Copper Ore

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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Copper Ingot. For the mineral block, see Copper Block.
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This content has appeared in Java Edition 1.17 and Bedrock Edition 1.16.230 development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
This content is present in the latest complete version of Bedrock Edition, but only accessible in beta versions without add-ons.
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Copper Ore
Copper Ore JE2 BE2.png
Deepslate Copper Ore JE2.png
Deepslate Copper Ore JE1 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance



Copper Ore: 3
Deepslate Copper Ore: 4.5







Catches fire from lava


Copper ore is a mineral block found underground.

Deepslate copper ore is the deepslate variant of copper ore.


In Java Edition, deepslate copper ore does not generate naturally and is only available from the Creative inventory.

Natural generation[edit]

Copper ore can generate anywhere in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. In Java Edition, copper ore attempts to generate 6 times per chunk in veins of 0–16, from levels 0 to 192, being most common at level 96 and being less common towards either end of the range[more information needed]. Copper ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff and deepslate, though the latter two do not generate at the same levels as copper. Even if copper ore does somehow replace deepslate, it will not become deepslate copper ore. In Bedrock Edition, copper ore that replaces deepslate in will become deepslate copper ore.


Copper ore must be mined with a stone pickaxe or higher, or else it drops nothing.

Breaking copper ore will drop 1 raw copper, unless mined with a Silk Touch pickaxe. It is affected by Fortune enchantment, dropping up to 4 raw copper with Fortune III.

Block Copper Ore Deepslate Copper Ore
Hardness 3 4.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 15 22.5
Wooden 7.5 11.25
Stone 1.15 1.7
Iron 0.75 1.15
Diamond 0.6 0.85
Netherite 0.5 0.75
Golden 1.25 1.9
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


The primary usage of copper ore is to obtain copper ingots. Copper ingots can be crafted into copper blocks, which takes only 4 ingots, unlike most mineral blocks. Copper ore does not weather like its block counterpart, though the ore itself shows some oxidization.

Smelting ingredients[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Copper Ore +
Any fuel



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
Copper Orecopper_oreBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.copper_ore
Deepslate Copper Oredeepslate_copper_oreBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.deepslate_copper_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Copper Orecopper_ore566Block &
Deepslate Copper Oredeepslate_copper_ore663Block &


October 3, 2020Copper Ore (pre-release).png Copper ore is announced at Minecraft Live 2020.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w45aCopper Ore JE1 BE1.png Added copper ore.
Copper ore generates evenly between levels 4 and 63, and has the same rarity as iron ore.
21w07aCopper ore now generates as a periodic normal distribution from levels 0 to 96.
February 22, 2021Copper Ore (pre-release 2).png JAPPA shows updated copper ore texture.
1.1721w08aCopper Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of copper ore has been changed.
21w10aDeepslate Copper Ore JE1 BE1.png Added deepslate variant of copper ore.
Added copper_ores block tag.
Copper ore becomes a little rarer than iron ore.
21w13aNow generates uniformly between levels 0 and 63 instead of generating with a normal curve from 0 to 96.
21w14aIt now drops raw copper when broken without silk touch, instead of itself.
21w15aDeepslate Copper Ore JE2.png The texture of the deepslate copper ore has been changed.
Now generates as a periodic normal distribution between levels 0 and 192.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.210beta Ore JE1 BE1.png Copper Ore (D) BE1.png Copper Ore (W) BE1.png Copper Ore (U) BE1.png Added copper ore. The model has random rotation.
releaseCopper Ore have been made inaccessible in the full release.
1.16.220beta Ore JE2 BE2.png Copper Ore (D) BE2.png Copper Ore (W) BE2.png Copper Ore (U) BE2.png Changed texture of copper ore.
beta Ore can no longer be randomly rotated.
releaseCopper ore has once again been made inaccessible in the full release.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta Copper Ore JE1 BE1.png Added deepslate variant of copper ore.
beta Copper Ore generation.


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