Emerald Ore is a rare ore in Minecraft due to its single-biome and single-vein spawning mechanics. It drops 1 Emerald when mined with an Iron Pickaxe or higher (1-4 if the Fortune enchantment is used). Emerald Ore only occurs in Extreme Hills or Extreme Hills Edge biomes. This is one way to obtain Emeralds; the other, easier, way is to trade with Villagers, as mining is not very productive in all but the largest caverns. Unlike most ores, Emerald Ore almost always appears in veins of one block. It is the supposed counterpart of Ruby Ore, which is currently not in the game.
How to obtain
- Mine with an Iron or Diamond enchanted with Silk Touch to get the Ore, not the item, emerald.
- Emerald Ore, Ruby Ore, Nether Quartz Ore, and Lapis Lazuli Ore are the only ores that do not have the default ore texture.
- It was planned to be called Ruby Ore, but it was changed to Emerald due to Dinnerbone's colorblindness.
- It usually spawns in veins of one, however sometimes it can spawn in veins of two or three.
|Surface||Dirt • Grass Block • Podzol • Mycelium • Grassless Dirt • Sand • Gravel • Clay • Moss Stone • Wood • Red Sand • Packed Ice • Snow • Snow (Cover) • Ice • Water • Lava|
|Underground||Stone • Coal Ore • Iron Ore • Gold Ore • Lapis Lazuli Ore • Diamond Ore • Redstone Ore • Emerald Ore|
|Dimension Specific||Netherrack • Soul Sand • Glowstone • Nether Quartz Ore • End Stone|
|Structure Specific||Cobblestone • Wood Planks • Fence • Nether Brick (Block) • Stone Brick • Mossy Stone Brick • Cracked Stone Brick • Chiseled Stone Brick • Torch • 16px Sea Lantern • Dark Prismarine • 16px Prismarine Bricks • Prismarine • Glass Pane|
|Decoration||Fern • Large Fern • Tall Grass • Double Tallgrass • Lilac • Peony • Rose Bush • Sunflower • Poppy • Dandelion • Blue Orchid • Allium • Azure Bluet • Oxeye Daisy • Tulip • Lily Pad • Sugar Cane • Vines • Cactus|