Diamond Ore

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Diamond Ore
Diamond Ore.png

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

15

Tool


Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Experience

Mined: 3–7
Smelted: 1

Drops
Data value

dec: 56 hex: 38 bin: 111000

Name

diamond_ore

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 one of the most valuable and elusive blocks in the game.

Obtaining[edit]

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
Tool
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 1-10. One diamond ore vein generates per chunk; this vein or part of it may be overwritten by generated structures such as caves, leaving you 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 5-12. Because of the lava lakes, there is slightly less diamond ore in the middle of that range (around layer 9).

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.

Usage[edit]

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









Video[edit]

History[edit]

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.
Infdev
February 27, 2010 Diamond ore no longer generates.
? Diamond ore veins now generate, but differently.
March 27, 2010 Diamond ore veins now appear more like they do today.
Diamond ore will now regenerate after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
Beta
1.6 Before, 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 were more rare than diamond due to a glitch.
1.8 ? Diamonds have become about 25% rarer.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4 Diamond ore can be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself. It can also drop extra diamonds with Fortune.
1.3.1 12w22a Mining diamond ore drops experience orbs.
Inventory sprites for blocks were 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 now drops experience orbs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Patch s1 Added diamond ore.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

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