All of the current ores.

Ores are rare stone blocks used to obtain resources.


  • Smelting Ores without a Pickaxe with Silk Touch₠will always yield Ingots.
  • Gold₠is the only Pickaxe₠that can`t mine its own Ore.
  • Many players have mistaken Glowstone for ores, possibly because it drops the dust instead of the whole block. This is the reason why Glowstone is NOT classified as an ore and it is removed from page.


Ores are primarily collected for crafting purposes, such as for tools See the in-game items. For program enhancing software, see Programs and Editors. Tools are items used by the player while held to perform actions faster and more efficiently, to gather materials not and armor Armor Type Wearable items Durability See Durability Renewable Yes Stackable No Data values See Data values Name See Data values For the armor that can be worn by horses, see Horse Armor. Armor classes. From minecraft . Redstone is obtained from redstone ore Redstone Ore Transparency Partial (when active) Luminance Yes, 9 (when updated, clicked, or stepped on) Blast resistance 15 Tool Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Experience Mined: 1–5 Smelted: 0.7 Drops Redstone (4–5) Data minecraft , which can be used to create redstone circuits See redstone circuits. For other redstone-related articles, see Redstone (disambiguation). Contents 1 Redstone basics 1.1 Redstone components 1.2 Power 1.3 Power level 1.4 Redstone update 1.5 Redstone tick 1.6 Signals and pulses minecraft . 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 Lapis Lazuli Type Wool dyes Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Data value dec: 3514 hex: 15F4 bin: 1010111114 Name dye 4 See the Lapis Lazuli dye. For the block, see Lapis Lazuli Block. minecraft . All ore blocks except iron and gold require a Silk Touch "Flame" redirects here. For the non-solid damage-dealing block, see Fire. “ How does enchanting work in Minecraft? Well, you open a magical book and pick a random spell, not quite sure knowing what it will minecraft pickaxe to drop themselves.


As a smelting ingredient

Ingredients Smelting The furnace interface. Smelting is a method of producing refined goods in Minecraft, also known as melting, baking, cooking, burning, drying, or producing. It has the same idea as crafting; one must put in acceptable recipe
Any raw ore

Further uses

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 Crafting is the method by which many blocks, tools, and materials are made in Minecraft. In order to craft something, players must move items from their inventory to a crafting grid. A 2×2 crafting grid minecraft recipe
Any processed ore

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

Ingredients Crafting Crafting is the method by which many blocks, tools, and materials are made in Minecraft. In order to craft something, players must move items from their inventory to a crafting grid. A 2×2 crafting grid minecraft recipe
Most mineral blocks


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. 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...

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 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

Layers 5-29 Layer 29 Layer 30-32 Layer 33
Javaand Console editions

Pocketedition only

The Overworld
, only in the Extreme Hills biome

Nether Quartz
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.


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



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.png



    Overworld Ores

    Overworld Ore is Ore embedded within Stone. The majority of Ores in-game have real-life equivalents. All Ore has realistic depths in which they can be found. However, generation per-biome is not completely as truthful to reality.

    Coal Ore

    Main article: Coal Ore

    Coal Ore is a very common Ore that can be found underground or in rock formations such as mountains (at yCoal is mined from Coal Ore and can be used as Furnace fuel, or crafted with a Stick to create Torches. Coal Ore can be successfully mined using any type of Pickaxe.

    Iron Ore

    Main article: Iron Ore

    Iron Ore is most commonly found underground in small veins. It can be smelted into Iron Ingots, which can be used to craft many useful items, including Armor, Weapons, Tools and Minecarts, as well as their Rails. Iron Ore can be found at yStone Pickaxe or better.

    Redstone Ore

    Main article: Redstone Ore

    Redstone Ore is a type of Ore found at yRedstone Dust will appear, a property unique to Redstone.

    Redstone Dust is currently used in the construction of various traps, mechanisms, and contraptions dependent on simple circuits. After the 1.9. Pre-Release 3, Redstone Dust can be used for brewing.

    If there is a block or entity update adjacent to a Redstone Ore block, this Ore will transform into a technical block called Glowing Redstone Ore, which emits 9 light level and some particle effects, similar to that of a Nether Portal, only red.

    Gold Ore

    Main article: Gold Ore

    Gold Ore can be found at yGold Ingots which can make a variety of Tools and Weapons. Gold is a very soft material, similar to in real life, and is generally considered a bad choice for crafting due to its low durability. A Gold Tool only has the strength of a wooden Tool. It wears out much quicker, despite mining at a rapid speed.

    Gold is mainly used in decorations and the crafting of Powered Rails. Nine Gold Ingots can be placed in a crafting square to make a Gold Block, and the Gold Block can turn back into nine Ingots, making for a practical "storage unit". Otherwise, Gold Ore is somewhat overshadowed by other ores. It can only be successfully mined with an Iron or better Pickaxe. A Gold Pickaxe can`t even mine its own Ore.

    Lapis Lazuli Ore

    Main article: Lapis Lazuli (Ore)

    Lapis Lazuli Ore (sometimes called Lapis or Lazuli) is a rare Ore Block that can be found at yAbandoned Mine Shafts. When harvested, it turns into four or five Lapis Lazuli dyes, which can be used to dye dog collars blue,⃂₠Wool or a Sheep to turn it blue, used for enchanting things in mcpe and xbox, or create a decorative Lapis Lazuli Block. For a drop, the player must mine the Ore with a Stone or better Pickaxe.


    Diamond Ore

    Main article: Diamond Ore

    Diamond Ore is an extremely rare, valuable Ore only found very deep underground and in sparse veins, which can spawn diagonally. In order to drop a Diamond, this Ore can be mined by using an Iron or better Pickaxe.

    Diamonds can be used to create Diamond Tools, which have the strongest durability and most possible uses in the game. A Diamond Pickaxe is the only Pickaxe which can mine Obsidian.

    Emerald Ore

    Main article: Emerald Ore

    Emerald Ore is the rarest ore to date in Minecraft, 25 times more so than Diamond Ore. It almost always spawns in only one-block veins. When mined with an Iron Pickaxe or higher, it drops an Emerald; the only implemented use of Emeralds to date is for trading with Villagers. An easier way to get Emeralds is to create a Cow or Pig farm, collect the drops, and go to the nearest butcher. Butcher Villagers only accept them raw, though.

    Ruby Ore

    Main article: Emerald Ore#History

    Ruby Ore was added during the 1.3 snapshots, but was shortly replaced by Emerald Ore. It was scrapped because Dinnerbone was colorblind at the time, and Dinnerbone can`t find the difference between Ruby and Redstone. This Ore is currently non-existent. However, some mods use this old texture.

    Nether Quartz Ore

    Main article: Nether Quartz Ore

    Nether Quartz is a crystal Ore found in The Nether, appearing in the 13w01a snapshot for the 1.5 update. Nether Quartz is used in making the Redstone Comparator.

    Ore Vein

    An Ore Vein is a naturally generated structure found underground that is almost always encased in Stone Blocks. Ore Veins look like block structures with bulbous bits randomly coming out along it. Sometimes they are just cube-shaped, and some of them look extremely odd.