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What is Copper Used for in Minecraft?

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


Since the dawn of time, the Minecraft modding community has only wanted one thing from Mojang. One simple, yet totally realistic addition that they have refused to adhere to for the past decade. And yet, I sit here before you in 2021 with a proud and satisfied smile, here to tell all you modded players that Copper will be added into Minecraft officially in the Caves and Cliffs update.

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That’s right! No more having to juggle six different types of copper, or use those annoying combination mods to ease your suffering. 1.17 is looking to be the best version for modded Minecraft, and I can’t wait to see how it goes. Today’s blog will be a brief explanation of all things Copper.


Copper will be the newest ore in the Caves and Cliffs update, and it will be obtained through mining like most ores. We have no information on what elevation it can be found, or how rare it will be, but it is assumed to be a little rarer than Iron, accounting for its utility.

Copper Ore doesn’t look like Iron, Gold, or Diamond, but has its own original shape. It kind of looks like scratch marks, and resembles Amber from most mods rather than Copper. It can be smelted into Ingots and crafted into blocks, slabs, and stairs.

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Copper will have an original mechanic unlike anything we’ve ever seen in Minecraft. Weathering. Basically, over the course of a set amount of time, Copper will corrode slowly to the point where it is covered in rust, giving it a green color. Funny enough, this is why the Statue of Liberty is green!

copper weathering

We have no information on the amount of time it will take Copper to fully rust, but we do know it will have four different textures for four different levels of corrosion. On Minecraft Live, the Mojang team talked about full corrosion taking nearly a full in-game month. It is said that you will be able to coat your Copper to keep it in its current state, preventing any further corrosion, but how this is done has not been revealed yet.

Craftable Items

These are the items that you can make with Copper, besides the basic blocks.

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Lightning Rod:

The Lightning Rod is a utility block that can be placed anywhere. It’s main purpose is to… well… be a lightning rod. It will attract any lightning in a thunderstorm within a certain proximity, which can be used to protect your flammable structures or animals.

spyglass minecraft

The Spyglass is Mojang’s answer to the overuse of Optifine’s zoom feature. The textures and functionality of this item are not finalized, but it will basically be a way to zoom in, kind of like looking through a Spyglass. Some of the screen will be obstructed, but Mojang hasn’t determined what percentage would be fair.


So, Copper is a pretty underdeveloped part of the Caves and Cliffs update, but I’m sure it will have much more functionality in the future. This is a huge win for the modding community in general. For the longest time, they’ve had to suffer with ten different types of copper from eighteen different mods. Also, I really like the items that they’ve thought of to go with this ore. Although I feel that the addition of Copper is lacking a bit, I do think it’s an all-around positive. With that being said, I hope this blog gave you some information that might help you for 1.17. Have a great day!

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