Iron Ore

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For a list of iron-related objects in Minecraft, see Iron (Disambiguation).
Iron Ore
First Appearance Java: Classic 0.0.14a
Bedrock: Alpha 0.3.0
Type of Block Ore
Location In the Overworld, below y=68, in veins of up to 9
Stackable Yes 64

Iron ore is a common ore found almost everywhere in a Minecraft world.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Iron ore generates around and below sea-level in the Overworld. It is a crucial material to gather during the early stages of the game since it can be made into a pickaxe, capable of mining all types of ores (including diamond ore). Every iron ore block contains enough iron to make one iron ingot when it is smelted.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Iron ore is a gray-coloured block with beige spots.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Iron can only be mined with a stone pickaxe or better; using a wooden or gold pickaxe will not yield any ore. Once it is mined, the user will gain an ore block that they can place, but they will not be able to make any items using the ore. They must smelt it down into iron ingots using a (blast) furnace, and then create what they want. This makes iron ore one of three ores that require smelting, one being gold ore, the last one being ancient debris (netherite).

Uses[edit | edit source]

Iron is used to make weapons and armor with higher durability than those made with stone, leather, wood, or gold. Iron can also be used to make minecarts, rails, compasses, anvils, cauldrons and buckets. Iron tools can be used up to 250 times before they break. Iron can also be used to craft iron blocks; 4 blocks of iron combined with a pumpkin head is the spawning recipe of the iron golem.

Mining[edit | edit source]

Iron Ore requires a stone pickaxe or better to harvest. Otherwise, it will drop nothing.

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Survival Test, iron ore gave a player 3 iron blocks, which didn't require any smelting, as well as yielding twenty-seven times as many iron ingots.
  • Nether Quartz is as common as iron (45%), though the former is found in less blocky terrain, so they're easier to be seen in plain sight.
  • It is possible for multiple veins to combine and form larger ones.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Click for full Iron Ore gallery.

Video[edit | edit source]