Block of Iron

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Block of Iron
First Appearance 0.26 Survival Test (9)
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable Yes 64
For a list of iron-related objects in Minecraft, see Iron (Disambiguation).

Blocks of Iron (also known as Iron Blocks) are blocks used for storing iron ingots, and they are sometimes used for decoration as well. They do not appear naturally, but they can be crafted from 9 iron ingots. Iron blocks have the same texture on all of its six sides.


Iron blocks can be made by placing nine iron ingots in a crafting table. The nine ingots can be recovered by placing the block in a crafting grid. This makes iron blocks more functional as "storage units" than as building units. Iron blocks can be mined with a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe, and they will take about two seconds to destroy. If an iron block is broken without said tools, it will drop nothing. The lines on its texture make it look corrugated. Iron blocks cannot burn down, which makes it a smart choice when building a house. However, it may be more difficult to accumulate an appreciable amount of Iron to make the blocks than it would be to accumulate an equal amount of wood.

Iron blocks are required to build an iron golem, which requires 4 iron blocks in the shape of a T and a pumpkin on top (the pumpkin must be placed last).


Block of Iron
Iron Ingot Iron Ingot Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot Iron Ingot Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot Iron Ingot Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot (x9)
(Shapeless recipe)
None None None Block of Iron Block of Iron Block of Iron
None Block of Iron None None Iron Ingot None
None None None Iron Ingot Iron Ingot Iron Ingot

Iron Golem Setup

Note: To make an iron golem, one must build it in the world and NOT place the materials in a crafting table.

Iron Golem
None Pumpkin None
Block of Iron Block of Iron Block of Iron
None Block of Iron None


A Block of Iron requires a stone pickaxe or better to harvest, otherwise, it will drop nothing.

Tool This block requires a Stone Pickaxe to be mined
Hardness 5
Breaking time[note 1]
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


  • The block of iron has had three different textures. In Minecraft Classic, it had a shadow on each face. In Minecraft Alpha, it changed to be a recolor of the texture of the block of gold and block of diamond. In the Beta 1.9 pre-release, stripes were added to the blocks' texture.
  • Before the Halloween Update, blocks of iron used to have a different texture.
  • Blocks of Iron, along with snow blocks and soul sand, are one of the blocks that can be used in creating utility mobs.
  • A note block placed on a block of iron will produce iron xylophone sounds.


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