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Efficient Mining! - Mine More Diamonds Tutorial/Guide

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Hello guys, I will show you guys today how to mine diamonds more efficiently.

Let's assume you guys already know how to mine diamonds. I will go step by step order on how to increase how much diamonds you will have once you leave a cave.

Step 1 - Locate Diamond:


Diamond only appears only appears between layers 1-16, it is found most likely on layer 12. It can be found in a bundle of 8 blocks per ore. Lava is found often between layer 4-10, so be careful, and avoid mining in those areas.

Step 2 - Keep Track Of Diamonds (DO NOT MINE YET):


Keep track of where you put your diamond, you will need to keep the coordinates or some path

to get to it safely. You will return soon.

Step 3 - Fortune Enchantments:


You will now need to enchant your pickaxe. You will have to try a few times to get "Fortune".

I usually get it my first time for levels 20-30 enchantments. Fortune increases the drop rate of items from blocks

Step 4 - Return And Mine:


Now profit! For one block of diamond ore, you could five diamonds. This is a lot

more efficient than just getting one. Although it may look like this may take a lot

time, you could just get one fortune pickaxe and use that for the rest of your

mining, until it breaks. So getting it on a diamond could help you, incredibly.

Silk Touch Method:

There is also another method you can use.

If you are too lazy or scared to re-journey down the path of the cave,

to return to your diamond ore, you can use a silk touch pickaxe.

(This is an example of what you can do with a silk touch pickaxe.)

Another method you can use, is getting a separate pickaxe

with the "Silk Touch" enchantment. This enchantment

allows you to mine an ore and get the ore's basic form, instead of

its normal drop. If this is confusing, take coal for example.
Obviously it is a black-rock like fossil fuel. Now, instead of getting

the coal itself, you would get coal ore.

Also, smelting the ore instead of mining it is highly inefficient, as it would require fuel to acquire the coal, which is the exact purpose of obtaining this ore in the first place.

So how can Silk Touch help me?

Once you mine out the diamond ore, you will get a diamond ore.

This way you can skip step 2, and do a normal mining trip.

Once you are complete bring it back up to land, and then mine it

out with a separate pickaxe, with Fortune enchantments.

This could be a longer process, due to the fact if you already

do have fortune enchantments on your pickaxe, you can just

mine out the ore underground. This could be somewhat

dangerous, though. If you are mining near lava some of the

drops could fall down. This is why Silk Touch, could help.


(MYTH: You can not get silk touch and fortune TOGETHER on

the same item anymore,

this develops the idea of infinite items until the tool runs out.)

Other Ways To Mine (Mining Methods):


Staircase Method:
One of the most common and very effective. You could cover huge grounds,

and is somewhat short. You are unlikely to get found by lava, since your mining

angle is very hard to not see lava before it hits! One of my favorite.


Branch Method:
One of my less used techniques, although it could be very effective as well.

It is a simple 2x2 mining system, going straight and every 3rd block branching out

on both sides. You also branch out every time you notice an ore. Very nice system.


Strip Mining Method:
A very boring way to mine. You mine back in forth, and mine an outline of a box. It covers ground some-what slowly but isn't that effective.
Why do people still do it? You will get tons of resources

Such as cobblestone and dirt. You also get a huge area you can build in. One of my less-favorites.

This can also be used as a slime-farm, if you do it at the right layer/slime chunk. Slimes spawn throughout the world below layer 40, but only in certain chunks, 1 in 10 of all chunks, this is what slime chunks are. Although slimes do spawn in swamp biomes, this is only during the night, where mobs appear. This could be a useful system for people that afraid of creepers.

More information On Slimes Here


If you get lucky, you can find diamonds in chest abandoned mineshafts or villages. I found 14 once in a village. It could be some-what easy actually! It is not as a natural feeling then mining it, but you can still enjoy it, rubbing it in your friend's face. :)


MYTHS! [not tested in 1.6.2]

  • Can I enchant a silktouch and fortune pickaxe? Like I said before, you cannot enchant a fortune pickaxe with a silktouch.
  • Can I combine silktouch and fortune in an anvil? You are also unable to combine them in an anvil. Heres an example:

If you had a fortune pickaxe, and tried to combine it with a silktouch book, you will end up with the same fortune pickaxe for the output.

If you had a silktouch pickaxe, and tried to combine it with a fortune book, you will end up with the same silktouch pickaxe for the output.

What this means is, you just wasted a silktouch book.

  • Now what if a mod manually added a silktouch and a fortune pickaxe? Then what would happen? Actually, the first enchantment would overwrite the second one. So if you had silktouch for your first enchantment, you would only get a silktouch, but it would still appear to be a fortune pickaxe.
  • Diamonds spawn more often nearby lava, right? That is not true at all. It just so happens that lava largely occurs where diamonds do. You can easily find diamonds where lava is not located. Just put a torch, bro.
  • You make it seem so easy to get a fortune, I can barely get levels. It isn't easy, and you need to grind up some XP. But here is an interesting post I ran along a while back: "As far as Fortune goes, the higher the level of the enchant, the better but Fortune is rare; even if you enchant at Lvl 30 you only have a 1 in 3 chance of getting any level of fortntune on a Diamond Pickaxe. Stone Pickaxes has an even worse chance of giving Fortune III then diamond pickaxes,so if you want a Fortune III enchant use an Iron Pickaxe, a Wooden Pickaxe or even better a Golden Pickage. Although this may be true, you never want to enchant a Wooden Pickaxe, or a Golden Pickaxe. Always enchant diamonds! If in an extreme case, iron is fine too.



Thank you for reading my tutorial. Enjoy some tips from me!

Also if you enjoyed this tutorial, check out this one about making awesome stories here.
Also if you are having troubles with making a story.



3 Update Logs

Update #3 : by hotguysixpack 08/04/2013 11:10:36 amAug 4th, 2013

-Added a "Myth" section! Make sure you comment below on what myth you want to be answered :D (hopefully lol)

-Added borders at some parts.

-Fixed grammar issues.

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09/16/2013 8:34 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Taco
Pixelette's Avatar
Great blog as always!
09/16/2013 8:35 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Answer
hotguysixpack's Avatar
Thanks, one of my first, I appreciate it.
08/26/2013 6:00 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Crafter
woofiewilly's Avatar
One thing I wanted to mention was that slimes spawn in different layers in swamp biomes. (40-59 maybe?)

ALSO, I completely disagree with saying never to enchant a gold pickaxe. There is a value on tools called enchantability. The higher this value, the more likely it is for you to get higher level and rarer enchantments, aka Fortune III. Out of all the classes of tools, gold has the highest enchantablility, followed by diamond then iron. (Those two are 15 and 14, very close). So if you simply wanted a pickaxe with fortune to mine diamonds with, don't take a chance on your valuable diamonds. Use a gold pickaxe for a higher success rate. The lower durability will be far outweighed by the rewards, (extra diamonds), plus you will hardly use it if you save it for diamonds.
08/10/2013 11:57 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Network
Cheese_Commander's Avatar
Just wondering couldn't you use too many items to combine silk touch and fortune cause in too many items you can make your pick have fire protection??
08/08/2013 10:56 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Engineer
Niandratheel55's Avatar
This is the best blog I've seen in a while! just what do you mean by layers, though? I'm still just a noob looking for a diamond or two but I don't know where they generate at. I gave a favorite and a diamond of your own, plus a sub. could I put a link to a mod that give a really effective way to strip mine here? I've downloaded it a bunch of times and its virus free.
08/08/2013 11:32 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Answer
hotguysixpack's Avatar
If you click F3, you can see the coordinates.
Layers is the Y coordinate :P

So if you were at Y:14, then you would be at layer 14.
And if you can just put the link to the post, that'll be fine :)
08/10/2013 8:03 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Engineer
Niandratheel55's Avatar
Just tried the link and it called it spam!! :'(
08/08/2013 7:42 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Narwhal
sgt_waffle's Avatar
I think its Y...
08/08/2013 9:04 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Answer
hotguysixpack's Avatar
are you crazy? I put Y...
stay away from drugs mayun
08/10/2013 8:04 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Engineer
Niandratheel55's Avatar
lol, does he want some ice for that burn?
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