Gold Ore

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This article is about the overworld ore. For the nether ore, see Nether Gold Ore. For the item, see Gold Ingot. For the mineral block, see Block of Gold. For the nugget, see Gold Nugget.
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Gold Ore
Gold Ore JE3 BE2.png
Deepslate Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance



Gold Ore: 3
Deepslate Gold Ore: 4.5







Catches fire from lava


Gold ore is one of the rarest types of mineral blocks found underground.

Deepslate gold ore is a variant found in the deepslate layer of the world below Y=0‌[upcoming: JE 1.18 & BE 1.18] and within the deepslate and tuff blobs between Y=16 and Y=0‌[upcoming: JE 1.17], whenever gold ore replaces deepslate or tuff.



Gold ore drops as an item if mined by an iron pickaxe or higher. If mined by any other tool, it drops nothing. Unlike most ores, gold ore does not require Silk Touch to be obtained, and instead always drops itself.

‌In Java Edition 1.17[upcoming], gold ore drops raw gold instead of itself, unless mined with a Silk Touch pickaxe. It is affected by Fortune enchantment.

Block Gold Ore Deepslate Gold Ore
Hardness 3 4.5
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.

Natural generation[edit]

Gold ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of blobs. Gold ore attempts to generate 2 times per chunk, in blobs of size 0-13, from levels 0 to 32 in all biomes.

Gold ore also attempts to generate 20 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-13, from levels 32 to 79, within any type of badlands biome, or within a chunk that is at least partially occupied by such a biome. On average they generate 12.4 ores per chunk.

‌In Java Edition 1.18[upcoming] gold ore attempts to generate 4 times per chunk, in blobs of size 0-13, from levels -63 to 30, in all biomes. It is most likely to be found around layer -17, becoming less common toward either end of the range. Gold ore is also less likely to be exposed to air; 50% of ore blobs[verify] that would generate exposed do not generate. Gold ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff, and deepslate. Any gold ore that replaces tuff or deepslate will become deepslate gold ore. The generation in badlands biomes is unchanged.

‌In Bedrock Edition 1.17[upcoming], deepslate gold ore generates instead of regular gold ore in deepslate blobs.


Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Gold Ingot Gold Ore or
Deepslate Gold Ore +
Any fuel



Piglins become hostile toward players who mine gold ore, even if the player is wearing golden armor. Piglins also run toward any gold ores on the ground, and inspect it for 6 to 8 seconds before putting it in their inventory.

Note Blocks[edit]

Gold 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 IDBlock tags (JE)Item tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Gold Oregold_oregold_ores
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.gold_ore
Deepslate Gold Oredeepslate_gold_oregold_ores
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.deepslate_gold_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Gold Oregold_ore14Block &
Deepslate Gold Oredeepslate_gold_ore657Block &


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Oooh, shiny!.pngOooh, shiny!Distract a Piglin using gold.Give a piglin a gold item while it is aggressive toward the player.30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngOh Shiny
Distract Piglins with gold NetherGive a piglin one of these 24 gold-related items in the #piglin_loved item tag while not wearing any golden armor: If this advancement is attempted while the player is wearing golden armor but piglin(s) are still aggressive toward them, the advancement does not trigger. Other gold-related items, if any, may be used, but are ignored for this advancement and by the piglin.nether/distract_piglin


Java Edition Classic
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding gold blobs in stone.
0.0.14aGold Ore JE1.png Added gold ore.
Gold ore is found in higher elevations.
Gold ore is often found in exposed surface-level blobs.
October 24, 2009Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png A texture change was shown.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTGold Ore JE2 BE1.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
Breaking gold ore now gives the player 1–3 blocks of gold when mined.
Java Edition Indev
?Gold ore no longer drops gold blocks.
0.3120100129Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
Gold ore now drops itself when mined.
20100201-2Gold ore requires an iron or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100227-1Gold ore no longer generates.
20100320Gold ore blobs now generate, but only in blobs of 1.
20100325Gold ore blobs now appear more like they do today.
20100327Gold ore now regenerates after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Gold ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3The "ore quadrant" bug, causing different quadrants of the map to have more or less ore, has been fixed.
1.8Pre-releaseThe maximum layer for gold has been reduced by 2, along with some other ores.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aSmelting gold ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, now gives the player experience orbs when taking the item out of the furnace. One stack of gold ore give thes player approximately 3 levels of experience.
1.1016w20a20 additional blobs of gold ore now generate in mesa biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 14.
1.14?Gold Ore (Texture Update beta revision 1).png The texture of gold ore texture has been proposed.
18w43aGold Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w07aGold Ore JE4.png The texture of gold ore has been changed, now resembling the Nether Gold Ore.
February 17, 2021Deepslate Gold Ore (pre-release).png Henrik Kniberg shows grimstone variant of gold ore.
February 18, 2021Gold Ore (pre-release).png Deepslate Gold Ore (pre-release 2).png JAPPA Shows updated gold ore texture and grimstone variant of gold ore.
February 22, 2021Gold Ore (pre-release 2).png Deepslate Gold Ore (pre-release 3).png JAPPA Shows updated gold ore texture and grimstone variant of gold ore.
21w08aGold Ore JE5 BE3.png Deepslate Gold Ore JE1.png The texture of gold ore has been changed again. The deepslate gold ore has been added.
March 4, 2021Deepslate Gold Ore (pre-release 4).png JAPPA shows updated deepslate variant of gold ore texture.
21w10aGold Ore JE6.png Deepslate Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Tweaked the texture of gold ores.
21w14aIt now drops raw gold when broken without silk touch, instead of itself.
April 13, 2021Gold Ore JE7 BE4.png JAPPA shows a new gold ore texture.
21w15aGold Ore JE7 BE4.png The texture of the gold ore has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.
v0.3.2Gold ore can now be mined and processed correctly.
v0.10.0build 1Gold ore can now generate at any level in a mesa biome.
v0.12.1?Gold ore now gives experience points when smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
1.16.0beta ore is no longer smeltable.[1]
beta ore is now smeltable again.[1]
1.16.220beta Ore JE5 BE3.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added deepslate gold ore
beta Ore JE7 BE4.png Gold ore texture was updated.
1.17.0beta now drops raw gold when broken without silk touch, instead of itself.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 1320 additional blobs of gold ore now generate in mesa biomes between Y=32 and Y=79.
1.90 Gold Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of gold ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added gold ore.


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