Nether Gold Ore

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Nether Gold Ore
Nether Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Nether gold ore is a variant of gold ore found only in the Nether.


Natural generation[edit]

Nether gold ore generates in the Nether in the form of mineral veins. Nether gold ore replaces netherrack 10 times per chunk in veins of size 1-10, from levels 10 to 117, in all Nether biomes. In basalt deltas, nether gold ore attempts to generate 20 times per chunk as there are fewer valid generation areas.


Nether gold ore requires a pickaxe to be mined.

Block Nether Gold Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 15
Wooden 2.25
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 0.4
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Nether gold ore drops 2-6 gold nuggets when mined with any pickaxe. Fortune has a 33.3% chance to multiply the drops by 2, Fortune II has a 25% chance to multiply the drops by 2 or 3 and Fortune III has a 20% chance each to multiply the drops by 2, 3, or 4 for a maximum possible drop of 24 golden nuggets. The average number of nuggets from Fortune III is 8.8, which is less than an ingot; therefore it is more efficient to mine nether gold ore with Silk Touch and smelt it into gold ingots.

Fortune level
0 1 2 3
2 15 215 220 225
3 15 215 220 225
4 15 315 320 325
5 15 215 220 225
6 15 315 420 425
8 0 115 120 225
9 0 0 120 125
10 0 115 120 125
12 0 115 220 325
15 0 0 120 125
16 0 0 0 125
18 0 0 120 125
20 0 0 0 125
24 0 0 0 125
Average 4 13 7 45



Piglins become hostile toward players that mine the ore, regardless if the player is wearing gold armor. The same case applies if the player mines gold of any type, not just the ore. If any nether gold ore is dropped and in its item form, piglins will run towards any nether gold ore and examine it for 6 to 8 seconds after picking it up.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Gold Ingot Nether Gold Ore +
Any fuel



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.nether_ore.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.0?16
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.nether_ore.fallNone[sound 1]0.5?16
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.nether_ore.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.25?16
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.nether_ore.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.0?16
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.nether_ore.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.15?16
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Item tags (JE)Translation key
Nether Gold Orenether_gold_ore gold_ores

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Nether Gold Orenether_gold_ore


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Oooh, shiny!Distract a Piglin using gold.Give a piglin a gold item while it is aggressive toward the player.30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


Oh Shiny
Distract Piglins with goldNetherGive a piglin one of these 22 gold-related items in the #piglin_loved entity tag while not wearing any golden armor. If this advancement is attempted while the player is wearing golden armor but piglin(s) are still aggressive toward them, the advancement does not trigger. Other gold-related items, if any, may be used, but are ignored for this advancement and by the piglin.nether/distract_piglin


February 14, 2020HelenAngel says there will not be gold ore in the Nether.
February 28, 2020HelenAngel says to upvote gold ore in the Nether on the Feedback site. She also states it's getting a lot of attention of there, so she has passed it off to the team.
Java Edition
1.1620w11aNether Gold Ore JE1.png Added nether gold ore.
Like regular gold ore, nether gold ore drops itself and can be mined only with an iron pickaxe or better.
March 11, 2020Nether Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png A new texture for nether gold ore is shown.
20w12aNether gold ore now drops gold nuggets instead of itself.
Nether gold ore can now be mined with any pickaxe.
20w13aNether Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png The texture of nether gold ore has been changed.
Nether gold ore now drops experience.
20w17aNether gold ore now uses the same sounds as nether quartz ore, but via a different sound event.
Pre-release 1Nether gold ore now uses the "nether" color on maps.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added nether gold ore.


  • In 2017, Jeb showed interest in a suggestion regarding nether gold ore that was posted on Reddit.[1]
    • This comment also suggested that nearby zombie pigmen, the mob now currently known as zombified piglins, should become angry at the player when they mine nether gold ore. Jeb also showed interest in this aspect of the suggestion, and this may have been the inspiration for piglins becoming angry when gold of any type is mined near them.



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

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