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Redstone Ore
Redstone Ore.png
Lit Redstone Ore.png

Partial (when active)


Yes, 9 (when updated, clicked, or stepped on)

Blast resistance






Yes (64)




Mined: 1–5
Smelted: 0.7

Data values

See Data values


See Data values

Redstone ore is the ore block from which redstone is obtained.


The redstone ore block itself (rather than its redstone drops) can be obtained by mining it with an iron or diamond pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.

Block Redstone Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 3.75
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Natural generation[]

Redstone ore veins form at the bottom 16 layers of the map. Below layer 14, it can be found in 1.025% of stone. There are an average of about 24.8 redstone ores per chunk.

Redstone ore forms in veins made up of 4 to 8 blocks. However, multiple veins together or non-stone surrounding the vein can change those numbers.


Redstone ore drops 4 to 5 redstone and 1-5 experience when mined with an iron pickaxe or better. Mining with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe will increase yields.


Redstone ore will produce light (strength 9) and red particles when clicked, updated, or contacted by any mob (including the player, if not sneaking). This effect will continue until the redstone ore block receives a block tick (averaging 68.27 seconds). This effect does not actually produce redstone power, but the block changes can be detected with a block update detector allowing redstone ore to act like a pressure plate for mobs, but capable of detecting contact with its sides and bottom surfaces as well.

If a lit redstone ore block receives external light greater than its natural level, it will emit the light level that it absorbed until the block deactivates or is broken or moved by a piston. For example, a torch is placed 2 blocks away from the block illuminates it with a light level of 11. If the torch is broken, the block will continue to emit a light level of 11. If a lit redstone ore block is exposed to sky light being generated by a magma block, it will continue to emit that level of sky light even if later covered.

Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Redstone Redstone Ore +
Any fuel

Data values[]


Block ID Name Numerical ID
Redstone Ore redstone_ore 73
Glowing Redstone Ore lit_redstone_ore 74



1.0.1Redstone ore added in Seecret Friday Update 3. Mining time took far longer compared to other ores (4.5 seconds with iron pickaxe).
1.0.4Redstone ore now has a name (previously all redstone-related blocks had no official name).
Official release
1.0.0Beta 1.9-pre6Mining time significantly reduced - it now has the same mining time as other ores.
1.3.112w22aMining redstone ore, along with other ores, gives the player experience orbs. One stack of redstone ore will give roughly 10 levels of experience.
1.7.213w37aBlock ID 74 (lit redstone ore) was removed from the /give command.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Added redstone ore.
0.4.0Redstone ore added to creative mode.
0.8.0build 2Redstone ore now drops redstone when mined.
0.12.1build 1Redstone ore can now be obtained if mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.
0.13.0build 1Redstone ore now emits light and red particles when walked on.
Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added redstone ore.


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  • In Minecraft Pocket Edition, stepping on redstone ore does not cause a block update.


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