Diamond

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Diamond
Diamond JE2 BE2.png
Rarity

Common

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Data value*

dec: 264 hex: 108 bin: 100001000

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

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 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 nether 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.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Diamond

9

Smelting[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
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 crafting netherite armor and equipment ‌[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16].

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Block of Diamond Diamond

Diamond Axe Diamond +
Stick

Diamond Boots Diamond

Diamond Chestplate Diamond

Diamond Helmet Diamond

A helmet requires 5 items of its material type to craft.
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:

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[upcoming: JE 1.16]

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Xbox points 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

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Cover Me With DiamondsDiamond armor saves livesDiamonds!Have any type of diamond armor in your inventory.story/shiny_gear

Advancement-plain-raw.png

EnchanterEnchant an item at an Enchanting TableDiamonds!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.husbandry/break_diamond_hoe

History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Diamond JE1 BE1.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.
A stack of 100 diamonds can be found inside the Indev House chests.
20100130Emeralds from the previous version are now referred to as "diamonds".
Diamonds can no longer be found inside the Indev House due to the removal of the chests.
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.
12w21bDiamonds have now 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 now generate in end city chests.
15w43aThe average yield of diamonds have now been slightly decreased in nether fortress chests.
15w44aThe average yield of diamonds in desert temple and mineshaft chests have now 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 JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamonds has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2Diamond JE1 BE1.png Added diamonds.
Diamonds can be collected and used to craft blocks of diamond and diamond axes, pickaxes, swords and shovels.
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 now generate in nether fortress chests.
0.13.0build 1Diamonds 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 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 JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamonds has now 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.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Diamond JE1 BE1.png Added diamonds.
1.90Diamond JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamonds has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Diamond JE1 BE1.png Added diamonds.

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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.

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