How to find and use copper in Minecraft


How to find and use copper in Minecraft
  • In Minecraft, you can use copper for construction or to make lightning rods and spyglasses.
  • Copper blocks will oxidize over time and turn green, but you can wax them to stop the aging process.
  • You can find raw copper ore underground, and it is most common under beaches.

When it comes to metals in Minecraft, the most useful is definitely iron. But you should not forget about copper, a rarer metal that can be used in different ways.

Copper in Minecraft is used for construction and crafting.

There are essentially three ways to use copper.

construction and decoration

Smelting one unit of raw copper or copper ore gives you one copper ingot, and combining nine copper ingots gives you one copper block. You can lay or stack copper blocks to make walls, ceilings, floors, and more.

The recipe for crafting a copper block in Minecraft.

Nine copper ingots make a copper block.

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If you place four copper blocks in a square shape on your crafting table, you will get four Cut copper blocks These can be placed in the same way as regular copper blocks, but they have marked lines running through them.

Once you have copper blocks cut, a few more options open up.

You can craft six Sliced ​​Copper Slabs by filling the bottom row of your workbench with Sliced ​​Copper Blocks. And if you place Cut Copper Blocks on your workbench in the shape of a ladder, you will create four Cut Copper Stairs.

A house in Minecraft with a copper wall and copper stairs.

You can use copper to build houses and other structures.

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If you have a stone cutting table, you can use it to cut copper, tile, and stairs.

Lightning rod

In Minecraft, thunderstorms can be disastrous, especially if you live in a forest or jungle.

If you have three copper ingots, you can make a lightning rod. Lay them out in a straight vertical line on your artboard to do so.

The recipe for crafting a lightning rod in Minecraft.

The recipe for crafting a lightning rod is quite simple.

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When placed, the lightning rod will attract and deflect lightning in the area so they hit the lightning rod instead of the trees. It is a great way to prevent forest fires or forest fires.

The lightning rod will deflect any lightning within a radius of 128 blocks in Java Edition, or 64 blocks in Bedrock Edition.

Just be aware that if you place the lightning rod on top of a flammable block (wood, grass, etc.), the lightning hitting the lightning rod can still cause fires within a small area around it.


A spyglass is a type of telescope, and you can use it in Minecraft to get closer to things that are far away from you. If you have installed the Optifine mod, it is like a native in-game version of the Optifine Zoom feature.

To make a spyglass, combine two copper ingots with an amethyst shard. Place them in a straight vertical line on the workbench, with the amethyst shard in the top slot.

Once you’ve made your spyglass, place it on your hotbar and pull it out, then use it to see far into the distance. You must hold the use button (right click or left trigger) the entire time.

An animated GIF showing how the spyglass works in Minecraft.

You need to hold the spyglass to use it.

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Copper blocks in Minecraft change color over time

As time passes, copper blocks, slabs, and stairs oxidize. This process causes the blocks to slowly change from a reddish-brown to a bluish-green color. Otherwise, there is no difference.

There is no set amount of time for copper to oxidize as it is based on the results of a random number generator. Depending on your game, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

A group of copper blocks in Minecraft, each in a different stage of oxidation.

Copper blocks can come in a variety of colors.

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The rusting process will only progress while you are standing on the same chunk. And in Java Edition, copper items will rust much more slowly if they are four blocks away from another copper item.

If you don’t want your copper items to rust, combine them with a honeycomb unit. This converts copper to wax copper, which remains stuck in its current oxidation state.

You can also remove oxidation from a copper item by using an ax on it. Each use removes a layer of oxidation, but it will also remove wax.

How to get copper in Minecraft

Like most metals, you will find copper underground. It’s most common under beaches, and you’ll need a stone pickaxe or better to mine it.

Some copper ore blocks and raw copper units in minecraft.

Each block of copper ore can yield two to five units of raw copper.

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Breaking a block of copper ore gives you a few units of raw copper. You can melt down those raw copper pieces to make copper ingots, which can then be made into copper blocks or other items.

You can also get copper ingots by killing Drowned, the zombies that appear underwater.