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 to detect players, mobs, items, etc.


[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

Pressure plates used as tables in an village library.

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

[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) when inactive and 0.03125 block high (132 of a block) when active, but they 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 used to detect entities on top of it (players, mobs, items, etc.).

Pressure plate placement and behavior.
Pressure plates on fences in Beta 1.8
To place a pressure plate, use the "Use Item/Place Block" control (right-click, by default) while aiming at the face of a block adjacent to the destination space.
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.
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 5 redstone ticks (0.5 seconds, barring lag) after no entities are on top of it, with a minimum activation time of 10 redstone ticks (1.0 seconds, barring lag).
A stone pressure plate is activated only by mobs (including players), while a wooden pressure plate is activated by all entities (including players, 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 active, a pressure plate:
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, such as 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).
Water and lava will not flow into a pressure plate's space.
To remove a pressure plate, use the "Attack/Destroy" control (left-click, by default). Removing a stone pressure plate takes 2.5 seconds (or faster with a pickaxe) and removing a wooden pressure plate takes 0.75 seconds (or faster with an axe). The pressure plate will drop itself as an item.
A pressure plate will also be removed and drop itself as an item:
  • if its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space

[edit] Data values

A pressure plate's data value stores whether is it active:

Bits Values
0x1 If this bit is set, the pressure plate is active.

[edit] Video

[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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