Gold Ore

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Gold Ore
Gold Ore.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Smelted: 1



Data value

dec: 14 hex: E bin: 1110



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.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Gold ore will drop as an item if mined by an iron or diamond pickaxe. If mined by any other tool, it will drop nothing.

Gold Ore
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]

Gold ore generates in veins of 4-8 blocks. In the vast majority of biomes, it only appears in the bottom 32 layers of the map. From levels 2-29, gold ore's occurrence underground is at 0.1437% (about five times as rare as iron). On average there are 8.2 gold ores per chunk.

In mesa biomes, an additional 20 veins generate between layers 32 and 79 (inclusive).

Usage[edit | edit source]

Smelting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Gold Ingot Gold Ore +
Any fuel

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.14a_01 Old Gold Ore.png Gold ore added. Found in higher elevations, gold ore was often found in exposed surface-level veins.
Breaking gold ore gave the player 1 - 3 blocks of gold when mined.
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 9 Gold Ore.png Gold ore was retextured.
?No longer drops gold blocks.
0.31 January 29, 2010 Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
Gold ore now drops itself when mined.
February 1, 2010 Gold ore requires an iron or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
1.6 The “ore quadrant" bug, causing different quadrants of the map to have more or less ore, was fixed.
1.8 The maximum layer for gold was reduced by 2, along with some other ores.
Official release
1.3.1 12w22a Smelting gold ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, gives the player experience orbs when taking the item out of the furnace. One stack of gold ore will give the player approximately 3 levels of experience.
1.10 16w20a 20 additional veins of gold ore generate in mesa biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added gold ore.
0.3.2 Now can be mined and processed correctly.
0.10.0 build 1 Gold ore can generate at any level in a mesa biome.
0.12.1 Now gives experience points when smelted.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added gold ore.
TU43CU331.36Patch 1320 additional veins of gold ore generate in mesa biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.

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