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

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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.

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 | edit source]

Diamond ore only appears below Y level 16, and can be found in veins of 2-10. 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 3.097 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore +
Any fuel

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.31 January 29, 2010 Added diamond ore. Initially, it was referred to as emerald ore.
January 30, 2010 Emerald ore from the previous version is now referred to as diamond ore.
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-pre4 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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Added diamond ore.
0.12.1 Mining diamond ore drops experience orbs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added diamond ore.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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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