Redstone Ore

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This article is about the ore. For the item, see Redstone Dust. For the powered mineral block, see Block of Redstone.
This article is missing information about the Deepslate Redstone Ore. 
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Redstone Ore
Redstone Ore JE2 BE2.png
Deepslate Redstone Ore JE2 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance



Redstone Ore: 3
Deepslate Redstone Ore: 4.5


Yes (9) (when lit)





Catches fire from lava


Redstone ore is the ore block from which redstone is obtained.

Deepslate redstone ore is a variant found in the deepslate layer of the world, below y=0.‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]


Natural generation[edit]

Redstone ore can generate in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. Redstone ore attempts to generate 8 times per chunk in veins of size 0–10, from altitudes 1 to 16, in all biomes. On average they generate 29.5 ores per chunk.

‌In Java Edition 1.17[upcoming], redstone ore generates in two batches per chunk. The first batch attempts to generate 4 time per chunk, in veins of 0–10, evenly from levels -63 to 15. The second batch attempts to generate 8 times per chunk, in veins of 0–10, from levels -63 to -34, being more common the lower the elevation. Redstone ore can replace stone, granite, diorite, andesite, tuff, and deepslate. If it replaces tuff or deepslate, it will become deepslate redstone ore.


Redstone ore must be mined with an iron pickaxe or higher to drop redstone dust. When mined, it drops 4–5 redstone dust (or more with Fortune, averaging at 6 redstone dust with Fortune level 3[1][2]). If mined with Silk Touch, it drops itself instead of redstone dust.

Block Redstone Ore Deepslate Redstone Ore
Hardness 3 4.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 15 22.5
Wooden 7.5 11.25
Stone 3.75 5.65
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.



Redstone ore produces light (strength 9) and red particles when clicked, updated, or contacted by any mob (exception being a sneaking player). This effect continues until the redstone ore block receives a random block tick (averaging 68.27 seconds). This effect does not actually produce redstone power, but the block changes can be detected with an observer or a block update detector.

Subsequent clickings on a redstone ore block causes it to emit an extra burst of particles per click.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Redstone Dust Redstone Ore or
Deepslate Redstone Ore +
Any fuel


Note Blocks[edit]

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


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
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[edit]

A redstone ore that glows and emits particles in the dark.


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Redstone Oreredstone_oreBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.redstone_ore
Deepslate Redstone Oredeepslate_redstone_oreBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.deepslate_redstone_ore

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Redstone Oreredstone_ore73Block &
Lit Redstone
Deepslate Redstone Oredeepslate_redstone_ore658Block &
Lit Deepslate Redstone

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If the redstone ore is lit.



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore in Seecret Friday Update 3.
The mining time of redstone ore takes far longer compared to other ores (4.5 seconds with iron pickaxe).
July 7, 2010Redstone ore now has a name (previously all redstone-related blocks had no official name).
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6The mining time of redstone ore has been significantly reduced - it now has the same mining time as other ores.
1.3.112w22aMining redstone ore, along with other ores, now gives the player experience orbs. One stack of redstone ore gives roughly 10 levels of experience.
1.1317w47aThe different block IDs for the redstone ore have been merged into 1 ID.
A lit block state has been added to redstone ore.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 73 and 74.
1.1418w43aRedstone Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w07aRedstone Ore JE3.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
February 17, 2021Deepslate Redstone Ore (pre-release).png Henrik Kniberg shows grimstone variant of redstone ore.
February 18, 2021Deepslate Redstone Ore (pre-release 2).png JAPPA shows new texture grimstone variant of redstone ore.
February 22, 2021Redstone Ore (pre-release).png Deepslate Redstone Ore (pre-release 3).png JAPPA shows updated redstone ore and grimstone variant of redstone ore.
21w08aDeepslate Redstone Ore JE1.png Added deepslate redstone ore.
Redstone Ore JE4 BE3.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed again.
Added redstone_ores block tag.
21w10aDeepslate Redstone Ore JE2 BE1.png The texture of deepslate redstone ore has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.
v0.4.0Redstone ore added to creative mode.
v0.8.0build 2Redstone ore now drops redstone when mined.
v0.12.1build 1Redstone ore can now be obtained if mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.
v0.13.0build 1Redstone ore now emits light and red particles when walked on.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
1.16.220beta Ore JE4 BE3.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta Redstone Ore JE2 BE1.png Added deepslate redstone ore.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.
1.90 Redstone Ore JE2 BE2.png The texture of redstone ore has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Redstone Ore JE1 BE1.png Added redstone ore.

Lit redstone ore "item"[edit]

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Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Lit Redstone Ore (inventory) JE1.png Lit redstone ore has an unobtainable item form corresponding to its block ID, which is probably identical to the model of its normal, unlit form. It can be obtained via inventory editors with numeric item ID 74.
Java Edition Beta
1.0The item is generically labelled "Redstone Ore" in the inventory.
1.6Test Build 3Lit Redstone Ore (inventory) JE2.png Block items have changed in this version to be brighter and mirrored from their prior appearances.
Lit redstone ore items can be obtained from the newly added debug chests, mainly from the 16th slot of the 3rd chest from the left, and the 27th slot of the 5th chest from the left.
releaseDebug chests no longer spawn, preventing lit redstone ore items from being obtained this way.
1.8Pre-releaseLit Redstone Ore (inventory) JE3.png Block items are now far brighter than before.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Lit redstone ore can be obtained with the Silk Touch enchantment by breaking a block with an appropriate tool enchanted with it.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Lit redstone ore can no longer be obtained via Silk Touch.
RC2Lit Redstone Ore (inventory) JE4.png Block items are now more shaded again.
1.3.112w16aLit redstone ore can now be obtained as an item in singleplayer worlds via the /give command using the respective numeric ID.
12w22aLit Redstone Ore (inventory) JE5.png Block items have been flipped back to their pre-Beta 1.6 orientations.
1.4.212w34aLit Redstone Ore (inventory) JE6.png Block items have been brightened to an almost unnoticable degree.
1.7.213w37aThe direct item form of lit redstone ore has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist as an item in any way, only as a placed block.
Pocket Edition Alpha
?Lit redstone ore exists as an item.
v0.1.0Lit Redstone Ore (inventory) BE1.png Interestingly, lit redstone ore has a distinct defined item sprite in gui_blocks.png, despite being unobtainable normally.
v0.2.0Lit redstone ore no longer has an item sprite.


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