Minecraft – What to Do With Amethyst?

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Amethyst is a purple block that was introduced in the first half of the Minecraft 1.17 Cave & Cliff update.

Although it’s been over a year since it was first released, many Minecrafters still don’t know what to do with amethyst in Minecraft.

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Amethyst can be used for decoration and building purposes, as well as crafting tinted glass and spyglass. You can also use amethyst to provide lighting and create a fun sound for your base.


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What to Do with Amethyst in Minecraft?

Currently, there are 5 blocks involving amethyst in Minecraft.

They’re Block of Amethyst, Budding Amethyst, Small/Medium/Large Amethyst Buds, and Amethyst Clusters.

Let’s see what you can do with each of them!

  1. Decoration and building

All amethyst in Minecraft can be used for decoration or building purposes. Block of amethyst and budding amethyst are particularly great since they’re full block height.

With the purple and sparkling texture, surely those amethyst blocks can play a huge role in any fantasy builds! So if you’re planning to build a fairy village, amethyst blocks are essential.

You can place the amethyst buds or amethyst clusters on any blocks to decorate your house evermore! But be careful that the amethyst buds can grow and turn into clusters if you place them on the budding amethyst block.

  1. Crafting

To craft with amethyst, you must find the amethyst geodes and mine the amethyst cluster with your pickaxe. Normally, each cluster will drop 2 amethyst shards, up to 16 shards with Fortune III enchantment.

You can then place the amethyst buds on the budding amethyst blocks again to farm the amethyst shards.

With 4 amethyst shards, you can craft 1 block of amethyst.

One amethyst shard and 2 copper ingots will give you a spyglass.

Finally, one glass block in the middle and 4 amethyst around it will give you 2 tinted glass blocks.

  1. Lightsource

While a light level of 15 is the highest in Minecraft, a small amethyst bud can give a light level of 1. The medium bud gives 2, and the large bud amethyst gives 4 light levels. The final stage of an amethyst bud, which is an amethyst cluster, will give a light level of 5.

Compared to the 14 light level of a torch or 13 of a smelting furnace, amethyst blocks provide enough light to prevent hostile mobs from spawning.

That’s why it’s a great idea to use them for both building and lighting purposes!

  1. Create sound

All amethyst blocks in Minecraft have the fun sound of a wind chime when placed, broken, or stepped on. In general, it’s mostly used to build the magical pathway between your rooms for more effect!


Frequently asked questions

Can I turn Amethyst blocks into shards?

You can only craft amethyst shards into amethyst blocks and not vice versa. So to get more amethyst shards, you have to place the buds on the budding amethyst block and wait. Then when they’re fully grown, you can mine the amethyst clusters for amethyst shards.

Can you make Amethyst Armor in Minecraft?

No, you can’t make amethyst armor in Minecraft officially. But if you really want to do so, there is a Minecraft mod that allows you to craft amethyst armor, tools, and even horse armor. Check out Amethyst Equipment mod!

Can you move amethyst in Minecraft?

You can’t move amethyst in Minecraft to farm them easier. Specifically, you can’t mine, break, explode, or move the budding amethyst block with a piston. That makes it impossible to make an amethyst farm flexibly. Instead, you have to make a base near an amethyst geode to use the budding amethyst blocks there!


Those are the 4 main things you can do with amethysts in Minecraft!

What are your favorite things about amethysts so far? For us, the sound amethyst blocks bring is top-tier, and it makes amethyst unique compared to the rest blocks in Minecraft!

Binh Tran

I'm an enthusiast who has played video games for 10 years, as well as other survival/idle/RPG/FPS games. At Gamer Empire, I think, write, and grind for the best content!

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