How to find Amethyst in Minecraft 1.17
Minecraft 1.17 introduces a lot of new blocks and features, and one of the most eye-catching is Amethyst – a new resource that appears in underground geodes and can be used for a variety of things that are both practical and decorative.
Learn how to find amethyst in Minecraft 1.17 and how to use it to craft new items or add a musical touch to your last base.
How to find amethyst geodes in Minecraft
Amethyst appears in all of its forms inside geodes, which are a type of natural structure in Minecraft 1.17. Geodes spawn underground (although they can sometimes be visible from the surface), and they can spawn inside any Overworld biome.
Amethyst geodes are quite large and surprisingly common structures. They often come across and block existing caves when spawned, so the best way to find them is to find a huge cave and start exploring.
You’ll know if you’ve found a geode because it’s surrounded by an outer layer of smooth basalt, followed by a middle layer of calcite, before finally reaching the center, which is made up of various types of amethyst. Also be aware that a geode is hollow and that the level of light generated by the amethyst clusters is not sufficient to prevent hostile crowds from appearing there.
Here are the different types of Amethyst in Minecraft 1.17:
- Amethyst block: can be mined with any pickax.
- Budding amethyst block: has a cross-shaped mark on its faces. Doesn’t drop anything when it’s mined, unless you’re using a Silk Touch pickaxe.
- Amethyst cluster: a large crystal of Amethyst. Can be mined by any pickaxe. Drops 4 Amethyst Shards when mined.
- Amethyst bud: is available in small, medium and large sizes. Juvenile form of Amethyst Cluster. Do not drop anything during extraction. Eventually will become amethyst clusters.
- Shard of amethyst: Extracted from amethyst clusters. Can be used in crafts.
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What is amethyst used for in Minecraft?
Amethyst blocks of all kinds are pretty pretty things. Not only do they not look like any other Minecraft block and therefore have endless building potential; they also produce sparkling musical notes whenever they are ripped or overwritten.
Apart from that, Amethyst shards can also be used to craft tinted glass, a decorative block added with Minecraft 1.17. To craft tinted glass, surround 1 glass panel with 4 Amethyst shards in a crafting table.
You can also use Amethyst Shards to craft the Spyglass, a 1.17 tool that you can use to zoom in on an area in your surroundings. Craft a telescope at a crafting table by placing 1 Amethyst Shard on top of a column of 2 Copper Ingots.
You can also make an Amethyst Block from 4 Amethyst Shards in a 2×2 pattern.
That’s all you need to know about Amethyst and Geodes in Minecraft. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds for 1.17.