Diamond Ore

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Diamond Ore
Diamond Ore.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Mined: 3–7
Smelted: 1

Data value

dec: 56 hex: 38 bin: 111000



Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png There is one block in Minecraft that reliably quickens the breath whenever you see it (no offence, gravel, but it's definitely not you). One block that elicits a little "whoop!" of joy when you lay eyes on it, and the longest of "noooooooooooo"s when it falls into lava. Yes, you guessed it (probably by reading the title) - it's diamond ore!
Duncan Geere[1]

Diamond ore is a mineral block that is a major source of diamonds.


The diamond ore block itself (rather than its diamond drops) can be obtained by mining it with an iron or diamond pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.

Block Diamond Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Diamond ore only appears below Y level 16, and can be found in veins of 1–12. One diamond ore vein generates per chunk; this vein or part of it may be overwritten by generated structures such as caves, leaving the player without any diamonds in said chunk. Also, because of the way chunks are populated the vein "belonging" to a chunk can actually be generated in a neighboring chunk leading to some chunks with two or more veins and others with none. There is an average of about 3.7 diamond ore per chunk-sized area. The highest concentration of diamonds occurs in levels 5–13. Because of the lava lakes, there is slightly less diamond ore in the middle of that range (around layer 8).

Mining strategies[edit]

Chunk of Diamond Ores
Vein of diamond ore.

There are many strategies for finding diamonds. Dig completely around the ore to ensure that the diamonds (when dropped) will not burn up in lava.


Diamond ore drops 1 diamond and 3 to 7 experience when mined with an iron or diamond pickaxe. Mining with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe will increase possible yields by 1 per level, up to 4 diamonds per ore with level 3.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore +
Any fuel



Java Edition Indev
0.31 0.31 (January 29, 2010) Added diamond ore. Initially, it was referred to as "emerald ore".
0.31 (January 30, 2010) Emerald ore from the previous version is now referred to as diamond ore.
Java Edition Infdev
February 27, 2010 Diamond ore will now no longer generate.
?Diamond ore veins will now generate, but differently.
March 27, 2010 Diamond ore will now regenerate after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
Java Edition Beta
1.6 ?Before this update, diamond was about 50% rarer in the north-east quadrant of the point (0,0) compared to the quadrant to the south-west. In this update, clay blocks are now more rare than diamond due to a glitch.
1.8 ?Diamond ore has now become about 25% rarer.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4 Diamond ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Diamond ore will now drop extra diamonds with the Fortune enchantment.
1.3.1 12w22a Mining diamond ore will now drop experience orbs.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 56.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added diamond ore.
0.3.2 Diamond ore is now obtainable.
0.12.1 build 1 Mining diamond ore will now drop experience orbs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch s1Added diamond ore.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Diamond Ore.


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


  • In some vein formations, ores connect diagonally.
  • Diamond ore, along with other ores, appear in the background on the achievements page.
  • In reality, the rarity of diamonds is highly exaggerated. Gemstone quality diamonds, whose qualities are mirrored by the game's mechanics, need to be cut and processed very carefully, and therefore need to be found in very large pieces. Industry-grade diamonds, which are used in the manufacturing of most diamond-based tools, are relatively plentiful and much more affordable.


See also[edit]