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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 JE3 BE1.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance







Partial (blocks light)



Catches fire from lava


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


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.


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 3.75
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Netherite 0.85
Golden 0.65
  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.


Each time budding amethyst receives a random tick, the chance is similar to the growth of cocoa pods with a budding amethyst having a 20% chance of creating amethyst clusters on any of its sides as long as that particular side is covered only by air or water. If there is already an amethyst bud on that particular side, the bud instead reaches its next growth stage.


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.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]


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Amethyst chimesBlocksWhen stepped on, or when a projectile collides with itblock.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[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Budding Amethystbudding_amethystcrystal_sound_blocks
Block & Itemblock.minecraft.budding_amethyst

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Budding Amethystbudding_amethyst583Block & Itemtile.budding_amethyst.name


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 BE1.png The texture of budding amethyst has been changed again.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta Amethyst JE3 BE1.png 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]


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