The world of Minecraft shines brightly during the day. It is welcoming, friendly, and warm. The same world, however, can be overwhelming at night for new players. You can change the outcome of things by learning how to mine coal in Minecraft. This is the best fuel source for making a range of light sources, and it can also be used as a material to make your tools. Let's get started exploring coal in Minecraft.

How to Get Coal in Minecraft (2022).

Coal is one of the many Minecraft ores that spawn in the overworld. This is the most commonly used fuel in the game. Let's get into it. We'll be discussing its crafting and mechanics separately.

Minecraft: Where is coal mined?

Most commonly, coal is found in the Minecraft caves. You can also find coal in the caves of Minecraft overworld.

Chest Loot at Certain Locations

If you find in-game chests at certain places, coal can be purchased directly as an article. These chests are found in these locations:

  • Dungeons
  • Mineshafts
  • Igloos
  • Shipwrecks
  • Strongholds
  • Ancient City
  • Woodland Mansion
  • Underwater Ruins
  • Village

The chances of a coal-filled chest spawn are highest for the "igloos" and the "underwater ruins". Though, if we consider quantity, the chests from Ancient Cities in Minecraft can spawn with up to 15 pieces of coals at once. Others offer only 8 pieces of coal.

Kill Hostile Mobs to Get Coal

You can also kill mobs for coal if exploration is not your forte. You can't get coal unless you kill the Wither skeleton. These mobs spawn in the Nether dimension, and they are extremely dangerous. Unless you are planning to make a mob loot farm with them, it's best to avoid them. It's best to keep to the old way of mining coal in Minecraft.

Mine Coal Ore

Mining is the most reliable and common way to get coal in Minecraft. You can find it in mountains and caves all over the world as the "coal ore". To make the coal drop as an item, you can directly mine it with your pickaxe. The overworld has twice the amount of coal, based on its ore production.


The world heights of the coal ore blocks in mountainous regions are Y=136 to Y=320. At ground, however, the second group of coal block blobs produces between Y=0 and Y=190.

The coal blocks of the second set are usually concealed beneath blocks that are not exposed to air. Moreover, Minecraft biomes don't affect its spawn rate, and you can find the highest amount of coal ores at the height of Y=95.

Making Coal in Minecraft

Although coal is easily obtained in Minecraft, crafting does not usually take place. But if somehow, you come across a block of coal, you can place it on a crafting table to make 9 pieces of coal. You can also smelt a block made of coal with a pickaxe that has a silk touch to make it coal.


Though, unless you are playing on a custom Minecraft map or one of the best survival servers, such a situation is hard to imagine in day-to-day Minecraft gameplay with friends. It is also a waste of fuel, as the one-piece of coal produced by smelting coal ore can be used to make other pieces.

Minecraft: How to Use Coal

The obvious next question that many Minecraft players will ask is: How can I make use of the coal found in Minecraft? Here are some ways you can use the block of coal in Minecraft:

  • Fuel: Coal can be used to power a furnace and a blast furnace in Minecraft to smelt different items.
  • Trading: Minecraft villagers with jobs like a fisherman, armorer, toolsmith, weaponsmith, or butcher can, at times, offer emeralds in exchange for coal. Crafting: Coal can be used to create a wide range of useful products. You can read more in the following section.

Making a Torch In Minecraft

In the early days Minecraft Survival Mode, crafting a torch is the most important and common task. Follow the torch crafting instructions for Minecraft to learn how you can do it too.


Minecraft torch (above), and Minecraft soulfire torch (below).

To make a torch, put **coal into a block. Next, insert a stick underneath the block. You can use this recipe with a crafting table and even with your inventory's crafting area. To make a soul fire torch, place a bit of soul soil blocks below the stick. The soul fire torch emits a blue fire and will look cool in your Minecraft house builds.

Make Other Products with Minecraft Coal

You can use coal for the following crafts:

Campfire: Using pieces of log blocks and sticks, coal can be combined with wood to make a campfire that is both light and cooks food. Block of Coal: 9 coal pieces can be placed together to create a block of coal. This is a form of fuel or an alternative storage option.

  • Fire Charge: You can also combine coal with blaze powder and gunpowder to create a fire charge, which can be used to light fire and Nether portals in Minecraft.

Minecraft: ## How to Find and Use Coal

You can use coal to make a variety of lighting sources or fuels for your Minecraft home. This guide will show you how to find and use coal in Minecraft. You can find more important minerals in dark caves, and use torches to mark your path. Once you've got enough coal you are able to go on with other activities. We already have a guide to help you find diamonds in Minecraft, giving you a headstart. Now, let's talk about how you plan to use coal in Minecraft. Comment below to let us know your thoughts!