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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Lapis Lazuli. For the mineral block, see Block of Lapis Lazuli.
Lapis Lazuli Ore
Lapis Lazuli Ore JE4 BE4.png
Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore JE3 BE2.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

3

Hardness

Lapis Lazuli Ore: 3
Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore: 4.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Lapis lazuli ore is the ore block from which lapis lazuli is obtained.

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

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

For lapis lazuli ore distribution, see Ore § Overworld.

Lapis lazuli ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of blobs. Lapis lazuli ore attempts to generate one blob of 0–10 with a periodic normal distribution from levels 0 to 30. On average they spawn 4.2 ores per chunk.

Lapis lazuli ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff, and deepslate. If it replaces tuff or deepslate, it will become deepslate lapis lazuli ore.

‌In Java Edition 1.18[upcoming], Lapis lazuli ore generates in two batches per chunk. The first batch attempts to generate 2 times per chunk, in blobs of 0-10, from levels -32 to 30. It is most common around level -1 and becomes less common towards either end of the range. The second batch attempts to generate 4 times per chunk, in blobs of 0-10, evenly from levels -64 to 64. Lapis lazuli ore in this second batch cannot be exposed to air; any ore blocks that would generate exposed do not generate.

Breaking[]

Lapis lazuli ore can be mined with a stone pickaxe or higher. To obtain the block itself, the player must use Silk Touch; otherwise, the block drops 4–9 lapis lazuli. When mined with a Fortune enchanted pickaxe, there is a chance for the drops to be multiplied by between 2 and the level plus 1, up to a maximum of 2 to 4 at level III (for a maximum of 36 lapis lazuli dropped). This means at Fortune III there is a chance to get a minimum of 4 lapis lazuli or 36 lapis lazuli. See the chart "The drops per fortune level are as follows:" below.

Block Lapis Lazuli Ore Deepslate Lapis Lazuli 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.

The drops per fortune level are as follows:

Drops/Fortune level 0 1 2 3
4 16 19 112 115
5 16 19 112 115
6 16 19 112 115
7 16 19 112 115
8 16 16 18 110
9 16 19 112 115
10 0 118 124 130
12 0 118 112 115
14 0 118 124 130
15 0 0 124 130
16 0 118 124 115
18 0 118 112 115
20 0 0 0 130
21 0 0 124 130
24 0 0 124 115
27 0 0 124 130
28 0 0 0 130
32 0 0 0 130
36 0 0 0 130
Average 12 23 11 38 14 310

Usage[]

Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli Ore or
Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore +
Any fuel


0.2

[needs testing]

Note Blocks[]

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

Sounds[]

Lapis Lazuli 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 Lapis Lazuli 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
Lapis Lazuli Orelapis_orelapis_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.lapis_ore
Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Oredeepslate_lapis_orelapis_ores
mineable/pickaxe
needs_stone_tool
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.deepslate_lapis_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Lapis Lazuli Orelapis_ore21Block & Itemtile.lapis_ore.name
Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Oredeepslate_lapis_ore655Block & Itemtile.deepslate_lapis_ore.name

History[]

Java Edition Beta
1.2Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
Lapis lazuli ore currently drops only one shard per block.
1.2_02Jeb acknowledged that the ore was too rare[1] and has now increased the drop rate to 4-8.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be found at bedrock level.
Unknown
?Lapis lazuli ore now drops 4-9 lapis lazuli. Whether this was the case in Beta 1.2_02 or a subsequent change is unknown.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Enchanting has now been added. Mining of lapis lazuli ore is now possible using a pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be smelted to obtain lapis blocks.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Lapis lazuli ore can now be smelted to obtain blue dye.
1.3.112w22aSmelting and mining lapis lazuli ore, along with other ores, blocks and items, gives the player experience orbs. One stack of lapis ore gives the player approximately the experience needed to go from level 0 to level 13.
Texture Update?Lapis Lazuli Ore Texture Update Revision 1.png A new texture for lapis lazuli ore has been proposed.
1.1418w43aLapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has now been changed.
1.1721w07aLapis lazuli ore generation has been changed to generate in two different groups. The first group generates as a spread between Y=-32 and Y=32. The second group generates evenly between Y=-64 and Y=64, and is never exposed to air.
February 17, 2021Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore (pre-release).png Henrik Kniberg shows grimstone variant of lapis lazuli ore.
February 18, 2021Lapis Lazuli Ore (pre-release).png Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore (pre-release 2).png JAPPA shows new texture of lapis lazuli ore and grimstone variant of lapis lazuli ore.
February 22, 2021Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore (pre-release 3).png JAPPA shows new texture of grimstone variant of lapis lazuli ore.
21w08aLapis Lazuli Ore JE3 BE3.png Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has been changed again. The deepslate lapis lazuli ore has been added.
21w10aDeepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE1.png The texture of deepslate lapis lazuli ore has been changed.
Lapis lazuli ore generates more frequently.
21w15aLapis Lazuli Ore JE4 BE4.png Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore and the deepslate variant has been changed.
The lapis lazuli ore generation changes in the previous 1.17 snapshots have reverted, though they can still accessed using the Caves & Cliffs Prototype Data Pack.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1The previous lapis lazuli ore generation changes are once again available without the use of a data pack.
21w38aLapis lazuli ore generates in blobs similarly to other ores.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
v0.3.0Lapis lazuli ore now drops lapis lazuli.
v0.3.2Lapis lazuli ore is now available in the creative inventory.
?Lapis lazuli ore can now be smelted to obtain the lapis lazuli item.
v0.12.1build 1Mining lapis lazuli ore now drops experience orbs.
Lapis lazuli ore can now be collected with Silk Touch, dropping the block itself.
Lapis Lazuli ore now drops extra shards with the Fortune enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Lapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has now been changed.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Lapis Lazuli Ore JE3 BE3.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has been changed.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.52Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE1.png Added deepslate lapis lazuli ore.
beta 1.16.230.54Lapis Lazuli Ore JE4 BE4.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has been changed.
beta 1.17.0.50Deepslate Lapis Lazuli Ore JE3 BE2.png The texture of the deepslate variant has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.
1.90 Lapis Lazuli Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of lapis lazuli ore has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png Added lapis lazuli ore.

Data history[]

Java Edition
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 21.
21w08aAdded lapis_ores block tag.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

  • Lapis lazuli is based on the real stone for which it is named and has historically been a prized and rare stone used in jewelry and as a dye.
  • Lapis lazuli ore itself is rarer than diamond ore below level 15. However, due to the ore's tendency to drop more than one piece of lapis lazuli, lapis itself is less rare than diamonds.

Gallery[]

References[]

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