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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Copper Ingot. For the mineral block, see Block of Copper.
Copper Ore
Copper Ore JE2 BE2.png
Deepslate Copper Ore JE2 BE2.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

3

Hardness

Copper Ore: 3
Deepslate Copper Ore: 4.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Copper ore is a mineral block found underground.

Deepslate copper ore is the deepslate variant of copper ore.

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

For copper ore distribution, see Ore § Overworld.

Copper ore can be generated anywhere on the Overworld in the form of veins. In Java Edition, copper ore tries to generate 6 times per chunk in groups from 0 to 16, in layers 0 to 96, being most common in layers 47 and 48 and less common at the ends. Copper ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff and deepslate. Copper ore rarely replaces deepslate and tuff, generating within deepslate and tuff areas of layers 0 to 16. When it is replaced, it becomes the deepslate copper ore.

Breaking[]

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

Breaking copper ore drops 2-3 raw copper, unless mined with a Silk Touch pickaxe. It is affected by Fortune enchantment, dropping up to 12 raw copper with Fortune III.

Block Copper Ore Deepslate Copper Ore
Hardness 3 4.5
Tool
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.

Usage[]

The primary usage of copper ore is to obtain copper ingots. Nine copper ingots can be crafted into copper blocks. Copper ore does not weather like its block counterpart, though the ore itself shows some oxidization.

Smelting ingredients[]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Copper Ore or
Deepslate Copper Ore or
Raw Copper +
Any fuel


0.7

Sounds[]

Copper Ore[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
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:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
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

Deepslate Copper Ore[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.deepslate.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.deepslate.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.deepslate.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.deepslate.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.deepslate.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
Copper Orecopper_orecopper_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.copper_ore
Deepslate Copper Oredeepslate_copper_orecopper_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.deepslate_copper_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Copper Orecopper_ore566Block & Itemtile.copper_ore.name
Deepslate Copper Oredeepslate_copper_ore663Block & Itemtile.deepslate_copper_ore.name

History[]

October 3, 2020Copper Ore (pre-release).png Copper ore is announced at Minecraft Live 2020.
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 BE2.png The texture of the deepslate copper ore has been changed.
Now generates as a periodic normal distribution between levels 0 and 192.
21w17aCopper and deepslate copper ore now drops 2-3 raw copper when mined or more when using a tool enchanted with Fortune.
Deepslate copper ore variant now generates naturally.
Copper ore can now replace tuff and deepslate upon generating.
21w18aReduced copper spawning a bit, to compensate for large ore veins. They are found beteen levels 0 and 96.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.18experimental snapshot 4Bigger copper blobs can now generate in dripstone caves.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta 1.16.210.57Copper 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.
beta 1.16.220.50Copper 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 1.16.220.52Copper ore can no longer be randomly rotated.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.52Deepslate Copper Ore JE1 BE1.png Added deepslate variant of copper ore.
beta 1.16.230.56Changed Copper Ore generation.
beta 1.17.0.50Deepslate Copper Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of deepslate copper ore was changed to match Java Edition.
It now drops raw copper when broken without Silk Touch, instead of itself.
beta 1.17.0.52Copper ores are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
beta 1.17.0.54Copper and deepslate copper ore now drops 2-3 raw copper when mined or more when using a tool enchanted with Fortune.

Gallery[]

Issues[]

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