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Emeralds are an uncommon material 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 (also stone in Pocket Edition) 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 instead of emeralds.

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 7.7% of igloo chests in stacks of 1, in 18.2% of desert temple chests and 10.5% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3, and in 9.1% of End city chests in stacks of 2–6.

In Pocket Edition they can also be found in village 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) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
PC Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
The Haggler Mine or purchase 30 Emeralds. You can do this in different worlds. No Yes Yes No Yes 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.
Added desert temples, with a hidden chest room and loot containing emeralds.
12w22a Block of emerald was added, which is crafted from nine emeralds, and can be placed as a decorative block.
Added jungle temples, which contain loot chests with emeralds.
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.
1.9 15w31a Added to end city ship chests.
15w43a Added to igloo basement chests.
15w44a Increased average yield from desert temple chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added emeralds.
build 5 Added the recipe to craft emeralds.
Console Edition
TU14 CU1 1.04 Patch 1 Added emeralds.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Emerald” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Snapshot 12w21a/b lang/en_US.lang: item.ruby.name=Ruby