Diamond Ore

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Diamond Ore
Diamond Ore JE3 BE3.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


This article is about the ore. For the item, see Diamond. For the mineral block, see Block of Diamond.

Diamond ore is a rare ore that generates deep underground, and is the only reliable source of diamonds.


Natural generation[edit]

Vein of diamond ores
Vein of diamond ore.

Diamond ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Diamond ore attempts to generate 1 time per chunk in veins of 1-10 ore, between altitudes 1 and 16 (in layers 1-15), in all biomes. If multiple veins spawn directly adjacent, it is possible to have a "singular vein" with more than 10 diamond ore. On average they generate 3.7 ores per chunk. As of Java Edition 1.16.4, on average they generate 3.4 ores per chunk.


The diamond ore block itself (rather than its diamond drops) can be obtained by mining it with an iron, diamond or netherite pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment. When mined without Silk Touch, diamond ore drops a single diamond. The maximum amount of diamonds dropped can be increased with Fortune. Fortune I gives a 13 chance for 2 diamonds, averaging 1.33 diamonds, Fortune II gives a 25% chance (each) to give 2 or 3 diamonds, averaging 1.75 diamonds, and Fortune III gives a 20% chance (each) to give 2, 3, or 4 diamonds, averaging 2.2 diamonds.

Block Diamond Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[edit]

Diamond ore can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sound.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
BlocksBreaking the blockdig.stone1.00.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
BlocksMining the blockhit.stone0.370.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
BlocksPlacing the blockuse.stone1.00.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Diamond Orediamond_oreblock.minecraft.diamond_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Diamond Orediamond_ore56tile.diamond_ore.name


Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore. Initially, it was referred to as "emerald ore."
20100130Emerald ore from the previous version is now referred to as diamond ore.
20100201-2The drop rate of diamonds has been reduced to 1 per ore mined (down from 1-3).
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100227-1Diamond ore no longer generates.
20100320Diamond ore veins now generate, but differently.
20100325Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
20100327Diamond ore now regenerates after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Diamond ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Before 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.
1.8Pre-releaseDiamond ore has now become about 25% rarer.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Diamond ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Diamond ore now drops extra diamonds with the Fortune enchantment.
1.3.112w22aMining diamond ore now drops experience orbs.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 56.
2018Diamond Ore TextureUpdate Revision 1.png A new texture for diamond ore texture is proposed in the beta Texture Update resource pack.
1.1418w43aDiamond Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
19w08aDiamond Ore JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed, once again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore.
0.3.2Diamond ore is now obtainable.
0.12.1build 1Mining diamond ore now drops experience orbs.
Diamond ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Diamond ore now drop extra diamonds with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
1.11.0beta Ore JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed, once again.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore.
1.90 Diamond Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore.


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


  • In some vein formations, ores connect diagonally.
  • In real life, 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 carefully, and therefore must be found in large pieces. Industry-grade diamonds, which are used in the manufacturing of most diamond-based tools, are relatively plentiful and affordable.



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