Finding Emeralds in Minecraft: 5 Steps (with Pictures)

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Finding Emeralds in Minecraft: 5 Steps (with Pictures)
Finding Emeralds in Minecraft: 5 Steps (with Pictures)

Emerald ore is the rarest type of ore in Minecraft, even rarer than diamond ore. You can trade emeralds with villagers for some cool and useful items. This wikiHow will help you find emeralds in Minecraft.


Find Emeralds in Minecraft Step 1

Step 1. Go to an extreme hills biome

This is the only biome where emerald ore can be found. Extreme hills biomes are fairly common, so you won't have to travel far.

Find Emeralds in Minecraft Step 2

Step 2. Dig a flight of stairs down to level 11

Don't dig straight down or you'll likely fall into lava. You can find emerald ore at level 4-32, but it is most common at level 11. To see what level you are at, press F3 and look at the y coordinate.

Find Emeralds in Minecraft Step 3

Step 3. Start digging in a straight line, placing torches along the way to illuminate you

You can also create 'branches', which are small tunnels that branch off from the main tunnel.

Find Emeralds in Minecraft Step 4

Step 4. Once you find emerald ore, dig around it to make sure there is no lava anywhere

If there is lava, the mined emeralds can fall into it and disappear.

Find Emeralds in Minecraft Step 5

Step 5. Mine the emeralds if there is no lava

Take your reward and then exit your mine, or continue to search for emeralds.

If there is lava, you must place blocks around the emerald ore to prevent the emeralds from falling into it


  • Instead of digging tunnels, you can also search caves for emerald ore.
  • When you come across a cave you have two options. You search the cave, or you dig further in a different direction and avoid the cave.
  • Villagers will often pay for goods with emeralds. Visit a village to find out what kind of goods they will pay for. Then create/find/dig these goods to be able to offer them to the villagers.
  • Emeralds can also be found in the chests in Mob Spawner rooms, Jungle Temples, and Desert Temples.


  • Watch out for lava. Never dig straight down and always be careful.
  • Don't try to steal emeralds from your friends. This won't end well.

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