Diamond Ore

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Diamond Ore
Diamond Ore JE3 BE3.png
Transparent

No

Luminant

No

Blast resistance

3

Tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

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.

Occurrence[edit]

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 sizes 1 to 8, from altitudes 0 to 15, in all biomes.

Obtaining[edit]

Loot[edit]

From block loot[edit]

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.

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
Incorrect toolCorrect tool
Silk Touch
blocks/diamond_oreDiamond OreNothing (100%)See #Block loot1 (100%)

Usage[edit]

Breaking[edit]

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.

Block Diamond Ore
Hardness 3
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
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 in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Block loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
Incorrect toolCorrect tool
Fortune IFortune IIFortune IIISilk Touch
blocks/diamond_oreDiamond OreNothing (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%)
HardcodedDiamond Ore3–73–73–73–7

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


1

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
None[2]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:[needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
Breaking the blockdig.stone ? 0.8
Falling on the block with fall damagefall.stone ? ?
Mining the blockhit.stone ? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.stone ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.stone ? ?
Walking on the blockstep.stone ? ?
Placing the blockuse.stone ? 0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Diamond Orediamond_ore block.minecraft.diamond_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Diamond Orediamond_ore 56tile.diamond_ore.name

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.
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.
  • In some cases diamond ore veins can contain 10 (9 for Bedrock Edition) ore instead of the limit of eight.

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