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Diamond Ore

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Diamond Ore
Diamond Ore JE3 BE3.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

15

Tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 56 hex: 38 bin: 111000

Namespaced ID

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 rare ore that is the only reliable source of diamonds.

Natural generation[edit]

Chunk of Diamond Ores
Vein of diamond ore.

Mineral veins[edit]

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 size 8, from altitudes 0 to 16, in all biomes.

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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Usage[edit]

Loot[edit]

Missing Texture Block.png
This section needs more information.
Information requested: Percentages need verification.
Block Incorrect tool Correct tool Fortune 1 Fortune 2 Fortune 3 Silk Touch
Diamond Ore Nothing (100%) 1 (100%) 1 (67%) or
2 (33%)
1 (50%) or
2 (25%) or
3 (25%)
1 (40%) or
2 (20%) or
3 (20%) or
4 (20%)
1 (100%)
No experience Experience Orb.gif 3–7 No experience

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


This recipe awards 1 experience.

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

History[edit]

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.
?The drop rate of diamonds has now been reduced to only 1 per ore mined (down from 2-4) and crafting diamond blocks is significantly more expensive due to the recipe now requiring 9 diamonds (3x3) instead of 4 (2x2).
Java Edition Infdev
20100227Diamond ore no longer generates.
20100320Diamond ore veins now generate, but differently.
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
1.6?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
1.0.0Beta 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.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
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 now been changed.
19w08aDiamond Ore JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond ore has now 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 1.10.0.3Diamond Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.5Diamond Ore JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond ore has now been changed, once again.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Diamond Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png 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.
  • 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 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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