Lapis Lazuli Ore

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Lapis Lazuli Ore
Lapis Lazuli Ore.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava



Mined: 2–5
Smelted: 0.2

Data value

dec: 21 hex: 15 bin: 10101

Namespaced ID


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


A stone pickaxe or better is required to obtain a drop from lapis lazuli ore. If mined with a Silk Touch enchanted pickaxe, it will drop itself, otherwise it will drop 4-8 lapis lazuli and 2-5 experience.

When mined with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe, there is a chance the drops will 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 32 lapis lazuli dropped).

Drops/Fortune level 0 1 2 3
4 15 215 110 225
5 15 215 110 225
6 15 215 110 225
7 15 215 110 225
8 15 15 320 325
10 0 115 120 125
12 0 115 110 225
14 0 115 120 125
15 0 0 120 125
16 0 115 120 225
18 0 0 120 125
20 0 0 0 125
21 0 0 120 125
24 0 0 120 225
28 0 0 0 125
32 0 0 0 125
Average 6 8 10.5 13.2
Block Lapis Lazuli Ore
Hardness 3
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]

Lapis lazuli ore is found at a depth of 31 and below. Unlike other ores, lapis lazuli utilises periodic gaussian generation. The highest concentration of lapis lazuli ore is found between levels 13 and 16. At this level the concentration is about 0.083% of all blocks (0.1013% of stone). The concentration drops linearly as one gets farther from these rows. Overall, lapis lazuli is around 1.1 times as common as diamond ore with an average of 3.43 lapis lazuli per chunk.


The primary use of lapis lazuli ore is to be mined to obtain its drops of lapis lazuli.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

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


Java Edition Beta
1.2Lapis Lazuli Ore Revision 1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
Lapis lazuli ore currently only drops one shard per block.
1.2_02Jeb acknowledged that the ore was too rare[1] and increased the drop rate to 4-8.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be found at bedrock level.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Enchanting was added. Mining of lapis lazuli ore was now possible using a pickaxe with the "silk touch" enchantment. During this time the ore could have then been smelted to obtain lapis blocks.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Lapis lazuli 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 will give the player approximately the experience needed to go from level 0 to level 13.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 21.
1.1418w43aLapis Lazuli Ore.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has now been updated.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Lapis Lazuli Ore Revision 1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
?Lapis lazuli ore will now drop lapis lazuli.
Lapis lazuli can now be smelted to obtain the lapis lazuli item.
0.12.1build 1Mining lapis lazuli ore will now drop experience orbs.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Lapis Lazuli ore will now drop extra shards with the Fortune enchantment.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Lapis Lazuli Ore Revision 1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Lapis Lazuli Ore Revision 1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.


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