Minecraft 1.17: How to Find Amethyst Geodes in Caves and Cliffs

Learn how to find amethyst geodes with the help of our quick guide to Minecraft 1.17: Caves and Cliffs update.

Amethyst geodes are the newest underground structures in Minecraft 1.17: Caves and Cliffs update. They resemble compartments of calcite and amethyst blocks, layered on the outside and hollow inside. This guide will provide you with tips on how to find amethyst geodes in Minecraft 1.17.

These structures generate in 1 out of 53 chunks, which means they are quite common and you shouldn't have much trouble finding them. But there are certain locations where you can spot them easily without the need to dig up lots of soil.

How to Find Amethyst Geodes in Minecraft 1.17

Natural Generation

Amethyst geodes may generate at Y coordinates from 0 to 70. This means that you may find them on the surface of the overworld as well. This is good news as they do appear quite often at such locations like:

  • The ocean biomes and visible in the water
  • The surfaces of the savanna and desert biomes
  • Exposed in the ravines and caves

You should check these locations first before attempting to get underground. If you can't find them on the surface, then you can check out other underground structures that often intersect with amethyst geodes, such as:

  • Abandoned mineshafts
  • Dungeons with mob spawners
  • Underground ravines and caves
  • Strongholds
  • Underground ruined portals

Lastly, you can use our Minecraft seeds to get the exact coordinates of the amethyst geodes locations on the dedicated world seeds.


Amethyst geodes are a source of the following amethyst blocks:

  • Smooth Basalt
  • Calcite
  • Amethyst Cluster
  • Amethyst Bud
  • Amethyst Shard
  • Spyglass
  • Budding Amethyst
  • Block of Amethyst
  • Tinted Glass

While Smooth Basalt and Calcite are purely decorative blocks, other amethyst blocks have special and unique functions.

Amethyst buds and clusters radiate low levels of light that can be used in dark areas:

  • Small buds give light Level 1
  • Medium buds give light Level 2
  • Large buds give light Level 4

Spyglass, made of amethyst shards and copper ingots, can be used as a tool for zooming in, which allows you to see and explore far away areas in the distance.

Lastly, Tinted Glass has an ability to block light, which can be used for suppressing the light from the glowstone.

That's everything you need to know on how to find and use amethyst geodes in Minecraft 1.17: Caves and Cliffs update. For more Minecraft guides, check out our dedicated hub page, and if you were looking for Minecraft seeds, head over to this page.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Jun. 10th 2021

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