I just found my first emeralds, and I'm scared to mine it lest I mine it with the wrong pick and thus lose it. I'm very early in my game, so I don't have an iron pick yet, but don't want to forget where the emerald is.

I thought the wiki would have this information, but it doesn't appear to.

What kind of pick does it take to mine Emeralds?

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    Saw this got bumped and felt like it's worth noting that it's typically very obvious if you're using the wrong pick - it takes FOREVER to mine something incorrectly. Obsidian is the only thing that's normally that slow.
    – Shinrai
    Mar 18, 2013 at 17:58

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Emeralds can only be mined from the ore with an Iron, Diamond, or Netherite pickaxe.


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    Don't forget that like mining diamonds you should also use a pick enchanted with Fortune to maximise loot drop. That way you can get more than one drop per block mined.
    – Beeblebrox
    Aug 19, 2012 at 23:06

You must use an Iron Pick or better to mine emeralds


You can use iron or diamond, it doesn't make a difference.

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