Nether Quartz Ore

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Nether Quartz Ore
Nether Quartz Ore.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Mined: 2–5
Smelted: 0.2

Data value

dec: 153 hex: 99 bin: 10011001


See Data values

Nether quartz ore is the only ore available in the Nether.


The nether quartz ore block itself (rather than its nether quartz drops) can be obtained by mining it with a pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.

Nether Quartz Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 15
Wooden 2.25
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Golden 0.4
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Nether quartz is about as abundant as iron is in the Overworld, and is found between layers 7-117, but the huge open areas in the Nether expose all the ore, thus making it seem like it is more common. There is an average of roughly 79 ores per chunk. Nether quartz ore will only generate in areas where Netherrack would have been. This means that finding quartz that is naturally isolated is very rare, just like with all other ores.

Nether quartz generates in veins of 4-10 just like iron ore.


Nether quartz ore drops one nether quartz and 2 to 5 experience when mined with any pickaxe. Mining with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe will increase possible yields by 1 per level (up to 4 with level 3) (with an average of 2.2 quartz per ore with Fortune III, based on the mechanics of the fortune enchantment.)

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Quartz Nether Quartz Ore +
Any fuel

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name

Nether Quartz Ore

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID

Nether Quartz Ore
quartz_ore 153



Java Edition
1.5 13w01a Added nether quartz ore. It drops Nether Quartz.
13w01b Nether quartz ore can now be smelted in a furnace to make nether quartz.
1.13 17w47a The ID has been changed from quartz_ore to nether_quartz_ore.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 153.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Quartz ore TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of nether quartz ore.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added nether quartz ore.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU11.04Patch 1Added nether quartz ore.


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  • Unlike netherrack, fire does not burn indefinitely on nether quartz ore.
  • Nether quartz ore has the same blast resistance as other ores, which is more than the quartz block and netherrack combined.
  • The texture of nether quartz is the same as netherrack's, but with white streaks added. A similar design is used in the coal block, but with black streaks on a stone block.
  • Nether quartz ore was originally planned at Minecon 2013 as an ore that will generate in the Nether to promote Nether exploration. This ore was planned to be either a type of redstone, or be an ore that will drop an item used in Redstone circuitry see nether quartz.
  • The vast quantities of easily-available nether quartz ore in the Nether, combined with the relatively large quantity of experience gained from digging it, makes nether quartz mining one of the fastest ways to level up in Minecraft.
  • Nether Quartz Ore is generated as part of the dimension, while Netherrack is generated as part of the biome.
    • This can be seen, as when a Buffet world with the nether biome is generated, there will be netherrack but no quartz ore.