How Long Does It Take For Copper To Oxidize In Minecraft?

Everything you need to know about copper oxidization in Minecraft!

June 9, 2021

In the latest Minecraft Caves & Cliffs update 1.17, a variety of new features and blocks were introduces, including a brand new Copper ore.

These copper ores can be oxidized to get different colors of ores and to craft different objects in the game. But if you are wondering how to oxidize copper ores or how long does it take to oxidize copper in Minecraft — we have got you covered! Read more below for details.

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Time Taken To Oxidize Copper In Minecraft

Copper Ore

Copper ores can be used to craft telescopes, construct lightning rods, and give a new look to your roofs in Minecraft. But there is one thing you should know that just like in real life, the copper in Minecraft oxidizes automatically with time.


The can be tricky because, after oxidation, copper blocks start changing their color. But the good news is that Minecraft update 1.17 allows you to freeze the age of copper to make sure it doesn’t change. We shall talk about that a little later.

But first, let’s talk about how long does it take to oxidize copper in Minecraft.

Copper ores oxidize over a significant period of time. The oxidation of copper ore takes place in four different stages:

  • Raw copper
  • Lightly weathered copper
  • Semi-weathered copper
  • Weathered copper

When loaded in chunks, it takes about 50-82 Minecraft days for a copper block to oxidize from one stage to another.

How To Prevent Copper From Oxidization In Minecraft?

You can choose to preserve a copper block in any given stage by waxing it. This means that you can freeze the lightly weathered copper block (or any other) in the same stage forever!

Update: To remove wax from a copper block, select your pickaxe and click on the block and it will turn into a regular exposed copper block.

Manisha Priyadarshini

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