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This article is about the block that grows amethyst buds. For the block that grows to become amethyst cluster, see Amethyst Bud. For the block crafted from amethyst shards, see Block of Amethyst. For other uses, see Amethyst.
Budding Amethyst
Budding Amethyst.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

1.5

Hardness

1.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

Partial (blocks light)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Budding amethyst is a block found in amethyst geodes that grows amethyst clusters.

Obtaining[]

Budding amethysts can currently be obtained via the Creative inventory or with commands, as they are unobtainable by Survival means, even using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch.

Breaking[]

Budding amethyst cannot be obtained when mined, even using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. It breaks immediately if pushed by a piston or sticky piston, and cannot be pulled by sticky pistons.

Block Budding Amethyst
Hardness 1.5
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 7.5
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[]

Budding amethyst generates naturally as part of amethyst geodes replacing some blocks of amethyst in the innermost layer of the geode.

Usage[]

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.

Sound[]

Uniquely among other blocks a budding amethyst makes a quiet overlay sound when generally interacted with as well as its block breaking sound when hit with a projectile.

Sounds[]

Generic[]

Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Unique[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Amethyst chimesBlocksWhen stepped on, or when a projectile collides with itblock.amethyst_block.chimesubtitles.block.amethyst_block.chime???
Block breaking[sound 1]BlocksWhen a projectile collides with the blockblock.amethyst_block.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
  1. This is due to it using the exact same sound event as the one used for breaking - see MC-204050

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Budding Amethystbudding_amethystBlock & Itemcrystal_sound_blocks
mineable/pickaxe
block.minecraft.budding_amethyst

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Budding Amethystbudding_amethyst583Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.budding_amethyst.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.

History[]

May 21, 2009Notch mentioned crystal blocks as a potential block type that can be found in the underground.
October 3, 2020Amethyst-related blocks are mentioned at Minecraft Live 2020. It was mentioned that, like with spawners, blocks that generate amethysts would not be movable by survival means, forcing players to build farms in situ for these resources.
October 6, 2020Budding Amethyst JE1.png Cory Scheviak tweeted a screenshot where budding amethyst was seen, unnamed at the moment.
Java Edition
1.1720w45aBudding Amethyst JE1.png Added budding amethyst.
20w46aBudding Amethyst JE2.png The texture of budding amethyst has been changed.
20w48aBudding Amethyst JE3.png The texture of budding amethyst has been changed again.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta 1.17.0.50Budding Amethyst JE3.png Added budding amethyst.
beta 1.17.0.52Budding amethyst are no longer available only in experimental gameplay.

Trivia[]

  • JAPPA has said the reasoning for the 'x' pattern on the block is because "the plane-crystals grow out of it".[1]
  • According to Agnes Larsson, budding amethyst cannot be obtained without commands in Survival mode because the developers wanted to encourage players to return to the same amethyst geode repeatedly, rather than mining away the budding amethyst and farming it at their home similar to the spawner.[2]
  • According to Cory Scheviak, budding amethysts were inspired by atium from the fantasy novel series Mistborn.[3]

Issues[]

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

References[]

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