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Alex Wiltshire Mojang avatar.png Diamonds are a miner’s best friend, a blue gleam in the darkness that you can use to craft the best stuff. The best stuff. Pickaxes that can hack through obsidian, swords that can hack through wither skeletons, armour that can withstand the force of 1000 spiders. Diamond is the best!
Or is it?
Alex Wiltshire[1]

Diamonds are one of the rarest materials in Minecraft.



See also: Tutorials/Diamonds

Diamond ore mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe will drop a single diamond. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it can drop an extra diamond per level of Fortune, allowing for a maximum of 4 with Fortune III. If the ore is mined using a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch, it will drop itself rather than a diamond.

Natural generationEdit

Diamonds can be found in 7.4% of stronghold altar chests, 19.2% of nether fortress chests, 16.3% of village blacksmith chests, 6.3% of desert temple chests, and 15.5% of jungle temple chests, all in stacks of 1–3; in 10.5% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts in stacks of 1–2; and in 21.5% of End city chests in stacks of 2–7. In 1.13[upcoming] they can be found in 14.1% of shipwreck treasure chests in stacks of 1, and in 55.6% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 1–2.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Diamond



Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


Diamonds are used to craft the most durable tier of tools and armor.

Crafting ingredientEdit

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Block of Diamond Diamond

Diamond Axe Diamond +

Diamond Boots Diamond

Diamond Chestplate Diamond

Diamond Helmet Diamond

Diamond Hoe Diamond +

Diamond Leggings Diamond

Diamond Pickaxe Diamond +

Diamond Shovel Diamond +

Diamond Sword Diamond +

Enchantment Table Book +
Diamond +

Firework Star Gunpowder +
Matching Dye +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
Jukebox Any Wood Planks +


Villager armorers, tool smiths and weapon smiths buy 3-4 diamonds for one emerald as part of their third tier trades.


Diamond helmets, chestplates, leggings, boots, swords, pickaxes, axes, hoes and shovels can be repaired with diamonds in an anvil.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

DIAMONDS!Acquire diamonds with your iron toolsPick up a diamond from the ground.YesPS3YesWii U, Switch20GGold
PS4, PSVitaBronze

EnchanterUse a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment tablePick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output.YesYesYesYes20GSilver

Diamonds to you!Throw diamonds at another playerDrop a diamond. Another player or a mob must then pick up this diamond.YesYesYesWii U, Switch15GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Diamonds!Acquire diamondsIsn't It Iron PickGet a diamond in your inventory.minecraft:story/mine_diamond
Cover Me With DiamondsDiamond armor saves livesDiamonds!Get any type of diamond armor in your inventory.minecraft:story/shiny_gear
EnchanterEnchant an item at an Enchanting TableDiamonds!minecraft:story/enchant_item
Serious DedicationCompletely use up a diamond hoe, and then reevaluate your life choicesA Seedy PlaceUse up the final bit of durability on a diamond hoe, so that it breaks.minecraft:husbandry/break_diamond_hoe

Easter Egg: The 'Cover Me With Diamonds' advancement is coded as 'shiny_gear'.



0.31 January 29, 2010 Added diamonds. Initially, they were referred to as emeralds.
Diamond can be used to craft diamond blocks and diamond swords, shovels, pickaxes and axes.
January 30, 2010 Emeralds from the previous version are now referred to as diamonds.
February 6, 2010 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
February 18, 2010 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond helmets, chestplates, leggings and boots.
1.0.14 Diamonds are now used to craft jukeboxes.
1.8 pre1 Now found in the new mineshaft chests.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre2 Diamond ore could still be smelted into diamond gems, even though there was no silk touch or any way to pick up the ore without mods.
Beta 1.9-pre3 Diamonds are now used to craft enchantment tables.
Now found in the new stronghold altar chests.
1.1 Now found in village blacksmith chests.
1.3.1 12w21a Diamonds could at this time be traded to blacksmith villagers in quantities of 3–5 for 1 emerald.
Added desert temples, with a hidden chest room and loot containing diamonds.
12w21b Diamond was changed in the game code from emerald to diamond, due to actual emeralds being added. Diamond's original name during Indev, as stated above, was emerald in the code, and was kept this way until this snapshot.
12w22a Added jungle temples, which contain loot chests with diamonds.
1.4.6 12w49a Diamonds can be used to craft a firework star with a trail.
1.6.1 13w18a Now found in the new nether fortress chests.
1.8 14w02a Diamonds now can be traded to any black apron villager in quantities of 3–4 for 1 emerald, as their tier III trade.
1.9 15w31a Diamond is now added to end city chests.
15w43a Slightly decreased average yield in nether fortress chests.
15w44a Decreased average yield in desert temple and mineshaft chests.
1.13 18w10a Diamonds now generates in buried treasure chests.
18w11a Diamonds now generate in shipwreck treasure chests
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Diamonds can now be collected and used to craft blocks of diamond and diamond axes, pickaxes, swords and shovels.
0.4.0 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond hoes.
0.5.0 Diamonds are now used to craft nether reactor cores.
0.6.0 Diamonds are now used to craft diamond armor.
0.12.1 build 1 Diamonds are now used to craft enchanting tables.
Diamonds are no longer used to craft nether reactor cores and are instead dropped by it.
Diamonds generate in Nether Fortress chests.
0.13.0 build 1 Diamonds have a chance to generate in Desert Temple chest.
0.14.0 build 1 Now found in minecart with Chest in abandoned mineshafts.
0.15.0 build 1 Diamonds can be found in jungle temple chest.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Diamonds can be found in altar chests in strongholds, dungeon chests and end city chests.
build 3 Diamonds now can be found in blacksmith chests in villages.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 Diamonds can be used to craft a firework star with a trail. Diamonds can now be used to craft jukeboxes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added diamonds.


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  • In real life, diamond is commonly used for industrial purposes, generally as diamond-tipped drill bits and saw blades. They are usually used for cutting stone and other hard materials.