How do I get Minecraft Amethyst Shards and how to use Them

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Minecraft Amethyst Shards can be obtained by mining clusters of amethyst found with geodes. They can be used as fancy decorations or as a resource to make a Spyglass or Tinted Glass. If you're planning to look for the purple crystal shards you'll need to know the particulars of where to find Amethyst Geodes and how to maximize your shards gains. Here are the details on how to locate and mine Amethyst Shards within Minecraft.

Where can I find Amethyst Geodes in Minecraft

It is the easiest way to go underground and begin mining in Minecraft to find an Amethyst Geode. You don't necessarily have to dig deep: Amethyst geodes can spawn between Y-level -64 and Y-level 30. Geodes aren't that difficult to spot , since they're very big and often cracked, meaning that you might see the faint glowing light from some distance.

Keep an eye out for smooth basalt while mining. This is the dark outer layer of an Amethyst Geode. It is possible to break through this layer to discover Calcite. Then, continue to find amethyst. You'll find Blocks of Amethyst and Budding Amethyst as well as Amethyst Buds and Amethyst Clusters. Let's find out which:

How do I get Amethyst Shards in Minecraft from Amethyst Clusters

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Amethyst Shards are released from the growing amethyst crystals known as Amethyst Clusters. They are located within Amethyst Geodes. If you mine amethyst clusters, you'll receive Minecraft Amethyst shards in exchange, and they can be used to craft a few particular items.

It's important to only mine fully grown ones, as smaller Minecraft Amethyst Buds don't yield any Amethyst Shards. There are three growth stages before an Amethyst Bud becomes an Amethyst Cluster. You can see them in the picture above.

Fully formed Amethyst Clusters drop two Minecraft Amethyst Shards if broken using any other tool and four when extracted with the use of a pickaxe. The number of Amethyst Shards that drop can be further increased with the Fortune enchantment. Make use of the Silk Touch enchantment to pick up the cluster.

Budding Amethyst blocks are the most ideal place to grow Minecraft Amethyst Clusters or Buds. You can recognize them by the cross-shape on their sides. You can't mine Budding Amethyst, but you will be able to come back to see Amethyst Buds that have just spawned. The other amethyst solid block is called the 'Block of Amethyst' which can only be mined using a pickaxe. It is purely decorative, and cannot grow Amethyst Buds. If you'd like to make use of Amethyst Shards to create other Minecraft Blocks of Amethyst, you can use them to create them.

What can you create with Minecraft Amethyst Shards

Besides being a posh new building material, Amethyst Shards can be used to make the following products:

Spyglass: One Amethyst Shard placed on top of two Copper Ingots is a Spyglass. Spyglasses are great for zooming into distant objects. Tinted Glass: One block of glass with an Amethyst Shard above, below and on either side, will result in two blocks of Tinted Glass. Tinted Glass is a building material that blocks light (but you can still see through it). It can't suffocate mobs, however it is able to be used again when broken.

Block of Amethyst - This is decorative only, as we have mentioned before. You can create an Block of Amethyst with four Amethyst Shards.

It's time to find some Amethyst Shards so you can build your luxurious amethyst home!

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