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A metal is a lustrous, conductive, and generally strong and workable material. There currently exist two different metals within Minecraft:

There also exists one alloy:

Properties of metals[edit]

Metals in Minecraft all share the following properties:

  • They can exist in nugget, ingot and full block forms. A metal block is equivalent to nine ingots, and an ingot is in turn equivalent to nine nuggets.
  • They have corresponding tool and armor sets.
  • Their tool and armor sets can be processed by a furnace or blast furnace in order to receive a nugget of the respective metal back.
  • Their ores are the only ores which drop themselves as a block without the use of the Silk Touch enchantment, requiring these ores to be smelted via furnace or blast furnace to receive the ingot (excluding nether gold ores).
  • They are capable of making pressure plates of varying weightedness.
  • They, in block form, can power beacons.

Iron has the following additional properties:

Gold has the following additional properties:

Alloys have the following distinct properties from pure metals:

  • They exist in block and ingot form, but not in nugget form. And as such items made with alloys cannot be smelted into nugget form
  • They do not have direct ores and must be combined from other metals.

Metallic elements[edit]

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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition and Education Edition.

Aside from gold and iron, there exist numerous elements[Bedrock and Education editions only] which also correspond to real-life metals. However, these do not have the same uses that gold and iron metals have in-game.

d-block metals[edit]

f-block metals[edit]

Alkali metals[edit]

Alkaline earths[edit]

Other metals/Poor metals[edit]

Metal as a material type[edit]

Main article: Breaking

Certain blocks are classified as metals as opposed to rock, requiring a pickaxe to be mined. However, the blocks placed in this category are not necessarily made of a metal in themselves; for example, blocks of diamond, blocks of emerald, blocks of redstone and lapis lazuli blocks are all listed under this category despite not being made of a metal.


Java Edition Classic
0.0.14aIron Ore JE1 BE1.png Gold Ore JE1.png Added iron and gold ores.
0.0.20aBlock of Gold JE1.png Added blocks of gold.
0.27 SURVIVAL TESTBlock of Iron JE1.png Added blocks of iron.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Iron Ingot JE2 BE1.png Gold Ingot JE2 BE1.png Added iron and gold ingots.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseGold Nugget JE1.png Added gold nuggets.
1.11.116w50aIron Nugget JE1 BE1.png Added iron nuggets.
1.14.1Iron Ingot JE3 BE2.pngGold_Ingot_JE3_BE2.pngChanged texture of iron and gold ingots
1.1620w06aNetherite Ingot JE1.png Added netherite ingots.
October 3, 2020Mojang reveals Copper ore.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseBlock of Iron JE1.png Added blocks of iron.
0.1.0Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added iron and gold ores.
Block of Gold JE3 BE1.png Added blocks of gold.
0.3.2Gold Ingot JE2 BE1.png Iron Ingot JE2 BE1.png Added iron and gold ingots.
0.12.1build 1Gold Nugget JE2 BE1.png Added gold nuggets.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha Nugget JE1 BE1.png Added iron nuggets.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta Ingot BE1.png Added netherite ingots.

See also[edit]