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All of the current ores.

Ores are rare stone blocks used to obtain resources.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Ores are primarily collected for crafting purposes, such as for tools and armor. Redstone is obtained from redstone ore, which can be used to create redstone circuits. Ore can also be combined to create a block of the material's type.

Obtaining resources from ores is as simple as mining them (this is not the case for iron and gold ores, which must be smelted). Coal, diamond, emerald, and nether quartz ores drop 1 unit corresponding raw materials. Redstone ore drops 4-5 redstone dust, and lapis lazuli ore drops 4-8 lapis lazuli. Note this can be increased greatly with fortune. All ore blocks except iron and gold require a Silk Touch pickaxe to drop themselves.

As a smelting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Any raw ore

Further uses[edit | edit source]

All mineral blocks except quartz are crafted by putting 9 of the raw material items in a square. Quartz blocks are irreversibly crafted with 4 nether quartz and can be crafted in the inventory.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any processed ore

All raw materials except quartz can be crafted from their mineral blocks.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Most mineral blocks

Availability[edit | edit source]

This graph shows the actual amount of ore found in a relatively small but untapped world.
Ores isolated down to bedrock

The following is the distribution of ores according to the altitude (layers are number of blocks above the lowest layer of bedrock). The highest layers that gold, redstone, diamond, and lapis lazuli can be found on are two layers lower.[1] The graph on the right shows the ore distribution.

Ore type Most found on... Commonly found up to... Rare on layers... None at or above... Lowest tier of pickaxe needed for drop Found in...

[note 1]
Layers 5-52 Layer 128 Layer 129-131 Layer 132

The Overworld

Layers 5-54 Layer 64 Layer 65-67 Layer 68

The Overworld

Lapis Lazuli
Layers 14-16[note 2] Layer 23 Layer 31-33 Layer 34

The Overworld

Layers 5-29 Layer 29 Layer 31-33 Layer 34

The Overworld

Layers 32-63 Layer 76 Layer 77-79 Layer 80

The Overworld
, in mesa biomes only

Layers 5-12 Layer 12 Layer 13-15 Layer 16

The Overworld

Layers 5-12 Layer 12 Layer 13-15 Layer 16

The Overworld

[note 3]
Layers 5-29 Layer 29 Layer 30-32 Layer 33

The Overworld
, only in the Extreme Hills biome

Nether Quartz
[note 4]
Layers 15-120 Layer 120 Layer 124-125 Layer 126

The Nether
  1. This refers to coal ore blocks spawned in ore veins and not as parts of fossils or mansion forges.
  2. Unlike other ores, lapis lazuli's frequency peaks around layer 15, and slowly tapers off above and below.
  3. Instead of multi-block veins, emerald ore is placed in scattered blocks.
  4. Quartz spawns equally in all parts of the Nether (not counting lava and bedrock.)

Redstone has the same layer and line-size statistics as Diamond, but is generated 8 times per chunk as opposed to 1.

Table[edit | edit source]

Coal Iron Redstone Gold Lapis Lazuli Diamond Emerald Nether Quartz
Ore block Coal Ore.png Iron Ore.png Redstone Ore.png Gold Ore.png Lapis Lazuli Ore.png Diamond Ore.png Emerald Ore.png Nether Quartz Ore.png
Refined resource Coal.png Iron Ingot.png Redstone (Dust).png Gold Ingot.png Lapis Lazuli.png Diamond.png Emerald.png Nether Quartz.png
Mineral block Block of Coal.png Block of Iron.png Block of Redstone.png Block of Gold.png Lapis Lazuli Block.png Block of Diamond.png Block of Emerald.png Block of Quartz.png

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.0.14a_01 Iron Ore.png Coal Ore.png Old Gold Ore.png Added gold ore, iron ore, and coal ore.
They could only be found exposed in amounts ranging from roughly 10 to 30 in a vein.
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 9 Gold Ore.pngChanged the texture of gold ore.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 10 Mining an ore gives the corresponding block of it.
0.31 Diamond Ore.png Added diamond ore.
1.0.1 Redstone Ore.png Added redstone ore.
1.2 Lapis Lazuli Ore.pngAdded lapis lazuli ore.
1.8 The highest layer for some ores was lowered by 2.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 Coal, diamond, redstone, and lapis lazuli can now also drop as ore blocks with Silk Touch.
1.3.1 12w21a Removed Ruby Ore.png Added "ruby" ore, which generates in veins up to 10 blocks.
12w21b Emerald Ore.pngThe previously added ruby ore's texture was changed to emeralds.
12w22a All ores except gold and iron (which give experience when smelted) drop experience points when mined.
Emerald ore spawns by itself, instead of in veins.
1.5 13w01a Nether Quartz Ore.pngAdded nether quartz ore.
1.8 14w29a Ore generation is now a lot faster.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Coal Ore.pngIron Ore.pngRedstone Ore.pngLapis Lazuli Ore.pngGold Ore.pngDiamond Ore.pngAdded coal, iron, redstone, gold, lapis and diamond ores.
0.3.0 Coal ore now drops coal.
0.3.2 Diamond ore now drops a diamond.
Iron and gold ores are now smeltable into metal ingots.
0.4.0 Lapis lazuli ore now drops the dye.
0.8.0 Redstone ore now finally drops redstone dust.
0.9.0 Emerald Ore.pngAdded emerald ore.
0.12.1 Nether Quartz Ore.pngAdded nether quartz ore.
Mined ores now give experience.

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