Coal Ore

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Coal Ore
First Appearance Java: Classic 0.0.14a
Bedrock: Alpha 0.1.0
Type of Block Solid block
Location In the Overworld, below y=132, in veins of up to 17
Stackable Yes 64

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For other coal-related objects found in Minecraft, see Coal (disambiguation).

Coal Ore is a mineral block that drops coal when mined, and is the most common ore in Minecraft. It can generally be found in the Overworld in mineral veins of 1 to 17, from y levels 0 to 127 in all biomes.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Coal is one of the most important resources in Minecraft (despite being extremely common, and also able to spawn in veins of 30 or more if two veins are spawned next to each other), and it's essential for a player's first days in a World, as coal can be placed on top of a stick in a crafting table to make torches, which will prevent mobs from spawning in a player's house and help a player see in a cave.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Coal, similar to redstone, cannot be compressed into an ore block without the help of the Silk Touch enchantment on a pickaxe. Coal is also the fourth longest-lasting fuel for furnaces after lava buckets, blocks of coal, and blaze rods, respectively, with each piece of coal one able to smelt 8 items and lasting for 80 seconds before burning out. Since lava buckets are hard to obtain and require 3 iron ingots, and acquiring blaze rods requires a player to kill blazes, coal is the most efficient fuel to use to smelt items.

Drops[edit | edit source]

When mined with a pickaxe, coal ore drops 1 coal (or more with Fortune). It also drops 0–2 10px XP. When mined with Silk Touch, it drops itself.

Incorrect tool Correct toolThis block requires Pickaxe to be mined Fortune I Fortune II Fortune III Silk Touch
Nothing (100%) 1 Coal (100%) 1 Coal (67%)
2 Coal (33%)
1 Coal (50%)
2 Coal (25%)
3 Coal (25%)
1 Coal (40%)
2 Coal (20%)
3 Coal (20%)
4 Coal (20%)
1 Coal Ore (100%)

Mining[edit | edit source]

Coal Ore requires a pickaxe to harvest, otherwise it will drop nothing.

Tool This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Minecraft Indev, when it was destroyed without a pickaxe, it would drop a single piece of coal, and three when mined with a pickaxe. Now, destroying coal ore without a pickaxe yields nothing, while destroying it with a pickaxe yields one piece of coal.
  • If obtained in the inventory, coal ore can not be smelted in a furnace.
  • Coal can come in veins of up to 17, and with the Fortune enchantment, can yield up to 1–2 stacks from these large veins.
  • When mined, coal ore has a chance to give experience to a player.
  • In Minecraft Classic and Survival Test, a player got stone slabs by mining the coal ore. This might happened because coal did not exist in Minecraft Classic, and stone slabs were a placeholder.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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