|Catches fire from lava||
|Block entity ID||
See § Data values
dec: 138 hex: 8A bin: 10001010
|— The Pretty Scary Update promo poster|
A beacon can be mined successfully with any tool, or with bare hands.
Nether Star +
When "activated", beacon blocks provide two unique functions:
- An aesthetic landmark beam reaching into the sky, which can be visible from far away.
- Powers, which give players status effects within a certain range.
In order to activate a beacon, the beacon must adhere to the following requirements:
- Beacons require an unobstructed view of the sky, though bedrock and transparent blocks (including water, lava, slime, glass, and other beacon blocks) does not count as obstruction.
- The beacon is on top of a pyramid constructed from iron blocks, gold blocks, emerald blocks, and/or diamond blocks.
Pyramids are the structures required to activate beacons. There are four possible pyramid heights. More pyramid levels make more powers available in a wider affected vicinity. The type of mineral block used to build the pyramid is entirely cosmetic and has no functional effect. Several different block types can be mixed without affecting functionality. If the pyramid is damaged so that the beacon deactivates, the previously-set powers resume their effects upon reactivation when the pyramid is repaired. This applies to piston-altered pyramids as well.
|1||9||1 stack + 17||3×3, Beacon|
|2||34||4 stacks + 50||5×5, 3×3, Beacon|
|3||1 stack + 19||11 stacks + 43||7×7, 5×5, 3×3, Beacon|
|4||2 stacks + 36||23 stacks + 4||9×9, 7×7, 5×5, 3×3, Beacon|
Multiple beacons can make use of the same specific mineral blocks below them. Combined pyramids do not need to be symmetrical. The image to the right shows a 6-beacon (2 by 3) pyramid. It requires a total of 244 mineral blocks, with a base layer of 10 by 11.
|1||20||2 stacks + 52||4x5, 2x3 Beacons|
|2||62||8 stacks + 46||6x7, 4x5, 2x3 Beacons|
|3||2 stacks + 6||18 stacks + 54||8x9, 6x7, 4x5, 2x3 Beacons|
|4||3 stacks + 52||34 stacks + 20||10x11, 8x9, 6x7, 4x5, 2x3 Beacons|
A vertical beam appears from a beacon if the beacon is activated, extending from the beacon block up to Y=255. In Java Edition, the beam is visible from roughly the same distance as a single ordinary stack of blocks. If a render distance of 16 chunks is set, the beam of light is visible from up to 255 blocks away.
The color of the beam may be changed by placing blocks of stained glass (or stained glass panes) anywhere above the beacon block. The beam changes colors according to the colors of glass placed above it: the first block sets the beam color, while each additional block sets the color by averaging the red, green, and blue components of the current beam color and the block color.[Java Edition only] The color values are the same as those for the corresponding dye. Oddly enough, Beacon beams cannot go through most blocks, but can go through bedrock and end portal blocks.
Once the beacon is emitting a beam, it can then be fed 1 iron ingot, 1 gold ingot, 1 emerald, or 1 diamond, to select the status effects given to players within range of the beacon. This is done through the beacon's GUI, displayed by pressing use while looking at the beacon block. It doesn't matter which of the items is fed into the beacon.
In the GUI, the player places the item to be fed in the empty slot, and clicks an effect from the "Primary Power" section on the left. If the beacon is sitting on a 4-level pyramid, the "Secondary Power" section on the right also becomes active. The player can then choose either to turn on the Regeneration power in addition to the Primary Power or to raise the primary power to Level II. The user clicks the "Done" button (green check mark), the item is consumed, and the power(s) become activated. To change the beacon's powers, this process must be followed again, consuming another ingot or gem.
If the pyramid is broken, effects deactivate or weaken, or the beacon deactivates entirely depending on the level of the pyramid that is no longer complete. Upon restoration of the pyramid, the originally selected power return without the need to spend another item.
The five Primary Powers are:
- Speed I: Increased movement speed.
- Haste I: Increased mining and attack speed.
- Resistance I: decreased nearly all incoming damage (2-level pyramid required).
- Jump Boost I: Increased jumping distance and height (2-level pyramid required).
- Strength I: Increased melee damage (3-level pyramid required).
The Secondary Powers available with a 4-level pyramid are:
- Regeneration I: Regenerates health.
- Increasing the Primary Power to level II.
It is also possible to combine two different primary Level I powers:
- select a primary power in the left panel
- select the Level II option in the right panel
- select the second desired power back in the left panel
Only one of the two powers appear to be selected, although both effects are active.[Java Edition only]
Every four seconds, the selected powers are applied with a duration of 9 seconds, plus 2 seconds per pyramid level, to all players in range. Thus, when powers are changed or a player travels outside the area-of-effect, the powers persist for 5–9 seconds, or 13-17 seconds with a full pyramid.
The beacon affects an area in the shape of a square column, which reaches downward and out to each side at a range determined by the size of the pyramid base (see table below), and upward a distance of that range + 256.[Java Edition only] In Bedrock Edition, the range of the beacon is the same, except it extends upwards infinitely.
The distance from the player to the beacon block does not affect the intensity of the status effect.
|Pyramid size||Effect range||Effect duration|
|Sound||Subtitle||Namespaced ID||Subtitle ID||Source||Pitch||Volume||Attenuation distance|
||(Plays when fallen on from a height)||Blocks||0.75||0.5||16|
||(When beacon activates)||Blocks||1.0||1.0||16|
||(While beacon is activated)||Blocks||1.0||0.9||7|
||(When beacon turns off)||Blocks||1.0||1.0||16|
||(When switching beacon power)||Blocks||1.0||1.0||16|
|Beacon||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID|
A beacon has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.
- Block entity data
- Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template
- Lock: Optional. When not blank, prevents the container from being opened unless the opener is holding an item whose name matches this string.
- Levels: The number of levels available from the pyramid.
- Primary: The primary power selected, see Potion effects for IDs. 0 means none.
- Secondary: The secondary power selected, see Potion effects for IDs. 0 means none.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Beaconator||Create a full beacon||Be within a 20×20×14 cuboid centered on the pyramid when the beacon block realizes it is fully powered.||Yes||Yes||Alt||Yes||60G||Gold|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|Bring Home the Beacon||Construct and place a Beacon||Withering Heights||Be within a 20×20×14 cuboid centered on a beacon block when it realizes it has become powered.|
|Beaconator||Bring a beacon to full power||Bring Home the Beacon||Be within a 20×20×14 cuboid centered on a beacon block when it realizes it is being powered by a size 4 pyramid.|
|How Did We Get Here?||Have every effect applied at the same time||A Furious Cocktail||Have all of these 26 effects applied to the player at the same time (Note that this is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can only be viewed when the player has completed it).|
|1.4.2||12w32a||Added the "Work in Progress" block.|
|12w34a||The "Work in Progress" block has now been removed from the creative inventory.|
|12w36a||The "Work in Progress" block has now been now renamed to "Beacon".|
|Beacons can now be found in the creative inventory.|
|Beacons are now craftable.|
|The texture of beacons has now been changed.|
|12w38a||The texture of beacons has now been changed, once again. The beacon beam has now been changed from a semi-transparent smooth beam (which conflicted with water transparency), to a pattern with 0% transparency.|
|12w40a||The texture of beacons has now been changed, again and the beacon beam has now been changed again.|
|1.5||13w05a||The effect range of beacons has now been increased from 16/24/32/40 blocks to 20/30/40/50 blocks.|
|Beacon effects now extend up to the world height limit (Y=256).|
|1.6.1||13w23a||With the Regeneration effect being nerfed slightly, the same effect produced from beacons has now been nerfed slightly too.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||The player can now achieve the Beaconator achievement by placing a beacon on a level-4 pyramid of specific mineral blocks.|
|1.8||14w29a||Beacons now displays the cracking animation.|
|August 5, 2014||Dinnerbone tweets a screenshot containing a colored beacon beam. The color appears to change when the beam passes through stained glass.|
|14w32a||Beacon light now changes as it goes through stained glass.|
|August 7, 2014||Dinnerbone tweets that the beacon beam can now pass through blocks that block light slightly.|
|14w32b||Beacon beams show if going through a block that doesn't completely block light rather than partially block light. This allows beacon beams to go through water and lava.|
|Beacons in the Nether and the End now check for blocks and render the beam only up to the world height (Y=127).|
|1.8.2||pre5||Bedrock no longer obstructs beacon activation or beams.|
|Beacons in the Nether and the End now check and use the full build height (Y=255) rather than the world height (Y=127).|
|1.9||15w31a||Beacons now generate naturally in end ships.|
|15w32c||Beacons no longer generate in end ships and have been replaced by pumpkins.|
|15w47a||A new tag, |
|Beacons no longer drop their contents when broken or when the interface is exited.|
|Beacons have now been made able to interact with hoppers.|
|15w47b||The beacon effect duration now increases with pyramid level (it was formerly a constant 9 seconds).|
|Beacons once again drop their contents when broken or when the interface is exited (as they had before 15w47a).|
|Beacons can no longer interact with hoppers (as they had since 15w47a).|
|1.11||16w32a||Changed block entity ID from |
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 138.|
|18w19a||Beacons now produce sounds.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of beacons has now been changed.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.16.0||build 4||Added beacons.|
|1.2.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Beacon beams now change colors when shining through stained glass or stained glass panes.|
|1.5.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Beacons now produce sounds.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||The texture of beacons has now been changed.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Patch 1||Added beacons.|
|TU25||CU14||1.17||Beacon beams now change colors when shining through stained glass or stained glass panes.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||The vertical range of beacon has now been nerfed to match horizontal range.|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Beacons now produce sounds.|
|1.90||The texture of beacons has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
First image released by Jeb.
A beacon is still functional when the pyramid is made of different blocks.
The old texture from Java Edition 12w36a of the beacon.
The old texture from Java Edition 12w38a displaying the powered and the non-powered beacon.
- The texture of the beacon is 16×16, but renders only the 10×10 area in the center.
- It is possible to see the beacon beam on the bottom of an activated beacon. This was initially reported as a bug, but the resolution was "won't fix", despite a fix being provided.
- When destroyed by an explosion, the block always drops as an item.
- There are 16777216 different beam colors, needing, at most, 6 layers of glass.
The texture of the beacon used since Java Edition 12w40a until the Texture Update.
Beacon beam going through an end portal frame block.