Gold Ore

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This article is about the overworld ore. For the nether ore, see Nether Gold Ore. For the item, see Gold Ingot. For the mineral block, see Block of Gold. For the nugget, see Gold Nugget.
Gold Ore
Gold Ore JE3 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Gold ore is one of the rarest types of mineral blocks found underground.


Natural generation[edit]

Gold ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Gold ore attempts to generate 2 times per chunk in veins of size 1-9, from levels 0 to 31, in all biomes.

Gold ore also attempts to generate 30 times per chunk in veins of size 1-9, from levels 28 to 80, within any type of badlands, or within a chunk that is at least partially occupied by such a biome. As of Java Edition 1.16.4, on average they generate 12.4 ores per chunk.


Gold ore drops as an item if mined by an iron pickaxe or higher. If mined by any other tool, it drops nothing. Unlike most ores, gold ore does not require Silk Touch to be obtained, and instead always drops itself.

Block Gold 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
Gold Ingot Gold Ore +
Any fuel



Piglins become hostile toward players who mine gold ore, even if the player is wearing golden armor. Piglins also run toward any gold ores on the ground, and inspect it for 6 to 8 seconds before putting it in their inventory.

Note Blocks[edit]

Gold 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
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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 IDBlock tags (JE)Item tags (JE)Translation key
Gold Oregold_oregold_ores

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Oooh, shiny!.pngOooh, shiny!Distract a Piglin using gold.Give a piglin a gold item while it is aggressive toward the player.30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngOh Shiny
Distract Piglins with gold NetherGive a piglin one of these 22 gold-related items in the #piglin_loved item tag.[note 1] while not wearing any golden armor. If this advancement is attempted while the player is wearing golden armor but piglin(s) are still aggressive toward them, the advancement does not trigger. Other gold-related items, if any, may be used, but are ignored for this advancement and by the piglin.nether/distract_piglin


Java Edition Classic
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding gold veins in stone.
0.0.14aGold Ore JE1.png Added gold ore.
Gold ore is found in higher elevations.
Gold ore is often found in exposed surface-level veins.
October 24, 2009A texture change was shown.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTGold Ore JE2 BE1.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
Breaking gold ore now gives the player 1–3 blocks of gold when mined.
Java Edition Indev
?Gold ore no longer drops gold blocks.
0.3120100129Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
Gold ore now drops itself when mined.
20100201-2Gold ore requires an iron or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100227-1Gold ore no longer generates.
20100320Gold ore veins now generate, but only in veins of 1.
20100325Gold ore veins now appear more like they do today.
20100327Gold ore now regenerates after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Gold ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition Beta
1.6?The "ore quadrant" bug, causing different quadrants of the map to have more or less ore, has been fixed.
1.8?The maximum layer for gold has been reduced by 2, along with some other ores.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aSmelting gold ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, now gives the player experience orbs when taking the item out of the furnace. One stack of gold ore give thes player approximately 3 levels of experience.
1.1016w20a20 additional veins of gold ore now generate in mesa biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 14.
Texture Update?Gold Ore (Texture Update beta revision 1).png The texture of gold ore texture has been proposed.
1.1418w43aGold Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.
v0.3.2Gold ore can now be mined and processed correctly.
v0.10.0build 1Gold ore can now generate at any level in a mesa biome.
0.12.1?Gold ore now gives experience points when smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
1.16.0beta ore is no longer smeltable.[1]
beta ore is now smeltable again.[1]
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 1320 additional veins of gold ore now generate in mesa biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Gold Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.


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See also[edit]



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