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For a list of iron-related objects in Minecraft, see Iron (Disambiguation).
Iron Ore
First Appearance Indev
Type of Block Ore
Tool Used AChievement Pick
Data Values Hex: 15
Stackable? Yes:64
Obeys Physics?
Iron Ore is a semi-common ore found almost everywhere in a Minecraft World, appearing at both above and below sea-level. This includes caverns and mountains, making it very easy to find. It is a crucial material to gather during the early stages of the game, since it can be made into an iron pickaxe, and is capable of mining all Ores, including diamond. It can be described as a grey block with spots on it, similar to coal, but with bronze/beige spots. Every iron ore block the player breaks is worth one iron ingot. 


Iron can only be mined with a Stone, Iron, or Diamond Pickaxe; using a Wooden or Gold Pickaxe will not yield any ore. Once it is mined, the user will gain an ore block that they can place, but they will not be able to make any items using the ore block. They must smelt it down into Iron Ingots using a furnace then create what they want, making iron ore one of the only two ores that requires smelting, the other ore being Gold Ore.


Iron is used to make weapons and armor with a higher durability than those made with stone, leather, or gold. Iron can also be used to make minecarts, rails, compasses, and buckets. Iron tools can be used approximately 251 times.


  • In Survival Test, iron ore gave the player iron blocks, requiring no smelting.
  • Note that Iron ore now gives out Iron Ingots when smelted, NOT Iron Blocks. It takes nine Iron Ingots to make 1 Iron Block.


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