Minecraft is as awesome and fun to play today as it ever was. Building your first home, getting scared by your first creeper and defeating the Ender Dragon is entertaining, scary and addictive. However, before you do any of that, you need iron.

As soon as you spawn into Minecraft you are greeted by the familiar and calming melody that millions of gamers around the world will treasure.

You’ll start by punching a tree, then punching some animals and then punching some stone.

At this point, you may already have a dirt house and somewhere to rest at night time, but you’ll be wanting to get iron and upgrade your tools.

Here is everything you need to know about where to find iron ore in Minecraft.

Where can I find Iron Ore in Minecraft?

Iron Ore can only generate in the Overworld (not in the Nether or End regions), in the form of mineral veins.

The ore attempts to generate 20 times per chunk (16 x 16 area of blocks) in veins between one and nine block veins.

They can be found anywhere from bedrock to just above sea level across all biomes – except the ice biome.

The best way to find iron is by either digging a mine yourself, finding a cave or a ravine. From here you can easily locate a vein of iron ore to get you started.

It is worth noting that you can find iron bars in generated chests, found in either sunken ships, towers, mineshafts, strongholds or villages.

What tools do I need to mine iron?

Iron Ore can only be mined with a stone pickaxe or higher-level tools.

If you break iron with a wooden pickaxe, with your hands or non-tool items, it won’t drop anything.

How do I smelt iron ore?

Once you have the iron ore block in your inventory, you need to smelt it into iron bars that you can use to craft armour, weapons and items with.

Put the iron in a furnace (in the top box), with either coal or charcoal in the bottom and the smelting process should begin.

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