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"Amethyst Bud" redirects here. For the block that grows amethyst buds, see Budding Amethyst. For other uses, see Amethyst.
Amethyst Cluster
Small Amethyst Bud.pngMedium Amethyst Bud.pngLarge Amethyst Bud.png
Amethyst Cluster.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Small: Yes (1)
Medium: Yes (2)
Large: Yes (4)
Cluster: Yes (5)





Catches fire from lava


Amethyst buds are the first three stages of growth of amethyst clusters, which grow on budding amethyst.

Amethyst clusters are the fourth and final growth stage of amethyst buds, which drop amethyst shards when mined.



The amethyst cluster block itself in any of its growth stages (rather than its amethyst shard drops) can be obtained by mining it with any tool with the Silk Touch enchantment.

When mined without Silk Touch or broken by being pushed off an attached block by a piston or sticky piston, only fully grown amethyst clusters drop amethyst shards, while amethyst buds drop nothing. Breaking an amethyst cluster with a pickaxe drops 4 shards while any other method of breaking it yields 2 shards. The maximum amount of amethyst shards dropped can be increased with Fortune; Fortune I gives a 13 chance for 8 shards (averaging 5.33 shards), Fortune II gives a 25% chance (each) to give 8 or 12 shards (averaging 7 shards), and Fortune III gives a 20% chance (each) to give 8, 12, or 16 shards (averaging 8.8 shards). These are the same percentage increases as ores (except redstone ore and ancient debris).

Block Amethyst Bud
Amethyst Cluster
Hardness 1.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 2.25
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Amethyst buds and clusters generate naturally as part of amethyst geodes, on exposed faces of budding amethysts.

Budding amethyst[]

Every random game tick there is a 20% chance for a budding amethyst block to spawn a small amethyst bud on any of its sides, as long as the block being replaced with the small amethyst bud is air or a water source block.


Growing into amethyst clusters[]

An amethyst bud placed on a budding amethyst (rather than any other block) regardless whether it was placed by the player or spawned by the budding amethyst itself grows over time, going through three growth stages – small, medium, and large – before reaching its 4th and final growth stage as an amethyst cluster, which drops amethyst shards when mined.

In Java Edition, the below logic can be applied:

  1. Per Random Tick, updates will occur to any given block in the loaded chunk every 68.27 seconds on average if the chunk center is within 128 blocks of a player's location.
  2. Each random tick assigned to the Budding Amethyst block has a 20% chance of creating a new amethyst bud or incrementing the growth stage on one randomly-selected side of the six-sided block.
  3. There are 4 growth stages.

As such, the math can be applied if a player is within random tick range as:

(68.27 seconds average for random ticks) x (20% chance of growth for any given single side) x (6 sides) x (4 growth stages) = 68.27 x 5 x 6 x 4 = 8192.4 seconds average, also 2 hours 16 minutes 32.4 seconds, also 6.827 in-game days.


They can also be placed on certain other types blocks for decoration. Most blocks have not yet been tested, but it seems that they can be placed only on full blocks, or those sides of blocks that form a full surface. They can be placed on the bottom of stairs (or top of upside down stairs), but not on their side, or top. And they can not be placed on any type of fences.[more information needed]


Small, medium and large amethyst buds give off a light level of 1, 2 and 4 respectively, while amethyst clusters give off a light level of 5.


Uniquely among other blocks an amethyst cluster in all its growth stages makes a quiet overlay sound when generally interacted with as well as its block breaking sound when hit with a projectile.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.amethyst_cluster.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.amethyst_cluster.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.amethyst_cluster.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.amethyst_cluster.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.amethyst_cluster.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]


It has been suggested that this page be split. [discuss]
If this split may potentially be controversial, do not split until a consensus has been reached.
Reason: the last six should be given dedicated templates

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Amethyst chimesBlocksWhen a projectile collides with itblock.amethyst_block.chimesubtitles.block.amethyst_block.chime???
Block breaking[sound 1]BlocksWhen a projectile collides with the block[verify]block.amethyst_block.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.large_amethyst_bud.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.large_amethyst_bud.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.medium_amethyst_bud.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.medium_amethyst_bud.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.small_amethyst_bud.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.small_amethyst_bud.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
  1. This is due to it using the exact same sound event as the one used for breaking - see MC-204050

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Small Amethyst Budsmall_amethyst_budBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.small_amethyst_bud
Medium Amethyst Budmedium_amethyst_budBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.medium_amethyst_bud
Large Amethyst Budlarge_amethyst_budBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.large_amethyst_bud
Amethyst Clusteramethyst_clusterBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.amethyst_cluster

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Small Amethyst Budsmall_amethyst_bud587Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.small_amethyst_bud.name
Medium Amethyst Budmedium_amethyst_bud586Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.medium_amethyst_bud.name
Large Amethyst Budlarge_amethyst_bud585Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.large_amethyst_bud.name
Amethyst Clusteramethyst_cluster584Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.amethyst_cluster.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. a b c d Available with /give command.
  3. a b c d The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction that the amethyst is facing, determined by its anchoring.
Whether or not the amethyst is located inside of water.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
facing_directionNot Supported00
UnsupportedThe direction that the amethyst is facing.
  • 0: down
  • 1: up
  • 2: north
  • 3: south
  • 4: west
  • 5: east


For a more in-depth breakdown of changes to textures and models, including a set of renders for each state combination, see /Asset history

May 21, 2009Notch mentioned crystal blocks as a potential block type that can be found in the underground.
October 3, 2020Amethyst Cluster (pre-release).png Amethyst clusters are shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
October 20, 2020Small Amethyst Bud (U) JE1.png Medium Amethyst Bud (U) JE1.png Cory Scheviak reveals small and medium amethyst buds on Twitter.
Java Edition
1.1720w45aSmall Amethyst Bud (U) JE1.png Medium Amethyst Bud (U) JE1.png Large Amethyst Bud (U) JE1.png Amethyst Cluster (U) JE1.png
Small Amethyst Bud (texture) JE1.png Medium Amethyst Bud (texture) JE1.png Large Amethyst Bud (texture) JE1.png Amethyst Cluster (texture) JE1.png Added amethyst buds and amethyst clusters.
20w46aAmethyst buds can now be obtained with Silk Touch.[1]
21w11aBreaking amethyst clusters by hand, with a piston, or by other means now drops 2 amethyst shards instead of the 4 that it does when broken with a pickaxe.
Previously, only an iron pickaxe or higher could cause 4 amethyst shards to drop, and other means dropped nothing.
21w17aRemoved unused 'lit' blockstate.
?Some amethyst bud items now have dedicated item textures, which appear moved up a few pixels compared to the block textures.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta Amethyst Bud (U) BE1.png Medium Amethyst Bud (U) BE1.png Large Amethyst Bud (U) BE1.png Amethyst Cluster (U) BE1.png
Small Amethyst Bud (texture) JE1.png Medium Amethyst Bud (texture) JE1.png Large Amethyst Bud (texture) JE1.png Amethyst Cluster (texture) JE1.png Added amethyst buds and amethyst clusters.
beta buds and amethyst clusters are no longer available only in experimental gameplay.


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