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Block of Amethyst

This article is about the block crafted from amethyst shards. For the block that grows amethyst clusters, see Budding Amethyst. For other uses, see Amethyst.

A block of amethyst is a decorative block crafted from four amethyst shards.



A block of amethyst can be obtained by mining it with any pickaxe. When mined using any other tool, it drops nothing.

Block Block of 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

Blocks of amethyst generate naturally on the inner wall of amethyst geodes, with calcite and smooth basalt making up next two outer layers.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Amethyst Shard


Blocks of amethyst are currently used only for decoration.


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

Vibration resonance

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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 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
Amethyst resonatesBlocksWhen an amethyst block re-emits a vibration ‌[upcoming: JE 1.20]block.amethyst_block.resonatesubtitles.block.amethyst_block.resonate1.0varies[sound 1]48
Block breaking[sound 2]BlocksWhen a projectile collides with the blockblock.amethyst_block.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.20.5-1.716
  1. Picks number from 0, 0, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, or 24, and applies using the vibration's signal strength. It uses the same equation that note blocks do.
  2. This is due to it using the exact same sound event as the one used for breaking - see MC-204050

Bedrock Edition:

  1. Uses the same system as Java Edition.[verify]

Data values


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Block of Amethystamethyst_blockBlock & Itemcrystal_sound_blocks

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Amethyst Blockamethyst_block582Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]
  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.


May 21, 2009Notch mentioned crystal blocks as a potential block type that can be found in the underground.
October 3, 2020Block of Amethyst JE1.png Amethyst blocks are shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
Java Edition
1.1720w45aBlock of Amethyst JE1.png Added blocks of amethyst.
20w46aBlock of Amethyst JE2.png The texture of blocks of amethyst has been changed.
20w48aBlock of Amethyst JE3.png The texture of blocks of amethyst has been changed again.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.2023w12aBlock of amethyst now have a new behavior called vibration resonance when it is placed adjacent to sculk sensors.
23w14aSculk shriekers and wardens are now triggered by vibrations emitted by a resonating amethyst block.
Block of amethyst are now in the "Redstone Blocks" tab in the Creative inventory.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta of Amethyst JE3.png Added amethyst blocks.
beta blocks are no longer available only in experimental gameplay.
1.19.20beta "Amethyst Block" to "Block of Amethyst".


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