Coal Ore

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Coal Ore
Coal Ore.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Mined: 0–2
Smelted: 0.1

Data value

dec: 16 hex: 10 bin: 10000



Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png Veins of coal ore vary in size - you might only find a few blocks together close to the surface, but underground you'll find much bigger clumps - especially if there's a fossil in the neighbourhood.
Duncan Geere[1]

Coal ore is a mineral block that drops coal when mined.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

The coal ore block itself (rather than its coal drops) can be obtained by mining it with a pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.

Coal Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 15
Wooden 2.25
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Golden 0.4
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Coal ore is generated naturally in veins between stone blocks, much like other ores. It is a common sight on almost all maps, and can be found at almost any elevation, from cliff faces, through underground caves and sea bottoms, down to bedrock. On average, there are about 142.6 coal ore per chunk. It is the only ore to appear well above sea level; coal ore comprises about 1% of all stone, regardless of altitude. Coal veins can vary greatly in size — mountaintop deposits are usually five blocks at most, but underground ones are generally at least ten blocks, and can range up to 64.

Coal ore is also found in small amounts alongside underground fossils.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Coal ore drops 1 piece of coal and 0 to 2 experience when mined with any pickaxe. Mining with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe will increase yields by 1 per level (up to 4 with level 3)

Smelting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Coal Coal Ore +
Any fuel

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.14a_01 Added coal ore.
Mining the coal ore originally dropped the ore block.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 10 Mining an ore block now drops stone slabs.
0.28 Coal ore can be obtained in Creative inventory.
0.31 When destroyed by hand, coal ore will yield only one coal, but three when mined.[2]
Official release
1.3.1 12w22a Coal ore now drops experience when mined.
1.10 16w20a Coal ore can now be found in small amounts near fossils.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added coal ore.
0.12.1 Coal ore now drops experience points when smelted.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added coal ore.

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