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This article is about the mineral block. For the ore, see Copper Ore. For the item, see Copper Ingot. For the raw variant, see Block of Raw Copper. For other uses, see Copper.
Block of Copper
Copper Block JE1 BE1.pngExposed Copper Block JE1 BE1.pngWeathered Copper Block JE1 BE1.pngOxidized Copper Block JE1 BE1.png
Cut Copper JE2 BE1.pngExposed Cut Copper JE1 BE1.pngWeathered Cut Copper JE1 BE1.pngOxidized Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

6

Hardness

3

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

The block of copper is a decorative block that oxidizes over time, gaining a verdigris appearance. It can be crafted into a waxed version that does not oxidize. It can also be crafted back into nine copper ingots unless it is in a fully or partly oxidized state or has been crafted into the cut variant.

Obtaining[]

Drowned can rarely drop copper ingots, making copper blocks, slabs, stairs and lightning rods renewable resources.

Breaking[]

Blocks of copper can be mined only with a stone pickaxe or better. If a block of copper is mined without the use of a pickaxe, it drops nothing.

Block Block of Copper
Cut Copper
Hardness 3
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Crafting[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Copper Copper Ingot

Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper
Block of Copper or
Exposed Copper or
Weathered Copper or
Oxidized Copper
Waxed Block of Copper or
Waxed Exposed Copper or
Waxed Weathered Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Copper or
Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper
Block of Copper or
Exposed Copper or
Weathered Copper or
Oxidized Copper or
Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper +
Honeycomb


Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper
Waxed Block of Copper or
Waxed Exposed Copper or
Waxed Weathered Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Copper

Stonecutting[]

Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper
Block of Copper or
Exposed Copper or
Weathered Copper or
Oxidized Copper
Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper
Waxed Copper or
Waxed Exposed Copper or
Waxed Weathered Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Copper

Waxing[]

Copper blocks can be turned into the respective waxed copper blocks by using a honeycomb item on them.

Scraping[]

Using an axe on a waxed copper block turns it into the respective regular copper block. In addition, using an axe on an exposed, weathered, or oxidized copper block reverts it one stage to a regular, exposed, or weathered copper block respectively.

Lightning strike[]

Unwaxed copper blocks are completely deoxidized when struck by lightning, and other unwaxed copper blocks nearby are deoxidized randomly.

Usage[]

Blocks of copper can be used to store copper ingots in a compact fashion. Weathered, or cut variants cannot be crafted back into copper ingots but the waxed block variant can. The cut variant can be crafted into slabs or stairs.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Copper Ingot Block of Copper or
Waxed Block of Copper
Cut Copper Slab or
Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper
Cut Copper Stairs or
Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs
Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper
Waxed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper
Waxed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs
Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper

Stonecutting[]

Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Cut Copper Slab or
Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
Block of Copper or
Exposed Copper or
Weathered Copper or
Oxidized Copper
Cut Copper Slab or
Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper
Cut Copper Stairs or
Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs
Block of Copper or
Exposed Copper or
Weathered Copper or
Oxidized Copper
Cut Copper Stairs or
Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs
Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper
Waxed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
Waxed Block of Copper or
Waxed Exposed Copper or
Waxed Weathered Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Copper
Waxed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper
Waxed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs
Waxed Block of Copper or
Waxed Exposed Copper or
Waxed Weathered Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Copper
Waxed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs
Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper

Oxidation[]

Un-waxed copper blocks have four stages of oxidation (including the initial normal state). Lightning bolts and axes can remove the oxidation on copper blocks.

As the block begins to oxidize (exposed copper), it gets discolored and green spots begin to appear. As the oxidation continues (weathered copper), the block is a sickly green color with brown spots. In the last stage (oxidized copper), the block is teal with some green spots. It looks like a teal copper block.

Oxidation of copper blocks relies only on random ticks. Rain or water does not accelerate oxidation, and covering copper blocks with other blocks does not prevent oxidation.

In Java Edition, groups of unwaxed copper blocks oxidize far more slowly than single copper blocks that are spaced at least 4 blocks apart. This is because a block in a group being less oxidized than the others slows down the oxidation process for all other blocks within 4 blocks of taxicab distance. However, if one wishes to increase the oxidation speed, placing oxidized copper blocks around less oxidized copper blocks does not offer a speed improvement over simply placing the blocks 4 apart. The calculations for the oxidation behavior are as follows:

In Java Edition, when a random tick is given, a copper block has a 641125 chance to enter a state called pre-oxidation. This means a copper block enters pre-oxidation after approximately 20 minutes.

In pre-oxidation, the copper block searches its nearby unwaxed copper blocks for a distance of 4 blocks taxicab distance. If there is any copper block that has a lower oxidation level, then the pre-oxidation ends, meaning that this copper block does not weather.

Let a be the number of all nearby unwaxed copper blocks, and b be the number of nearby unwaxed copper blocks that have a higher oxidation level. We derive the value of c from this equation: c = b + 1a + 1. We also let the modifying factor m be 0.75 if the copper block has no oxidation level, or 1 if the copper block is exposed or weathered.[1] Then the oxidation probability is mc2.

For example, an unweathered copper block surrounded by 6 unweathered copper blocks and 6 exposed copper blocks has a 21.7% chance to oxidize if it enters pre-oxidation state. In this case, a = 12, b = 6, and m = 0.75.[2]

Deoxidation[]

Using an axe on a waxed copper block turns it into the respective regular copper block. In addition, using an axe on an exposed, weathered, or oxidized copper block reverts it one stage to a regular, exposed, or weathered copper block respectively. Note that the axe removes wax first, then oxidation layers.

Lightning can also remove oxidation from copper blocks. A lightning bolt striking an unwaxed copper block (or a lightning rod attached to one) removes all oxidation from the struck block, and may also deoxidize randomly selected copper blocks nearby. In Java Edition, these additional blocks are chosen by random walks as follows:

The position of the struck copper block is set as the start point. Then, the game performs 3 to 5 walks. In the beginning of each walk, a judgment point is set at the start point. For each step of the walk, the game randomly selects 10 blocks from a 3x3x3 volume centered on the judgment point. If an unwaxed copper block is found among these 10 blocks, the judgment point is transferred to the first such block found, and 1 oxidation layer of that block is removed (if the block is still unoxidized, the block stays as it is). The number of steps in a walk is between 1 and 8 (inclusive), chosen randomly for each walk. This means that one single lightning strike can deoxidize up to 41 blocks (1 block initially struck by lightning + 5 max walks*8 max steps in every walk).[3]

Sounds[]

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Please remove this notice once you've added suitable sounds to the article.
The specific instructions are: Wax on, Wax off

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.copper.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.copper.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.copper.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.copper.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.copper.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Block of Coppercopper_blockmineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.copper_block
Exposed Copperexposed_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.exposed_copper
Weathered Copperweathered_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.weathered_copper
Oxidized Copperoxidized_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.oxidized_copper
Cut Coppercut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.cut_copper
Exposed Cut Copperexposed_cut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.exposed_cut_copper
Weathered Cut Copperweathered_cut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.weathered_cut_copper
Oxidized Cut Copperoxidized_cut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.oxidized_cut_copper
Waxed Block of Copperwaxed_copper_blockmineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_copper_block
Waxed Exposed Copperwaxed_exposed_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_exposed_copper
Waxed Weathered Copperwaxed_weathered_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_weathered_copper
Waxed Oxidized Copperwaxed_oxidized_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_oxidized_copper
Waxed Cut Copperwaxed_cut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_cut_copper
Waxed Exposed Cut Copperwaxed_exposed_cut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_exposed_cut_copper
Waxed Weathered Cut Copperwaxed_weathered_cut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_weathered_cut_copper
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copperwaxed_oxidized_cut_coppermineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.waxed_oxidized_cut_copper

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Block of Coppercopper_block595Block & Itemtile.copper_block.name
Exposed Copperexposed_copper596Block & Itemtile.exposed_copper.name
Weathered Copperweathered_copper597Block & Itemtile.weathered_copper.name
Oxidized Copperoxidized_copper598Block & Itemtile.oxidized_copper.name
Waxed Block of Copperwaxed_copper599Block & Itemtile.waxed_copper.name
Waxed Exposed Copperwaxed_exposed_copper600Block & Itemtile.waxed_exposed_copper.name
Waxed Weathered Copperwaxed_weathered_copper601Block & Itemtile.waxed_weathered_copper.name
Waxed Oxidized Copperwaxed_oxidized_copper701Block & Itemtile.waxed_oxidized_copper.name
Cut Coppercut_copper602Block & Itemtile.cut_copper.name
Exposed Cut Copperexposed_cut_copper603Block & Itemtile.exposed_cut_copper.name
Weathered Cut Copperweathered_cut_copper604Block & Itemtile.weathered_cut_copper.name
Oxidized Cut Copperoxidized_cut_copper605Block & Itemtile.oxidized_cut_copper.name
Waxed Cut Copperwaxed_cut_copper606Block & Itemtile.waxed_cut_copper.name
Waxed Exposed Cut Copperwaxed_exposed_cut_copper607Block & Itemtile.waxed_exposed_cut_copper.name
Waxed Weathered Cut Copperwaxed_weathered_cut_copper608Block & Itemtile.waxed_weathered_cut_copper.name
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copperwaxed_oxidized_cut_copper702Block & Itemtile.waxed_oxidized_cut_copper.name

Achievements[]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
Wax on, Wax offApply and remove Wax from all the Copper blocks!!!Wax and de-wax each oxidation stage of all 4 Copper Blocks in the game, which include cut copper blocks, stairs, & slabs.30GSilver

Advancements[]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngWax On
Apply Honeycomb to a Copper block! Bee Our GuestUse a honeycomb on a copper block.husbandry/wax_on
Advancement-plain-raw.pngWax Off
Scrape Wax off of a Copper block! Wax OnUse an axe to revert a waxed copper block.husbandry/wax_off

History[]

May 21, 2009Notch states he may add metal blocks.
October 3, 2020Copper Block (pre-release).png Lightly Weathered Copper Block (pre-release).png Semi-Weathered Copper Block (pre-release).png Weathered Copper Block (pre-release).png Copper Blocks are revealed at Minecraft Live 2020.
Java Edition
1.1720w45aCopper Block JE1 BE1.png Exposed Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Weathered Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Oxidized Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Cut Copper JE1.png Exposed Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Weathered Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Oxidized Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Added copper blocks and cut copper.
20w46aCut Copper JE2 BE1.png The texture of cut copper has been changed.
Copper blocks can now be crafted from and into 4, rather than 9, copper ingots.
20w48aCrafting all variants of cut copper into slabs now gives 6 slabs instead of 4.
21w05a"Lightly Weathered", "Semi-Weathered" and "Weathered" blocks have been renamed to "Exposed", "Weathered" and "Oxidized" blocks respectively.
Drowned now drop copper ingots, making copper renewable.
Different copper blocks can now be crafted in a stonecutter.
"Weathered Copper BlocK" typo has now been fixed to "Oxidized Copper Block".
Weathering now relies on random ticks.
21w05bThe names of the "Copper Block", "Exposed Copper Block", "Weathered Copper Block" and "Oxidized Copper Block" have been changed to "Block of Copper", "Exposed Copper", "Weathered Copper" and "Oxidized Copper" respectively. The IDs and waxed variants have been updated as well.
21w11aBlock of Copper can be waxed by using honeycomb, producing yellow particles.
Honeycomb in a dispenser now waxes copper blocks.
Axes can scrape off wax and oxidation of copper blocks, producing white particles.
Lightning striking copper now cleans its oxidation.
Waxed Blocks of Copper can be crafted into 4 Copper Ingots.
21w14aOxidized Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Oxidized Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Added waxed oxidized copper and cut copper block.
21w17aCopper Blocks are again crafted from 9 Copper Ingots.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta 1.16.210.57Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Exposed Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Weathered Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Oxidized Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Cut Copper JE2 BE1.png Exposed Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Weathered Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Oxidized Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Added copper blocks and cut copper.
Lightly Weathered, Semi-Weathered, Weathered Copper and Cut Copper Blocks are instead named as "Exposed", "Weathered" and "Oxidized" respectively.
beta 1.16.220.52Copper Ingots can now only be crafted from unoxidized copper blocks on the crafting table.
Waxed copper blocks can now be cut in Stonecutter.
Right clicking on Copper while holding an Axe de-waxes copper, scraping off patina one step at a time.
Lightning Rods struck by lightning decrements the oxidation age of nearby copper blocks.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.52Oxidized Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Oxidized Cut Copper JE1 BE1.png Added waxed oxidized copper and cut copper block.
beta 1.17.0.50Copper surfaces now deoxidize in a more random pattern when struck by lightning.
Horizontally placed Lightning Rods now interact properly with respect to de-oxidizing Copper Blocks.
Copper Blocks struck by lightning now deoxidize even if there's no Lightning Rod present.
Added sounds for scraping off wax and oxidization.
beta 1.17.0.52Blocks of Copper and Cut Copper are no longer available only through experimental gameplay.
beta 1.17.0.54Copper Blocks are now crafted from 9 Copper Ingots.

Issues[]

Issues relating to "Block of Copper" or "Cut Copper" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

References[]

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