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Diamond Ore
Diamond Ore JE5 BE5.png
Deepslate Diamond Ore JE2 BE1.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

3

Hardness

Diamond Ore: 3
Deepslate Diamond Ore: 4.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

This article is about the ore. For the item, see Diamond. For the mineral block, see Block of Diamond.

Diamond ore is a rare ore that generates deep underground, and is the only reliable source of diamonds.

Deepslate diamond ore is a variant of diamond ore that can generate in deepslate and tuff blobs.

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

For diamond ore distribution, see Ore § Overworld.
Blob of diamond ores

Blob of diamond ore.

Diamond ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of blobs. Diamond ore attempts to generate 1 time per chunk in blobs of 0-10 ore, in layers 1 to 16 in all biomes. If multiple blobs spawn directly adjacent, it is possible to have a "singular blob" with more than 10 diamond ore. On average they generate 3.7 ores per chunk.[verify] Diamond ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff, and deepslate. Diamond ore that replaces tuff or deepslate will become deepslate diamond ore.

‌In Java Edition 1.18 and Bedrock Edition 1.18.0[upcoming], diamond ore attempts to generate in two batches. The first batch generates 6 times per chunk in blobs of 0-5 ores, from Y=14 to Y=-63, being more common as the y-level decreases. The second batch generates in 19 chunks in blobs of 0-23 ores, from Y=14 to Y=-63, being more common as the y-level decreases. Diamond ore is also less likely to be exposed to air: 50% of ore blocks from the first batch and 70% from the second batch will not generate. Diamond ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff, and deepslate. Diamond ore that replaces tuff or deepslate will become deepslate diamond ore. Diamond ore generating under Y=0[only upcoming Java Edition 1.18] or in a deepslate blob[only upcoming Bedrock Edition 1.18.0] will be replaced by its deepslate variant.

Breaking[]

The diamond ore block itself (rather than its diamond drops) can be obtained by mining it with an iron, diamond or netherite pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment. When mined without Silk Touch, diamond ore drops a single diamond. The maximum amount of diamonds dropped can be increased with Fortune. Fortune I gives a 13 chance for 2 diamonds, averaging 1.33 diamonds, Fortune II gives a 25% chance (each) to give 2 or 3 diamonds, averaging 1.75 diamonds, and Fortune III gives a 20% chance (each) to give 2, 3, or 4 diamonds, averaging 2.2 diamonds.

Block Diamond Ore Deepslate Diamond Ore
Hardness 3 4.5
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 15 22.5
Wooden 7.5 11.25
Stone 3.75 5.65
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[]

Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Diamond Diamond Ore or
Deepslate Diamond Ore +
Any fuel


1

Note Blocks[]

Diamond ore can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sounds.

Sounds[]

Diamond 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 Diamond 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
Diamond Orediamond_orediamond_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_iron_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.diamond_ore
Deepslate Diamond Oredeepslate_diamond_orediamond_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_iron_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.deepslate_diamond_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Diamond Orediamond_ore56Block & Itemtile.diamond_ore.name
Deepslate Diamond Oredeepslate_diamond_ore660Block & Itemtile.deepslate_diamond_ore.name

History[]

Java Edition Indev
0.3120100128Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore. Initially, it was referred to as "emerald ore."
20100130Emerald ore from the previous version is now referred to as diamond ore.
20100201-2The drop rate of diamonds has been reduced to 1 per ore mined (down from 1-3).
Java Edition Infdev
20100227-1Diamond ore no longer generates.
20100320Diamond ore blobs now generate, but differently.
20100325Ore blobs now appear more like they do today.
20100327Diamond ore now regenerates after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Diamond ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Before this update, diamond was about 50% rarer in the north-east quadrant of the point (0,0) compared to the quadrant to the south-west. In this update, clay blocks are now more rare than diamond due to a glitch.
1.8Pre-releaseDiamond ore has now become about 25% rarer.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Diamond ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Diamond ore now drops extra diamonds with the Fortune enchantment.
1.3.112w22aMining diamond ore now drops experience orbs.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 56.
Texture Update?Diamond Ore TextureUpdate Revision 1.png A new texture for diamond ore has been proposed.
1.1418w43aDiamond Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
19w08aDiamond Ore JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed, once again.
1.1721w07aDiamond Ore JE4 BE4.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
Diamond ore now generates as a spread, generating below Y=16 and peaking at Y=-64.
February 17, 2021Deepslate Diamond Ore (pre-release).png Henrik Kniberg shows a grimstone variant of diamond ore, its texture made by JAPPA.
February 18, 2021Deepslate Diamond Ore (pre-release 2).png JAPPA shows a new texture for the grimstone variant of diamond ore.
February 22, 2021Deepslate Diamond Ore (pre-release 3).png JAPPA shows updated grimstone variant of diamond ore.
21w08aDeepslate Diamond Ore JE1.png Added the deepslate diamond ore.
Added diamond_ores block tag.
If a diamond ore blob is exposed to air, it has a 50% chance of not generating.
March 2, 2021Diamond Ore JE5 BE5.png JAPPA shows updated diamond ore texture.
March 4, 2021Deepslate Diamond Ore (pre-release 4).png JAPPA shows updated deepslate variant of diamond ore texture.
21w10aDiamond Ore JE5 BE5.png Deepslate Diamond Ore JE2 BE1.png Tweaked the diamond ore textures.
Deepslate diamond ore now generates instead of coal ore on fossils that generate below Y=0.
Diamond ore blobs are now smaller but slightly more frequent, making diamond ore overall less common.
21w13aLarger diamond ore blobs sometimes form.
21w15aAll the changes to diamond ore generation in the previous 1.17 snapshots have been reverted, but they can be re-enabled with the Caves & Cliffs Prototype Data Pack.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Diamond ore once again generates the way it did in the 1.17 snapshots without the use of a data pack.
21w40aIncreased the amount of unexposed diamond ore.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore.
v0.3.2Diamond ore is now obtainable.
v0.12.1build 1Mining diamond ore now drops experience orbs.
Diamond ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Diamond ore now drop extra diamonds with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Diamond Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.5Diamond Ore JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed, once again.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Diamond Ore JE4 BE4.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.52Deepslate Diamond Ore JE2 BE1.png Added deepslate diamond ore.
beta 1.16.230.54Diamond Ore JE5 BE5.png Diamond ore texture was updated.
?Diamond ore generation was unintentionally made twice as rare.[1]
1.17.2Diamond ore once again generates in the expected amounts.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore.
1.90 Diamond Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of diamond ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Diamond Ore JE1 BE1.png Added diamond ore.

Issues[]

Issues relating to "Diamond Ore" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[]

  • In some blob formations, ores connect diagonally.
  • After the Caves & Cliffs update, diamond ore is the only type of Overworld ore that largely keeps the classic ore texture, with only some minor tweaks to coloration.

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Miscellaneous[]

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References[]

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