Diamonds come in a few forms within Minecraft. In its elemental form it is an ore, an item and a block. However it can also be formed and take the form of interesting and useful items such as swords, shovels, hoes, pickaxes, axes, and armour. Diamonds can also be used to make other interesting items such as jukeboxes and enchanting tables.
It is an extremely valuable item that many players seek out whilst playing the game.
Diamond can often seem a very elusive and hard to find element in Minecraft. However there are a few rules you can apply in order to give yourself the best opportunity of stumbling across it. The first thing to remember is that Diamond is usually found below the 18th lair of the Earth’s crust, so if you want to find Diamond you better get digging. Also getting to Diamond isn’t made easy once you find it, as it’s often in places such as just above lava pools, so you’ll have to work quite a bit in order to mine it. It is often best to check out the surrounding environment in order to reduce the chances of damage or destruction to both yourself and the diamond.
Another place that you may come across a diamond is in a treasure chest that can be found buried or hidden away underground. The most likely places that you will find a treasure chest containing a diamond will be in a village or an old abandoned mineshaft.
When you do find a diamond block it has a light turquoise blue pigment in it and can be mined with a diamond or iron pick axe. When you mine a diamond block it will drop one diamond that you can then pick up and collect.
Mining diamonds is not child’s play
In order to maximise your chances of finding diamond ore the use of the silk touch enchantment can be utilised. Once you find a diamond ore block it’s important to realise that diamond ore blocks are often located in touching distance with one another. This means you should mine the area around the diamond ore block that you find, especially on the diagonal to check if there’s more lying around waiting for you to mine it.
A good strategy that will increase your odds of finding not just diamond ore blocks but also other interesting and valuable ore is to practice branch mining. Branch mining works by digging down to just above the bedrock and then creating a long thin tunnel shaft that acts as a corridor travelling horizontally above the bedrock. Then you channel as many corridors is off the sides of your main tunnel as you like, just keeping them a few blocks apart. This creates an organised and strategic way of coming across many of the most interesting items.
Of course when you are mining the diamond you need to make sure that you set out on your mining journey with enough resources to make it worth your while. So, for example, if you are intending to do some large-scale branch mining in order to try and uncover diamond make sure you have the right tools and plenty of them. Of course you can use pre-existing tunnels and mine shafts in order to travel down to the bedrock in order to save wear and tear on your tools.
Another method that is popular with players that doesn’t require the corridors of branch mining is to dig down and then dig straight across horizontally until half of your tools are gone then loop around and dig straight back the other way. This allows you to get a lot of digging done and to cover a large distance in a very organised and straightforward way. However as with any method digging of down you must ensure you have safe passage back again. This is where items such as torches and ladders become really crucial.
What’s all the fuss about diamonds?
When you find a diamond it allows you to achieve and build a lot of fantastic tools and weaponry. The weapons and tools that you can make are extremely durable and tough. They are considered the highest level of item that you can create within the game. For example diamond armour is very durable and will enable you to stand a lot of punishment and attacks from mob foes such as creepers or zombies. Similarly a diamond pickaxe will last a long time and are more likely to dig through harder materials than other tools would allow you to do.
You can also make some cool items out of diamonds as well. Items such as jukeboxes, the enchanting table and solid diamond blocks can be crafted. Diamond blocks can be used for all sorts of interior design features on wonderful building projects.
Another element in the game that is highly sought after for its defensive properties, especially for creating things such as panic rooms, is obsidian. However in order for you to be able to mine obsidian you will need a diamond pickaxe, as this is the only tool durable enough to allow you to extract it.
Mining for diamonds is often a very exciting thing within the game, especially for new players. However it should be noted that there is no rush or desperation to find diamonds in the beginning. Many players end up becoming fixated on finding diamonds and don’t enjoy the process of building and crafting which they could be doing. It is true that Diamond is the highest-level element within the game but other elements will also get the job done albeit in a less effective and perhaps less exciting or enjoyable way. That being said if you do come across diamond ore you should make the effort to mine it and take the opportunity to gather some very valuable and extremely useful elements whilst you can.
Diamond is a raw material that stackable but is not renewable, so you will have to dig and mine for it in order to obtain it.