dec: 56 hex: 38 bin: 111000
|“||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|
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
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).
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.
|Diamond||Diamond Ore +
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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
|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.|
- 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.