Guide: Amethyst in Minecraft – Everything You Need to Know


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I’ve played Minecraft alone, and now my son has grown old enough to play it together, which is a lot of fun! And a lot has changed in the many world seeds of Minecraft since the beginning.

One of the later additions in Minecraft is the beautiful amethyst crystal. So what is amethyst in Minecraft?

Amethyst in Minecraft is a purple crystal that grows in four different stages: Budding Amethyst, Amethyst Bud, Amethyst Block, and Amethyst Cluster. Minecraft amethysts spawn in Amethysts Geodes between Y-levels Y=-64 and Y=30 (from v 1.18). The geodes are hollow spherical structures that give off a pleasing sound that makes them easier to find. Amethysts can be used to create things like spyglass and tinted windows.

This article is designed to help you learn about amethysts in Minecraft, i.e., when they were added, what they are, where to find them, how to mine them, and how to use them.

Also, check out how to find Netherite in Minecraft fast.

Let’s get mining.

When was amethyst added to Minecraft?

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You need a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch to mine amethyst clusters
(Image credit: Mojang).

Amethyst came out as a part of the Minecraft Caves & Cliffs update. Essentially, amethyst is a type of crystal that you’re going to be able to find in the game. 

It’s a bit of an interesting material because it doesn’t work the same way as other materials do. You’re going to find amethyst clusters in different states.

In Minecraft, amethyst comes in several different block types. The different block types represent three different growth stages.

  1. Budding amethyst (small, medium, and large) is the base block you will discover inside amethyst geodes. It isn’t possible to mine budding amethyst.
  2. Amethyst bud is the next step up, and it can be found on a budding amethyst.
  3. Amethyst clusters are the final stage of amethyst that you’ll find. They look like a regular blocks.
Amethyst bud budding cluster block
The different types of amethyst in Minecraft.
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When you mine amethyst clusters, you’re going to get amethyst shards. You can get these if you have a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.

Also, check out the guide to the best Minecraft sword enchantments.

This is what you’re going to need to make new items. You’ll need quite a few amethyst shards if you want to make everything.

What Can You Make with Amethyst in Minecraft?

There are several different items that you can craft with the amethyst that you mine in Minecraft. Thankfully, many of these items are rather neat:

  • Spyglass
  • Tinted Glass
  • Amethyst Blocks

Let’s have a look at how to make them:

How to make a spyglass with amethyst

The spyglass is the most important thing you can make with amethyst in Minecraft. 

A spyglass is a small telescope that allows you to zoom in and take a closer look at things.

If you want to stand back and scout an area, then having a spyglass that you can use will come in handy. It’s a nice little tool; crafting it shouldn’t be all that difficult once you have the amethyst needed.

You can even attach the spyglass to a crossbow to get a scoped crossbow!

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To make a spyglass, you will need one amethyst shard and two copper ingots.

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One amethyst shard placed above two copper ingots makes a spyglass (Image credit: Mojang)

How to make tinted glass with amethyst

Tinted glass reduces the light that comes through it and looks cool. So if you build things a lot, then you’ll love this stuff.

Also, if you break tinted glass, you can gather it again without needing Silk Touch. This is probably because you’ve already used Silk Touch to mine the amethyst clusters to get the amethyst shards needed to create the glass in the first place.

You’ll need four amethyst shards and one glass block to make this.

how to make tinted glass minecraft amethyst
(Image credit: Mojang)

Check out how to make a rainbow flag and other banners in Minecraft.

How to make amethyst blocks

You can make it with amethyst shards is an amethyst block This doesn’t serve too much of a purpose, but it looks cool in your house or somewhere on your property.

All you need to do to craft this is combine four amethyst shards.

How to make amethyst block in Minecraft
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Where to Find Amethyst in Minecraft

Knowing where to find amethyst in Minecraft will help you to get the required materials for the items above. You won’t find amethyst everywhere since they’re more likely to appear in specific spots.

The Y level of amethyst is between Y=0 and Y=70 (in v 1.17) and between Y=-64 and Y=30 (from v 1.18)

Knowing the amethyst Y level will at least make it simpler to search for it. 

When you find an amethyst geode, you’ll need to break through two layers to get to the amethyst inside.

The geodes are pretty big, and they’re spherical, which makes them stand out even more.

Each amethyst cluster you mine will give you four amethyst shards so long as you use an iron pickaxe or above. It shouldn’t take too long to get a good stockpile of amethyst. 

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What About Ender Amethyst?

Ender amethyst differs from standard amethyst, and you’ll need a diamond pickaxe to get it. This material was introduced in the Biomes O’Plenty update.

You can get an ender amethyst on the outer islands if interested. Getting an ender amethyst is much easier if you have the Silk Touch enchantment on your diamond pickaxe. 

You might want to spend some time getting this because ender amethyst can make great armor. Amethyst armor has 640 durabilities and is even stronger than diamond armor.

Getting a full set of armor, boots, leggings, and a helmet will take a bit of effort. It’s worthwhile to spend a bit of time collecting the necessary materials.

Also, check out the guide on how to catch and breed Axolotls in Minecraft.

In Closing

Now that you know how to collect amethyst in Minecraft, it’s going to be easier for you to take advantage of this new material.

Whether you want a spyglass or want to make new creations using tinted glass, collecting the amethyst that you need will be fun.

You’ve even learned a little about ender amethyst. If you haven’t played this title in a while, you should have fun collecting these materials. You’ll be able to craft good items once you’re done.

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Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.

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