Diamond Ore

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Diamond Ore
Diamond Ore.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

15

Tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Experience

Mined: 3–7
Smelted: 1

Drops
Data value

dec: 56 hex: 38 bin: 111000

Namespaced ID

diamond_ore

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

There is one block in Minecraft that reliably quickens the breath whenever you see it (no offence, gravel, but it's definitely not you). One block that elicits a little "whoop!" of joy when you lay eyes on it, and the longest of "noooooooooooo"s when it falls into lava. Yes, you guessed it (probably by reading the title) – it's diamond ore!

Duncan Geere[1]

Diamond ore is a rare mineral block that is a major source of diamonds.

Obtaining[edit]

The diamond ore block itself (rather than its diamond drops) can be obtained by mining it with an iron or diamond pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.

Block Diamond 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.

Natural generation[edit]

Diamond ore only appears below Y level 16, and can be found in veins of 1–10.[note 1] One diamond ore vein generates per chunk; this vein or part of it may be overwritten by generated structures such as caves, leaving the player without any diamonds in the said chunk. Also, because of the way chunks are populated the vein "belonging" to a chunk can actually be generated in a neighboring chunk leading to some chunks with two or more veins and others with none. There is an average of about 3.7 diamond ore per chunk-sized area. The highest concentration of diamonds occurs in levels 5–12. Because of the lava lakes, there is slightly less diamond ore in the middle of that range (around layer 8).

Chunk of Diamond Ores
Vein of diamond ore.

Usage[edit]

Diamond ore drops 1 diamond and 3 to 7 experience when mined with an iron or diamond pickaxe. Mining with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe will increase possible yields by 1 per level, up to 4 diamonds per ore with level 3.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Diamond Ore Revision 1.png Added diamond ore. Initially, it was referred to as "emerald ore".
20100130Emerald ore from the previous version is now referred to as diamond ore.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227Diamond ore will now no longer generate.
?Diamond ore veins will now generate, but differently.
20100327Diamond ore will now regenerate after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
Java Edition Beta
1.6?Before this update, diamond was about 50% rarer in the north-east quadrant of the point (0,0) compared to the quadrant to the south-west. In this update, clay blocks are now more rare than diamond due to a glitch.
1.8?Diamond ore has now become about 25% rarer.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Diamond ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Diamond ore will now drop extra diamonds with the Fortune enchantment.
1.3.112w22aMining diamond ore will now drop experience orbs.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 56.
2018Diamond Ore TextureUpdate Revision 1.png A new texture for diamond ore texture is proposed in the beta Texture Update resource pack.
1.1418w43aDiamond Ore Revision 2.png Changed the texture of diamond ore.
19w08aDiamond Ore.png Changed the texture of diamond ore again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Diamond Ore Revision 1.png Added diamond ore.
0.3.2Diamond ore is now obtainable.
0.12.1build 1Mining diamond ore will now drop experience orbs.
Diamond ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Diamond ore will now drop extra diamonds with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Diamond Ore Revision 2.png Changed the texture of diamond ore.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.5Diamond Ore.png Changed the texture of diamond ore again.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Diamond Ore Revision 1.png Added diamond ore.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Diamond Ore.png Changed the texture of diamond ore.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Diamond Ore Revision 1.png Added diamond ore.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • In some vein formations, ores connect diagonally.
  • In real life, the rarity of diamonds is highly exaggerated. Gemstone quality diamonds, whose qualities are mirrored by the game's mechanics, need to be cut and processed very carefully, and therefore need to be found in very large pieces. Industry-grade diamonds, which are used in the manufacturing of most diamond-based tools, are relatively plentiful and much more affordable.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. The maximum is a 2×2×2 cube with 1 extra ore on top and 1 on the bottom (in opposite corners); sometimes two veins can generate together, producing a larger clump.

References[edit]