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For a list of iron-related objects in Minecraft, see Iron (Disambiguation).

Iron ingots are ingots obtained by smelting iron ore, or by finding them in underground dungeons, woodland mansion, minecart with chest, strongholds, villages, buried treasure chests, jungle temple, desert temple, and shipwrecks.


Obtaining

Iron ingots can be primarily obtained by smelting iron ore in a furnace or blast furnace. However, they can also be found in temples, dungeons, and stronghold chests. Rarely, zombies and husks will drop items made of iron, due to them wearing iron armor or holding an iron tool, or just the iron ingot itself. Iron golems drop 3 to 5 iron ingots when they die.

Natural generation

Chest type Chance of finding Stack size
Village armorer 54.2% 1-3
Pillager outpost 30.5% 1-3
Stronghold altar 23.3% 1-5
Stronghold altar [Bedrock Edition only] 22.6% 1-5
Village toolsmith 41.2% 1-5
Shipwreck treasure 97.4% 1-5
Stronghold storeroom 34.3% 1-5
Stronghold storeroom [Bedrock Edition only] 28.5% 1-5
Village weaponsmith 45.1% 1-5
Nether fortress 19.0% 1-5
Jungle temple 37.4% 1-5
Jungle temple [Bedrock Edition only] 37.3% 1-5
Desert temple 18.0% 1-5
Chest minecarts in Mineshafts 31.6% 1-5
End city 38.4% 4-8
Dungeon 18.5% 1-4
Woodland mansion 18.5% 1-4
Buried treasure 99.4% 1-4
Buried treasure [Bedrock Edition only] 57.2% 3-5

Crafting

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Minecart
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Iron Door
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Block of Iron
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Iron Helmet
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Iron Leggings
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Iron Boots
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Iron Sword
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Iron Pickaxe
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Iron Shovel
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Iron Hoe
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Redstone Torch
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Flint and Steel

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Chest
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Anvil
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Trivia

  • Iron is one of the most useful items in-game, as it creates tools that are capable of mining all ores and anything but obsidian (which can only be mined with a diamond pickaxe), ancient debris, and bedrock. It also creates the third strongest armor, with diamond armor being the second strongest, and netherite armor being the strongest. This makes it perhaps one of the most-used materials in Minecraft.
  • Iron is used in the most amount of crafting recipes which are about 29 total.
    • Iron is also incredibly versatile. It fills all 3 categories where it is efficient in building, attacking, and mining.
  • Because it's a rare drop by zombies and husks, iron ingots are considered a renewable resource.
  • Weaponsmith, armorer, and toolsmith villagers will buy iron ingots in exchange for emeralds.
  • Like emeralds, gold ingots, and diamonds, iron ingots can be used to select powers in a beacon.
  • As of 1.15, iron golems can be healed using iron ingots, healing a quarter of their health per ingot.
  • The iron ingot is a recolored gold ingot.

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