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Emerald JE3 BE3.png





Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 388 hex: 184 bin: 110000100

Namespaced ID


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 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.


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, 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.

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, and in 20.3% of taiga village house chests in stacks of 1–4.


Vindicators and evokers drop 0–1 emeralds upon death. Looting increases the maximum emerald drop by one per level, for a maximum of 4 emeralds with Looting III.

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, vindicators and pillagers spawned from raids can drop 0-1 emeralds.

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 (1039 chance)
  • 2–3 Emerald (539 chance)
  • 4–5 Emerald (239 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.

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)
Bedrock Legacy Console editions
Xbox PlayStation Nintendo
The HagglerAcquire or spend 30 Emeralds by trading with villagers.YesXbox OneYesYes30GSilver
Xbox 360Alt20G
Master TraderTrade for 1,000 emeraldsObtain 1,000 emeralds from trading with villagers.YesNoNoNo30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
What a Deal!Successfully trade with a VillagerAdventureTake an item from a villager or wandering trader's trading output slot, and put it in your inventory.adventure/trade


Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Added 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 Ruby Revision 1.png rubies.[2] Rubies can still be found in the (at this time unused) file items.png, and look like this: Ruby.png.[3]
1.3.112w21aEmerald JE1 BE1.png 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.
12w22aBlock 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.
1.4.212w32aAs zombie villagers can now spawn and be cured, emeralds can now still be obtained in trades even if generated structures are disabled.
1.915w31aEmeralds now generate in end city ship chests.
15w43aEmeralds now generate in igloo basement chests.
15w44aThe average yield of emeralds in desert temple chests has now been increased.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 388.
18w09aEmeralds can now generate in the loot chests of underwater ruins.
18w10aEmeralds can now generate in buried treasure chests.
18w11aEmeralds can now generate in the chests of shipwrecks.
1.1418w43aEmerald JE2 BE2.png The texture of emeralds has now been changed.
Added pillagers, which can drop an emerald.
18w46aPillagers no longer drop emeralds.
19w08aEmerald JE3 BE3.png The texture of emeralds has now been changed, once again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0build 1Emerald JE1 BE1.png Added emeralds.
build 5Emeralds can now be used to craft blocks of emerald.
0.13.0build 1Emeralds can now be found inside desert temple chests.
0.15.0build 1Added jungle temples, which contain loot chests with emeralds.
0.16.0build 1Emeralds can now be used to power beacons.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha can now be found in end city ship chests.
Emeralds can now be found in igloo basement chests.
1.0.4alpha are now used as "currency" for villager trading.
1.1.0alpha evokers and vindicators, which drop emeralds when killed.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta can now be found in some shipwreck chests.
beta can now be found inside underwater ruins chests.
1.10.0beta can now be used to buy items from wandering traders.
Emeralds can now be found in plains village house and tannery chests.
Emerald JE2 BE2.png The texture of emeralds has now been changed.
1.11.0beta can now be found in village chests other than plains.
beta and pillagers that spawn from raids can now drop bonus emeralds.
beta JE3 BE3.png The texture of emeralds has now been changed, once again.
1.13.0beta foxes, which can drop emeralds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU11.04Patch 1Emerald JE1 BE1.png Added emeralds.
1.90Emerald JE2 BE2.png The texture of emeralds has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Emerald JE1 BE1.png 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.


  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