Iron Ore

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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.


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.


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[note 1]
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 in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


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

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Ore +
Any fuel



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Sound parameters
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: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitchSound parameters
on low
Breaking the blockdig.stone? 0.8????
Falling on the block with fall damagefall.stone? ? ????
Mining the blockhit.stone? 0.5????
?Jumping from the blockjump.stone? ? ????
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.stone? ? ????
Walking on the blockstep.stone? ? ????
Placing the blockuse.stone? 0.8????

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Iron Oreiron_ore block.minecraft.iron_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Iron Oreiron_ore



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
20100227Iron ore no longer generates.
20100320Iron ore veins now generate, but differently.
20100327Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
Iron 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
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 JE2 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 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.


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


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