dec: 16 hex: 10 bin: 10000
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|
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.
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.
|Coal||Coal Ore +
|Java Edition Classic|
|May 23, 2009||Notch says he accomplished adding coal veins in stone.|
|0.0.14a||Added coal ore.|
|Mining the coal ore originally dropped the ore block.|
|0.27 SURVIVAL TEST||Mining an ore block now drops stone slabs.|
|0.28||Coal ore can be obtained in Creative inventory.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|0.31||?||When destroyed by hand, coal ore will yield only one coal, but three when mined.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|February 27, 2010||Coal ore no longer generates.|
|?||Coal ore veins now generate, but differently.|
|March 27, 2010||Ore veins now appear more like they do today.|
|Coal ore will regenerate after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.|
|March 30, 2010||Coal ore no longer regenerates.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Coal ore now drops experience when mined.|
|Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.10||16w20a||Coal ore can now be found in small amounts near fossils.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 16.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.14||18w43a||Changed the texture of coal ore.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.0||Added coal ore.|
|0.12.1||?||Coal ore now drops experience points when smelted.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Changed the texture of coal ore.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added coal ore.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added Coal Ore.|
A coal vein underwater.