Block of Iron

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Block of Iron
Block of Iron JE4 BE4.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

30

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 42 hex: 2A bin: 101010

Namespaced ID

iron_block

A block of iron is a precious metal block made from iron ingots that is used to make a pyramid for a beacon.

Obtaining[edit]

Blocks of iron can be mined only with 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
Tool
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.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot

Usage[edit]

Blocks of iron can be used to store iron ingots in a compact fashion.

Beacons[edit]

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 & BE only]

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.metal.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.7516
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.metal.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.01.216
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.metal.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.01.216
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.metal.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.516
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.metal.fall None 0.51.2516

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Mining the blockhit.metal ? 0.75
?Breaking the blockdig.metal ? 1.2
?Placing the blockuse.metal ? 1.2
?Walking on the blockstep.metal ? ?
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.metal ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.metal ? ?
?Jumping from the blockjump.metal ? ?

Achievements[edit]

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

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-oval-raw.png Hired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.adventure/summon_iron_golem

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding a "metal block".
October 24, 2009Notch teased a block of iron.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBlock of Iron JE1 BE1.png Added blocks of iron.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?Iron ore no longer drops iron blocks.
20100129Blocks of iron can now be crafted from 4 iron ingots.
20100130Blocks of iron are now more expensive, requiring 9 iron ingots (3x3) instead of 4 (2x2).
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0?Block of Iron JE2 BE2.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed.
Java Edition Beta
1.2The side and bottom textures of blocks of iron have now been removed from terrain.png.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Block of Iron JE3 BE3.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed.
1.2.112w08aBlocks of iron can be used to make iron golems.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to Block of Iron JE3 BE3.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 generate with only 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 JE4 BE4.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed.
19w09aBlocks of iron can now be used to play the xylophone, if they are under note blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseBlock of Iron JE1 BE1.png Added blocks of iron.
0.1.0Block of Iron JE2 BE2.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed.
0.2.0Block of Iron JE3 BE3.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed, once again.
0.12.1build 1Blocks of iron are now used to craft anvils.
Blocks of iron can now be used to create iron golems.
0.16.0build 1Blocks of iron can now be used to activate beacons.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Block of Iron JE4 BE4.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Blocks of iron can now be used to play the xylophone, if they are under note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Block of Iron JE2 BE2.png Added blocks of iron.
TU3Block of Iron JE3 BE3.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed.
TU19CU71.12Blocks of iron can now be used to construct beacon pyramids.
1.90Block of Iron JE4 BE4.png The texture of blocks of iron has changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Block of Iron JE3 BE3.png Added blocks of iron.

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