Iron Ore

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Iron Ore
Iron Ore.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Smelted: 0.7



Data value

dec: 15 hex: F bin: 1111



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.


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.

Natural generation[edit]

Iron occurs only around from bedrock to slightly above sea level (layers 1-63). However, almost all of the iron ore will be at the lower levels. On average, there are about 77 iron ores per chunk.

Veins can vary in size, but the most common is 2×2×2. Iron always comes in veins of 4 to 10 unless dirt, gravel, a cave, or another ore overlapped into it. Each block in the vein, which otherwise would be stone, has a random chance of being iron ore instead.


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Ingot Iron Ore +
Any fuel



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 added. It spawns in huge veins, sometimes big enough to protrude into 3 caverns, and could be as big as 167 ores.
0.27 SURVIVAL TESTBreaking iron ore gave the player 1 - 3 blocks of iron when mined.
Java Edition Indev
?Now no longer drops blocks of iron when mined.
0.310.31 (January 29, 2010)Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
Iron ore now drops itself when mined.
0.31 (February 1, 2010, 2)Iron ore requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Java Edition Infdev
February 27, 2010Iron ore no longer generates.
?Iron ore veins now generate, but differently.
March 27, 2010Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
Iron ore will regenerate after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
March 30, 2010Iron 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 were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 15.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0Added iron ore.
0.12.1?Now gives experience when smelted.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added iron ore.
?Smelting it gives experience


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  • 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.



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