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dec: 388 hex: 184 bin: 110000100



Emeralds are one of the rarest materials in Minecraft and the currency used in villager trading.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

See also: Trading

Mining[edit | edit source]

Emerald ore mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe will drop one emerald. If the pickaxe is enchanted with fortune, it may drop an extra emerald per level of fortune, up to a maximum of 4 with Fortune III. If the ore is mined using a pickaxe enchanted with silk touch, it will drop itself.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Emerald


Smelting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Smelting recipe

Emerald Ore +
Any fuel

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Emeralds can be found in 9.1% of End city chests, in stacks of 2–6, and in 10.5% of desert and jungle temple chests, in stacks of 1–3.

In Pocket Edition they can also be found in blacksmith chests.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Trading[edit | edit source]

Emeralds are primarily used as currency for trading with villagers. Trading is a much easier and less time consuming way to obtain emeralds than mining is.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Emerald


Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
The Haggler Mine or purchase 30 Emeralds. None You can do this in different worlds. Xbox & PS4 30G Silver

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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.[1] 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.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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