Coal Ore

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Coal Ore
Coal Ore JE2 BE2.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 16 hex: 10 bin: 10000

Namespaced ID


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.


Natural generation[edit]

Coal ore can also replace some part of polished andesite and diorite in woodland mansions, igloo basement, and snowy tundra village houses.

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

Mineral veins[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 17, from altitudes 0 to 128, in all biomes.


Block 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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.



Block Incorrect tool Correct tool Fortune 1 Fortune 2 Fortune 3 Silk Touch
Coal Ore Nothing (100%) 1 (100%) 1 (67%) or
2 (33%)
1 (50%) or
2 (25%) or
3 (25%)
1 (40%) or
2 (20%) or
3 (20%) or
4 (20%)
1 (100%)
No experience Experience Orb.gif 0–2 No experience

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Coal Coal Ore +
Any fuel

This recipe awards 0.1 experience.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16


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.[2]
?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
1.3.112w22aCoal ore now drops experience when mined.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
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
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Coal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.
1.90Coal 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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