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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.