Players can mine gold in Minecraft by using a pickaxe and by digging to ‘Y-level 0-32’, as gold ores can be found at these coordinates.
In Minecraft, mining is an incredibly useful practice that allows players to obtain various minerals, such as iron, diamonds, gold and Redstone. Even though gold is not as useful as some of the other materials, it can be used to craft tools and armour. Players need to mine gold to eventually find diamonds and safely travel the Nether.
In order to mine gold, players will need to craft an iron, a Netherite or a diamond pickaxe. To craft a pickaxe, players should obtain two sticks and three irons or diamonds. After obtaining the resources, the player can use a crafting table to create a pickaxe. The two sticks should be placed on top of each other in the crafting grid, starting at the bottom of the middle column, while the top row should be filled with iron or diamonds.
After crafting a pickaxe, players need to equip the item, face the block they want to mine, and hold right-click until it breaks. Players should dig down until they reach ‘Y-level 0-32’, as gold ores can be found at this coordinate. To check the altitude, players can press F3 on the Java Edition. It is important to remember that players should mine down at an angle and make a staircase-like formation as they dig. This will prevent the player from falling into lava or caves.
When the player has reached ‘Y-level 0-32’, they can dig a main horizontal tunnel. It is recommended that players mine branches off this main tunnel, one block wide and two blocks tall to find gold. Gold ores usually spawn in groups of up to eight blocks. This means that players can find almost all of the gold if they keep three solid blocks between each tunnel.
Players will know a block contains gold if it looks like stone, but with pieces of gold in it. Once players find the gold, they can mine it using their pickaxe. Players should face the ore and hold right click until it breaks. When it breaks, it will drop a piece of raw gold.
For an alternative option, players can head to the Badlands biome to find gold.