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This article contains content about features that are outdated, or have been removed from the game.
These features may only exist in older versions of Minecraft, or were possibly never even implemented.
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What you get if you were to smelt Ruby Ore.

Ruby was originally planned to be added as part of Minecraft patch 1.3, but was abandoned in favor of Emerald by developers. Variations of Armor and tools crafted with ruby were another idea which could have been incorporated into the update, but those plans were obviously also abandoned when rubies themselves were removed.


  • Originally, the Ruby was meant to be the material for Villager trades. However, they were later replaced by the now used Emeralds.
  • Ruby was supposed to look like an Emerald but more circular.
  • Like the Quiver and Skis, Ruby still exists in the Minecraft files.
  • Ruby was changed to Emerald because Dinnerbone is red-green colorblind and couldn't tell the difference between Redstone Ore and Ruby Ore, so it was changed at the last minute.
  • Ruby was originally supposed to be more powerful than Diamond and it was going to have armor and weapons. However, emerald, its replacement, has neither armor nor weapons.
  • There are many mods that can be used to put Rubies back into the game.
  • In some mods (without texture) some modded items will look like ruby or something else.


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