Minecraft gives you a whole world to explore and create, and with that comes a variety of things can you do in the game. While some of these things can be easy to figure out, others are a bit more detailed and nuanced. Don’t feel bad if you can’t figure something out! The learning process is part of the fun of delving into the creative aspects of Minecraft, so let us show you how you can get iron in version 1.18 of Minecraft.
Minecraft 1.18 is the second part of the Caves and Cliffs update, and is expected to be released in December of 2021! The official date has yet to be set, but many details are known about the update due to the snapshots that have been released ahead of time. You can play these experimental releases of Minecraft if you are playing on the Java version of the game. Bedrock can play parts of it, by enabling Caves & Cliffs in the settings when creating a new world!
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Iron in 1.18 Guide
Iron was a pretty common ore to find in just about most cave like areas you would enter. You would see it in the side of mountains, hills, and as you delved around in any stone area. That has changed in Minecraft 1.18, with other big changes to ore distribution.
Where to get Iron in 1.18
To find Iron in Minecraft 1.18, you will need to head into the mountains at high altitudes. The higher you climb up a mountain, the more likely you are going to come across some iron. Once you’ve gotten to higher elevation, you will start seeing it pop up in stone areas in mountains. New biomes like the Stony Peaks, Jagged Peaks, and various mountain locations are going to be prime areas to farm the stuff.
Frozen mountain biomes will also contain good iron, but it will be harder to see from the outside. These would be areas you will be better off digging into to find yourself some iron ore.
As of right now, you can find iron ore between Y-coordinate 80 and 256. You will also find it in the ground, but it will be much less frequent. You should start to see it at Y-coordinate 72 all the way down to the bottom at Y-coordinate -64. There is also a larger spawn chunk that starts at Y=56 down to Y=-24, with it having a peak spawn percentage at Y=16!
Ore Distribution Chart
If you’re still a bit confused about how this all works, you can check out this handy chart that the good people at Mojang have provided. This is the final ore distribution chart for the update, you can click on the image to enlarge it.
As you can see from the chart, the higher you go in the game, the more likely you will come across some iron. As an added bonus, if you head to a mountain biome, you will also find yourself some emerald!