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
Iron ore is a mineral block found underground. It is smelted into iron ingots, which are used to make tools and armor.
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 9, from altitudes 0 to 64, in all biomes.
From block loot
Iron ore drops as an item if mined by a stone pickaxe or better. If mined by any other tool, it drops nothing.
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Note: Information in this video about iron ingots, blocks, and tools may be outdated.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, 2009||Notch shows interest in adding iron ore.|
|May 23, 2009||Notch says he accomplished adding iron veins in stone.|
|0.0.14a|| 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 TEST||Breaking 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.|
|20100129||Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
|Iron ore now drops itself when mined.|
|20100201-2||Iron ore now requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|20100227||Iron ore no longer generates.|
|20100320||Iron ore veins now generate, but differently.|
|20100327||Ore 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.|
|20100330||Iron ore no longer regenerates.|
|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 gives the player approximately 2 levels of experience.
|Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 15.|
|Texture Update||2018|| A texture of iron ore has now been proposed.|
|1.14||18w43a|| The texture of iron ore has now been changed.|
|1.14.1||Pre-Release 1|| The texture of iron ore has now been changed, once again.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.3.0|| Added iron ore.|
|0.12.1||?||Iron ore now gives experience when smelted.|
|1.10.0||beta 22.214.171.124|| The texture of iron ore has now been changed.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1|| Added iron ore.|
|?||Smelting iron ore now gives experience.|
|1.90|| The texture of iron ore has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0|| Added iron ore.|
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- 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.
- About 0.6 percent of a Minecraft world consists of iron ore.
A total of 20 iron ore blocks were obtained from this vein, which was most likely composed of two smaller veins.
Iron ores exposed in a ravine.
An exposed single iron ore block that generated in a hole in the ground leading to a cave.