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How strong is steve? (FULL CALCULATIONS)

The inventory consists of 4 armor slots, 36 storage slots (including the hot bar) and an off-hand slot. There are also 4 crafting grid slots, which can be filled if you stand on dropped items with a full inventory.

Shulkers are used to maximize space. You can place filled shulkers in the off-hand, inventory and crafting grid. Therefore, you end up with 4 armor slots and 41 slots with shulkers for maximum inventory capacity.

Each shulker can hold 27 items. 27×41= 1107 stacks of items.

Of all the ores in the game, pure gold is the heaviest in real life.*

A block in Minecraft (and therefore a gold block) is 1 meters cubed. And that’s a LOT. As per various online calculators, a cubic meter of pure gold weighs a whooping 19.3 tonnes.

19.3×64= 1235 tonnes of gold in a stack.

1235×41 slots= 50635 tonnes of gold in the inventory.

Gold armor:**

Armor is made of ingots. A gold block is made of 9 ingots, and 9 ingots make a gold block. So the weight is retained.

Therefore a single ingot will be 19.3/9= 2.1 tonnes. And these are some BIG bars of gold, likewise the gold block.

A full set of armor is made from 24 ingots. 24×2.1= 50.4 tonnes weight from the armor.

This all adds up to 50.4+50635= 50685.4 TONNES of gold that Steve is able to carry.



  • Steve carries an impossible volume and weight of items. He manages to condense this down enough to be transported.
  • edit: look up hammer space
  • Steve will collapse in on himself, forming a black hole, neutron star or end portal.
  • Do not try these calculations at home.
  • Finally, do not attempt to apply logic to minecraft.


  • Did not include the extra weight of the shulkers. These blocks are purely fictional and cannot be calculated.
  • Did not use enchanted golden apples (notch apples) in calculations because:
  • a) their crafting recipe is not reversible, so we can’t be sure that the weight of the ingredients is retained.
  • b) in addition, they can no longer be obtained in survival

*anvils are actually the heaviest, but again their recipe is not reversible

anvil = 3 blocks iron + 4 iron ignots

1 cubic meter of iron is 7.8 tonnes. 7.8×3= 23.4 tonnes

7.8/9= 0.85 weight of an iron ingot. 0.85×4= 3.4

23.4+3.4= 26.8 TONNES per anvil, which is heavier than a gold block!

**armor is not reversible either and may not retain the weight, especially since smelting it down in a furnace gives single nuggets.

But for the sake of this post the armor either retains the weight, or any excess can account for the unknown weight of the shulkers.


2023: I’m not including Netherite as it’s a fictional ore of unknown origin and weight. However, you can get funky and watch Phoenix SC go over multiple theories on the heaviest “block” (cow?!).

Comments (2) for post “How strong is steve? (FULL CALCULATIONS)”

  • If you put an enderchest full of shulkers full of gold blocks in one of the shulkerboxes that would almost double it though, no?

    • I don’t count that since the contents of ender chests is separate from the physical location/number of ender chests.

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