Amethyst minecraft

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"Amethyst Bud" redirects here. For the block that grows amethyst buds, see Budding Amethyst. For other uses, see Amethyst.

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Amethyst Cluster (U) JE1.png

Amethyst buds are the first three stages of growth of amethyst clusters, which grow on budding amethyst.

Amethyst clusters are the fourth and final growth stage of amethyst buds, which drop amethyst shards when mined.



The amethyst cluster block itself in any of its growth stages (rather than its amethyst shard drops) can be obtained by mining it with any pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment. When mined using any other tool with the Silk Touch enchantment, it drops nothing.

When mined without Silk Touch or broken by being pushed off an attached block by a piston or sticky piston, only fully grown amethyst clusters drop amethyst shards, while amethyst buds drop nothing. Breaking an amethyst cluster with a pickaxe drops 4 shards while any other method of breaking it yields 2 shards. The maximum amount of amethyst shards dropped can be increased with Fortune; Fortune I gives a 13 chance for 8 shards (averaging 5.33 shards), Fortune II gives a 25% chance (each) to give 8 or 12 shards (averaging 7 shards), and Fortune III gives a 20% chance (each) to give 8, 12, or 16 shards (averaging 8.8 shards). These are the same percentage increases as ores (except redstone ore and ancient debris).

Block Amethyst Bud
Amethyst Cluster
Hardness 1.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 2.25
  1. ↑Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Amethyst buds and clusters generate naturally as part of amethyst geodes, on exposed faces of budding amethysts.

Budding amethyst[]

Every random game tick there is a 20% chance for a budding amethyst block to spawn a small amethyst bud on any of its sides, as long as the block being replaced with the small amethyst bud is air or a water source block.


Growing into amethyst clusters[]

An amethyst bud placed on a budding amethyst (rather than any other block) regardless whether it was placed by the player or spawned by the budding amethyst itself will grow over time, going through three growth stages – small, medium, and large – before reaching its 4th and final growth stage as an amethyst cluster, which drops amethyst shards when mined.[more information needed]


They can also be placed on some other blocks for decoration, but it's only possible to place them on certain types of blocks. Most blocks have not yet been tested, but it seems that they can only be placed on full blocks, or those sides of blocks that form a full surface. They can be placed on the bottom of stairs (or top of upside down stairs), but not on their side, or top. And they can not be placed on any type of fences.[more information needed]


Small, medium and large amethyst buds give off a light level of 1, 2 and 4 respectively, while amethyst clusters give off a light level of 5.


Uniquely among other blocks an amethyst cluster in all its growth stages makes a quiet overlay sound when generally interacted with as well as its block breaking sound when hit with a projectile.



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Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]


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  1. ↑This is due to it using the exact same sound event as the one used for breaking - see MC-204050

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationFormTranslation key
Small Amethyst BudBlock & Item
Medium Amethyst BudBlock & Item
Large Amethyst BudBlock & Item
Amethyst ClusterBlock & Item

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Small Amethyst BudBlock & Item
Medium Amethyst BudBlock & Item
Large Amethyst BudBlock & Item
Amethyst ClusterBlock & Item

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

NameDefault valueAllowed valuesDescription

The direction that the amethyst is facing, determined by its anchoring.
Whether or not the amethyst is located inside of water.

Bedrock Edition:

NameDefault valueAllowed valuesDescription

The direction that the amethyst is facing, determined by its anchoring.



Issues relating to "Amethyst Cluster", "Amethyst Bud", or "Amethyst Crystal" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Amethyst buds cannot grow on its own, but it will grow when its neighboring Budding Amethysts receive the Random Ticks.



How to get Amethyst Shards in Minecraft, and how to use it

If you're wondering how to get Amethyst Shards in Minecraft, then you've clearly discovered Amethyst - one of the best new resources added in Minecraft 1.17. It’s beautiful, it can be grown, and it can be used to craft a Spyglass or Tinted Glass. Before you start searching for Minecraft amethyst though, make sure you know what an Amethyst Geode is, how you can recognize one, and where the Amethyst Buds spawn. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Minecraft Amethyst in Minecraft 1.17.

Where to find Amethyst Geodes in Minecraft 1.17

To find an Amethyst Geode in Minecraft 1.17, it’s best to just go underground and start mining. You don’t necessarily have to go deep though: Amethyst geodes can spawn between y: 0 to y: 70. Amethyst Geodes are not that hard to spot either. These mineral structures are very big and often cracked, which means that you might see the faint glowing light from a distance.

Keep an eye out for smooth basalt while mining. This is the dark outer layer of an Amethyst Geode. Break through this first layer to find calcite, and then continue to find the amethyst. Inside, you’ll find Blocks of Amethyst, Budding Amethyst, Amethyst Buds, and Amethyst Clusters. Let’s go over which is which:

How to get Amethyst Shards in Minecraft from Amethyst Clusters

If you mine amethyst in Minecraft 1.17, you get the Minecraft Amethyst Shard item. This is the type of Minecraft amethyst used for crafting. Amethyst Shards are dropped from the growing minerals called Amethyst Clusters. These are found growing inside the Amethyst Geodes.

It’s important to only mine the fully grown ones, as the smaller Minecraft Amethyst Buds won’t drop any Amethyst Shards. There are three growth stages before an Amethyst Bud becomes an Amethyst Cluster. Take a look at the picture above to distinguish them!

Amethyst Clusters drop two Minecraft Amethyst Shards when broken with a random tool, and four when mined with a pickaxe. The number of Amethyst Shard drops can further increase by using the Fortune enchantment. 

Budding Amethyst and Blocks of Amethyst in Minecraft 1.17

Minecraft Amethyst Clusters and Amethyst Buds grow on Budding Amethyst blocks. You can recognize them by the cross-shape on their sides. Note that you can’t mine Budding Amethyst, but you can come back to find newly-spawned Amethyst Buds. 

The other solid amethyst block is called a ‘Block of Amethyst’, and can only be mined with a pickaxe. This block is purely decorative, and cannot grow Amethyst Buds. You can use Amethyst Shards to create more Minecraft Blocks of Amethyst if you want to use them as a building material.

Minecraft Amethyst recipes - spyglass and tinted glass

Besides being a posh new building material, amethyst can be used to craft the following items:

  • Spyglass. One Amethyst Shard placed on top of two Copper Ingots makes a Spyglass. Spyglasses can be used to zoom in.
  • Tinted Glass. One block of glass with an Amethyst Shard on every side will create two blocks of Tinted Glass. Tinted Glass is a building material which blocks all light (but you can still see through it). It can’t suffocate mobs, but it can be reused when broken.
  • Block of Amethyst. As mentioned before, this is purely decorative. You can craft a Block of Amethyst using four Amethyst Shards.

Time to dig up some Amethyst Shards and build that luxurious amethyst mansion!

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Minecraft: Amethysts | Where to find amethyst geodes & how to mine

Amethyst isn't the only new block introduced in Minecraft's Caves & Cliffs update, but it's certainly the most eye catching.

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Encountering an underground geode is a genuinely breathtaking experience, but there's more to these purple stones than just their good looks. They can also be used to craft a few select but unique items.

Where to find amethyst in Minecraft

Amethysts are actually a series of mineable resources in Minecraft, but all variants spawn in the same location: geodes.

Geodes are hollow underground structures, and are surprisingly easy to spot. They're usually quite large — you can often quite comfortably walk inside one as soon as you discover it — and emit a low purple light. They also emit pleasing twinkly sounds to match their sparkly appearance.

In other words, they contrast quite sharply with the rocks around them. They can spawn in locations where they're visible from the surface, and can potentially be found in any Overworld biome.

With the new 1.17 update installed, it's possible for geodes to spawn into caves you've already explored, so finding one might be a simple case of looking around in familiar areas.

If you do go digging for one, however, there are a few signs to be on the look-out for that you're on the right track. If you're familiar with real amethyst geodes, you'll probably know that they have several different mineral layers, giving them their distinctive appearance.

Minecraft geodes are no different. Your first indication that a geode is nearby is hitting the outer layer of smooth basalt. Within that is a layer of calcite. Get through that and you'll hit the amethyst.

Types of amethyst in Minecraft

There's no single resource called amethyst in Minecraft. Instead, amethyst comes in several forms with slightly different appearances and uses.

  • Budding Amethyst: This block is recognisable by the subtle cross-shape on its sides. It drops nothing when mined.
  • Amethyst Bud: The juvenile form of the amethyst cluster. They have three growth stages prior to becoming fully grown. They drop nothing when mined.
  • Amethyst Block: Can be obtained by mining it with a diamond, iron, or netherite pickaxe.
  • Amethyst Cluster: The fully grown version of an Amethyst Bud. Can be obtained by mining it with any pickaxe using the Silk Touch enchantment.
  • Amethyst Shard: Mined from Amethyst Clusters, this is the form of amethyst used for crafting. Mining yield will depend on the tool you use: a standard tool or item will drop two shards; diamond, iron, or netherite pickaxes will drop four; while tools with Fortune enchantments have the chance to drop up to 16 shards. A Silk Touch-enabled tool will drop the cluster itself rather than shards.

Crafting with amethyst in Minecraft

There are currently three crafting recipes which require amethysts as ingredients:

  • Block of Amethyst: A decorative block made from four amethyst shards. Basically you're sticking a bunch of shards back together to recreate the interior layer of the geode. Nice if you want to recreate a geode cave for aesthetic purposes (they are very pretty).
  • Tinted Glass: Combining four amethyst shards with one piece of glass yields two tinted glass blocks. These are visually opaque but behave in-game as though they are completely light-proof. They are not airtight, unlike regular glass.
  • Spyglass: Combining an amethyst shard with two copper ingots creates a Spyglass. This item can be used to view and zoom in on far-away locations. There are three Advancements associated with this item, granted for looking at a Parrot, a Ghast, and an Ender Dragon through the spyglass.

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Minecraft Amethyst Crystals - Where to Find Them, What they are, and more!

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This is all you need to know about the recently added Amethyst.

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Where to find them

You can find Amethyst Crystals underground in a small cave-like structure known as Amethyst Geodes. The Amethyst Crystals grow on top of the blocks also known as Amethyst Geodes.

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These Amethyst Geodes are given away by a twinkle-like sound when you are near them, adding to the ethereal nature of the cave.

Once found, the Amethyst Geode, which contains amethyst geode blocks and amethyst crystals, can be explored and mined (or at least, the crystals can).

What can I do with them?

Amethyst Crystals are used to create the new telescope item called a Spyglass in Minecraft.

A player will need two copper ingots and Amethyst Crystal shards to make it. This can be used like a zoom function, allowing you to see very far away. It's function is mostly cosmetic right now but teams fighting each other could get some use out of it when protecting their base.

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Amethysts can also be used to make tinted glass, a great way of protecting an area from light or making your room look particularly cool. Amethyst is mostly decorative at this stage but that could change greatly later this year as Caves & Cliffs part two drops.

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Minecraft amethyst

This article is about the block crafted from amethyst shards. For the block that grows amethyst clusters, see Budding Amethyst. For other uses, see Amethyst.

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A block of amethyst[a] is a decorative block crafted from four amethyst shards.



A block of amethyst can be obtained by mining it with any pickaxe. When mined using any other tool, it drops nothing.

  1. ↑Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Blocks of amethyst generate naturally on the inner wall of amethyst geodes, with calcite and smooth basalt making up next two outer layers.



Blocks of amethyst are currently used only for decoration.


Uniquely among other blocks a block of amethyst makes a quiet overlay sound when generally interacted with as well as its block breaking sound when hit with a projectile.



Java Edition:

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]


Java Edition:

  1. ↑This is due to it using the exact same sound event as the one used for breaking - see MC-204050

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Block of Amethyst
Block & Item

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Amethyst BlockBlock & Item



Issues relating to "Block of Amethyst" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


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Minecraft: Everything You Need To Know About Amethyst

Amethyst is one of the new materials introduced in Minecraft's 1.17 Caves and Cliffs update, Part I. This purple crystal is different from most other resources in the game due to not being an ore that's found in solid stone or deepslate. Amethyst is actually a crystal, which must be mined from special crystal blocks found in specific geode structures.

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Amethyst comes in a few different block variants, as well as its shard, cluster, and crystal variant. Only some of these are available in survival mode, provided you have the right tools to mine them. Amethyst is a particularly important resource when it comes to the brand-new spyglass tool, as well as tinted glass. Here's everything you'll need to know about this gorgeous purple crystal.

Hunting down amethyst isn't all too complicated. With 1.17, amethyst geodes will now generate all over the Overworld. These geodes are circular structures that are big enough for you to enter.

Sometimes the geodes are cracked, which makes entering them easy, and sometimes they're completely solid, with a layer of smooth basalt and calcite on the outside you need to mine through.

How To Find Amethyst Geodes

Amethyst geodes generate quite frequently. They're not exactly considered structures, so even with structure generation turned off, you're still likely to find some. Geodes most often generate between bedrock level and Y=70, so there's quite a wide range to search for them. On rare occasions, these geodes will even spawn at surface level.

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The easiest method to finding geodes is to simply hop on a boat and travel the ocean biomes.With the help of a Night Vision potion, it's easy to spot geodes from the surface level and then dive down to them. Otherwise, you'll have to blindly mine in caves and hope to run into one.

What Are Amethyst Blocks?

Inside the geode, the entire chamber will be lined with purple blocks. These solid blocks are called amethyst blocks. They can be mined with an iron pickaxe and will even make a special, clinging sound when walked on or mined.

An amethyst block can also be crafted using four pieces of amethyst shards combined in the crafting grid. Amethyst blocks are strictly decorative blocks. Budding amethyst blocks are distinguished by their X-shaped pattern on all sides, and it's likely for an amethyst cluster to grow on them.

Budding Amethyst Can't Be Mined

Budding amethyst blocks are special, especially in survival mode. They can't be mined, even when using a Silk Touch pickaxe. Currently, they're only available in creative mode.

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Placing an amethyst cluster onto a budding amethyst block can actually make it grow, provided you first use Silk Touch to remove the cluster and then place it down on a budding amethyst block again.

What Are Amethyst Clusters And Buds?

Aside from the solid walls of the geode, you'll notice there are large clusters and small buds growing on the walls, floors, and ceiling inside.

The small pieces are called amethyst buds, and they have three growth stages: small, medium, and large.

The final growth stage turns them into amethyst clusters and is the only stage that actually drops amethyst shards, unless you mine the clusters with a Silk Touch pickaxe.

When mining for amethyst, make sure to always check that the cluster you're mining is the largest possible cluster and not a large amethyst bud. Ignore the small clusters that are still growing.

How To Get Amethyst Shards

Amethyst shards are dropped by fully grown amethyst clusters. These are born when an amethyst bud reaches its final growth stage and transforms into a cluster.

Depending on the type of tool you're using to mine the crystal in question, you'll receive a different amount of shards.

  • Iron or lower-tier pickaxe: two amethyst shards.
  • Diamond or Netherite pickaxe: four amethyst shards.

Having a Fortune enchantment on your pickaxe is highly useful, since it increases the amount significantly, up to an average of eight shards from one crystal at Fortune III.

How To Use Amethyst Shards

There are three uses for shards, and two of them are actually useful. Here's what you can do with amethyst.

  • Craft an amethyst block by combining four shards. This is purely decorative.
  • Craft a spyglass by combing one shard with two copper ingots. This allows you to see into the distance.
  • Craft two blocks of tinted glass by surrounding a block of glass with four amethyst shards on each side.

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Amethyst Clusters Emit Light

When you first enter a geode, you might notice something strange: there's a bit of light inside. That's because amethyst clusters and buds emit a small amount of light.

Depending on the size of the amethyst bud, the light level might be stronger or weaker. The bigger the bud, the more light there is. Amethyst clusters emit a light level of five, which is the highest of them all.

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