Even in Minecraft 1.20, iron remains the most commonly used earth mineral. Although it is easy to find in the world, players will always need more to craft tools, weapons and armor parts. It is such an essential item that veteran players have discovered several farms to obtain piles of iron without mining it. That said, mining it is still the easiest.
Minecraft 1.20 has tons of new blocks and items, but players new to the sandbox title will still need iron to progress. Iron was produced at certain locations in the Overworld for many years.
However, this has recently changed with the 1.18 update. Therefore, for returning and new players, here is a guide on the best level to find pig iron in the latest version.
Where to find iron ore in Minecraft 1.20
Ore distribution changed after update 1.18 Caves and Cliffs
First, players need to learn about the ore distribution change in the 1.18 Caves and Cliffs update. The ore generation changed dramatically in the Overworld as the new world generation extended deeper from Y level 0 to Y level -64. This opened up a new underground area and cave system for players to explore.
Hence, the frequency and generating level of iron ore also shifted from their usual Y levels. Since the 1.18 update, all future updates follow the same ore distribution map, even in the 1.20 Trails and Tales update.
Iron ore generation levels and the best level to find it in Minecraft 1.20
Iron ores are even more common, generating anywhere between Y levels -64 and 320. They can be found at all levels, whether players are deep in caves or high in the mountains. However, they are most common between Y level 15 and 232. This means they will be more common in the mountains. Although theoretically found at all levels, there is a small gap from Y level 73 to 79 where no iron ore is generated.
In addition, iron can also be generated in iron ore veins. These terrain features can generate between Y level -8 and -56. The ore veins are usually covered with masses of tuff blocks. Therefore, players can look for it while exploring the underground cave systems.
Therefore, it is quite easy to get iron, because it is so common and abundant in Minecraft 1.20.
Tips for extracting more iron from ores
While iron is very common in the game, players can use well-enchanted equipment, such as a Fortune-enchanted pickaxe, to extract more raw iron from a single block of ore.
When mining for it underground, they must be extremely careful if doing so near a Deep Dark biome, as they can easily activate sculk shriekers that can summon the warden.
Alternatively, players can set up an iron farm using villagers, zombies, and iron golems to get infinite iron bars without mining for them.
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