Lapis Lazuli Ore

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Lapis Lazuli Ore
Lapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


This article is about the ore. For the item, see Lapis Lazuli. For the mineral block, see Lapis Lazuli Block.

Lapis lazuli ore is the ore block from which lapis lazuli is obtained.


Natural generation[edit]

Lapis lazuli ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Lapis lazuli ore attempts to generate one vein of 1–8 with a periodic normal distribution from levels 0 to 30. As of Java Edition 1.16.4, on average they spawn 4.2 ores per chunk.


Lapis lazuli ore can be mined with a stone pickaxe or higher. To obtain the block itself, the player must use Silk Touch; otherwise, the block drops several lapis lazuli. When mined with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe, there is a chance for the drops to be multiplied by between 2 and the level plus 1, up to a maximum of 2 to 4 at level III (for a maximum of 36 lapis lazuli dropped). This means at Fortune III there is a chance to get a minimum of 4 lapis lazuli or 36 lapis lazuli. See the chart "The drops per fortune level are as follows:" below.

Block Lapis Lazuli 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.

The drops per fortune level are as follows:

Drops/Fortune level 0 1 2 3
4 16 19 112 115
5 16 19 112 115
6 16 19 112 115
7 16 19 112 115
8 16 16 18 110
9 16 19 112 115
10 0 118 124 130
12 0 118 112 115
14 0 118 124 130
15 0 0 124 130
16 0 118 124 115
18 0 118 112 115
20 0 0 0 130
21 0 0 124 130
24 0 0 124 115
27 0 0 124 130
28 0 0 0 130
32 0 0 0 130
36 0 0 0 130
Average 12 23 11 38 14 310


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli Ore +
Any fuel


[needs testing]

Note Blocks[edit]

Lapis lazuli 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
Lapis Lazuli Orelapis_oreblock.minecraft.lapis_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Lapis Lazuli


Java Edition Beta
1.2Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
Lapis lazuli ore currently drops only one shard per block.
1.2_02Jeb acknowledged that the ore was too rare[1] and has now increased the drop rate to 4-8.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be found at bedrock level.
?Lapis lazuli ore now drops 4-9 lapis lazuli. Whether this was the case in Beta 1.2_02 or a subsequent change is unknown.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Enchanting has now been added. Mining of lapis lazuli ore is now possible using a pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be smelted to obtain lapis blocks.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Lapis lazuli ore can now be smelted to obtain blue dye.
1.3.112w22aSmelting and mining lapis lazuli ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, gives the player experience orbs. One stack of lapis ore gives the player approximately the experience needed to go from level 0 to level 13.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 21.
1.1418w43aLapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
0.3.0Lapis lazuli ore now drops lapis lazuli.
?Lapis lazuli can now be smelted to obtain the lapis lazuli item.
0.12.1build 1Mining lapis lazuli ore now drops experience orbs.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Lapis Lazuli ore now drops extra shards with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Lazuli Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
1.90 Lapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.


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