This is our complete Minecraft copper guide!
Copper was first introduced in the recent Caves and Cliffs update after Mojang – the developer – told the community that they would update the game’s cave system. Since this is a relatively new addition to the game, players are still figuring out what copper is used for or what its potential is.
Minecraft Copper Guide
If you are new to the game or want to figure out what this new mineral does, worry not because we will show you everything you need to know about copper in Minecraft.
Copper ore can be mined with the pickaxe once you dig in the overworld. Though you need to have a stone pickaxe or higher to mine it, otherwise, you won’t be able to do so.
Where To Find Copper in Minecraft?
As aforementioned, you need to dig deep in order to mine copper. However, there are two main variants that you can find during your digging adventures.
- Common copper can be found in the stone; just like iron ore.
- The rare variant is situated in deepslate but it is much deeper and difficult to obtain.
As you can see in the image above, copper ore has an orangish-teal color that makes it quite easy to spot. Remember to use a stone pickaxe or higher to mine it or you won’t get any.
Copper ore has a similar rarity to the iron ore and you can put the ore into the furnace to smelt it into an ingot. After you get 9 ingots, you can craft 1 copper block. While you might think that it will take a long time to craft copper blocks, it is actually quite easy and convenient due to the common rarity of the ore.
What Can You Do With Copper?
Now that we’ve talked about where you can find copper, let’s take a look at what you can do with it. The main purpose of this latest block in Minecraft is primarily for decoration. You can use it to either create your house or place the blocks to ensure that your house looks incredible. If you are looking to build statues or roofs, copper is the best block to do so.
It has more versatility than regular gold or iron block due to the ability to be crafted into stairs or slab blocks. Plus, due to oxidization, copper blocks will slowly turn teal, giving you great color. This can be useful to give your buildings an “aesthetic” that was missing previously. On top of that, you can also use copper to craft spyglasses and lightning rods.
Lightning rods are great defensive objects that can help save you from potential lightning strikes in the area. You’ll need to use three copper ingots and place them vertically in the center to create the lightning rod. This will save your wooden buildings from catching on fire due to lightning. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even place the rod on top of a stone block to earth electricity to trigger a Redstone reaction.
Alternatively, you can use copper to create the aforementioned Spyglass. You will need two copper ingots combined with an amethyst – another item that was introduced in the Caves and Cliffs update. Place them vertically like you would for the lightning rod and you’ll have the Spyglass. The purpose of this item is to easily look at things in the distance – much like a telescope or binoculars. Use the Spyglass to locate items from a distance and see if any danger awaits you or not.
However, keep in mind that using this item will slow your movement speed for the duration that you are looking through the Spyglass. This is done to ensure that you don’t accidentally fall off a cliff or move too fast that you won’t be able to see properly.
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