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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Nether Quartz. For the mineral block, see Block of Quartz.

Nether quartz ore is ore found in the Nether, and is a source of quartz.


Natural generation[]

Nether quartz ore can generate in the Nether in the form of ore blobs. Nether quartz ore attempts to replace netherrack 16 times per chunk in blobs of size 0-24, from levels 10 to 117, in all Nether biomes. In Java Edition, in basalt deltas, nether quartz ore attempts to generate 32 times per chunk as there are fewer valid generation areas.


Nether quartz ore can be mined with any pickaxe, or it drops nothing. If mined with Silk Touch, the block drops itself. Otherwise, it drops 1 nether quartz (or more with Fortune). It also drops 2–5 when broken.

Block Nether Quartz 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.


Smelting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Quartz Nether Quartz Ore +
Any fuel


Note that mining the block directly with a tool enchanted with any Fortune level produces more Nether quartz.

Note Blocks[]

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


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.nether_ore.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.nether_ore.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.nether_ore.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.nether_ore.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.nether_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 tagsTranslation key
Nether Quartz Orenether_quartz_oreBlock & Itemmineable/pickaxeblock.minecraft.nether_quartz_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Nether Quartz Orequartz_ore153Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.quartz_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.


Java Edition
1.513w01aNether Quartz Ore JE1 BE1 Added Nether quartz ore.
Nether quartz ore drops Nether quartz.
13w01bNether quartz ore can now be smelted in a furnace to make Nether quartz.
1.1317w47aThe ID of Nether quartz ore has now has been changed from quartz_ore to nether_quartz_ore.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 153.
Texture Update1.0.0Nether Quartz Ore TU1 A new texture for Nether quartz ore has been proposed.
2.0.0Nether Quartz Ore TU2 Another new texture for Nether quartz ore has been proposed.
1.1418w43aNether Quartz Ore JE2 The texture of Nether quartz ore has been changed.
18w50aNether Quartz Ore JE3 BE2 The texture of Nether quartz ore has been changed, once again.
1.1620w06aNether quartz ore now has unique sounds.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Nether Quartz Ore JE1 BE1 Added Nether quartz ore.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Quartz Ore JE3 BE2 The texture of Nether quartz ore has been changed.
1.16.0beta quartz ore now has unique sounds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU1 1.04 Patch 11.0.1Nether Quartz Ore JE1 BE1 Added Nether quartz ore.
1.90 Nether Quartz Ore JE3 BE2 The texture of Nether quartz ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Nether Quartz Ore JE1 BE1 Added Nether quartz ore.


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  • Nether quartz ore has the same blast resistance as other ores (except ancient debris, which is fully blast resistant), which is more than the quartz block and netherrack combined.
  • The vast quantities of easily available Nether quartz ore in the Nether, combined with the relatively large quantity of experience gained from digging it, make Nether quartz mining a relatively fast way to level up in Minecraft without dedicated experience farms. Breaking one Nether quartz ore provides 3.5 experience points on average, so breaking about 100 of them raises the player from level 0 to 16, and about 400 from level 0 to 30.
  • Nether quartz ore is generated as part of the dimension, while netherrack is generated as part of the biome.‌[Java Edition only]
    • This can be seen, as when a Buffet world with the nether biome is generated, there is netherrack but no quartz ore.
    • In Bedrock Edition, if the Nether is generated in the Overworld as a biome, neither netherrack nor Nether quartz ore is generated, but the terrain is completely made out of stone with bedrock ceiling.


See also[]