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An amethyst geode is an underground structure found in Overworld biomes. Amethyst geodes contain smooth basalt, calcite, and are the only source of amethyst items and blocks.


Amethyst geodes generate between Y=0 and Y=70‌[until 1.18] or Y=-64 and Y=30‌[upcoming: 1.18] regardless of whether "generate structures" is toggled on or off. Each chunk has a 153[until 1.18] or 124[upcoming: 1.18] chance to generate a geode. They override only caverns and mineshafts. Sometimes they are exposed on the surface, such as on beaches and underwater in oceans.


The inside of a cracked amethyst geode.

Amethyst geodes consist of three layers: an outer layer of smooth basalt, a middle layer of calcite, and a hollow layer of amethyst blocks with budding amethyst blocks sometimes generating throughout. Amethyst crystals generate within the structure on budding amethyst. Geodes have a 95% chance of generating with a crack, exposing its inside. Caves, aquifers, and canyons cannot cut into geodes,[1] and as such are often obstructed by them, except in cases where the crack intersects a cavern.

Data values[]


NameResource location
[No displayed name]geode


October 3, 2020Amethyst Geode (pre-release).png Amethyst geodes are shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
October 6, 2020Amethyst Geode JE1.png Amethyst Geode uncracked JE1.png Cory Scheviak tweeted a screenshot where an updated amethyst geode was shown with budding amethyst and amethyst buds.
Java Edition
1.1720w45aAmethyst Geode JE1.png Amethyst Geode uncracked JE1.png Added amethyst geodes.
20w46aAmethyst Geode JE2.png Amethyst Geode uncracked JE2.png Changed textures of calcite, block of amethyst, and budding amethyst.
20w48aAmethyst Geode JE3.png Changed textures of block of amethyst and budding amethyst, once again.
21w08aAmethyst Geode JE4 BE1.png Amethyst Geode uncracked JE3 BE1.png The tuff layer of amethyst geodes has been replaced with smooth basalt.
Amethyst geodes can no longer generate fully in midair.[2]
21w19aAmethyst geodes have been stated to be significantly rarer. However, they are still as common as before.[3]
21w20aAmethyst geodes have now actually been made rarer, from 1 geode in 30 chunks to 1 geode in 53 chunks.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1821w41aAmethyst geodes no longer generate above Y=30.
The rarity of amethyst geodes has been adjusted to match 1.17 levels.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta Geode JE4 BE1.png Amethyst Geode uncracked JE3 BE1.png Added amethyst geodes under the Caves and Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle.
beta geodes are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
beta geodes have now been made slightly rarer, from 1 geode in 48 chunks to 1 geode in 53 chunks.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.18.0beta geodes are now able to generate below Y=0.[4]
beta geodes no longer generate above Y=30.
The rarity of amethyst geodes has been adjusted to match 1.17 levels.


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


Odd generation[]


  1. MC-205854 – "Geodes do not connect to caves properly" – resolved as "Works As Intended"
  2. MC-214782 – "Geodes can generate floating in caves" – resolved as "Fixed"
  3. MC-225352 – "Geodes have not been made "significantly rarer"" – resolved as "Fixed"
  4. MCPE-141326 – "[Experimental] Amethyst Geode doesn't generate on negative Y levels / below Y=0" – resolved as "Fixed"
  5. MC-203636 – "Amethyst geodes can generate above ground" – resolved as "Works As Intended"
  6. MC-203758 – "Amethyst geodes don't generate properly when intersecting a mineshaft" – resolved as "Works As Intended"