Redstone Ore

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Redstone Ore
Redstone Ore.png
Redstone (Ore, Glowing).png




Yes, 9 (when updated, clicked, or stepped on)

Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Mined: 1–5
Smelted: 0.7

Data values

See Data values


See Data values

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

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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.

Drops\Fortune level 0 1 2 3
4 1/2 1/4 1/6 1/8
5 1/2 2/4 2/6 2/8
6 0 1/4 2/6 2/8
7 0 0 1/6 2/8
8 0 0 0 1/8
Average 4.5 5 5.5 6
Redstone Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Redstone ore veins form at the bottom 16 layers of the map. Below layer 14, it can be found in 1.025% of stone. There is an average of about 24.8 redstone ores per chunk.

Redstone ore forms in veins made up of 4 to 8 blocks. However, multiple veins together or non-stone surrounding the vein can change those numbers.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Redstone ore drops 4 to 5 redstone and 1-5 experience when mined with an iron pickaxe or better. Mining with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe will increase yields.

Light[edit | edit source]

Redstone ore will produce light (strength 9) and red particles when clicked, updated, or contacted by any mob (including the player if not sneaking and armor stands). This effect will continue 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 a block update detector or observer allowing redstone ore to act like a pressure plate for mobs, but capable of detecting contact with its sides and bottom surfaces as well.

If a lit redstone ore block receives external light greater than its natural level, it will emit the light level that it absorbed until the block deactivates or is broken or moved by a piston. For example, a torch is placed 2 blocks away from the block illuminates it with a light level of 11. If the torch is broken, the block will continue to emit a light level of 11. If a lit redstone ore block is exposed to sky light being generated by a magma block, it will continue to emit that level of sky light even if later covered.

Smelting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Redstone Redstone Ore +
Any fuel

Data values[edit | edit source]

ID[edit | edit source]

Block ID Name Numerical ID
Redstone Ore redstone_ore 73
Glowing Redstone Ore lit_redstone_ore 74

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.1 Redstone ore added in Seecret Friday Update 3. Mining time took far longer compared to other ores (4.5 seconds with iron pickaxe).
1.0.4 Redstone ore now has a name (previously all redstone-related blocks had no official name).
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre6 Mining time significantly reduced - it now has the same mining time as other ores.
1.3.1 12w22a Mining redstone ore, along with other ores, gives the player experience orbs. One stack of redstone ore will give roughly 10 levels of experience.
1.7.2 13w37a Block ID 74 (lit redstone ore) was removed from the /give command.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added redstone ore.
0.4.0 Redstone ore added to creative mode.
0.8.0 build 2 Redstone ore now drops redstone when mined.
0.12.1 build 1 Redstone ore can now be obtained if mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.
0.13.0 build 1 Redstone ore now emits light and red particles when walked on.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added redstone ore.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the Bedrock Edition, stepping on redstone ore does not cause a block update.

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See also[edit | edit source]

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