Redstone Ore

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Redstone Ore
Redstone Ore Revision 2.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

Yes (9) (when lit)

Blast resistance

15

Tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops
Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

You'll most often find redstone deep below the surface, in the bottom 16 layers of the map. Normally it spawns in large veins of 4-8 blocks, each of which will drop 4-5 redstone and some experience when you mine it with an iron or better pickaxe. You'll get more with a fortune-enchanted pick, of course.

Duncan Geere[1]

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

Natural generation[edit]

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.

Obtaining[edit]

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 12 14 16 18
5 12 12 13 14
6 0 14 13 14
7 0 0 16 14
8 0 0 0 18
Average 4.5 5 5.5 6
Block Redstone Ore
Hardness 3
Tool
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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Usage[edit]

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]

Redstone ore will produce light (strength 9) and red particles when clicked, updated, or contacted by any mob (exceptions being a sneaking player 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 an observer or a block update detector.

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

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Redstone Dust Redstone Ore +
Any fuel


This recipe awards 0.7 experience.

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Redstone Ore redstone_ore

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Redstone Ore redstone_ore 73
Lit Redstone Ore lit_redstone_ore 74

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

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

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Redstone Ore Revision 1.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 now 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 will give roughly 10 levels of experience.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 74 (lit redstone ore) has now 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 now been merged into 1 ID.
A lit block state has now been added to redstone ore.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 73 and 74.
1.1418w43aRedstone Ore Revision 2.png The texture of redstone ore has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Redstone Ore Revision 1.png Added redstone ore.
0.4.0Redstone ore added to creative mode.
0.8.0build 2Redstone ore will now drop 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 will now emit light and red particles when walked on.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Redstone Ore Revision 2.png The texture of redstone ore has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Redstone Ore Revision 1.png Added redstone ore.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Redstone Ore Revision 2.png The texture of redstone ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Redstone Ore Revision 1.png Added redstone ore.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Block of the Week: Redstone" – Minecraft.net, March 2, 2018