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How to get Prismarine Shards & Crystals in Minecraft

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to get prismarine shards and crystals in Minecraft!

Minecraft prismarine shards are used as a crafting ingredient to make sea lanterns, prismarine bricks, and more. Prismarine crystals, when combined with shards, will make a sea lantern.

How to get Prismarine Video Tutorial

In this video, watch as we show you exactly how to get prismarine shards and crystals in Minecraft! Plus, we show you all the different things you can with them in the game.

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Available Platforms

Edition Platform Available
Java Edition Windows, Mac & Linux PC's Yes
Bedrock Edition Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC's Yes
Education Edition Mac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC's Yes
PlayStation Edition PlayStation 3 & 4 Yes

How To Get Prismarine Shards & Crystals In Minecraft

1. Find a Guardian

We first need to find a Minecraft guardian or elder guardian. You can find guardians near an ocean monument, aka guardian temple, in the deep ocean.

Tip: You can summon a guardian or use a spawn egg if you can't find one.

Find a Guardian

2. Attack the Guardian

Next, you need to attack the guardian. You'll notice the guardian turn red when you hit it. Keep attacking the guardian until it dies.

Upon death, the guardian will drop 0-2 prismarine shards and/or crystals. If the guardian does not drop anything, then find another one and kill it.

Attack the Guardian

3. Pick Up The Prismarine Shards and/or Crystals

Finally, pick up the shards and/or crystals before they disappear.

How to Get Prismarine Shards & Crystals in Minecraft

A Minecraft prismarine shard can be used as a crafting ingredient to make sea lanterns, prismarine bricks, and more. Prismarine crystals, when combined with shards, will make a sea lantern.

Minecraft Prismarine Commands

You can also use a Give Command to make prismarine shards & crystals in Minecraft. The commands are available in the following editions:

  • Java Edition
  • Pocket Edition
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10 Edition
  • Education Edition

To run the prismarine commands in Minecraft, open your chat window and type in the below command depending on your version of Minecraft:

Java Edition 1.13 and higher

/give @p prismarine_shard 1

/give @p prismarine_crystals 1

PE, Xbox One, Switch, Win 10, Education Edition

/give @p prismarine_shard 1 0

/give @p prismarine_crystals 1 0

FAQ's

What is the easiest way to get Prismarine shards?

The easiest way to get prismarine shards is to kill a Guardian and collect the dropped shards. The only other way is to kill an Elder Guardian, which is harder to kill than a regular Guardian.

Can you craft Prismarine?

You can craft prismarine, prismarine bricks and dark prismarine. You cannot craft prismarine shards or crystals, you must obtain them.

How do I get prismarine shards without killing a guardian?

The only other way to get prismarine shards or crystals is to kill an Elder Guardian, which is harder than killing a regular Guardian.

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