The Stone Age in Minecraft

By Jesse Stay, Thomas Stay, Jacob Cordeiro

A significant milestone in Minecraft Survival mode, and one achieved by some players on the first day, is reaching the Stone Age. After you craft a wooden pickaxe and you either find a cave or dig a hole, the items in following table become available to you.

Most stone-based materials are more solid than other blocks, and you have to break them with a pickaxe to obtain loot.

Items in the Stone Age
Item How to Obtain It Description
Andesite Found naturally underground; crafted from diorite and
cobblestone (makes 2)
A variant of stone that can be crafted into its smooth
variant
Coal Found when mining coal ore; dropped by wither skeletons A handy material that’s used as furnace fuel; can be used
to make torches and fire charges
Coal ore Found commonly underground A plentiful source of coal that you can find in veins while
mining
Cobblestone Found by mining stone or cobblestone An excellent building block and the basis for stone-based
crafting
Cobblestone slab Crafted from 3 cobblestone (makes 6) The cobblestone equivalent of the wooden slab
Cobblestone stairs Crafted from 6 cobblestone (makes 4) The cobblestone equivalent of wooden stairs
Cobblestone wall Crafted from 6 cobblestone (makes 6) The cobblestone equivalent of wooden fences; connects to fence
gates
Diorite Found naturally underground; crafted from 2 nether quartz and 2
cobblestone (makes 2)
A variant of stone that can be crafted into its smooth
variant
Furnace Crafted from 8 cobblestone A useful block that’s used to smelt items into other
items
Granite Found naturally underground; crafted from diorite and nether
quartz
A variant of stone that can be crafted into its smooth
variant
Jack-o’-lantern Crafted from 1 pumpkin, 1 torch A spooky, brightly glowing pumpkin
Lever Crafted from 1 cobblestone, 1 stick A power source that can be turned on and off by
right-clicking
Red sandstone Appears in the mesa; crafted from 4 red sand The “stone” version of red sand; can occur naturally
or artificially
Red sandstone slab Crafted from 3 red sandstone (makes 6) The red sandstone equivalent of the wooden slab
Red sandstone stairs Crafted from 6 red sandstone (makes 4) The red sandstone equivalent of the wooden stairs
Red smooth, chiseled sandstone Crafted from 2 red sandstone slabs for chiseled, or 4 red
sandstone (makes 4) for smooth
A decoration block
Smooth, chiseled sandstone Crafted from 2 sandstone slabs for chiseled, or 4 sandstone
(makes 4) for smooth
A decoration block
Stone axe Crafted from 3 cobblestone, 2 sticks A tool that chops wooden blocks much faster than normal
Stone hoe Crafted from 2 cobblestone, 2 sticks As efficient as a wooden hoe, but with more durability
Stone pickaxe Crafted from 3 cobblestone, 2 sticks A more durable pickaxe, capable of mining more blocks
Stone shovel Crafted from 1 cobblestone, 2 sticks A tool for digging quickly; can be used to level out dirt,
gravel, sand, and other types of soft blocks
Stone sword Crafted from 2 cobblestone, 1 stick A strong, reliable blade that deals a moderate amount of
damage
Torch Crafted from 1 coal, 1 stick (makes 4) A common, helpful, and cheap way to light up areas

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