Minecraft: Best Ways To Get Emeralds

After playing the game for hundreds of hours, here are the best ways to get emeralds in Minecraft according to me.

Best Ways to get emeralds in Minecraft
Best Ways to get emeralds in Minecraft

Emeralds are the source of trading. Villagers will trade various valuable things if you provide them with Emeralds. These items are rare in the open world as their natural generation is set to be in unique places. I will explain various ways to get emeralds in Minecraft in this guide.

Key Takeaways

  • Emerald is rare and can be acquired in various ways. 
    1. Extract them from their ore state,
    2. Kill mobs
    3. Get in drops
    4. or explore the world and find them as they are dispersed throughout the map.
    5. Traders can also give you emeralds.
  • They have some beneficial uses in Minecraft for trading a significant number of items, crafting, and using them to enhance your abilities once you have placed them in a Beacon.

Author’s Trust

With hundreds of hours invested in Minecraft, I have mastered crafting, building, and survival. Using my extensive experience, I will talk about the best methods that I found useful in getting emeralds.

– Ahmed Raza

Grinding for Emeralds is undoubtedly worth your time, as this will enable you to do a lot more activities. Explicitly, none of them is a time-pass event but rather more useful and rewarding stuff to be unlocked. Here are the best ways of getting these emeralds:


Best Early-Game Emeralds Farming.
Emeralds location
Biomes To Mine Emerald Ore
  • Biomes such as Mountains and Windswept Hills are the significant birthplace of these rare ores.
  • To get a piece of emerald, you need to mine it with an iron pickaxe or a better one. It will simply drop an emerald.
  • I suggest enchanting your pickaxe with Silk Touch, as it will drop the block of Emerald Ore as it is.
  • You can smelt it down in the furnace to make it into an emerald.
  • Multi-purpose
  • Can start mining with only a pickaxe
  • Time taking

Emeralds Drops

Easy Hacks to get Emeralds.
emeralds from rai
Emeralds Through Raids
  • Some mobs can drop Emerald upon death. You can loot them because this way is too passive, and all you require is being well-equipped. 
  • Firstly, if you are good with your aim, you can surely snatch the emeralds from the sleeping fox’s grasp. Some foxes can be seen sleeping with a chunk of emerald tangles in their jaws. Hunt them down and get yourself an easy trade opportunity.
  • Here is a little hack that I often use: I drop food to intimidate the fox into leaving the emerald and get the job done without any violence in the act.
  • Secondly, when there is a raid of Vindicators on any Village, participate with the resilience team and slay the Vindicators. These mobs have the probability of dropping 0-1 emerald upon each mob’s death. 
  • Lastly, Evokers can be targeted for the same purpose with the same drop rate as Vindicators. These powerful spell-wielding mobs are tough to use but will reward you with an unspeakable advantage after slaying them.
  • Easy to do
  • Good rewards

Trading For Emeralds

Besy Way To Get Emeralds.
Villagers trade
Get Emeralds From Trade

We use Emeralds for trading purposes, it is to be noted that we can also acquire them via trading with villagers. The only drawback here is that that specific offer will hit the timer of a cooldown whenever you perform a trade. To reset the cooldown, a certain amount of trades must be completed.

Every type of trader has an unprecedented offer that he comes up with. However, they all require some essential elements to trade with. Here is the list of the best traders to get started with:

  • Cartographer: A trader who deals with the minimum accessories. Lend him some of the Glass Planes used for construction, and he will provide you with an emerald. Paper can be convincing too.
  • Farmer: This villager is my primary source for getting Emeralds. Many vegetation can be traded with him for the sake of those emeralds.
  • Butcher: If you are good with your hunt, save some for this trader—simple meat trade to get the emerald.
  • Armorer: Compared to other traders, this one has limited offers on display. He is on the list because of the direct trade he can offer: Coal for an emerald.
  • Fisherman: Catch some fish and brag about them in front of this trader. He would be delighted to reward you.

You can also check out our guide to get familiar with the best Villagers trades in Minecraft.

  • Easy to do
  • Guaranteed rewards
  • —-

Natural Generation

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Generated structure
Natural Generation of Emeralds

Emeralds can also be found scattered across the map. This feature encourages the players of Minecraft to explore the open world.

Venturing into the wilderness can be challenging, the rewards are also set accordingly to keep you motivated. You can find the Emeralds out in the open, somewhere like:

  • Desert Temple: The chest contains an 18% probability of getting you 1-3 emeralds.
  • Jungle Temple: Have an 8.7% chance of getting you 1-3 emeralds.
  • Buried Chest: One of the highest rates of containing 4-8 emeralds with a 59.9% chance.
  • ShipwreckPlace your bet here as a 73.7% chance will surely lend you 1-5 emeralds
  • Igloo: The lowest probability of 7.6% of handing out an emerald.
  • Underwater Ruins: The Big ruin chest and the Small ruin chest will have a 14.9% and 16.4% chance of handing you one emerald.
  • End City: Don’t return empty-handed from the End dimension. It has 9% of giving 2-6 emeralds.

Besides the generated structures, you can search out the chest in every village as they, too, have a fair possibility of containing some emeralds.

  • Lots of locations
  • Time taking
  • Odd chances

These all are useful in farming emeralds. I find trading for emeralds more easy than any other method. You can try these all methods and choose whatever works better for you.

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