Iron Ore
Iron Ore
Important Information
Full name Iron Ore
ID 15
Type Misc
Blast Resistance Unspecified
Naturally Spawning Unspecified
Primary Tool Pickaxe
Minimum tool level Stone
Drops Itself
Luminosity 0
Reaction to redstone Inert
Affected by gravity No

Iron Ore is a relatively common ore in Minecraft, second only to Coal Ore in terms of frequency. It occurs in veins of about 1-10. Iron ore is a stone block with tan flecks. It is near mandatory that the player gets some iron near the beginning of the game, since it is used for mining all ores except for itself, Lapis Lazuli, and Coal (the former two are mined with a Stone Pickaxe, while the latter can be mined with any pickaxe). To mine iron ore, a Stone Pickaxe or higher must be used, which yields one Iron Ore block. Gold and wood pickaxes do not work and will drop nothing. This ore is smelted in a Furnace to make one Iron Ingot, which also yields some experience.


  • Iron could be called the most useful tool component in the game, as it can mine all the ores and is necessary for mining diamond, gold, redstone, and emerald.
  • Iron and gold are the only ores that need smelting, providing a Silk Touch enchantment was not used to mine other ores.
  • Iron Ore is not affected by the Fortune enchantment.

    An iron ingot.

  • Iron is a good material to make everyday armor and weapons out of, as it is relatively cheap, and easy to make.

How to obtain

  • Mine with stone pickaxe or higher.

Iron Ore Smelting.

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