An amethyst shard is a crystalline mineral obtained from mining a fully grown amethyst cluster.
An amethyst cluster mined using a non-Silk Touch iron, diamond or netherite pickaxe drops four amethyst shards. When mined using any other tool or item, it drops two shards. The maximum amount of amethyst shards dropped can be increased with Fortune. Fortune I gives a 1⁄3 chance for eight shards, averaging 5.33 shards, Fortune II gives a 25% chance (each) to give eight or 12 shards, averaging seven shards, and Fortune III gives a 20% chance (each) to give eight, 12, or 16 shards, averaging 8.8 shards.
If the amethyst cluster in any of its growth stages is mined using an iron, diamond or netherite pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch, it will drop itself rather than amethyst shards.
|Block of Amethyst||Amethyst Shard|
|Spyglass||Amethyst Shard +
|Tinted Glass||Amethyst Shard +
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|October 3, 2020||Amethyst shards are mentioned, but not shown at Minecraft Live 2020.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.17||20w45a||Added amethyst shards.|
|20w46a||The texture for amethyst shards has changed.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.17.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Added amethyst shards under the Caves and Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle.|
|beta 18.104.22.168||Amethyst shards are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.|