Block of Iron

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Block of Iron
Block of Iron.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 42 hex: 2A bin: 101010



A block of iron is a decorative mineral block made from iron ingots that is used to make a pyramid for a beacon.


Blocks of iron can only be mined using a stone pickaxe or better. If an iron block is mined without the use of a pickaxe, it drops nothing.

Block Block of Iron
Hardness 5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 25
Wooden 12.5
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Golden 2.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot


Blocks of iron can be used to store iron ingots in a compact fashion.


Blocks of iron can be used to "power" a beacon. The beacon can be powered by a 3×3 square of iron blocks underneath it, and can optionally also include a 5×5, 7×7 and 9×9 layer in the shape of a pyramid under the original layer to increase the effects from the beacon. The layers do not have to be entirely iron blocks, as they may also contain gold blocks, diamond blocks, or emerald blocks.

Spawning iron golems[edit]

Iron golem build configuration.

Blocks of iron and pumpkins or jack o'lanterns are used to build iron golems. The pumpkin or jack o'lantern must be placed last, and the golem spawns immediately after placing it.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Anvil Block of Iron +
Iron Ingot

Iron Ingot Block of Iron


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem.YesYesYesYes20GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-oval-raw.pngHired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.minecraft:adventure/summon_iron_golem


Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding a "metal block".
October 24, 2009Teased block of iron.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST Block of Iron Revision 1.png Added block of iron.
Java Edition Indev
?Iron ore no longer drops iron blocks.
0.31 0.31 (January 29, 2010) Now craftable.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 ?Block of Iron Revision 2.png Texture changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Block of Iron.png Texture changed again.
1.2.1 12w08a Blocks of iron can be used to make iron golems.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.2 12w32a Blocks of iron can be used to activate a beacon.
12w41a Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
12w42a A new crafting recipe for anvils call for 3 blocks of iron instead of the original 6.
1.9 15w31a 9 iron blocks generate in the end ships.
15w33c End ships only generate with 8 iron blocks now.
15w41a End ships no longer generate with iron blocks.
July 18, 2017Jeb tweets an image of new textures for iron blocks, obsidian, and birch logs.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 42.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added block of iron.
0.12.1 build 1 Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Block of Iron Revision 2.png Added block of iron.
TU3Block of Iron.png Texture changed.
TU19CU71.12Now can be used to construct beacon pyramids.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Block of Iron.


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