Coal

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Coal
Coal.pngCharcoal.png


Type

Raw materials

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearances

See History

Name

See Data values


Coal lumps are items mainly obtained by harvesting coal ore blocks. Their main uses are as a fuel or crafting torches.


Charcoal is an alternative to coal obtained from smelting logs or wood. It has the same uses as normal coal, except it cannot be traded with villagers or crafted into a block of coal. Coal and charcoal also cannot stack together.

Obtaining[edit]

The main difference between coal and charcoal is in the methods of obtaining.

Mining[edit]

Coal ore mined using a pickaxe will drop 1 unit of coal. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it may drop an extra unit per level of Fortune, up to a maximum of 4 with Fortune III.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coal Block of Coal











9

Compound creation[edit]

Charcoal can be created from its base elements, using the compound creator.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Name Elements Example recipe
Charcoal 7 Carbon
4 Hydrogen
1 Oxygen

Smelting[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Coal Coal Ore +
Any fuel









Charcoal Any Log or
Any Stripped Log or
Any Wood or
Any Stripped Wood +
Any fuel
































Wither skeletons[edit]

Wither skeletons have a 13 chance of dropping a coal lump upon death, and amounts and chances increases by the Looting enchantment.

Natural generation[edit]

Coal can be found in 81.0% of big underwater ruins chests, 84.2% of small underwater ruins chests, 26.6% of dungeon chests, 70.4% of igloo chests, and 26.6% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–4; in 45.4% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 2–8; and in 34.3% of stronghold storeroom chests and 31.6% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts in stacks of 3–8. In 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 41.2% of village house chests in stacks of 1–4, in 40.0% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 2–8, and in 27.9% of village butcher chests in stacks of 1–3.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 28.5% of stronghold storeroom chests in stacks of 3–8.

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Coal Coal











Fire Charge Blaze Powder +
Coal or
Charcoal +
Gunpowder
Torch Coal or
Charcoal +
Stick

Lab table ingredient[edit]

Charcoal is one of the lab table ingredients needed to produce the heat block.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Result Materials Needed
Heat Block
Heat Block






Iron, Water, Charcoal, Salt

Fuel[edit]

When used in a furnace as a fuel, a coal lump or piece of charcoal lasts 80 seconds (which smelts up to 8 items). Coal/charcoal used as fuel lasts more than 5 times longer than wood planks or wood logs used as fuel.

Coal and charcoal are also the only fuels accepted by powered minecarts. They provide approximately four minutes of transit each.

Trading[edit]

Villager fishermen, armorers, tool smiths and weapon smiths buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their first tier trades. Butchers buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their second tier trades.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Item ID Name

Coal
coal

Charcoal
charcoal

Bedrock Edition:

Item ID Name Numeral ID

Coal
coal 263

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Renewable EnergySmelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal.YesYesYesYes10GBronze

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding coal, commenting that it might be combined with iron ore to make steel.
Java Edition Indev
0.31 0.31 (January 29, 2010)
Added coal, which can be mined from coal ore blocks.
Coal can be used to craft torches.
February 19, 2010
Coal texture has been changed.
Java Edition Beta
December 25, 2010Charcoal is suggested to Notch by @Moleculor as a writing implement.
1.2
Charcoal has been added, with the same texture as coal. It is not used as a writing implement.
1.8 Pre-release Coal can be found in the new abandoned mineshaft chests and stronghold storeroom chests.
Java Edition
1.2.1 12w04a Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.
1.3.1 12w21a Blacksmith and butcher villagers will now buy 16–23 of either coal or charcoal for 1 emerald.
1.4.2 12w36a Coal is now dropped by wither skeletons, making it renewable.
1.6.1 13w18a Coal can now be used to craft coal blocks.
13w19a
Changed the charcoal texture.
1.8 14w02a Fisherman, armorer, tool smith, weapon smith and butcher villagers will now buy 16–24 coal for 1 emerald.
Charcoal can now no longer be traded from villagers.
1.9 15w43a Coal may now be found in igloo basement chests.
15w44a The average yield from mineshaft chests has been decreased, and added to dungeon chests.
1.11 16w39a Coal can now be found in the new woodland mansion chests.
1.13 17w47a The different data values for the coal ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 263.
18w09a Coal can now be found in the loot chests of underwater ruins.
18w11a Coal will now generate in shipwreck chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0
Added coal, which can be used to craft torches.
0.3.2
Added charcoal.
0.8.0 ?Coal can now be crafted to make a block of coal.
0.8.1
Changed the charcoal texture.
0.12.1 build 1 Coal is now dropped by wither skeletons.
0.14.0 build 1 Coal can be found inside chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts.
0.15.0 build 1 Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Coal can now be found in the stronghold storeroom chests.
Coal may now be found in igloo basement chests.
1.0.4 build 1 Fisherman, armorer, tool smith, weapon smith and butcher villagers now sell 16–24 coal for 1 emerald.
1.1 build 1 Coal is now found in woodland mansion chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13 build 3 Added stripped log variants, which can smelted to obtain charcoal.
1.2.14 build 1 Coal can now be found inside shipwreck chests.
1.4 build 7 Coal can now be found inside underwater ruins chests.
Charcoal now can be crafted using 7 Carbon, 4 Hydrogen, and an Oxygen in a compound creator.
Charcoal can now be used in the lab table to create a heat block.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1

Added coal and charcoal.
TU19CU71.12
Changed charcoal texture.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0

Added coal and charcoal.

Issues[edit]

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