An Ore is a type of block naturally found in Minecraft. Ores are primarily collected for crafting purposes, to make items such as tools, armor, and more. Redstone from its ore is used as a type of wiring which can be used to create redstone circuits, compasses, clocks, and other items. Coal from its ore can be used to smelt other ores, such as gold and iron for storage purposes or building. Since layer 0 is the lowest and consists of only bedrock, no ore can be found there. It can, however, be spawned very close to the bottom of the chunk at layer 1.
An ore block looks like a usual stone block with different colored shards or gems embedded into it.
To get a drop from an ore, a player must have the right type of pickaxe or better. If they do not, the mining will take longer and a player won't get the ore drop.
Overworld Ores[edit | edit source]
Overworld ore is ore embedded within stone. The majority of ores in-game have real-life equivalents.
Coal Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Coal Ore
Iron Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Iron Ore
Redstone Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Redstone Ore
Redstone dust is currently used in the construction of various traps, mechanisms, and contraptions dependent on simple circuits. After 1.9 pre-release 3, Redstone dust can also be used for brewing.
If there is a block or entity update adjacent to a Redstone ore block, it will transform into a technical block called glowing redstone ore, which emits a light level of 9 and some particle effects, similar to that of a Nether Portal, only red, and will emit a redstone signal.
Gold Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Gold Ore
Gold Ore can generate in the Overworld in veins of size 1 to 9, from y levels 0 to 31, in all biomes. In the Badlands biome, Gold Ore generates in veins of 1 to 9, from y levels 28 to 80. Gold ore can be smelted to make gold 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, however, good for crafting golden apples and golden carrots .
Gold is mainly used in decorations and the crafting of powered rails and clocks. It can also be used for bartering with Piglins in exchange for other various objects and blocks. Nine gold ingots can be placed in a crafting square to make a block of gold, 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, diamond, or netherite pickaxe. A gold pickaxe can't mine its ore.
Lapis Lazuli Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Lapis Lazuli Ore
Diamond Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Diamond Ore
Diamonds can be used to create diamond tools, which have the second most durable and efficient pickaxe (second to netherite), and most possible uses in the game. A diamond and netherite pickaxe are the only pickaxes that can mine obsidian without the block breaking and dropping nothing.
Emerald Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Emerald Ore
Ruby Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Emerald Ore#History
Copper Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Copper Ore
Nether Ores[edit | edit source]
Nether Quartz Ore[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Nether Quartz Ore
Ancient Debris[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Ancient Debris
Nether Gold Ore[edit | edit source]
Gilded Blackstone[edit | edit source]
Gilded Blackstone is an ore found only in Bastion Remnants. It has a 10% chance of dropping 2-5 Gold Nuggets for each ore mined.
Ore Vein[edit | edit source]
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 can be just cube-shaped, but some of them look extremely odd.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Smelting ores without a pickaxe with Silk Touch will always yield ingots or only 1 output of that ore.
- Gold is the only pickaxe type that can't mine its ore.
- Ores used to be mined with the player's hand.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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- Ores of Minecraft Wiki - A wiki about Minecraft's ores (mostly talking about modded ones).