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Redstone Update
Edition

Java Edition

Official name

Redstone Update

Released versions

1.5 •  1.5.1 •  1.5.2

This guide is a simplified overview of all the changes in the Redstone Update (Java Edition 1.5.x releases), which assumes at least some familiarity with the Pretty Scary Update (Java Edition 1.4.x releases).

Mobs[edit]

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
All mobs
  • Mobs no longer walk over rails unless they are pursuing the player
Skeletons Skeleton.png
  • Now shoot from 1 block away, instead of 10
  • Now shoot faster when their target is close, depending on difficulty
Slimes Slime.png
  • Slime spawn rates in swamps now depend on the current moon phase
Zombies Zombie.png
  • Now group up on targets
  • They can now set players on fire when on fire themselves
  • Increased zombies attack damage
  • Increased player detection range

Blocks[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Activator Rail Texture Update Activator Rail.pngTexture Update Powered Activator Rail.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot +
Stick +
Redstone Torch
Can be mined with any tool or hand.
  • Triggers players, if rail is powered.
  • Can be used to explode TNT Minecart.
Block of Redstone Block of Redstone.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone

Can be mined only with pickaxe.
  • Acts as a redstone power source
Daylight Detector Daylight Detector.pngInverted Daylight Detector.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Glass +
Nether Quartz +
Any wood Slab

Can be mined with any tool or hand
  • Can be used as a redstone power source.
  • Can be toggled between normal (day) mode and inverted (night) mode.
Dropper Dropper.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Cobblestone +
Redstone

Can be mined only with pickaxe.
  • Item transport
Hopper Hopper.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot +
Chest

Can be mined only with pickaxe.
  • Can be used to transfer items without the danger of them despawning
Redstone Comparator Redstone Comparator.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone Torch +
Nether Quartz +
Stone

Can be mined with any tool or hand
  • Compares redstone signals
Trapped Chest Trapped Chest.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Chest +
Tripwire Hook

Can be mined with any tool or hand, but fastest with an axe.
  • Can be used for traps
Weighted pressure plate Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate.pngLight Weighted Pressure Plate.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot

Can be mined only with pickaxe.
  • More items on pressure plate increases the redstone signal.
    • Full signal strength is reached at 60 items
    • Full signal strength is reached at 600 items
Nether Quartz Ore Nether Quartz Ore Revision 3.png
  • Generates in any Nether biome.
Can be mined only with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch, otherwise it will drop Nether quartz (item)
Block of quartz Block of Quartz Revision 1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Nether Quartz

Can be mined only with pickaxe
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Quartz stairs Quartz Stairs.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Quartz

Can be mined only with pickaxe
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Quartz slab Quartz Slab Revision 3.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Quartz

Can be mined only with pickaxe
  • Can be used as a decorative block

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Beacon Beacon.png
  • Changed radius
Brewing Stand, Chest, Detector Rail and Jukebox Brewing Stand.pngChest.pngDetector Rail.pngJukebox.png
  • Now emit a redstone signal into an adjacent comparator. Signal strength depends on the fullness of the block
Dispenser Dispenser.png
  • Now equip armor to players that are up to 1 block away
  • Can place and activate TNT
  • Now use bone meal on a crop or sapling in front of them
  • Can create fire in front of them with flint and steel, which consumes durability
  • They can now face all 6 directions and use a different texture when facing up or down
  • No longer fire while updated, instead they fire when their input becomes powered
  • Now emits a redstone signal into an adjacent comparator. Signal strength depends on the fullness of the dispenser
Lava Lava.png
  • Flows faster in the Nether
  • Updated texture
Nether Bricks Nether Bricks Revision 3.png

Items[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Uses
Nether Brick (item) Nether Brick.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Netherrack +
Any fuel


Nether quartz Nether Quartz.png

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Bone Meal Bone Meal.png
  • Now picks a random stage of growth each time, as opposed to automatically pushing them to the final growth stage
  • Saplings take 2–4 bone meal to sprout into a tree
  • Gives off green particles when used

Non-mob entities[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Habitat Drops Note
Minecart with hopper Minecart with Hopper.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Hopper +
Minecart

  • Can only be emptied by passing over a hopper
  • Can pick up items from containers when it passes under them
Minecart with TNT Minecart with TNT.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
TNT +
Minecart

  • Gets triggered by activator rails
  • Explodes more violently the faster it goes
  • Doesn't destroy rails, supporting blocks or redstone materials

Structures[edit]

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Abandoned mineshaft Old Mineshaft.png

Enchantments[edit]

Changed[edit]

Name Changed
Fortune
  • Now affects apples and potatoes.
Efficiency
  • Tools enchanted with efficiency now only speed up the mining of blocks that the tool is intended for.