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Yes (64)

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 mineral, and are used in trading or to power beacons.



Emeralds can be obtained by trading with villagers. Villagers can be found in villages and will either buy or sell specific goods for emeralds.


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 emeralds with Fortune III. If the ore is mined using a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch, it will drop itself instead of an emerald.


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, 16.4% of small underwater ruins chests, and 7.6% of igloo 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 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 31.8% of village armorer chests, 12.3% of village shepherd chests, 10.2% of village butcher chests, and 20.8% of village mason chests, all in stacks of 1; in 14.3% of village house chests and 8.7% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3; and in 21.5% of village house chests, 9.9% of village house chests, 24.3% of village house chests, 18.6% of village house chests, and 17.3% of village tannery chests, all in stacks of 1–4.

In Bedrock Edition, they can be found in 7.2% of stronghold altar chests and 8.7% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3.


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

Foxes that are holding emeralds also have a chance of 8.5% to drop the emerald they are holding upon death.

Vindicators and Pillager spawn from raids can drop more emerald by

0-1 Emerald (up to 4 with looting III) And has small chance to drop one of these extra emerald:

2-3 Emerald (up to 6 with looting III) 4-5 Emerald (up to 8 with looting III)



Emeralds are primarily used as currency for trading with villagers. Trading with villagers is typically a faster way to obtain emeralds than by mining, as emerald ore is very rare.

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 HagglerMine or purchase 30 Emeralds.Acquire or spend 30 Emeralds by trading with villagers.Xbox OneYesYesYes30GSilver
Xbox 360Alt20G


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



Java Edition Indev
0.31 20100129 Added diamonds, referred to as emeralds in the code.
Java Edition
May 21, 2012Jeb 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: .[3]
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.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Emerald TextureUpdate Revision 1.png Changed the texture of emeralds.
Added pillagers which can drop an emerald.
19w08a Emerald TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of emeralds again.
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
1.0.0 alpha Emeralds can now be found in end city ship chests.
Emeralds can now be found in igloo basement chests.
1.0.4 alpha Emeralds are now used as "currency" for villager trading.
1.1.0 alpha Added evokers and vindicators, which will both drop emeralds when killed.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0 beta Emeralds can now be found in some shipwreck chests.
beta Emeralds can now be found inside underwater ruins chests.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Emeralds can now be used to buy items from wandering traders.
Emerald can be found in plains village house and tannery chest.
1.11.0 beta Emerald can be found in village chest other than plains.
beta Vindicators and Pillagers spawn from raids can drops bonus emerald.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU11.04Patch 1Added emeralds.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Emeralds.


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



  • The Ruby was going to be the Villager currency, but was changed to Emeralds before the update's release.
  • The Emerald actually matches the Villager's eyes. It is unknown whether or not this is intentional.


  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