An amethyst shard is a crystalline mineral obtained from mining a fully grown amethyst cluster.
An amethyst cluster mined using a non-Silk Touch, non-Fortune pickaxe drops 4 amethyst shards. When mined using any other tool, item or mechanism (such as explosions or pistons) it drops 2 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 7 shards, and Fortune III gives a 20% chance (each) to give 8, 12, or 16 shards, averaging 8.9 shards.
If the amethyst cluster in any of its growth stages is mined using a 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 +
|Name||Resource location||Form||Translation key|
|Name||Resource location||Numeric ID||Form||Translation key|
|October 3, 2020||Amethyst shards are mentioned, but not shown at Minecraft Live 2020.|
|1.17||20w45a||Added amethyst shards.|
|20w46a||The texture for amethyst shards has changed.|
|1.17.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Added amethyst shards under the Caves and Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle.|
|beta 220.127.116.11||Amethyst shards are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.|