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Nether gold ore is a variant of gold ore found only in the Nether.


Natural generation[]

Nether gold ore generates in the Nether in the form of ore blobs. Nether gold ore attempts to replace netherrack 10 times per chunk in blobs of size 0–16, from levels 10 to 117, in all Nether biomes. In Java Edition, in basalt deltas, nether gold ore attempts to generate 20 times per chunk instead, as there are fewer valid generation areas.


Nether gold ore requires a pickaxe to be mined.

Block Nether Gold Ore
Hardness 3
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 2.25
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 0.4
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Nether gold ore drops 2-6 gold nuggets when mined with any pickaxe. Fortune has a 33.3% chance to multiply the drops by 2, Fortune II has a 25% chance to multiply the drops by 2 or 3 and Fortune III has a 20% chance each to multiply the drops by 2, 3, or 4 for a maximum possible drop of 24 golden nuggets. The average number of nuggets from Fortune III is 8.8, which is less than an ingot; therefore it is slightly more efficient to mine nether gold ore with Silk Touch and smelt it into gold ingots.

Drops Fortune level
0 1 2 3
2 15 215 220 225
3 15 215 220 225
4 15 315 320 325
5 15 215 220 225
6 15 315 420 425
8 0 115 120 225
9 0 0 120 125
10 0 115 120 125
12 0 115 220 325
15 0 0 120 125
16 0 0 0 125
18 0 0 120 125
20 0 0 0 125
24 0 0 0 125
Average 4 13 7 45

Nether gold ore also drops 0–1 when broken.



Piglins become hostile toward players that mine the ore, regardless if the player is wearing gold armor or is under the Invisibility effect. The same case applies if the player mines gold of any type, not just the ore. If any nether gold ore is dropped and in its item form, piglins will run towards any nether gold ore and examine it for 6 to 8 seconds after picking it up.

Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Gold Ingot Nether Gold Ore +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[]

Nether gold ore can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sound.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.nether_gold_ore.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.nether_gold_ore.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.nether_gold_ore.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.nether_gold_ore.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.nether_gold_ore.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.nether_gold_ore1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.nether_gold_ore1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.nether_gold_ore0.230.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.nether_gold_ore0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.nether_gold_ore0.181.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.nether_gold_ore0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.nether_gold_ore0.141.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsItem tagsTranslation key
Nether Gold Orenether_gold_oreBlock & Itemgold_ores

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Nether Gold Orenether_gold_ore543Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.nether_gold_ore.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other
Oooh, shiny!Distract a Piglin using goldGive a piglin a gold item while it is aggressive toward the player.30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawOh Shiny
Distract Piglins with gold NetherWhile aggravated, give a piglin one of these 25 gold-related items in the #piglin_loved item tag: Other gold-related items do not distract the piglin and do not trigger this advancement.nether/distract_piglin


February 14, 2020HelenAngel says there will not be gold ore in the Nether.
February 28, 2020HelenAngel says to upvote gold ore in the Nether on the Feedback site. She also states it's getting a lot of attention on there, so she has passed it off to the team.
Java Edition
1.1620w11aNether Gold Ore JE1 Added nether gold ore.
Like regular gold ore, nether gold ore drops itself and can be mined only with an iron pickaxe or better.
March 11, 2020Nether Gold Ore JE2 BE1 A new texture for nether gold ore is shown.
20w12aNether gold ore now drops gold nuggets instead of itself.
Nether gold ore can now be mined with any pickaxe.
20w13aNether Gold Ore JE2 BE1 The texture of nether gold ore has been changed.
Nether gold ore now drops experience.
20w17aNether gold ore now uses the same sounds as nether quartz ore, but via a different sound event.
Pre-release 1Nether gold ore now uses the "Nether" color on maps.
1.1721w14aNether gold ore can no longer be smelted.
21w15aNether gold ore can now be smelted.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta Gold Ore JE2 BE1 Added nether gold ore.


Issues relating to "Nether Gold Ore" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


Nether Gold Ore (original suggestion)

Nether gold ore as it appeared in the original suggestion.

  • In 2017, Jeb showed interest in a suggestion regarding nether gold ore that was posted on Reddit.[1]
    • This comment also suggested that nearby zombie pigmen, the mob now currently known as zombified piglins, should become angry at the player when they mine nether gold ore. Jeb also showed interest in this aspect of the suggestion, and this may have been the inspiration for piglins becoming angry when gold of any type is mined near them.
    • Nether Gold Ore requires a stone pickaxe or better to get gold, despite overworld Gold Ore needing an iron pickaxe or better.


See also[]