Gold Nugget

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Gold Nugget
Gold Nugget.png


Raw materials




Yes (64)

First appearances

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Data value

dec: 371 hex: 173 bin: 101110011



A gold nugget is an item obtained by killing zombie pigmen, or by smelting gold tools, weapons, and armor.


Zombie pigmen[edit]

Zombie pigmen, when killed, may drop 0-1 gold nuggets. When killed using a weapon enchanted with Looting, they may drop an additional gold nugget per level of looting used, up to a maximum of 4.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot



Ingredients Smelting recipe
Golden Sword or
Any golden tools or
Any golden armor or
Golden Horse Armor +
Any fuel

Natural generation[edit]

Gold nuggets can be found in 81.0% of big underwater ruins chests and 55.3% of igloo chests in stacks of 1–3, and in 36.6% of shipwreck treasure chests in stacks of 1–10.


Gold nuggets can be used to craft a golden carrot or glistering melon for brewing. Also, gold nuggets can be combined with gunpowder and dye to create a firework star that bursts in a star-shaped explosion.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Firework Star Gunpowder +
Matching Dye +
Gold Nugget +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
Glistering Melon Slice Gold Nugget +
Melon Slice

Gold Ingot Gold Nugget

Golden Carrot Gold Nugget +



Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Gold nugget added. They are dropped by zombie pigmen and can be used to craft gold ingots.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4 Gold nuggets are now used to craft glistering melons and can be crafted from a single gold ingot.
1.1 ? Normal golden apples are now crafted with gold nuggets.
1.4.2 12w34a Gold nuggets are now used to craft golden carrots.
1.4.6 12w49a Gold nuggets can be used to craft a firework star for a star shaped effect on a firework.
1.6.1 13w23a Gold nuggets can no longer be used to craft a golden apple.
1.9 15w43a Gold nuggets may now be found among the loot in igloo basement chests.
1.11.1 16w50a Gold nuggets can now be smelted from golden tools and armor.
1.13 18w09a Gold nuggets can now be found in underwater ruins loot chests.
18w11a Gold nuggets generate in the chests of shipwrecks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added gold nuggets. They can be used to craft glistering melons, gold ingots and golden carrots.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Gold nuggets can now be smelted from golden tools and armor.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added gold nuggets.
TU53 CU43 1.49 Patch 23 Patch s3 Gold nuggets can now be smelted from golden tools and armor.


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