I have never mined redstone with a wooden pickaxe before. How many seconds it takes to mine redstone with one?

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You can't get redstone with a wooden pickaxe. The only way to get redstone from a redstone ore is to mine it with an iron or a diamond pickaxe, as stated on the wiki:

A single redstone ore will yield 4–5 redstone when mined with an iron or diamond pickaxe.

For the time needed to destroy the block if you were doing it with a wooden pickaxe, it would be 7,5 seconds. But then again, you wouldn't get any redstone from doing it.

You can see a comprehensive list of breakable blocks and time to break them here.

The data for Redstone is as follows:

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The red background means the block will be destroyed without dropping any resources.


You can't.*

If you want to mine Redstone Ore, you will need a pickaxe (or other tool if using mods) of the Redstone level or higher. Redstone level means that you will need an Iron or Diamond Pickaxe.

*Technically, you can mine the block with a Wooden Pick, but you will not gain any Redstone Dust from it. The Ore will be destroyed and it will take some time.

  • Will Gold not do it? Every answer has left it out. Nov 6, 2016 at 4:33
  • Gold Pickaxe can't get Redstone. See here
    – Nelson
    Nov 9, 2016 at 2:45

Technically you are able to, but I would say the time does not matter if you're aiming to obtain the redstone as breaking redstone ore with a wooden pickaxe will not drop any redstone. You will need an iron or diamond pickaxe to get a drop.


It would take 7.5 seconds to mine a Redstone Ore block with a Wooden Pickaxe. However, you wont get any drops from it.

To obtain Redstone dust from Redstone Ore you need either an Iron Pickaxe or a Diamond Pickaxe.

  • This does not add anything to the the discussion, as these facts have already been stated in previous answers.
    – rivermont
    Nov 7, 2016 at 19:15

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