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Minecraft 1.17: How To Get And Farm Amethyst Shards In Caves And Cliffs Update

You can get Amethyst Shards easily in the Minecraft 1.17 Caves and Cliffs update by visiting and opening underground Geodes in the Overworld.

Minecraft 1.17 sees the introduction of Amethyst Shards, which is a resource useful for various purposes. This resource is part of the new Caves and Cliffs update. So, let’s find out where you can get this decorative item in the game.

Where to get Amethyst in Minecraft?


  • You can get Amethyst Shards inside Geodes in the game.
  • The best way to look for Amethyst Geodes is to search for large caves.
  • Once you are inside the cave, keep exploring and you will be able to find an underground geode.
  • These geodes usually block off large caves and are easy to spot.
  • You can also identify Amethyst Shards by their purple/violet color.
  • Sometimes you can even see these geodes above the ground as small parts stick out.
  • Every geode is also surrounded by one outer layer of Smooth Basalt and an inner layer of Calcite.
  • Once you break open the geode you will come across the Amethyst Crystals in Minecraft.

How To Get Amethyst Shards In Minecraft

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Types of Amethyst

  • Amethyst Block: It can easily be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Amethyst Bud: Will drop nothing when you mine it. It will eventually grow into Amethyst Clusters.
  • Amethyst Cluster: It is basically a large crystal of Amethyst. It can be mined with any pickaxe. It will also drop 4 Amethyst Shards when you mine it.
  • Amethyst Shard: It is mined from Amethyst Clusters. Can also be used for crafting.
  • Budding Amethyst Block: Will have a cross-like mark on each of its faces. It will not drop anything when you mine it, unless you use a Silk Touch Pickaxe.

How long does Amethyst take to grow in Minecraft?


An Amethyst Bud can grow from another bud with cracks in it. First, it will develop a small bud that will eventually grow in size into a large bud. Now, it will develop into an Amethyst Cluster.

You can separate the Amethyst Cluster from the bud. However, if you want to keep farming Amethyst, keep the cracked bud. This will make sure that Amethyst regularly keeps spawning.

This is everything that you need to know about how to get Amethyst in Minecraft. Now that you are here make sure you have a look at how to make a lightning rod.