Iron Ore

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Iron Ore
Iron Ore JE3 BE2.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 15 hex: F bin: 1111

Namespaced ID


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

I never fail to get a little bit excited when I mine into a vein of iron ore. After a while in every Minecraft world, coal isn't really worth picking up any more because it's so easy to find when you need it. But I never miss an opportunity - even when I'm being pursued by a horde of hissing creepers - to grab a bit of iron.

Duncan Geere[1]

Iron ore is a mineral block found underground. It is the most common mineral that can be used to make tools and armor.


Natural generation[edit]

Mineral veins[edit]

Iron ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Iron ore attempts to generate 20 times per chunk in veins of size 9, from altitudes 0 to 64, in all biomes.


Iron ore will drop as an item if mined by a stone pickaxe or better. If mined by any other tool, it will drop nothing.

Block Iron Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 1.15
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
Iron Ingot Iron Ore +
Any fuel

This recipe awards 0.7 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 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding iron ore.
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding iron veins in stone.
0.0.14aIron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
Iron ore spawns in huge veins, sometimes big enough to protrude into 3 caverns, and could be as big as 167 ores.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBreaking iron ore now gives the player 1–3 blocks of iron when mined.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?Iron ore now no longer drops blocks of iron when mined.
20100129Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
Iron ore now drops itself when mined.
20100201-2Iron ore now requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227Iron ore no longer generates.
20100320Iron ore veins now generate, but differently.
20100327Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
Iron ore now will regenerate after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Iron ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aSmelting iron ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, gives the player experience orbs when taking the item out of the furnace. One stack of iron ore will give the player approximately 2 levels of experience.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 15.
Texture Update2018Iron Ore Texture Update Revision 1.png A texture of iron ore has now been proposed.
1.1418w43aIron Ore JE2.png The texture of iron ore has now been changed.
1.14.1Pre-Release 1Iron Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has now been changed, once again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
0.12.1?Iron ore now gives experience when smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
?Smelting iron ore now gives experience.
1.90Iron Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.


Issues relating to "Iron Ore" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • There's no particular beige iron ore in real life. Colors of common real life iron minerals range from black or red to gold-yellow but none of them are truly beige.
  • Iron only makes up about 0.6 percent of a Minecraft world.



  1. "Block of the Week: Iron Ore" –, June 30, 2017