Metal

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A metal is a lustrous, conductive, and generally strong and workable material. There currently exist three different metals within Minecraft:

There also exists one alloy:

Properties of metals[edit]

Pure metals in Minecraft all share the following properties:

  • They can exist in nugget (excluding copper and netherite), ingot, raw, raw block and full block forms. A metal block is equivalent to nine ingots, and an ingot is in turn equivalent to nine nuggets.
  • They have corresponding tool and armor sets (excluding copper).
  • Their tool and armor sets can be processed by a furnace or blast furnace in order to receive a nugget of the respective metal back.
  • They, in block form, can power beacons (excluding copper).[1]
  • They have raw forms, which are dropped when breaking their ores.


Alloys have the following distinct properties from pure metals:

  • They exist in block and ingot form, but not in nugget form. And as such items made with alloys cannot be smelted into nugget form
  • They do not have direct ores and must be combined with other metals.

Metallic elements[edit]

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Aside from gold and iron, there exist numerous elements[Bedrock and Education editions only] that correspond to real-life metals. However, these do not have the same uses that gold and iron metals have in-game.

d-block metals[edit]

f-block metals[edit]

Alkali metals[edit]

Alkaline earths[edit]

Other metals/poor metals[edit]

Metal as a material type[edit]

Main article: Breaking

Certain blocks are classified as metals as opposed to rock, requiring a pickaxe to be mined. However, the blocks placed in this category are not necessarily made of metal in themselves; for example, blocks of diamond, blocks of emerald, blocks of redstone and lapis lazuli blocks are all listed under this category despite not being made of metal.

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
0.0.14aIron Ore JE1 BE1.png Gold Ore JE1.png Added iron and gold ores.
0.0.20aBlock of Gold JE1.png Added blocks of gold.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBlock of Iron JE1.png Added blocks of iron.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100128Iron Ingot JE2 BE1.png Gold Ingot JE2 BE1.png Added iron and gold ingots.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseGold Nugget JE1.png Added gold nuggets.
1.11.116w50aIron Nugget JE1 BE1.png Added iron nuggets.
1.1620w06aNetherite Ingot JE1.png Block of Netherite JE1 BE1.png Added netherite ingots and blocks.
October 3, 2020Mojang reveals Copper ore.
1.1720w45aCopper Ore JE2 BE2.png Copper Ingot JE2 BE1.png Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Added copper ore, ingots and blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseBlock of Iron JE1.png Added blocks of iron.
v0.1.0Iron Ore JE1 BE1.png Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png Added iron and gold ores.
Block of Gold JE3 BE1.png Added blocks of gold.
v0.3.2Gold Ingot JE2 BE1.png Iron Ingot JE2 BE1.png Added iron and gold ingots.
v0.12.1build 1Gold Nugget JE2 BE1.png Added gold nuggets.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Iron Nugget JE1 BE1.png Added iron nuggets.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Netherite Ingot JE1.png Block of Netherite JE1 BE1.png Added netherite ingots and blocks.
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.57Copper Ore JE2 BE2.png Copper Ingot JE2 BE1.png Copper Block JE1 BE1.png Added copper ore, ingots and blocks.

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