Pressure Plate

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[edit]Pressure Plate
Stone Pressure Plate.png
Wooden Pressure Plate.png
Stone Pressure PlateWooden Pressure Plate

Non-solid Block







Blast resistance





A wooden pickaxe or better is required to mine this blockUse-axe.png




Yes (64)


Stone: No
Wooden: No, but catches fire from lava

First appearance

Alpha 1.0.1



Data values
dec: 70 hex: 46 bin: 1000110
dec: 72 hex: 48 bin: 1001000

A pressure plate is a non-solid block that can be used as a switchable redstone power source.


[edit] Obtaining

Pressure plates can be crafted and can be found in desert temples and villages.

[edit] Crafting

Pressure plates can be crafted from stone or wood planks.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Stone Pressure Plate


Grid layout Arrow (small).png Stone Pressure Plate
Stone Stone

Wooden Pressure Plate

Any Wood Planks

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden Pressure Plate
Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks

[edit] Natural generation

One stone pressure plate is generated naturally in each desert temple. Wooden pressure plates are generated naturally in villages on top of fences as tables.

[edit] Usage

A pressure plate can be used to craft detector rails, to smelt items, or can be used as a redstone component.

Pressure plates are 0.0625 blocks high (116 of a block), but do not elevate entities on top of them.

[edit] As a crafting ingredient

Stone pressure plates can be used to craft detector rails.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Detector Rail

Iron Ingot +
Redstone +
Stone Pressure Plate

Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot Grid layout Arrow (small).png Detector Rail6
Iron Ingot Stone Pressure Plate Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot Redstone Iron Ingot

[edit] As a fuel

A wooden pressure plate can be used as fuel in a furnace. Each wooden pressure plate lasts 15 seconds, or 1.5 operations.

[edit] As a redstone component

See also: Redstone circuit

A pressure plate can be attached to the top of any opaque block, or to the top of a fence, nether brick fence, an upside-down slab, or upside-down stairs. To place a pressure plate, right-click on the face of a block adjacent to the destination space.

A pressure plate activates when an entity is on top of it (specifically, when the entity's collision mask intersects the bottom quarter-block of the pressure plate's space, which may include players, bats, or blazes flying close to the ground) and deactivates 0.5 seconds (5 redstone ticks) after no entities are on top of it, with a minimum activation time of 1.0 seconds (10 redstone ticks). A stone pressure plate is activated only by mobs (including players), while a wooden pressure plate is activated by all entities (including mobs, items, arrows, experience orbs, fishing bobs, etc.). A minecart traveling on rails will activate a pressure plate next to a diagonal track but not one next to a straight track (stone pressure plates are activated only if the minecart contains a mob or player).

While activated, a pressure plate powers any adjacent redstone dust, or redstone comparator or redstone repeater facing away from it, to power level 15. It also activates any adjacent mechanism components (including above or below) such as pistons, redstone lamps, etc. If a pressure plate is on top of an opaque block, it strongly powers the block beneath it to power level 15 as well.

A pressure plate is not solid (it is not a barrier to entity movement). A block under a pressure plate can provide a solid barrier underneath it (for mobs to walk across, items to fall on, etc.), but when a pressure plate is placed on a block with a small collision mask, like a fence or nether brick fence, it is possible for entities to move through the pressure plate while still activating it (walking through it horizontally, or falling through it vertically). Thus, a pressure plate on a fence can be used to detect entities without stopping them (more compactly than a tripwire circuit).

If a pressure plate's attachment block is removed, the pressure plate will be destroyed and drop itself as an item. Water and lava will not flow into a pressure plate's space.

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[edit] History

Seecret Friday 3 Added pressure plates.
1.3 Pressure plates only require two Wood Planks/stone to craft; previous versions required three (this recipe now creates wooden or stone slabs).
1.6 Wooden plates no longer require a pickaxe to be successfully extracted; before they used to. Both types of plates can also be recovered by destroying the block they are on.
Pressure plates may no longer be placed on leaf blocks. Pressure plates placed on leaf blocks prior to this update will drop when stepped on and may be recollected.
1.8 Pressure plates are placeable on fences, though they are not functional as pressure plates in this configuration.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre2 Pressure plates now function when placed on top of fences.
1.3.1 12w23a Wooden pressure plates can be activated by arrows.
Console Edition
TU1 Added pressure plates.
TU5 Pressure plates are placeable on fences.
TU14 Wooden pressure plates can be activated by arrows.

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