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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

Namespaced ID


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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


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, carved pumpkins or jack o'lanterns are used to build iron golems. The pumpkin, carved 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

Note blocks[edit]

Blocks of iron can be placed under note blocks to produce iron xylophone sounds.‌[JE only]


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.png Hired 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 TESTBlock of Iron Revision 1.png Added blocks of iron.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?Iron ore no longer drops iron blocks.
2010-01-29Blocks of iron can now be crafted.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0?Block of Iron Revision 2.png Texture changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Block of Iron Revision 3.png Texture changed again.
1.2.112w08aBlocks of iron can be used to make iron golems.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to Block of Iron Revision 3.png
1.4.212w32aBlocks of iron can be used to activate a beacon.
12w41aBlocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
12w42aA new crafting recipe for anvils call for 3 blocks of iron instead of the original 6.
1.915w31a9 iron blocks generate in the end ships.
15w33cEnd ships only generate with 8 iron blocks now.
15w41aEnd ships no longer generate with iron blocks.
July 18, 2017Jeb tweets an image of new textures for iron blocks, obsidian, and birch logs.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 42.
1.1418w43aBlock of Iron.png Changed texture.
19w09aBlocks of iron can now be used to play the xylophone, if they are under note blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseBlock of Iron Revision 1.png Added blocks of iron.
0.1.0Block of Iron Revision 2.png Changed the block of iron texture.
0.2.0Block of Iron Revision 3.png Texture changed again.
0.12.1build 1Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
Blocks of iron can now be used to create iron golem.
0.16.0build 1Blocks of iron can now be used to activate beacons.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta of Iron.png Changed the texture of blocks of iron.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Block of Iron Revision 2.png Added blocks of iron.
TU3Block of Iron Revision 3.png Texture changed.
TU19CU71.12Now can be used to construct beacon pyramids.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Block of Iron.png Changed the texture of blocks of iron.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Block of Iron Revision 3.png Added blocks of iron.


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