Iron Ore[1]


Solid Block









Blast Resistance







Yes (64)

First Appearance

Classic Pre 0.0.14a

Data value

dec: 15 hex: F

Iron Ore

Iron is a mineral which may be found underground. It is the most common mineral which may be used to make tools and armor.

Iron ore requires a stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe to successfully mine. It must then be smelted in a furnace to make an iron ingot; iron ingots can be used to make medium quality toolsand shears. A full list of PC items can be found at Crafting.

Most players prefer using iron tools, since iron is far more common than Diamond and more durable than Stone. Iron ore is often used in player traps as it can be mined and replaced in its raw form.



Natural occurrence

[3][4]A vein of Iron Ore.

Iron occurs only at or below sea level (layers 1-64). It is found in approximately 0.72% of stone from rows 2-61. On average, there are 84 iron ores per chunk. Due to being extremely common, iron veins are frequently seen at the boundaries of any hollow space such as caves and lava lakes, but they are no more common there than in any other volume of stone.

Veins can vary in size, though most common size is 2x2x2. Each block in the vein which otherwise would be stone has a random chance of being iron ore instead. (Therefore, it is good practice to check around a located ore block for more ore, as ore blocks may be only diagonally adjacent rather than face-to-face.) If the vein intersects a cave or other structure, part of it may be replaced with empty air.

Iron Ingots

Iron Ingot

Iron Ingot[5]

Raw Materials






Yes (64)

First Appearance

Indev 0.31 (January 29, 2010)

Data value

dec: 265 hex: 109

Iron ingots are the metal obtained from the smelting of iron ore. They are used to make a wide variety of items such as iron tools as well as Iron tools and iron block. Iron tools are capable of mining all blocks that diamond tools can, with the exception ofobsidian. This makes it one of the most useful items in-game. Iron tools are considered middle-tier level, one tier below diamond tools.

Iron ingots can be obtained from: smelting iron ore and placing blocks of iron into a crafting grid.


6 iron ingots = block of iron

2 iron ingots = shears

2 sticks and 1 iron ingot = iron shovel

2 sticks and 3 iron ingots = iron axe

2 sticks and 3 iron ingots = iron pickaxe

1 stick and 2 iron ingot = iron sword

Crafted from = 1 block of iron

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