|— Alex Wiltshire|
Emeralds are the currency that villagers use for trading. Emeralds can be obtained by trading with villagers. Villagers either buy or sell specific goods for emeralds.
Emerald ore drops one emerald when mined using an iron or diamond pickaxe. 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 drops itself instead of an emerald.
|Block of Emerald|
|Emerald Ore +
Emeralds can be found in 14.9% of big underwater ruins chests, 24.2% of village fisherman chests, 31.8% of village armorer chests, 12.3% of village shepherd chests, 10.2% of village butcher chests, 16.4% of small underwater ruins chests, 12.3% of village fletcher chests, 7.6% of igloo chests, and 20.8% of village mason chests, all in stacks of 1; in 25.4% of village temple chests, 21.5% of savanna village house chests, 9.9% of snowy village house chests, 22.8% of plains village house chests, 18.6% of taiga village house chests, and 17.3% of village tannery chests, all in stacks of 1–4; in 73.7% of shipwreck treasure chests in stacks of 1–5; in 53.1% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 4–8; in 14.3% of desert village house chests, 8.7% of jungle temple chests, and 18.0% of desert temple chests, all in stacks of 1–3; and in 9.0% of End city chests in stacks of 2–6.
Foxes that are holding emeralds also have a chance of 8.5%[JE only]/100%[BE only] to drop the emerald they are holding upon death. Alternatively, the player can drop a food item to induce the fox to drop the emerald.
In Bedrock Edition, depending on difficulty, vindicators and pillagers spawned from raids also have a chance of dropping additional emeralds. There is a 65% chance of dropping on easy and normal, and an 80% chance of dropping on hard. If this additional drop condition is met, different emerald counts can drop with different chances.
- 0–1 Emerald (10⁄39 chance)
- 2–3 Emerald (5⁄39 chance)
- 4–5 Emerald (2⁄39 chance)
In Bedrock Edition With Looting III, it's possible for a vindicator in a raid to drop up to 16 emeralds upon death (vindicator drops + raid drops + additional drop).
Emeralds are primarily used as currency for trading with villagers and wandering traders. Trading is typically a faster way to obtain emeralds than by mining, as emerald ore is very rare.
|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.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|The Haggler||Acquire or spend 30 Emeralds by trading with villagers.||—||30G||Silver|
|Master Trader||Trade for 1,000 emeralds.||Obtain 1,000 emeralds from trading with villagers.||30G||Silver|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|What a Deal!||Successfully trade with a Villager||Adventure||Take an item from a villager or wandering trader's trading output slot, and put it in your inventory.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|0.31||20100129||Added diamonds, referred to as emeralds in the code.|
|May 21, 2012||Jeb released a screenshot of himself testing the trading system. At this time, what would become emeralds were rubies. Rubies can still be found in the (at this time unused) file |
|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 now 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 now generate in end city ship chests.|
|15w43a||Emeralds now generate in igloo basement chests.|
|15w44a||The average yield of emeralds in desert temple chests has now 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.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of emeralds has now been changed.|
|Added pillagers, which can drop an emerald.|
|18w46a||Pillagers no longer drop emeralds.|
|19w08a||The texture of emeralds has now been changed, once again.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.9.0||build 1||Added emeralds.|
|build 5||Emeralds can now be used to craft blocks of emerald.|
|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.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Emeralds can now be found in end city ship chests.|
|Emeralds can now be found in igloo basement chests.|
|1.0.4||alpha 184.108.40.206||Emeralds are now used as "currency" for villager trading.|
|1.1.0||alpha 220.127.116.11||Added evokers and vindicators, which drop emeralds when killed.|
|1.4.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Emeralds can now be found in some shipwreck chests.|
|beta 22.214.171.124||Emeralds can now be found inside underwater ruins chests.|
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Emeralds can now be used to buy items from wandering traders.|
|Emeralds can now be found in plains village house and tannery chests.|
|The texture of emeralds has now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Emeralds can now be found in village chests other than plains.|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Vindicators and pillagers that spawn from raids can now drop bonus emeralds.|
|beta 220.127.116.11||The texture of emeralds has now been changed, once again.|
|1.13.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Added foxes, which can drop emeralds.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU14||CU1||1.04||Patch 1||Added emeralds.|
|1.90||The texture of emeralds has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- The ruby was going to be the villager currency, but was changed to emeralds before the update's release.
- "Block of the Week: Emerald" – Minecraft.net, April 21, 2017
- Snapshot 12w21a/b lang/en_US.lang: item.ruby.name=Ruby