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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Iron Ingot. For the mineral block, see Block of Iron. For the nugget, see Iron Nugget.
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Iron Ore
Iron Ore JE6 BE4.png
Deepslate Iron Ore JE2 BE1.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

3

Hardness

Iron Ore: 3
Deepslate Iron Ore: 4.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Iron ore is a mineral block found underground. It is a source of raw iron, which can be smelted into iron ingots.

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

Obtaining[]

Breaking[]

Iron ore itself can be obtained by mining it with a stone pickaxe or higher enchanted with Silk Touch. When mined without Silk Touch, iron ore drops raw iron. It is affected by Fortune enchantment, dropping 1–2, 1–3, or 1–4 raw iron respectively with Fortune I, II, and III.

Block Iron Ore Deepslate Iron 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.

Natural generation[]

For iron ore distribution, see Ore § Overworld.

Iron ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of blobs. Iron ore attempts to generate 20 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-13, from levels 0 to 63, in all biomes. On average they generate 112 ores per chunk. Iron ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff, and deepslate. If it replaces tuff or deepslate, it will become deepslate iron ore.

‌In Java Edition 1.18[upcoming], iron ore generates in three batches. The first batch attempts to generate 40 times per chunk in blobs of 0-13, from levels 128 to 320, being most common around level 255 and becoming less common towards either end of the range. The second batch attempts to generate 6 times per chunk in blobs of 0-13, from levels -24 to 54, being most common around level 15 and becoming less common towards either end of the range. The third batch attempts to generate 3 times per chunk in blobs of 0-5, evenly from levels -63 to 64.

‌In Java Edition 1.18[upcoming], iron ore can generate as an ore vein.

‌In Bedrock Edition 1.18[upcoming], iron ore also attempts to generate 40 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-10, from levels 128 to 256 within any type of mountains biome. It becomes more common as the y-level increases.

Usage[]

The primary usage of iron ore is to obtain iron ingots.

Smelting ingredient[]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Ore or
Deepslate Iron Ore +
Any fuel


0.7

Note blocks[]

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

Sounds[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation 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:

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[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Iron Oreiron_oreiron_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.iron_ore
Deepslate Iron Oredeepslate_iron_oreiron_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.deepslate_iron_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Iron Oreiron_ore15Block & Itemtile.iron_ore.name
Deepslate Iron Oredeepslate_iron_ore656Block & Itemtile.deepslate_iron_ore.name

History[]

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding iron ore.
May 23, 2009Notch says he accomplished adding iron blobs in stone.
0.0.14aIron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
Iron ore spawns in huge blobs, sometimes big enough to protrude into 3 caverns, and could be as big as 167 blocks.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBreaking iron ore now gives the player 1–3 blocks of iron when mined.
Java Edition Indev
0.31?Iron ore no longer drops blocks of iron when mined.
20100129Before the furnace was added, players had to smelt ore by dropping ore blocks onto fire.
Iron ore now drops itself when mined.
20100201-2Iron ore now requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to be successfully obtained.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100227-1Iron ore no longer generates.
20100320Iron ore blobs now generate, but differently.
20100325Ore blobs now appear more like they do today.
20100327Iron ore now regenerates after the world is reloaded, assuming that the positions of the ore blocks were replaced by stone.
20100330Iron ore no longer regenerates.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aSmelting iron ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, gives the player experience orbs when taking the item out of the furnace. One stack of iron ore gives the player approximately 2 levels of experience.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 15.
Texture Update?Iron Ore Texture Update Revision 1.png A new texture for iron ore has been proposed.
1.1418w43aIron Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has been changed.
1.14.1Pre-Release 1Iron Ore JE3.png The texture of iron ore has been changed, once again.
1.1721w07aIron Ore JE4.png The texture of iron ore has been changed.
February 17, 2021Deepslate Iron Ore (pre-release).png Henrik Kniberg shows grimstone variant of iron ore.
February 18, 2021Iron Ore (pre-release).png Deepslate Iron Ore (pre-release 2).png JAPPA Shows updated iron ore texture and grimstone variant of iron ore.
February 22, 2021Iron Ore (pre-release 2).png Deepslate Iron Ore (pre-release 3).png JAPPA shows updated iron ore textures and grimstone variant of iron ore.
21w08aDeepslate Iron Ore JE1.png Added deepslate iron ore.
Iron Ore JE5 BE3.png The texture of iron ore has been changed again.
Added iron_ores block tag.
Iron ore now generates less frequently. However, a bug exists in this version where regular iron ore are generated way more infrequent.
Iron ore can now generate in negative y-levels in smaller blobs.
21w08bRegular iron ore now generates more frequently than in 21w08a [1].
March 2, 2021Iron Ore JE6 BE4.png JAPPA shows updated iron ore texture.
March 4, 2021Deepslate Iron Ore (pre-release 4).png JAPPA shows updated deepslate variant of iron ore texture.
21w10aIron Ore JE6 BE4.png Deepslate Iron Ore JE2 BE1.png The textures of iron ore and deepslate iron ore was updated.
21w14aIt now drops raw iron when broken without silk touch, instead of itself.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
v0.3.0Iron ore is now obtainable in Survival mode.
v0.3.2Iron ore is now available in the creative inventory.
With the addition of furnaces, iron ore is able to be smelted into iron ingots.
v0.12.1?Iron ore now gives experience when smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Iron Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has been changed.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Iron Ore JE5 BE3.png The texture of iron ore has been changed.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.52Deepslate Iron Ore JE2 BE1.png Added deepslate iron ore.
beta 1.16.230.54Iron Ore JE6 BE4.png Iron ore texture was updated.
beta 1.17.0.50It now drops raw iron when broken without silk touch, instead of itself.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.
?Smelting iron ore now gives experience.
1.90 Iron Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of iron ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Added iron ore.

Issues[]

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