How to Find Gold in Minecraft the smart way
Written By Tabish
The Overworld generates Gold ore in the form of mineral blobs. One can find Gold between layers 32 to 0. However, this is a large area of 33 layers. Continue reading to find Gold in Minecraft the Smart way.
Minecraft has many resources, and Gold is one of the important resources. Hence one must know, Where to find Gold?. How much Gold can you expect to spawn?. How to maximize your chances of getting it?. Special Items are made with Gold such as golden carrots, golden apples, enchanted golden apples, beacons, especially trading with Pigman and more.
Details About Gold
Like any other game, Minecraft divides itself into chunks. Chunks allow the game to load, save, generate in an optimized manner. Minecraft uses chunks, the size of 16×16 blocks, from Bedrock to the sky. Gold on average only appears up to 2 times per chunk in blobs size of 0 to 13. Gold spawns in both Overworld and Nether. However, badlands has the most gold spawning chances. One can find Gold between layers 32 to 0 in Overworld and layers 79-32 in Badlands attempting to generate 20 times per chunk. On average they generate 12.4 ores per chunk.
Now, this is a large area to cover, and not a good idea to run around mining a total of 33 layers to get Gold. It’s a complete-time waste and not fun. So, how should you mine Gold?. What strategy should one use to make it fun and progress faster in the game?. To learn more, continue reading.
Strategy to find Gold in Minecraft the smart way
The best way to find Gold ore is by digging a mine or finding a cave or a ravine. You can locate a vein of gold ore at these locations. Players often tend to loot villages, find chests in sunken ships, towers, mineshafts, strongholds for Gold, but it is not worth it.
Mining everything in layers 32 to 0 is not a good strategy as it is time-consuming, exhausting and not fun. Moreover, you will end up with tons of unwanted resources and have no place to store them. Would it not be fun if you could get a good quantity of Iron, Lapis Lazuli, Redstone, Emerald, Diamond, Coal, Concrete and Cobblestone while mining for Gold?.
The smart way to Find Gold in Minecraft is by first digging straight to layer 11 and make a small home/storage room or a Base to keep necessary items like chests, smelter, enchantment table, food etc. Once done, you can start branch mining at layer 11. This layer and layers below have a good concentration of resources, including Gold. Just make sure that level 10 will be your ceiling.
What tools do I need to mine Gold ore?
Mining Gold requires an iron pickaxe or better. Wood pickaxe, Hands or non-tool items will not work, and you would end up destroying the ore. In other words, you will gain nothing by using the wrong tool. By enchanting your pickaxe with Fortune, you will get more Gold from a single node. For maximum results, enchant pickaxe with Fortune 3.
How to smelt Gold ore?
Smelting Gold ore in Minecraft is easy. All you need for smelting is access to a furnace, Gold ore, and a fuel source. To smelt ore in your furnace, you must leverage a fuel source. Fuel sources in Minecraft are easy to come by. One can use wood, items made from wood, coal, charcoal, leaves, kale as a fuel source. Different type of fuel sources lasts differently. Coal lasts the longest. In other words, single coal can smelt more items than any other fuel source. Put the Gold in a furnace (in the top box), with any available fuel source in the bottom, and the smelting process should begin.
Note: Smelting gold blocks also gives your character experience. Smelt 64 blocks at once and once they are done put them in your inventory. You will directly receive experience points for it.
How to Branch Mine?
Dig your way underground to the desired level. Try to avoid digging straight down as you might fall into lava or a pit. Bedrock is the bottom-most layer in Minecraft and is unbreakable. Ores are most commonly located only a few blocks above this layer, so dig until your character’s y-coordinate is 11 or so. (Press F3 to see this value.)
Now you can start digging small tunnels that your character can fit. The tunnel can be as small as one block wide and two blocks tall. Use torches to light the area, or else your tunnel will attract unwanted guests. In other words, if you do not place torches in the tunnel, enemies will spawn.
The next step is to build more tunnels by splitting from the main route. Build more tunnels that branch off from the first one. This way you can look for ores over a large area. You can get the most out of this method by digging tunnels two blocks apart from each other. By doing so, you can now inspect a large surface area and not miss anything.
Tip: If you are uncomfortable with the show coordinates, you could use sea level to calculate how deep you should dig. One could use sea level to know the current layer. As sea level in Minecraft is 62. Therefore one must locate a sea, then dig down 51 blocks (62 – 51 is 11). You should be at layer 11 if you follow the steps.