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dec: 264 hex: 108 bin: 100001000



Alex Wiltshire Mojang avatar.png Diamonds are a miner’s best friend, a blue gleam in the darkness that you can use to craft the best stuff. The best stuff. Pickaxes that can hack through obsidian, swords that can hack through wither skeletons, armour that can withstand the force of 1000 spiders. Diamond is the best!
Or is it?
Alex Wiltshire[1]

Diamonds are an uncommon material. They are mainly used to craft the highest tier of tools and armor, and the enchantment table.



See also: Tutorials/Diamonds

Diamond ore mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe will drop a single diamond. 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 will drop an ore block rather than a diamond. The ore is found at level 16 or lower, most commonly between 12 and 16.

Natural generation[edit]

Diamonds can be found in 14.1% of shipwreck treasure chests in stacks of 1; in 7.4% of stronghold altar chests, 19.0% of nether fortress chests, 16.2% of village blacksmith chests, 6.3% of desert temple chests, and 15.3% of jungle temple chests, all in stacks of 1–3; in 10.4% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts and 53.1% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 1–2; and in 21.2% of End city chests in stacks of 2–7.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 46.9% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 1, and in 7.2% of stronghold altar chests and 15.3% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Diamond



Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


Diamonds are used to craft the most durable tier of tools and armor.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Block of Diamond Diamond

Diamond Axe Diamond +

Diamond Boots Diamond

Diamond Chestplate Diamond

Diamond Helmet Diamond

Diamond Hoe Diamond +

Diamond Leggings Diamond

Diamond Pickaxe Diamond +

Diamond Shovel Diamond +

Diamond Sword Diamond +

Enchantment Table Book +
Diamond +

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

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


Villager armorers, tool smiths and weapon smiths buy 3-4 diamonds for one emerald as part of their third tier trades.


Diamond helmets, chestplates, leggings, boots, swords, pickaxes, axes, hoes and shovels can be repaired with diamonds in an anvil.


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

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


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools Pick up a diamond from the ground. Yes PS3 Yes Wii U, Switch 20G Gold
PS4, PSVita Bronze

Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table Pick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

Diamonds to you! Throw diamonds at another player Drop a diamond. Another player or a mob must then pick up this diamond. Yes Yes Yes Wii U, Switch 15G Bronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Diamonds! Acquire diamonds Isn't It Iron Pick Get a diamond in your inventory. minecraft:story/mine_diamond
Cover Me With Diamonds Diamond armor saves lives Diamonds! Get any type of diamond armor in your inventory. minecraft:story/shiny_gear
Enchanter Enchant an item at an Enchanting Table Diamonds! minecraft:story/enchant_item
Serious Dedication Completely use up a diamond hoe, and then reevaluate your life choices A Seedy Place Use up the final bit of durability on a diamond hoe, so that it breaks. minecraft:husbandry/break_diamond_hoe

Easter Egg: The 'Cover Me With Diamonds' advancement is coded as 'shiny_gear'.



0.31 0.31 (January 29, 2010) Added diamonds. Initially, they were referred to as "emeralds".
Diamond can be used to craft diamond blocks and diamond swords, shovels, pickaxes and axes.
0.31 (January 30, 2010) Emeralds from the previous version are now referred to as "diamonds".
February 6, 2010 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
February 18, 2010 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond helmets, chestplates, leggings and boots.
v1.0.14 Diamonds are now used to craft jukeboxes.
1.8 Pre-release Diamonds are now found in the new mineshaft chests.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2 Diamond 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 3 Diamonds are now used to craft enchantment tables.
Diamonds are now found in the new stronghold altar chests.
1.1 12w01a Diamonds are now found in village blacksmith chests.
1.3.1 12w21a Diamonds 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.
12w21b Diamond 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.
12w22a Added jungle temples, which contain loot chests with diamonds.
1.4.6 12w49a Diamonds can now be used to craft a firework star with a trail.
1.6.1 13w18a Diamonds are now found in the new nether fortress chests.
1.8 14w02a Diamonds can now be traded to any black apron villager in quantities of 3–4 for 1 emerald, as their tier III trade.
1.9 15w31a Diamond will now generate in end city chests.
15w43a The average yield of diamonds have been slightly decreased in nether fortress chests.
15w44a The average yield of in desert temple and mineshaft chests have been decreased.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 264.
18w10a Diamonds will now generate in buried treasure chests.
18w11a Diamonds will now generate in shipwreck treasure chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Diamonds can now be collected and used to craft blocks of diamond and diamond axes, pickaxes, swords and shovels.
0.4.0 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
0.5.0 Diamonds are now used to craft nether reactor cores.
0.6.0 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond armor.
0.12.1 build 1 Diamonds are now used to craft enchanting tables.
Diamonds are now no longer used to craft nether reactor cores and are now instead dropped by it.
Diamonds will now generate in nether fortress chests.
0.13.0 build 1 Diamonds will now have a chance to generate in desert temple chests.
0.14.0 build 1 Diamonds are now found in minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.
0.15.0 build 1 Diamonds can now be found in jungle temple chests.
Pocket Edition
1.0 alpha Diamonds can now be found in altar chests in strongholds, dungeon chests and end city chests.
alpha Diamonds can now be found in blacksmith chests in villages.
1.0.4 alpha Diamonds can now be traded to blacksmith villagers for an emerald.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 beta Diamonds can be used to craft a firework star with a trail.
Diamonds can now be used to craft jukeboxes.
1.4 beta Diamonds can now be found inside buried treasure chests and shipwrecks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added diamonds.


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  • 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.


See also[edit]

Wikipedia's article about diamonds

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