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.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Ingot Iron Ore +
Any fuel

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.14a_01 Iron ore added. It spawns in huge veins, sometimes big enough to protrude into 3 caverns, and could be as big as 167 ores.
Breaking iron ore gave the player 1 - 3 blocks of iron when mined.
?Now no longer drops blocks of iron when mined.
0.31 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.
February 1, 2010 Iron ore requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Official release
1.3.1 12w22a Smelting 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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Added iron ore.
0.12.1 Now gives experience when smelted.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added iron ore.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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References[edit | edit source]

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