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Yes (64)

First appearance

1.3.1 (12w21a)

Data value

dec: 388 hex: 184 bin: 110000100



Emeralds are items used as "currency," normally obtained by, and used for, trading with villagers. They can also be found in desert and jungle temples, and by mining Emerald Ore, found sporadically in Extreme Hills biomes in groups of one, but they are very hard to find so it is much easier to obtain them from villagers.


Emerald Ore can be found in layers 4-31 in an Extreme Hills biome, in veins of one, and can only be mined using an iron or better pickaxe.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Emerald

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Emerald9

Block of Emerald


Ingredients Smelting recipe

Emerald Ore +
Any fuel

Emerald Ore Grid layout Furnace Progress.png Emerald
Grid layout Fire.png
CoalCharcoalOak WoodOak Wood Planks

Note that the emerald ore block cannot be obtained without the Silk Touch enchantment. If an emerald ore block is obtained, it is much more efficient to place the block and mine it with a pickaxe with the Fortune enchantment.



Emeralds can be used for trading with villagers, as well as powering the beacon and building a pyramid-socket for it out of blocks of emeralds, but cannot be used to make tools or armor.[1] To trade with villagers, right-click them, and a trade menu will appear. To trade emeralds with villagers, the player must place them into the trading menu's left slot in the amount requested above the slot. The player can then take the resulting item from the right slot. This applies conversely to obtaining emeralds in trade. Trading is a much easier and less time consuming way to obtain emeralds than mining is. Trading with villagers provide the player a variety of items, many which are hard to get and not renewable otherwise. This is why emeralds could be considered important for acquiring other resources.

As a crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Emerald


Emerald Emerald Emerald Grid layout Arrow (small).png Block of Emerald
Emerald Emerald Emerald
Emerald Emerald Emerald



0.31 On January 29th, 2010, Diamonds were added. In the code, they were referred to as emeralds.
Official release
May 21, 2012 Jeb released a screenshot of himself testing the trading system. At this time, what would become Emeralds were Rubies.[2] Rubies can still be found in the (at this time unused) file "items.png", and look like this:
1.3.1 12w21a Added emeralds and emerald ore. Emeralds could be traded with villagers in exchange for different items.
12w22a Block of Emerald was added, which is crafted from nine emeralds, and can be placed as a decorative block.
1.4.2 12w32a As zombie villagers can now spawn and be cured, emeralds can still be obtained in trades even if generated structures are disabled.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added emeralds.
build 5 Added the recipe to craft emeralds.
Console Edition
TU14 Added emeralds.


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  1. Snapshot 12w21a/b lang/en_US.lang: