Nether Quartz Ore

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Nether Quartz Ore
Nether Quartz Ore Revision 3.png




Blast resistance




Yes‌[Legacy Console Edition only]
No‌[Java and Bedrock editions only]


Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Data value

dec: 153 hex: 99 bin: 10011001

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Nether quartz ore is the only ore available in the Nether, and is the only source of quartz.

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.


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.

Block 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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


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

This recipe awards 0.2 experience.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.8 ? ?
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 ? ?
Block placed Blocks 0.8 ? ?
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 0.8 ? ?
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Unknown playing conditions) Blocks 0.8 ? ?

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Nether Quartz Ore nether_quartz_ore

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Nether Quartz Ore quartz_ore 153


Java Edition
1.513w01aNether Quartz Ore Revision 1.png Added nether quartz ore. It drops Nether Quartz.
13w01bNether quartz ore can now be smelted in a furnace to make nether quartz.
1.1317w47aThe ID has been changed from quartz_ore to nether_quartz_ore.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 153.
1.1418w43aNether Quartz Ore Revision 2.png Changed the texture of nether quartz ore.
18w50aNether Quartz Ore Revision 3.png Changed the texture of nether quartz ore again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Nether Quartz Ore Revision 1.png Added nether quartz ore.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Quartz Ore Revision 3.png Changed the texture of nether quartz ore.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU11.04Patch 1Nether Quartz Ore Revision 1.png Added nether quartz ore.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Nether Quartz Ore Revision 3.png Changed the texture of nether quartz ore.


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


  • 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.‌[Java Edition only]
    • This can be seen, as when a Buffet world with the nether biome is generated, there will be netherrack but no quartz ore.
    • In Bedrock Edition, if the Nether is generated in the Overworld as a biome, neither netherrack nor nether quartz ore is generated, but the terrain is completely made out of stone with bedrock ceiling.‌[Bedrock Edition only]