Coal Ore

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Coal Ore
Coal Ore JE2 BE2.png
Deepslate Coal Ore JE1.png
Deepslate Coal Ore BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


Coal ore is a mineral block that drops coal when mined.

Deepslate coal ore[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.16.230] is a variant of deepslate of the coal ore that can generate in deepslate blobs.‌[Bedrock Edition only]


Natural generation[edit]

Coal ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Coal ore attempts to generate 20 times per chunk in veins of size 0-37, from levels 0 to 127, in all biomes. An average of 207 coal ore generates per chunk. Coal ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, and andesite. ‌In Java Edition 1.17[upcoming], it can also replace tuff and deepslate, though it does not naturally occur in the same ranges as these blocks. ‌In Bedrock Edition 1.16.230[upcoming], coal ore generated in deepslate blobs are replaced by their deepslate counterparts.

‌In Java Edition 1.17[upcoming], coal ore generates in two batches per chunk. The first batch attempts to generate 30 times per chunk in veins of 0-37, evenly from levels 136 to 320. The second batch attempts to generate 20 times per chunk in veins of 0-37, from levels 0 to 190, being most common at Y=95, and being less common as towards either end of the range. Coal ore in this second batch is also less likely to be exposed to air; 50% of ore veins[verify] that would generate exposed do not generate.

‌In Bedrock Edition 1.16.230[upcoming], coal ore also attempts to generate 20 times per chunk in veins of size 0-37, evenly from levels 128 to 256, within any type of mountains biome. Coal ore that replaces deepslate in will become deepslate coal ore.

Coal ore is also found in small amounts alongside underground fossils.


Coal ore must be mined with any pickaxe, or else it drops nothing. If mined with a pickaxe, coal ore drops 1 coal (or more with Fortune). If mined with Silk Touch, the block drops itself instead.

Block Coal Ore Deepslate Coal Ore
Hardness 3 4.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 15 22.5
Wooden 2.25 3.4
Stone 1.15 1.7
Iron 0.75 1.15
Diamond 0.6 0.85
Netherite 0.5 0.75
Golden 0.4 0.6
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Coal Coal Ore +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[edit]

Coal ore can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sound.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.370.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.stone1.00.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Coal Orecoal_oreBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.coal_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Coal Orecoal_ore16Block &


Java Edition Classic
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding coal veins in stone.
0.0.14aCoal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.
Mining coal ore currently drops the ore block.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTMining an ore block now drops stone slabs.
0.28Coal ore can be obtained in the creative inventory.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129When destroyed by hand, coal ore now yields one coal, but three when mined.[1]
?Coal ore now drops 1 piece of coal.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100227-1Coal ore no longer generates.
20100320Coal ore veins now generate, but differently.
20100325Ore veins now appear more like they do today.
20100327Coal ore now regenerates after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Coal ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition
1.0.0?Coal ore can now be smelted to obtain coal.
1.3.112w22aCoal ore now drops experience when mined.
1.1016w20aCoal ore can now be found in small amounts near fossils.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 16.
1.1418w43aCoal Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w07aCoal Ore JE3.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed.
21w08aCoal Ore JE4 BE3.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed, again.
21w10aDeepslate Coal Ore JE1.png Added deepslate variant of coal ore.
Coal Ore JE5 BE4.png Tweaked the coal ore texture.
Coal ore can no longer generate in fossils below Y=0.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Coal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.
v0.3.0Coal ore now drops coal when mined.
v0.3.2Coal ore is now available in the creative inventory.
v0.12.1build 1Mining coal ore now drops experience orbs.
Coal ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Coal ore now drops extra coals with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed.
1.16.220beta Ore JE4 BE3.png The texture of coal ore has been changed.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta Coal Ore BE1.png Added deepslate variant of coal ore.
It generates instead of coal in deepslate blobs
beta Ore JE5 BE4.png Coal ore texture was updated.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Coal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.
1.90 Coal Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of coal ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Coal Ore JE1 BE1.png Added coal ore.


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