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Data value

dec: 388 hex: 184 bin: 110000100



Alex Wiltshire Mojang avatar.png Ah, to be minted with the green stuff. To swan about the villages of the Overworld with pockets bursting with emeralds. “Ho there, villager!” you would bellow, tossing a few emeralds for a handful of carrots. You’d never need farm again!
Alex Wiltshire[1]

Emeralds are an uncommon material, and are the currency used in villager trading.


See also: Trading


Emerald ore is mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe and 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.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Emerald



Ingredients Smelting recipe
Emerald Ore +
Any fuel

Natural generation[edit]

Emeralds can be found in 14.9% of big underwater ruins chests, 7.6% of igloo chests, and 16.4% of small underwater ruins chests, all in stacks of 1; in 18.0% of desert temple chests and 10.4% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3; in 73.7% of shipwreck treasure chests in stacks of 1–5; in 53.1% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 4–8; and in 9.0% of End city chests in stacks of 2–6.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 7.2% of stronghold altar chests and 10.4% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3.


Vindicators and Evokers will drop 0–1 emeralds upon death.



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]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Emerald Emerald


Emeralds can be used to select powers from a beacon. The player must select one of the available powers and then insert an emerald into the item slot.

An emerald can be substituted for an iron ingot, a gold ingot, or a diamond.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

The Haggler Mine or purchase 30 Emeralds. Acquire or spend 30 Emeralds by trading with villagers. Xbox One Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver
Xbox 360 Alt 20G


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
What a Deal! Successfully trade with a Villager Adventure Take an item from a villager's trading output slot, and put it in your inventory. minecraft:adventure/trade



0.31 On January 29th, 2010, diamonds were added. In the code, they were referred to as "emerald"s.
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 can 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 has been 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 now still be obtained in trades even if generated structures are disabled.
1.9 15w31a Emeralds will now generate in end city ship chests.
15w43a Emeralds will now generate igloo basement chests.
15w44a The average yield of emeralds in desert temple chests has been increased.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 388.
18w09a Emeralds can now generate in the loot chests of underwater ruins.
18w10a Emeralds can now generate in buried treasure chests.
18w11a Emeralds can now generate in the chests of shipwrecks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added emeralds.
build 5 Emeralds can now be used to craft emerald blocks.
0.13.0 build 1 Emeralds can now be found inside desert temple chests.
0.15.0 build 1 Added jungle temples, which contain loot chests with emeralds.
0.16.0 build 1 Emeralds can now be used to power beacons.
Pocket Edition
1.0 alpha Emerald can now be found in end city ship chests.
Emerald can now be found in igloo basement chests.
1.0.4 alpha Emeralds are now used as "currency" for villager trading.
1.1 alpha Added evokers and vindicators, which will both drop emeralds when killed.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Emeralds can now be found in some shipwreck chests.
beta Emeralds can now be found inside underwater ruins chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14 CU1 1.04 Patch 1 Added emeralds.


Issues relating to "Emerald" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The emeralds look sort of like the rupees from the game series The Legend of Zelda. They also behave the same way as this was also the main currency for merchants and stores in the series.



  1. "Block of the Week: Emerald" – Minecraft.net, April 21, 2017
  2. http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1621716-15-new-blocksitems/#entry19977082
  3. Snapshot 12w21a/b lang/en_US.lang: item.ruby.name=Ruby

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