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

Budding amethyst is a fragile block found in amethyst geodes that grows amethyst clusters over time. It cannot be obtained as an item or moved by a piston, necessitating that it be returned to in order to harvest more clusters from it.


Budding amethysts can only be obtained via using redstone update suppressor machines and can be broken with Silk Touch pickaxe.


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
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.


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.


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.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.amethyst_block.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.amethyst_block.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.amethyst_block.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.amethyst_block.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.amethyst_block.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokenbreak.amethyst_block1.01.0
BlocksWhen the block is placedplace.amethyst_block1.01.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.amethyst_block1.00.5-1.2
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.amethyst_block1.01.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.amethyst_block1.01.0
PlayersJumping from the blockstep.amethyst_block1.01.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damagestep.amethyst_block1.01.0


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Amethyst chimesBlocksWalking on the blockblock.amethyst_block.chimesubtitles.block.amethyst_block.chime0.26-0.27680.5-1.78416
Amethyst chimesBlocksWhen a projectile collides with the blockblock.amethyst_block.chimesubtitles.block.amethyst_block.chime0.20.5-1.716
Block breaking[sound 1]BlocksWhen a projectile collides with the blockblock.amethyst_block.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.20.5-1.716
  1. This is due to it using the exact same sound event as the one used for breaking - see MC-204050

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksWhen stepped on, or when a projectile collides with itchime.amethyst_block1.00.5-1.7
BlocksWhen a projectile collides with the blockhit.amethyst_block1.01.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Budding Amethystbudding_amethystBlock & Itemcrystal_sound_blocks

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 as the block.


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 Cory Scheviak tweeted a screenshot where budding amethyst was seen, unnamed at the moment.
Java Edition
1.1720w45aBudding Amethyst JE1 Added budding amethyst.
20w46aBudding Amethyst JE2 The texture of budding amethyst has been changed.
20w48aBudding Amethyst JE3 The texture of budding amethyst has been changed again.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta Amethyst JE3 Added budding amethyst.
beta amethyst are no longer available only in experimental gameplay.


  • 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]


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