Block of Gold

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Block of Gold
Block of Gold.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 41 hex: 29 bin: 101001



A block of gold is a decorative mineral block crafted from gold ingots.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Blocks of gold can only be mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe.

Block of Gold
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]

Ocean monuments have a central room containing 8 blocks of gold encased in dark prismarine.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot

Usage[edit | edit source]

Blocks of gold are a compact way to store gold ingots.

Beacons[edit | edit source]

Blocks of gold can be used to "power" a beacon. The beacon can be powered by a 3×3 square of gold blocks underneath it, and can optionally also include a 5×5, 7×7 and 9×9 layer in the shape of a pyramid under the original layer to increase the effects from the beacon. The layers do not have to be entirely gold blocks, as they may also contain blocks of iron, blocks of emerald, and blocks of diamond.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Enchanted Golden Apple Block of Gold +

[Legacy Console Edition only]
Gold Ingot Block of Gold Can be crafted back into gold blocks

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.20a Gold (Block)-Pre Survival 0.26.png Added blocks of gold.
In early versions of Survival Test, gold blocks resisted explosions; however, this is no longer the case.[more information needed]
In Survival Test, gold blocks could be obtained by destroying gold ore blocks.
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 9 Gold (Block)-Pre Alpha 1.2.0.png The texture was changed.
0.31 January 29, 2010 Added gold ingot and recipe for crafting blocks of gold.
1.2.0 Modified gold block texture to use the top texture on all sides.
1.8 Gold blocks can now be used to craft golden apples.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 Gold Block-Pre Beta 1.9pre5.png The texture was modified, having less drastic dark gradients in the top-left and bottom-right corners.
1.1 Golden apples are no longer crafted using gold blocks.
1.3.1 12w21a Blocks of gold can be used to craft enchanted golden apples.
1.4.2 12w32a Blocks of gold can now be used to activate a beacon.
1.8 14w25a Blocks of gold now generate naturally in ocean monuments.
1.9 15w44a Gold blocks are no longer used to craft enchanted golden apples.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added block of gold.
0.5.0 Required to build the Nether Reactor.
0.12.1 build 1 Blocks of gold are used to craft enchanted golden apples.
Removed Nether Reactor functionality.
0.16.0 build 1 Blocks of gold generate naturally in ocean monuments.
build 4 Blocks of gold can be used to activate beacons.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Blocks of gold can no longer be used to craft enchanted golden apples.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added block of gold.
TU19CU71.12Now can be used to construct beacon pyramids.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

Tower of Pimps.png
  • In Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, before TU19, four gold blocks stacked on top of an obsidian block can be found inside the tutorial world's desert pyramid.[Legacy Console Edition only] This is a reference to Achievement Hunter's Let's Play Minecraft series, in which this combination is used to create the “Tower of Pimps” (seen right), a structure first created by Gavin Free, which is now used in many episodes as a trophy.
  • If one block was equal to one meter cubed, then one block of gold will have a mass of 19,300 kilograms.

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