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I play Minecraft on the Xbox. I'm a bit of a resource hoarder. I'm just wondering if I need to be.

I know that there are a lot of resources in the world, but I also know that the world is of a limited size (currently 864 x 864) - thus there is a limit to the amount of resources that one can collect.

Is there an a way to predict how many of the valuable, non-renewable resources (specifically iron, gold and diamond) there are in the world? Yes, I realize this would vary greatly depending on the numbers of each biome that generates with a world (a dominately ocean world would likely have fewer resources).

Note: Currently iron is not renewable

  • there are no iron golems
  • it is not a drop (even a rare one) by any mob
  • trading has not been implemented
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As a person that only owns a PC, does Minecraft for XBox have worlds of limited size? – user1337 Feb 28 '13 at 17:10
@user1337 currently the world is limited to 864 x 864. – ChargingPun Feb 28 '13 at 17:18
If it's anything like the PC version there is a % chance for it to spawn. Then do the math for how big the world. For example iron ore, 0.72% of stone from rows 2-61; maybe someone will be nice enough to do it for you. – Tony Feb 28 '13 at 17:27
@tony, where did you find the number 0.72%? – ChargingPun Feb 28 '13 at 17:36
@ChargingPun – Tony Feb 28 '13 at 18:48
up vote 6 down vote accepted

The average number of iron ores per chunk is 77. Although this information comes from the full game, the distribution does not appear to have changed since the version that xbox Minecraft is based on.

There are 54 * 54 chunks in xbox Minecraft.

77 * 54 * 54 = 224532 iron ingots on average.

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I think your math might be off, since 54 x 54 x 77 = 224532. But otherwise this is the answer I was looking for. – ChargingPun Feb 28 '13 at 17:46
That's a lot of iron. – Gigazelle Feb 28 '13 at 19:14
For completeness, the average Gold: 21870, and Diamands: 8748. – ChargingPun Feb 28 '13 at 19:47
@ChargingPun I blame google. – fredley Mar 1 '13 at 0:32

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