Gold Ore

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Gold Ore
Gold Ore JE3 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png

It's Gold! Striking this magnificent mineral is something of a rite of passage in Minecraft. After spending ages mining through cobblestone and coal, you finally see a shiny gleam winking at you from inside the rocks. A few whacks with your pick later, you've struck gold! (Ore!) Said gold ore can then be smelted into shining nuggets of success. This mineral has multiple crafting uses in the game, like clocks and powered rails. Sadly, the golden mining tools you can craft with it may be powerful, but they also break quickly.

Tom Stone[1]

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 20 times per chunk in veins of size 1-9, from levels 32 to 79, within any type of badlands, or within a chunk that is at least partially occupied by such a biome.


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[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.



‌In Java Edition 1.16 and Bedrock Edition 1.16.0[upcoming], piglins will become hostile towards players that mine Nether gold ore.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Gold Ingot Gold Ore +
Any fuel



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
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

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]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Gold Oregold_ore block.minecraft.gold_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Gold Oregold_ore


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


Oh Shiny
[upcoming: JE 1.16]
Distract Piglins with goldNetherGive a piglin one of these 22 gold-related items while it is aggressive towards you. Other gold-related items, if any, 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 now 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
20100227Gold ore no longer generates.
20100320Gold ore veins now generate, but only in veins of 1.
20100327Gold ore veins now appear more like they do today.
Gold 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 now been fixed.
1.8?The maximum layer for gold has now 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 UpdateVersion ?Gold Ore (Texture Update beta revision 1).png The texture of gold ore texture has now been proposed.
1.1418w43aGold Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.
0.3.2Gold ore can now be mined and processed correctly.
0.10.0build 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 now been changed.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta ore is no longer smeltable.[2]
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.
TU43CU331.36Patch 1320 additional veins of gold ore now generate in mesa biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.
1.90Gold Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.


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See also[edit]



  1. "Block of the Week: Gold" –, February 17, 2017
  2. MCPE-68978