Minecraft: Mining Obsidian

To mine Obdisian, the rarest of the resources, you’ll need a productive strategy.

As new players to Minecraft will soon learn, finding resources such as sand, wood, dirt and stone is easy. They are all out in the open, or just a short distance underground. Resources such as iron, gold and redstone, along with diamond, are considerably harder to discover, but they are waiting for you if you’re willing to put in the hard work to unearth them. Obsidian, however, is then most difficult of all.

Obsidian isn’t naturally forming, so you aren’t guaranteed to find any already made when you’re playing. You can get lucky and find that the correct circumstances create a small amount for you, but generally you will need to manufacture your own. Obsidian forms when flowing water flows over still lava. After a period of time, a layer of Obsidian will form. Mining non-manufactured Obsidian can be challenging, due to the underlying lava.

Most players opt to farm Obsidian, in order to gather suitably large quantities of it. The most effective strategy for farming Obsidian is to dig a through that is 7 blocks long, and fill it with lava using the bucket. Then players simply have to lay some flowing water at one end, which will travel along the trough to cover the lava. After a little while, the obsidian will be formed and can then be mined.

Mining Obsidian takes 50 seconds with a non-diamond pickaxe, or 15 seconds with a diamond pickaxe. It can only be mined using a diamond pickaxe, otherwise it will be destroyed but not Obsidian will be gained. It can then be used to create extremely strong fortresses to keep away attackers. Obsidian can be distinguished by its dark purple colour.

For more information on mining, visit Minecraft: The Mining Layers. Alternatively, visit Minecraft: Crafting Your Pickaxes, for more on making a diamond pickaxe.

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  1. Burig
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Best way to get obsidian where you need it:
    Get three buckets; fill one with lava, and the other two with water.
    Create a two-by-two wide/tall by one deep, and put the water in either corner, giving you indefinate water from there.

    Surround the block you want with anything lava can’t destoy, and put the lava in said block (so the lava is where you want the obsidian to be).
    Put the water next to it, so the water flows onto it; if the lava is completly surrounded and still, it should turn into obsidian; unfortunatly, you can’t create indefinate lava as with water, so you’ll need a lot of lava sources.

  2. Posted December 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Actually, the best way is to find a natural lava lake and just mine it in layers.
    My friend and I came across what seems to be an infinite lake – we’ve mined through about several layers now and there is no end to be seen…

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