Gold ore is a mineral block commonly found beside stone blocks deep underground, usually in a vein of 4-8 blocks (sometimes up to 16 if two veins happen to spawn together, and as few as 1 if the block that was supposed to be gold ore is occupied by a generated structure). It only appears in the bottom 32 layers of the map. From levels 2-29, gold ore's occurrence underground is at 0.1437%. On average there are 7.5 gold ores per chunk. It can be mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe. Gold ore can be smelted in a furnace to create gold ingots.