Coal Ore

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Coal Ore
Coal Ore Revision 2.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 is generated naturally in veins between stone blocks with up to 17 coal ore in a single vein, 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 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.


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

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.


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]

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 0.8 ? ?
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 ? ?
Block placed Blocks 0.8 ? ?
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 0.8 ? ?
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Unknown playing conditions) Blocks 0.8 ? ?


Java Edition Classic
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding coal veins in stone.
0.0.14aCoal Ore Revision 1.png Added coal ore.
Mining the coal ore originally dropped the ore block.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTMining an ore block now drops stone slabs.
0.28Coal 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.[2]
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 will regenerate 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 were 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 Revision 2.png Changed the texture of coal ore.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Coal Ore Revision 1.png Added coal ore.
0.12.1build 1Mining coal ore will now drop experience orbs.
Coal ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Coal ore will now drop extra coals with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore Revision 2.png Changed the texture of coal ore.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Coal Ore Revision 1.png Added coal ore.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Coal Ore Revision 2.png Changed the texture of coal ore.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Coal Ore Revision 1.png Added coal ore.


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