Iron Ore

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Iron Ore
Iron Ore.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

15

Tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Experience

Smelted: 0.7

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 15 hex: F bin: 1111

Namespaced ID

iron_ore

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]

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
Tool
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.

Usage[edit]

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Ingot Iron Ore +
Any fuel


Video[edit]

History[edit]

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 Revision 1.png Iron 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
0.31?Now 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 requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227Iron ore no longer generates.
?Iron ore veins now generate, but differently.
20100327Ore 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.
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 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.
1.1418w43aIron Ore Revision 2.png Changed the texture of iron ore.
1.14.1Pre-Release 1Iron Ore.png Changed the texture of iron ore again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0Iron Ore Revision 1.png Added iron ore.
0.12.1?Now gives experience when smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.10beta 1.10.0.3Iron Ore.png Changed the texture of iron ore.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Iron Ore Revision 1.png Added iron ore.
?Smelting iron ore now gives experience

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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