Iron Ore

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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Iron Ingot. For the mineral block, see Block of Iron. For the nugget, see Iron Nugget.
Iron Ore
Iron Ore JE3.pngIron Ore JE2 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Iron ore is a mineral block found underground. It is smelted into iron ingots, which are used to make tools and armor.



Iron ore must be mined with a stone pickaxe or higher, or else it drops nothing. Unlike most ores, iron ore always drops itself, regardless of whether the player used Silk Touch.

Block Iron Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[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 1-14, from levels 0 to 63, in all biomes. As of Java Edition 1.16.4, on average they generate 112 ores per chunk.


The primary usage of iron ore is to obtain iron ingots.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Ore +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[edit]

Iron ore can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sound.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
BlocksBreaking the blockdig.stone1.00.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
BlocksMining the blockhit.stone0.370.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
BlocksPlacing the blockuse.stone1.00.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Iron Oreiron_oreblock.minecraft.iron_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


Note: Information in this video about iron ingots, blocks, and tools may be outdated. However, the information regarding iron ore is still correct.


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 blocks.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBreaking iron ore now gives the player 1–3 blocks of iron when mined.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?Iron ore 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
Minecraft Infdev20100227-1Iron ore no longer generates.
20100320Iron ore veins now generate, but differently.
20100325Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
20100327Iron ore now regenerates 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 gives the player approximately 2 levels of experience.
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 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has now been changed.
1.14.1Pre-Release 1Iron Ore JE3.png The texture of iron ore has now been changed, once again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.3.0Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
0.12.1?Iron ore now gives experience when smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
?Smelting iron ore now gives experience.
1.90 Iron Ore JE2 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.


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  • About 0.6 percent of a Minecraft world consists of iron ore.