Redstone Ore

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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Redstone Dust. For the powered mineral block, see Block of Redstone.
Redstone Ore
Redstone Ore JE2 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (9) (when lit)





Catches fire from lava


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


Natural generation[edit]

Redstone ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Redstone ore attempts to generate 8 times per chunk in veins of size 1-8, from altitudes 0 to 15, in all biomes.

Redstone ore is commonly found in caves with lava pools as well as some Lapis Lazuli Ores. As of Java Edition 1.16.4, on average they generate 29.5 ores per chunk.


Redstone ore can be mined with an iron pickaxe or higher, or it drops nothing. If mined with Silk Touch, the block drops itself. Otherwise, the block drops 4 or 5 redstone dust (or more with Fortune, averaging at 6 redstone dust with Fortune level 3[1]).

Block Redstone Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.



Redstone ore produces light (strength 9) and red particles when clicked, updated, or contacted by any mob (exceptions being a sneaking player and spiders). This effect continues until the redstone ore block receives a random block tick (averaging 68.27 seconds). This effect does not actually produce redstone power, but the block changes can be detected with an observer or a block update detector.

Subsequent clickings on a redstone ore block causes it to emit an extra burst of particles per click.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Redstone Dust Redstone Ore +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[edit]

Redstone ore can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sound.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
BlocksBreaking the blockdig.stone1.00.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
BlocksMining the blockhit.stone0.370.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
BlocksPlacing the blockuse.stone1.00.8

Data values[edit]

A redstone ore that glows and emits particles in the dark.


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Redstone Oreredstone_oreblock.minecraft.redstone_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Lit Redstone

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If the redstone ore is lit.



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore in Seecret Friday Update 3.
The mining time of redstone ore takes far longer compared to other ores (4.5 seconds with iron pickaxe).
v1.0.4Redstone ore now has a name (previously all redstone-related blocks had no official name).
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6The mining time of redstone ore has been significantly reduced - it now has the same mining time as other ores.
1.3.112w22aMining redstone ore, along with other ores, now gives the player experience orbs. One stack of redstone ore gives roughly 10 levels of experience.
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 74 (lit redstone ore) has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.1317w47aThe different block IDs for the redstone ore have been merged into 1 ID.
A lit block state has been added to redstone ore.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 73 and 74.
1.1418w43aRedstone Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.
0.4.0Redstone ore added to creative mode.
0.8.0build 2Redstone ore now drops redstone when mined.
0.12.1build 1Redstone ore can now be obtained if mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.
0.13.0build 1Redstone ore now emits light and red particles when walked on.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.
1.90 Redstone Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.


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


  • Attempting to place a bucket of water on redstone ore causes it to produce light.


See also[edit]