Coal Ore

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Coal Ore
Coal Ore JE2 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


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


Natural generation[edit]

Coal ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Coal ore attempts to generate 20 times per chunk in veins of size 1-17, from levels 0 to 127, in all biomes.

Coal ore is also found in small amounts alongside underground fossils. As of Java Edition 1.16.4, on average they generate 207 ores per chunk.


Coal ore must be mined with any pickaxe, or else it drops nothing. If mined with a pickaxe, coal ore drops 1 coal (or more with Fortune). If mined with Silk Touch, the block drops itself instead.

Block Coal Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 2.25
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 0.4
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Coal Coal Ore +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[edit]

Coal ore can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sound.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
BlocksBreaking the blockdig.stone1.00.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
BlocksMining the blockhit.stone0.370.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
BlocksPlacing the blockuse.stone1.00.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Coal Orecoal_oreblock.minecraft.coal_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


Java Edition Classic
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding coal veins in stone.
0.0.14aCoal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.
Mining coal ore currently drops the ore block.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTMining an ore block now drops stone slabs.
0.28Coal ore can be obtained in the creative inventory.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129When destroyed by hand, coal ore now yields one coal, but three when mined.[1]
?Coal ore now drops 1 piece of coal.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227Coal ore no longer generates.
20100320Coal ore veins now generate, but differently.
20100327Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
Coal ore regenerates after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Coal ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition
1.0.0?Coal ore can now be smelted to obtain coal.
1.3.112w22aCoal ore now drops experience when mined.
1.1016w20aCoal ore can now be found in small amounts near fossils.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 16.
1.1418w43aCoal Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Coal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.
0.12.1build 1Mining coal ore now drops experience orbs.
Coal ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Coal ore now drops extra coals with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Coal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.
1.90 Coal Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Coal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.


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