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Raw materials






Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 264 hex: 108 bin: 100001000

Namespaced ID


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 a rare mineral obtained from diamond ore or loot chests. They are mainly used to craft the highest tier of tools and armor, and the enchantment table.



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 5 and 12.

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, 9.9% of village toolsmith chests, 16.2% of village weaponsmith chests, 19.0% of fortress chests, 12.9% of jungle temple chests, and 6.3% of desert temple chests, all in stacks of 1–3; in 10.4% of chest minecarts in 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 12.8% 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.
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 +


Villager armorers, toolsmiths and weaponsmiths buy 3-4 diamonds for one emerald as part of their third tier trades.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]

Expert-level armorer, toolsmith, and weaponsmith villagers buy one diamond for an emerald as part of their trades.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

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 will always buy one diamond for one emerald.‌[Java Edition only]


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 a diamond 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 toolsPick up a diamond from the ground.YesPS3YesWii U, Switch20GGold
PS4, PSVitaBronze
EnchanterUse a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment tablePick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output.YesPS3YesYes20GSilver
PS4, PSVitaBronze
Diamonds to you!Throw diamonds at another playerDrop a diamond. Another player or a mob must then pick up this diamond.YesYesYesWii U, Switch15GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png Diamonds!Acquire diamondsIsn't It Iron PickHave a diamond in your inventory.minecraft:story/mine_diamond
Advancement-plain-raw.png Cover Me With DiamondsDiamond armor saves livesDiamonds!Have any type of diamond armor in your inventory.minecraft:story/shiny_gear
Advancement-plain-raw.png EnchanterEnchant an item at an Enchanting TableDiamonds!minecraft:story/enchant_item
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Serious DedicationCompletely use up a diamond hoe, and then reevaluate your life choicesA Seedy PlaceExhaust the durability of a diamond hoe, breaking it.minecraft:husbandry/break_diamond_hoe


Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Diamond Revision 1.png Added diamonds. Initially, they were referred to as "emeralds".
Diamond can be used to craft diamond blocks and diamond swords, shovels, pickaxes and axes.
20100130Emeralds from the previous version are now referred to as "diamonds".
20100206Diamonds 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.
12w21bDiamond 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.
1.4.612w49aDiamonds 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 will 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 will now generate in buried treasure chests.
18w11aDiamonds will now generate in shipwreck treasure chests.
1.1418w43aDiamond TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of diamonds.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2Diamond Revision 1.png Diamonds can now be collected and used to craft blocks of diamond and diamond axes, pickaxes, swords and shovels.
0.4.0Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
0.5.0Diamonds are now used to craft nether reactor cores.
0.6.0Diamonds are now used to craft diamond armor.
0.12.1build 1Diamonds 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.
0.13.0build 1Diamonds will now have a chance to generate in desert temple chests.
0.14.0build 1Diamonds are now found in minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.
0.15.0build 1Diamonds can now be found in jungle temple chests.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha can now be found in altar chests in strongholds, dungeon chests and end city chests.
alpha can now be found in blacksmith chests in villages.
1.0.4alpha Diamonds can now be traded to blacksmith villagers for an emerald as part of their third tier trades.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta can now be used to craft a firework star with a trail.
Diamonds can now be used to craft jukeboxes.
1.4.0beta can now be found inside buried treasure chests and shipwrecks.
1.10.0beta can now be found in plains village weaponsmith chests.
Diamond TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of diamonds.
1.11.0beta can now be found in village toolsmith chests and in savanna, desert, taiga, and snowy taiga village weaponsmith chests.
beta, toolsmith, and weaponsmith villagers now buy one diamond for an emerald as part of their fourth tier trades.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Diamond Revision 1.png Added diamonds.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Diamond Revision 1.png 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. Diamonds used for this purpose are typically not of gemstone quality.


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