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Diamond

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Diamond
Diamond JE3 BE3.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

A diamond is a rare mineral obtained from diamond ore or loot chests. They are mainly used to craft high-tier tools and armor, enchanting tables, blocks of diamond, and jukeboxes.

Obtaining[edit]

Mining[edit]

Diamond ore mined using an iron pickaxe or stronger drops a single diamond. If mined by any other tool, it drops nothing. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it can drop an extra diamond per level of Fortune, allowing for a maximum of 4 with Fortune III. If the ore is mined using a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch, it drops an ore block rather than a diamond. The ore is found at level 15 or lower, most commonly between 5 and 12.

Natural generation[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Diamond Mineshaft Chest 1–2 10.4%
Bastion remnant Treasure chest 2–6 15.8%
Buried treasure Chest 1–2 53.1%
Desert temple Chest 1–3 6.3%
End city Chest 2–7 21.2%
Jungle temple Chest 1–3 12.9%
Nether fortress Chest 1–3 19%
Shipwreck Treasure chest 1 14.1%
Stronghold Altar chest 1–3 7.4%
Village Weaponsmith's chest 1–3 16.2%
Toolsmith's chest 1–3 9.9%
Bedrock Edition
Diamond Mineshaft Chest 1–2 10.4%
Bastion remnant Treasure chest 1–3 8.6%
Buried treasure Chest 1 46.9%
Desert temple Chest 1–3 6.3%
End city Chest 2–7 21.2%
Jungle temple Chest 1–3 12.8%
Nether fortress Chest 1–3 19%
Stronghold Altar chest 1–3 7.2%
Village Toolsmith's chest 1–3 9.9%
Weaponsmith's chest 1–3 16.2%


Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Diamond

9

Smelting[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


1

Usage[edit]

Diamonds are mainly used to craft high-tier armor and equipment, which in turn are also used in making netherite armor and equipment.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Block of Diamond Diamond

Diamond Axe Diamond +
Stick

The axe's material can be placed either to the left or the right of the sticks.
Diamond Boots Diamond

Diamond Chestplate Diamond

Diamond Helmet Diamond

Diamond Hoe Diamond +
Stick

Diamond Leggings Diamond

Diamond Pickaxe Diamond +
Stick

Diamond Shovel Diamond +
Stick

Diamond Sword Diamond +
Stick

Enchanting Table Book +
Diamond +
Obsidian

Firework Star Gunpowder +
Matching Dye +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +
Diamond


Up to eight dyes can be added.
One head, gold nugget, feather, or fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
Jukebox Any Planks +
Diamond

White Firework Star or
Blue Firework Star or
Brown Firework Star or
Black Firework Star
Gunpowder +
Bone Meal or
Lapis Lazuli or
Cocoa Beans or
Ink Sac +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +
Diamond


[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Up to eight dyes can be added.
One head, gold nugget, feather, or fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.

Trading[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, expert-level armorer, toolsmith, and weaponsmith villagers buy one diamond for an emerald as part of their trades.

In Java Edition, journeyman-level armorer villagers have a 40% chance of offering to buy one diamond for one emerald. Expert-level toolsmith villagers have 23 chance of offering to buy one diamond for one emerald. Expert-level weaponsmith villagers always offer to buy one diamond for one emerald.

Repairing[edit]

Diamonds are the repair items for the diamond tier and armor material, and thus can be used to repair the following items in an anvil or grindstone:

Beacons[edit]

Diamonds can be used to select powers from a beacon. The player must select one of the available powers then insert a diamond into the item slot.

A diamond can be substituted for an iron ingot, a gold ingot, an emerald or a netherite ingot.

Data values[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem tags (JE)Translation key
Diamonddiamond beacon_payment_itemsitem.minecraft.diamond

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
DIAMONDS!Acquire diamonds with your iron tools.Pick up a diamond from the ground.20GBronze
EnchanterConstruct an Enchantment Table.Pick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output.20GBronze
Diamonds to you!Throw diamonds at another player.Drop a diamond. Another player or a mob must then pick up this diamond.15GBronze

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Diamonds!
Acquire diamondsIsn't It Iron PickHave a diamond in your inventory.story/mine_diamond

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem tags (JE)Translation key
Diamonddiamond beacon_payment_itemsitem.minecraft.diamond

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Diamonddiamond 264item.diamond.name

History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.3120100128Diamond JE1 BE1.png Added diamonds. Initially, they were referred to as "emeralds".
A stack of 100 diamonds can be found inside the Indev House chests.
20100129Diamond can be used to craft diamond blocks and diamond swords, shovels, pickaxes and axes.
Diamonds can no longer be found inside the Indev House due to all items having been removed from its chests
20100130Emeralds from the previous version are now referred to as "diamonds".
Minecraft Indev20100206Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
20100218Diamonds are now used to craft diamond helmets, chestplates, leggings and boots.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Diamonds are now used to craft jukeboxes.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseDiamonds are now found in the new mineshaft chests.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Diamond ore can now be smelted into diamond gems, even though there isn't any way to pick up the ore without using mods.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Diamonds are now used to craft enchantment tables.
Diamonds are now found in the new stronghold altar chests.
1.112w01aDiamonds are now found in village blacksmith chests.
1.3.112w21aDiamonds can now be traded to blacksmith villagers in quantities of 3–5 for 1 emerald.
Added desert temples, with a hidden chest room and loot containing diamonds.
12w21bDiamonds have been changed in the game code from "emerald" to "diamond", due to actual emeralds being added. Diamond's original name during Indev, as stated above, was emerald in the code, and was kept this way until this snapshot.
12w22aAdded jungle temples, which contain loot chests with diamonds.
1.3Diamond JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamonds has been changed.
1.4.612w49aDiamonds can now be used to craft a firework star with a trail.
1.6.113w18aDiamonds are now found in the new nether fortress chests.
1.814w02aDiamonds can now be traded to any black apron villager in quantities of 3–4 for 1 emerald, as their tier III trade.
1.915w31aDiamonds now generate in end city chests.
15w43aThe average yield of diamonds have been slightly decreased in nether fortress chests.
15w44aThe average yield of diamonds in desert temple and mineshaft chests have been decreased.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 264.
18w10aDiamonds now generate in buried treasure chests.
18w11aDiamonds now generate in shipwreck treasure chests.
1.1418w43aDiamond JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamonds has been changed.
1.1620w06aNetherite can now be used to upgrade diamond tools.
20w10aSmithing tables are now used to upgrade diamond tools with netherite.
20w16aDiamonds now generate in bastion remnants chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.3.2Diamond JE1 BE1.png Added diamonds.
Diamonds can be collected and used to craft blocks of diamond and diamond axes, pickaxes, swords and shovels.
v0.4.0Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
v0.5.0Diamonds are now used to craft nether reactor cores.
v0.6.0Diamonds are now used to craft diamond armor.
v0.8.0build 2Diamond JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamonds has been changed.
v0.12.1build 1Diamonds are now used to craft enchanting tables.
Diamonds are no longer used to craft nether reactor cores and are now instead dropped by it.
Diamonds now generate in nether fortress chests.
v0.13.0build 1Diamonds now have a chance to generate in desert temple chests.
v0.14.0build 1Diamonds are now found in minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.
v0.15.0build 1Diamonds can now be found in jungle temple chests.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Diamonds can now be found in altar chests in strongholds, dungeon chests and end city chests.
alpha 1.0.0.0Diamonds can now be found in blacksmith chests in villages.
1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.03-4 diamonds can now be traded to blacksmith villagers for an emerald as part of their third tier trades.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Diamonds can now be used to craft a firework star with a trail.
Diamonds can now be used to craft jukeboxes.
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Diamonds can now be found inside buried treasure chests and shipwrecks.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Diamonds can now be found in plains village weaponsmith chests.
Diamond JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamonds has been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Diamonds can now be found in village toolsmith chests and in savanna, desert, taiga, and snowy taiga village weaponsmith chests.
beta 1.11.0.4Armorer, toolsmith, and weaponsmith villagers now buy one diamond for an emerald as part of their fourth tier trades.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57Diamond now found in bastion remnant chest.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Diamond JE1 BE1.png Added diamonds.
?Diamond JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamonds has been changed.
1.90 Diamond JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamonds has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Diamond JE2 BE2.png Added diamonds.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Diamond" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • In real life, diamond is commonly used for industrial purposes, generally as diamond-tipped drill bits and saw blades. They are usually used for cutting stone and other hard materials. Diamonds used for this purpose are typically not of gemstone quality.
  • Placing a block of diamond in the crafting grid is like cutting 9 fragments of Cullinan Diamond.

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