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.
Get yourself a wooden pickaxe. The first pickaxe you will craft will be made out of wood, which will be used to mine stone.
Get yourself a stone pickaxe. The stone will be necessary to break the iron blocks down in order to get the material.  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.
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.
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.
Find a suitable cave. Caves are the best way to find iron ores.  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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use the iron to make better tools and armor.  Enjoy!
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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.
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.
How do I make a compass in Minecraft?
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).
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.
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.
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.
Is some iron near diamonds?
Not usually. Minecraft tries to space out the ores.
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,
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.
Where is the best place to find iron ore besides caves or mines?
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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