Copper Ore

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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Copper Ingot. For the mineral block, see Copper Block.
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Copper Ore
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Copper Ore JE1 BE1.pngCopper Ore (D) BE1.pngCopper Ore (W) BE1.pngCopper Ore (U) BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Copper ore is a mineral block found underground.



Copper ore must be mined with a stone pickaxe or higher, or else it drops nothing.

Block Copper Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[edit]

Copper ore can generate anywhere in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. In Java Edition, it generates with a periodic normal distribution from levels 0 to 96. In Bedrock Edition, it generates evenly between levels 4 and 63 with the same rarity as iron ore.


The primary usage of copper ore is to obtain copper ingots. Copper ingots can be crafted into copper blocks, which takes only 4 ingots, unlike most mineral blocks. Copper ore does not weather like its block counterpart, though the ore itself shows some oxidization.

Smelting ingredients[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Copper Ore +
Any fuel



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]

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Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Copper Orecopper_oreBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.copper_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Copper Orecopper_ore?Block &


October 3, 2020Copper Ore (pre-release).png Copper ore is announced at Minecraft Live 2020.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w45aCopper Ore JE1 BE1.png Added copper ore.
Copper ore generates evenly between levels 4 and 63, and has the same rarity as iron ore.
21w07aCopper ore now generates as a periodic normal distribution from levels 0 to 96.
February 22, 2021Copper Ore (pre-release 2).png JAPPA shows updated copper ore texture.
1.1721w08aCopper Ore JE2.png The texture of copper ore has been changed.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.210beta Ore JE1 BE1.png Copper Ore (D) BE1.png Copper Ore (W) BE1.png Copper Ore (U) BE1.png Added copper ore. The model has random rotation.


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  • Copper ore is the first type of ore that has a random rotated texture.‌[Bedrock Edition only]