Gold Ore

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Gold Ore
Gold Ore Revision 3.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 14 hex: E bin: 1110

Namespaced ID


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 generates in veins of 1-10 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% (ten times as rare as iron). On average there are 10.3[verify] gold ores per chunk.

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


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.

Block 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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Gold Ingot Gold Ore +
Any fuel

This recipe awards 1 experience.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16


Java Edition Classic
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding gold veins in stone.
0.0.14aGold Ore Revision 1.png Gold ore added. Found in higher elevations, gold ore was often found in exposed surface-level veins.
October 24, 2009A texture change was shown.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTGold Ore Revision 2.png Gold ore was retextured.
Breaking gold ore gave the player 1–3 blocks of gold when mined.
Java Edition Indev
?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.
20100327Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
Gold ore will regenerate 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, was fixed.
1.8?The maximum layer for gold was reduced by 2, along with some other ores.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aSmelting 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.
Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.1016w20a20 additional veins of gold ore generate in Badlands 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 This gold ore texture is proposed.
1.1418w43aGold Ore Revision 3.png Changed the texture of gold ore.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Gold Ore Revision 2.png Added gold ore.
0.3.2Now can be mined and processed correctly.
0.10.0build 1Gold ore can generate at any level in a Badlands biome.
0.12.1?Now gives experience points when smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore Revision 3.png Changed the texture of gold ore.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Gold Ore Revision 2.png Added gold ore.
TU43CU331.36Patch 1320 additional veins of gold ore generate in Badlands biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.
1.90Gold Ore Revision 3.png Changed the texture of gold ore.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gold Ore Revision 2.png Added gold ore.


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  1. "Block of the Week: Gold" –, February 17, 2017