure/summon_iron_golem

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding a "metal block".
October 24, 2009Notch teased a block of iron.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBlock of Iron JE1.png Added blocks of iron.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?Iron ore no longer drops iron blocks.
20100129Blocks of iron can now be crafted from 4 iron ingots.
20100130Blocks of iron are now more expensive, requiring 9 iron ingots (3x3) instead of 4 (2x2).
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0?Block of Iron JE2 BE1.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed.
Java Edition Beta
1.2The side and bottom textures of blocks of iron have now been removed from terrain.png.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Block of Iron JE3 BE2.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed.
1.2.112w08aBlocks of iron can be used to make iron golems.
1.4.212w32aBlocks of iron can be used to activate a beacon.
12w41aBlocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
12w42aA new crafting recipe for anvils call for 3 blocks of iron instead of the original 6.
1.915w31a9 iron blocks generate in the end ships.
15w33cEnd ships generate with only 8 iron blocks now.
15w41aEnd ships no longer generate with iron blocks.
July 18, 2017Jeb tweets an image of new textures for iron blocks, obsidian, and birch logs.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 42.
1.1418w43aBlock of Iron JE4 BE3.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed.
19w09aBlocks of iron can now be used to play the xylophone, if they are under note blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseBlock of Iron JE1.png Added blocks of iron.
0.1.0Block of Iron JE2 BE1.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed.
0.2.0Block of Iron JE3 BE2.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed, once again.
0.12.1build 1Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
Blocks of iron can now be used to create iron golems.
0.16.0build 1Blocks of iron can now be used to activate beacons.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Block of Iron JE4 BE3.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Blocks of iron can now be used to play the xylophone, if they are under note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 11.0.1Block of Iron JE2 BE1.png Added blocks of iron.
TU3Block of Iron JE3 BE2.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed.
TU141.05Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
TU19CU71.12Blocks of iron can now be used to construct beacon pyramids.
1.90Block of Iron JE4 BE3.png The texture of blocks of iron has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Block of Iron JE3 BE2.png Added blocks of iron.

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