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    Iron is the next tier of tools and weapons, specifically swords, in Minecraft after stone. It is relatively common, making it an adequate and preferred material for tools and weapons. Not only that, but iron is used in many crafting recipes later in-game. Without iron, you cannot progress to the next tiers. Here is a simple guide on how to find iron in Minecraft.


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      Get yourself a wooden pickaxe. The first pickaxe you will craft will be made out of wood, which will be used to mine stone.

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      Get yourself a stone pickaxe. The stone will be necessary to break the iron blocks down in order to get the material. [1] To craft one, place three cobblestones (mined from stone with a wooden pickaxe) on the top row of the crafting table, and place 2 sticks below it, resembling the shape of a pickaxe.


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      Get torches. You will need to bring some torches with you, as it can get dark and impossible to see. To do this, you place one stick on your crafting area/table and one piece of coal or charcoal above it.

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      Get a lot of dirt. You might not always need it, but if you're ever in a sticky situation while mining, you're going to need cheap and abundant dirt to get yourself out of it.

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      Find a suitable cave. Caves are the best way to find iron ores. [2] They usually appear in veins at a time. Stop wasting your time digging down from the surface, as this will only yield a small chance of success.

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      Investigate all blocks surrounding any iron you find. Iron occurs in veins, or groups, so if you find one, there is likely more nearby. Check diagonal blocks as well. The usual size of a vein is 2x2x2 blocks.

      • Iron looks like peach or pink-ish splotches on grey stone.
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      Place torches as necessary. Recover them when you can, but only if it's a one-time mining trip. Otherwise, keep it there or else monsters will spawn in the dark.

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      Mind your vertical level. Using your map or the debug mode, check out the "Y" axis: this indicates your elevation. Remember that iron ore only occurs from levels 1-63.

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      Use a furnace to turn the iron ore into ingots. Iron ore is almost of no benefit to you, and only the iron ingots are useful.

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      Use the iron to make better tools and armor. [3] Enjoy!

      • If you like, you can create servers to play with your friends or other Minecraft users. [4]
      • For instance, the Minecraft pocket edition server allows players from different devices to join the same Minecraft world. [5]
      • You can even create large servers to play minigames with many players. [6]
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    • Question

      Why do I have to make an iron tool? Why can't I make armor instead?

      Armor is usually made when you have a good amount of iron to spend, as armor needs a lot of Iron. Also, certain ores (such as the valuable diamond) need an Iron tool in order to be mined.

    • Question

      Can iron be found near lava with diamonds?

      Yes, iron can be found at Levels 1-63. It can therefore be found near lava with diamonds.

    • Question

      How do I make a compass in Minecraft?


      Community Answer

      Craft it by placing a piece of redstone in the middle of your crafting table and iron at the sides, top and bottom (but not the corners).

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      What if you don't have any caves?

      Then you must make a mine. Dig down to a suitable level and begin branch mining. You will probably mine into a cave at some point. Continue from there.

    • Question

      Can I enter a village and kill an iron golem?

      You can, but this may result in the golem trying to kill you. If you hurt just one villager, all the iron golems (even the ones that just spawned) will try to kill you. Bring armor and weapons. Killing the golem might be useful if you're short on iron.

    • Question

      How long does it take to dig down to find iron?

      There is no definite answer for this; it depends on how deep the ore is. You can also get iron from killing Zombies, but its very rare.

    • Question

      Is some iron near diamonds?

      Not usually. Minecraft tries to space out the ores.

    • Question

      What if I don't find caves if I dig down to find iron?

      As the author says, don't waste your time digging straight down. Most of the time the only thing you will find that way is cobblestone. Instead, look around your area for any caves or natural entrances into cobblestone,

    • Question

      If I am mining in a two block space, what are the chances of finding iron ore?

      This varies on the world generated, but iron is fairly common. You will find some after searching hard enough.

    • Question

      Where is the best place to find iron ore besides caves or mines?

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      Community Answer

      You may find iron ingots in mineshafts, but they are extremely rare.

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    • Looking around in natural caves will give the highest chance of getting iron.

    • Try not to start digging in sand or gravel, as it'll collapse on top of you and you'll eventually suffocate.

    • Keep torches handy while mining.


    • You may find many aggressive mobs in the cave.

    • Don't dig straight down, you might fall into lava or drown in deep water.

    • Don't dig straight down, you might fall down a cave, which have mobs inside

    • Don't dig straight down, you might fall down a cave, and die from fall damage


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    1.Get a wooden pickaxe. 2.Get a stone pickaxe. 3.Get some torches. 4.Get a lot of dirt. 5.Go to a cave and investigate blocks for iron. 6.Place torches as necessary. 7.Look for iron between levels 1-63. 8.Use a furnace to turn iron ore to ingots.

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    What do iron blocks look like in Minecraft?
    The block of iron has had three different textures. In Minecraft Classic, it had a shadow on each face. In Minecraft Alpha, it changed to be a recolor of the texture of the block of gold and block of diamond. In the Beta 1.9 pre-release, stripes were added to the blocks' texture. more
    What level of iron requires an iron infusion?
    The literature indicates that high doses of iron are required, with levels of 1500 mg in nondialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease and up to 3600 mg in inflammatory bowel disease. more
    What is Minecraft's rarest block?
    Minecraft: All The Rarest Blocks & Where To Find Them
    • 8 Blue Ice.
    • 7 Bone Block.
    • 6 Gold Block.
    • 5 Bee Nest.
    • 4 Pink Wool.
    • 3 Emerald Ore.
    • 2 Diamond Ore.
    • 1 Dragon Egg.
    Do apples block iron absorption?
    Apple juice can be a part of their diet without any concern about iron absorption. more
    Does bread block iron absorption?
    The main source of phytate in the diet is usually from cereal products such as bread and correlates with the fiber content in cereals. Thus, diets rich in whole grains and dietary fiber can result in a reduced bioavailability of dietary non-heme iron mainly due to the concomitant increased intake of phytate. more
    Is blood iron the same as metal iron?
    Iron in hemoglobin attracts oxygen molecules, allowing the blood to carry oxygen to body cells. Red blood cells are constantly being replaced, so it is important that there is a constant supply of iron in our diets. The iron in the cereal is pure iron-the same kind of iron that is found in nails and automobiles. more
    What iron level requires iron infusion?
    The literature indicates that high doses of iron are required, with levels of 1500 mg in nondialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease and up to 3600 mg in inflammatory bowel disease. more
    What medications block iron absorption?
    Iron decreases the absorption of the following medications:
    • Tetracyclines: Antibiotics that include doxycycline (Vibramycin), minocycline (Minocin), and tetracycline.
    • Quinolones: Antibiotics that include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and levofloxacin (Levaquin).
    Does avocado block iron absorption?
    Iron in avocados and other plant foods, called nonheme iron, isn't very bioavailable, meaning your body doesn't absorb it well. more
    Does peanut butter block iron absorption?
    Many people prefer eating fruits, especially apple with peanut butter. Likewise, drinking orange juice along with peanut butter spread bread can help in quick absorption of iron in the body. Adding peanut butter while cooking can also help in fighting anemia. more
    Do potatoes block iron absorption?
    She explained that this is because most vegetables, and legumes, contain high levels of phytates and other compounds that inhibit iron absorption, whereas potatoes have low phytate levels and plenty of vitamin C, which enhances iron absorption. more


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