Let’s see what kind of ores in Minecraft are available. What kind of a game Minecraft will be without any materials or ores? These materials will help you keep going on in the game. They will help you craft weapons, tools, armor, etc.
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Remember, this article will only tell you about the ore that was available in the cave update 1.17. We have counted a total of 11 ores that are available in both the Normal and Nether worlds. Ores will give you a material type and that material will give you different Minecraft items.
Players who are just planning to join the game or players who have played it multiple updates ago might want to learn about the ores before they start mining. That is why we have created this short and simple description for each ore.
Getting to know about ores in Minecraft with their uses
Each ore has a specific different use or performance, they are also found in different areas and locations. The majority of them are spawned underground (caves) but some might appear on the surface or in the Nether dimension.
Also, a very important tip to players. You should know which pickaxe type is required by which ore. What this means is, each ore will need a particular pickaxe to mine to collect it. If you use the wrong one, you will break the ore to dust. This hurts like hell when newbies mine diamond ore with a stone pickaxe.
Here is a short descriptive list of each ore and what they offer.
After mining, it will drop raw iron. You will need a stone or above pickaxe to mine. You can directly create blocks of raw iron or smelt it in the furnace to get ingots. Ingots can be used to craft items like rails, blast furnaces, anvils, chains, cauldrons, crossbows, compasses, pressure plates, shields, sheers, pistons, nuggets, iron bars, hoopers, iron doors, trapdoors, buckets, stonecutters, tripwire, tools, armor, weapons, etc.
The ingots can be useful to heal your iron golems. You can repair damaged iron tools and weapons with ingots and also use them in the beacon. Iron ore has a beige and tan shade. The ingot is silver in color.
Mining will give you coal. Any pickaxe can be used to mine this ore (from wooden to diamond). The item dropped is one of the best Minecraft fuel sources and can be used as fuel in the game for cooking, etc. Coal can be used as an ingredient to make torches, soul torches, blocks of coal, campfires, etc. This ore can be identified as black.
3. Lapis Lazuli
You get Lapis Lazuli after mining. It would help if you had a stone or above-level pickaxe. You can use Lapis Lazuli to make a blue dye, Lapis blocks, and banners. Talking about bedrock editions, it can be used for a blue balloon, bed, blue carpet, concrete powder blue, fireworks of blue, blue shulker box, glow stick of blue, different dyes, etc. To enchant your items, you will require the use of lapis lazuli. This ore will have a deep blue in color.
This ore will drop raw copper. You can use a stone pickaxe or above to mine this ore. Try cooking these raw copper blocks to turn them into ingots. You can use copper ingots to make spy glasses, copper blocks, and lightning rods. This ore will contain green and orange colors on it.
After mining the ore, you get dust from Redstone. An iron pickaxe or above is required to mine this ore. This dust is helpful for use as a wired system in Redstone machinery. The dust can also be used as an ingredient to craft clocks, compasses, dispensers, rails, note blocks, repeaters, torches, droppers, targets, etc. It also helps to create some potions or simply increase the effect time of the potions. Redstone ore and dust will have a red color which glows up while mining.
After mining, you get raw gold items. You can smelt the raw gold for ingots or simply convert natural gold into blocks. An iron pickaxe or above is required to mine this ore. You can use the ingots to make blocks of gold, nuggets, clocks, golden apple, Netherite ingot, pressure plates, rails, weapons, tools, armor, etc.
With the help of ingots, you can repair your tools, armor, and other gear. With help of such ingots, you can use the beacon in different abilities. You can use the nuggets or ingots to trade with piglins that can give you items. Gold ore will be seen in yellow color and ingot will look golden.
7. Nether Gold
After mining, you get gold nuggets. A wooden or above-level pickaxe is required. Nuggets can be used as a temporary sort of fuel in the furnace. They will be used to craft or build fireworks, gold ingot, glistering melon, golden carrots, etc. The nether gold will look similar to gold ore. It is yellow in shade.
After mining you get emeralds. Iron or above-level pickaxe is required. Emeralds are a currency type in Minecraft that you can use to trade with merchants and villagers. You can create blocks of the item. Just like other materials, you can use their blocks to give your beacon a specific ability. The ore itself and the emerald will look green in color.
9. Nether Quartz
After mining, you get Nether Quartz. A wooden or above-level pickaxe is required. Quartz can be used to create detectors of daylight, blocks, granite blocks, diorite, observers, comparators, etc. The ore will be an off-white color.
10. Ancient Debris
After mining, you get ancient debris. A diamond or above-level pickaxe is required. You can create Netherite scrap by smelting the debris block. It can be used to create ingots. The ingots can craft tools, weapons, and other gears with an anvil. You can create netherite gears with the help of diamonds. The strongest material in Minecraft.
After mining you get diamonds. Iron or above-level pickaxe is required. Diamonds can be ingredients to craft blocks, tools, armor, weapons, enchantment tables, jukeboxes, fireworks, etc. You can use the diamond to repair your old weapons, tools, and armor. This ore is blue in color just like diamonds. You can create a different ability in the beacon.
So, this was the list. Now you can look at ore and know exactly what it can be used for. Hopefully, we covered all the ores in Minecraft till date, if you think we missed some let us know in the suggestions.