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Solid block







Blast resistance





Any tool




Yes (64)





First appearances

See History



Data values

See Data values


See Data values

Redstone is a flat transparent block which can transmit redstone power.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Redstone can be obtained by mining or smelting redstone ore, destroying jungle temple traps, crafting blocks of redstone, killing witches, trading with villagers, or by breaking previously-placed redstone dust. It can also be found in chests that spawn in naturally generated structures.

Breaking[edit | edit source]

Redstone dust can be broken instantly using any tool, or without a tool, and drops itself as an item. Its hitbox may only cover part of the surface below, depending on the orientation of the redstone.

Redstone dust will also be removed and drop redstone as an item:

  • if its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • if water flows into its space
  • if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space

If lava flows into redstone dust's space, the redstone dust will be destroyed without dropping redstone as an item.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Redstone can be crafted from blocks of redstone.

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Redstone


Drops[edit | edit source]

A single witch will drop 0 to 6 redstone when they die, even when not killed by the player. The drop chance can be increased to 0–15 using the Looting enchantment.

Mining[edit | edit source]

A single redstone ore will yield 4–5 redstone when mined with an iron or diamond pickaxe. With the Fortune enchantment, additional redstone up to the enchantment level may be dropped (e.g. 0–3 extra will be dropped with Fortune III).

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

15 lengths of redstone dust are naturally generated as part of the trap in each jungle temple.

Redstone can be found in 27.4% of dungeon chests in stacks of 1–4, and in 12.2% of stronghold altar chests, 17.0% of chest minecarts in abandoned mine shafts, and 19.0% of stronghold storeroom chests, all in stacks of 4–9.

Smelting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Smelting recipe

Redstone Ore +
Any fuel

Trading[edit | edit source]

Clerics can offer to trade 1 to 4 redstone for an emerald as one of their second-tier trades.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Redstone is used for brewing, crafting, and in redstone circuits by placing it on the ground to create redstone dust.

Brewing ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe

Mundane Potion

Redstone +
Water Bottle

Increased Duration

Redstone +
Potion of Fire Resistance or
Potion of Invisibility or
Potion of Night Vision or
Potion of Poison or
Potion of Regeneration or
Potion of Slowness or
Potion of Strength or
Potion of Swiftness or
Potion of Water Breathing or
Potion of Weakness or
Potion of Leaping

Reverted to Level I

Redstone +
Potion of Harming II or
Potion of Healing II or
Potion of Leaping II or
Potion of Poison II or
Potion of Regeneration II or
Potion of Strength II or
Potion of Swiftness II

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description


Cobblestone +

Redstone Lamp

Redstone +


Cobblestone +
Redstone +

The bow must be undamaged.
Enchantments on the bow do not affect the resulting dispenser.

Block of Redstone


Note Block

Any Wood Planks +

Redstone Torch

Redstone +


Iron Ingot +

Powered Rail

Gold Ingot +
Redstone +

Detector Rail

Iron Ingot +
Redstone +
Stone Pressure Plate

Redstone Repeater

Stone +
Redstone Torch +


Gold Ingot +


Cobblestone +
Redstone +
Any Wood Planks +
Iron Ingot

Redstone component[edit | edit source]

When placed in the Minecraft world, redstone becomes a block of "redstone dust", which can transmit redstone power.

Examples of redstone dust configuration. Top Left: Redstone dust will connect diagonally vertically through non-opaque blocks. Top Right: Redstone dust will not connect diagonally vertically through opaque blocks. Center: Redstone dust gets darker as its power level drops, to a maximum of 15 blocks from a power source.
Redstone dust can only be placed on opaque blocks as well as glowstone, upside-down slabs and upside-down stairs, and hoppers.
Redstone dust will configure itself to point towards adjacent redstone power components and transmission component connection points. Redstone dust will also configure itself to point towards adjacent redstone dust one block higher or lower – unless there is a solid opaque block above the lower redstone dust, or if the higher redstone dust is on a transparent block such as glowstone, an upside-down slab or stair, or a hopper.
If there is only one such adjacent redstone component, redstone dust will configure itself into a line pointing both at the neighbor and away from it. If there are two or more such adjacent redstone components, redstone dust will point at them, forming a line, an "elbow", a "T", or a cross. If there are no such adjacent redstone components, redstone dust will configure itself into a directionless "dot", which can provide power in all four directions.
Redstone dust will not automatically configure itself to point towards adjacent blocks or mechanism components. If such a configuration is desired, the other neighbors of the redstone dust must be arranged to create it.
When redstone dust is reconfigured after placement, it will not update other redstone components around it of the change unless that reconfiguration also includes a change in power level or another component provides an update. This can create situations where a mechanism component remains activated when it shouldn't, or vice versa, until it receives an update from something else – a "feature" of redstone dust that can be exploited to create a kind of block update detector.
Redstone dust can transmit power, which can be used to operate mechanism components (doors, pistons, redstone lamps, etc.).

For different reasons, each signal can go up but not back down.
Redstone dust can be "powered" by a number of methods:
  • from an adjacent power component or a strongly-powered block
  • from the output of a redstone repeater or redstone comparator
  • from adjacent redstone dust. The powering dust can be a level higher or lower, but with restrictions:
    • Redstone can be powered by redstone which is one level lower, or on an opaque block one level higher. A transparent block cannot pass power downward.
    • The block "between" the two dust blocks must be air or transparent. A solid block there "cuts" the connection between the higher and lower dust.
The "power level" of redstone dust can vary from 0 to 15. Most power components power-up adjacent redstone dust to power level 15, but a few (daylight sensors, trapped chests, and weighted pressure plates) may create a lower power level. Redstone repeaters output power level 15 (when turned on), but redstone comparators may output a lower power level.

















Redstone dust can transmit power up to 15 blocks.
Power level drops by 1 for every block of redstone dust it crosses. Thus, redstone dust can transmit power for no more than 15 blocks. To go further, the power level must be re-strengthened – typically with a redstone repeater.
Powered redstone dust on top of, or pointing at, an opaque block will "weakly"-power the block. A weakly-powered block will not power other adjacent redstone dust, but will still power redstone repeaters and comparators and activate adjacent mechanism components. Transparent blocks cannot be powered.
When redstone dust is unpowered, it will appear dark red. When powered, it will turn bright red at power level 15, fading to darker shades the lower the power gets. Powered redstone dust also produces "reddust" particles of the same color.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Redstone dust is defined by its ID and block data. Redstone dust also has a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.

ID[edit | edit source]

Name ID Name Numerical ID
Redstone Dust (block) redstone_wire 55
Redstone (item) redstone 331

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
Bits Values
A four-bit field storing a value from 0 to 15 specifying the redstone dust's current redstone power level.

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
none The redstone dust does not connect in this direction.
side The redstone dust connects horizontally in this direction.
up The redstone dust connects diagonally upwards in this direction.

0–15 The redstone dust's current power level.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.1 Added "Red Ore Dust" (item) and red ore dust (block). Red ore dust in its item form is used to craft redstone torches.
1.0.2_01 Red ore dust now won't connect through solid blocks diagonally down
Art tweaks to the dust
Walking on redstone dust no longer breaks it.
Redstone dust now gives off particles.
1.0.4 Renamed to Redstone.
In this version or prior, added redstone dust to dungeon chests.
1.1.0 Redstone dust is now used to craft compasses.
1.2.0 Redstone dust is now used to craft clocks.
1.2 Redstone dust is now used to craft dispensers and note blocks.
1.3 Redstone dust will get darker the farther away it is from a source of power. (previously, it was fully on until it reached its limit)
Redstone dust is now used to craft redstone repeaters.
1.5 Redstone dust can be placed on snow.
Redstone dust is now used to craft powered rails and detector rails.
1.6.6 Changed the material of glowstone from "glass" to "stone", allowing redstone dust to be placed on it.
1.7 Redstone dust now will connect to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.
Redstone dust is now used to craft pistons.
1.8 pre1 Redstone dust can be found in the new stronghold storeroom chests, and in the new mineshaft chests.
Official release
1.0 Beta 1.9-pre3 Redstone dust can now be brewed in a water bottle to create a mundane potion.
It can now be found in the new stronghold altar chests.
It now extends the potions of Fire Resistance, Slowness, Swiftness, Poison, Weakness and Strength.
Beta 1.9-pre4 Redstone dust now extends the new potion of Regeneration.
1.0.0-RC1 Changed redstone dust placement on one block from a "+" to a "•" shape.
1.2.1 12w07a Redstone dust is now used to craft redstone lamps.
1.3.1 12w21a Redstone is now obtainable via trading.
12w25a Redstone dust can now be placed on top of upside-down slabs and stairs.
1.4.2 12w34a Redstone dust now extends the new potions of Night Vision and Invisibility.
12w38a Witches are added. They sometimes drop redstone when killed.
1.5 13w01a Redstone is now used to craft blocks of redstone and droppers.
1.7.2 13w36a Redstone dust now extends the new potion of Water Breathing.
13w37a Block ID 55 (redstone wire) was removed from the /give command.
1.8 14w25a Redstone dust no longer changes to obsidian when lava flows into it.
14w27a Redstone dust now extends the new potion of Leaping.
1.8.1 1.8.1-pre1 The Potion of Leaping can now be extended using redstone.
1.9 15w31a Redstone can no longer be added to extended potions or tier-II potions.
15w44a Cut average yield from dungeon chests by more than half, and increased yield from mineshaft chests.
15w46a The hitbox now only covers part of the surface of of the block below, based on the orientation of the redstone.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Redstone is now dropped when mined from redstone ore. It can be used to craft compasses, clocks and powered rails.
0.11.0 build 1 Redstone dust is now used to craft redstone blocks.
0.12.1 build 1 Added redstone dust to the creative inventory.
0.13.0 build 1 Restone dust can now be placed.
Redstone is now used to craft redstone lamps, note blocks, detector rails and redstone torches.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added redstone.
TU3 Redstone dust now will connect to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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