Minecraft 1.17 introduces many new blocks and functions, the most notable of which is amethyst, which is a new resource generated in underground geodes, which can be used for various practical and decorative things.
How to find Amethyst in Minecraft
Amethyst is generated in all its forms in Geodes, Geodes is a natural structure in Minecraft 1.17. Geodes generate underground (although they are occasionally seen from the surface) and can spawn inside any overworld biome. Amethyst geodes are quite large and surprisingly common structures. Existing caves are often crossed and blocked when they are spawned, so the best way to find them is to find a huge cave and start exploring.
You will know if you have found a geode, because it is surrounded by outer layers of smooth basalt, then the middle layer of calcite, and finally reaches the center made of various types of amethyst. Please also note that the geode is hollow, and the light intensity generated by the amethyst cluster is not enough to prevent hostile creatures from generating in it.
The different types of Amethyst in Minecraft 1.17:
- Amethyst Block: can be mined with any pickaxe.
- Budding Amethyst Block: has a cross-like mark on its faces. Unless you use a Silk Touch Pickaxe it drops nothing when mined
- Amethyst Cluster: a large crystal of Amethyst. Can be mined by any pickaxe to drop 4 Amethyst Shards when mined.
- Amethyst Bud: comes in small, medium, and large sizes. Immature form of Amethyst Cluster. Drops nothing when mined. Will eventually grow into Amethyst Clusters.
- Amethyst Shard: Mined from Amethyst Clusters. Can be used in crafting.
Amethyst uses in Minecraft
All kinds of amethyst blocks are very beautiful things. Not only do they look very different from any other Minecraft blocks, so they have unlimited construction potential; they also produce twinkly musical notes every time you mine or walk. In addition, amethyst shards can also be used to make Tinted Glass, which is a decorative block added in Minecraft 1.17.
To make Tinted Glass, surround a glass plate with 4 amethyst shards on the workbench. You can also use amethyst shards to create a Spyglass, which is a 1.17 tool that can be used to zoom in on surrounding areas. Make a telescope on the workbench by placing 1 amethyst shard above a column of 2 copper ingots.
You can also craft an Amethyst Block out of 4 Amethyst Shards in a 2×2 pattern.