Redstone Ore

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Redstone Ore
Redstone Ore JE2 BE2.png
Transparent

No

Luminant

Yes (9) (when lit)

Blast resistance

3

Tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

You'll most often find redstone deep below the surface, in the bottom 16 layers of the map. Normally it spawns in large veins of 4-8 blocks, each of which will drop 4-5 redstone and some experience when you mine it with an iron or better pickaxe. You'll get more with a fortune-enchanted pick, of course.

Duncan Geere[1]

Redstone ore is the ore block from which redstone is obtained.

Occurrence[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Mineral veins[edit]

Redstone ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Redstone ore attempts to generate 8 times per chunk in veins of size 8, from altitudes 0 to 16, in all biomes.

Obtaining[edit]

The redstone ore block itself (rather than its redstone drops) can be obtained by mining it with an iron or diamond pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.

Block Redstone Ore
Hardness 3
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Usage[edit]

Loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceIncorrect toolCorrect tool
Fortune IFortune IIFortune IIISilk Touch
blocks/redstone_oreRedstone OreNothing (100%)[4 (50%) or
5 (50%)]
[4 (25%) or
5 (50%) or
6 (25%)]
[4 (16.7%) or
5 (33.3%) or
6 (33.3%) or
7 (16.7%)]
[4 (12.5%) or
5 (25%) or
6 (25%) or
7 (25%) or
8 (12.5%)]
1 (100%)
HardcodedRedstone Ore1–51–51–51–5

Light[edit]

Redstone ore produces light (strength 9) and red particles when clicked, updated, or contacted by any mob (exceptions being a sneaking player and spiders). This effect continues until the redstone ore block receives a block tick (averaging 68.27 seconds). This effect does not actually produce redstone power, but the block changes can be detected with an observer or a block update detector.

Subsequent clickings on a redstone ore block causes it to emit an extra burst of particles per click.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Redstone Dust Redstone Ore +
Any fuel


0.7

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
None[2]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:[needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
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]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Redstone Oreredstone_ore block.minecraft.redstone_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Redstone Oreredstone_ore 73tile.redstone_ore.name
Lit Redstone Orelit_redstone_ore 74tile.lit_redstone_ore.name

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
litfalsefalse
true
If the redstone ore is lit.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore in Seecret Friday Update 3.
The mining time of redstone ore takes far longer compared to other ores (4.5 seconds with iron pickaxe).
v1.0.4Redstone ore now has a name (previously all redstone-related blocks had no official name).
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6The mining time of redstone ore has been significantly reduced - it now has the same mining time as other ores.
1.3.112w22aMining redstone ore, along with other ores, now gives the player experience orbs. One stack of redstone ore gives roughly 10 levels of experience.
Inventory sprites for blocks have been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 74 (lit redstone ore) has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.1317w47aThe different block IDs for the redstone ore have been merged into 1 ID.
A lit block state has been added to redstone ore.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 73 and 74.
1.1418w43aRedstone Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.
0.4.0Redstone ore added to creative mode.
0.8.0build 2Redstone ore now drops redstone when mined.
0.12.1build 1Redstone ore can now be obtained if mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.
0.13.0build 1Redstone ore now emits light and red particles when walked on.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Redstone Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.
1.90Redstone Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • In the Bedrock Edition, armor stands cause redstone ore to have a block update.
  • Attempting to place a bucket of water on redstone ore causes it to produce light.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Block of the Week: Redstone" – Minecraft.net, March 2, 2018
  2. MC-177082