Iron ore is a common ore found almost everywhere in a Minecraft world.
Iron ore generates around and below sea-level in the Overworld. It is a crucial material to gather during the early stages of the game since it can be made into a Pickaxe, capable of mining all types of ores (including Diamond Ore). Every iron ore block contains enough iron to make one Iron Ingot when it is smelted.
Iron ore is a grey block with spots, similar to coal, but with bronze/beige spots.
Iron can only be mined with a stone, iron or diamond pickaxe; using a wooden or gold pickaxe will not yield any ore. Once it is mined, the user will gain an ore block that they can place, but they will not be able to make any items using the ore. They must smelt it down into iron ingots using a Furnace or Blast Furnace and then create what they want. This makes iron ore one of only two ores that require smelting, the other one being gold ore.
Iron is used to make Weapons and Armor with higher durability than those made with Stone, Leather, Wood Planks, or Gold. Iron can also be used to make Minecarts, Rails, Compasses, Anvils, Cauldrons and Buckets. Iron tools can be used up to 251 times before they break. Iron can also be used to craft iron blocks; 4 blocks of iron combined with a pumpkin head is the spawning recipe of the Iron Golem.
- In Survival Test, iron ore gave a player Iron Blocks, which didn't require any smelting, as well as yielding nine times as many iron ingots.