Lightning Rod

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For the artifact in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Lightning Rod.
Grass Block JE7 BE6.png
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This content has appeared in development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
This content is locked behind the experimental gameplay option in Bedrock Edition.
Lightning Rod
Lightning Rod (U) JE3.pngLightning Rod (D) JE3.pngLightning Rod (N) JE3.pngLightning Rod (E) JE3.pngLightning Rod (S) JE3.pngLightning Rod (W) JE3.png
Lightning Rod (U) JE2 BE1.pngLightning Rod (D) BE1.pngLightning Rod (N) BE1.pngLightning Rod (E) BE1.pngLightning Rod (S) BE1.pngLightning Rod (W) BE1.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

6

Hardness

3

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

A lightning rod is a block used to divert lightning strikes.

Obtaining[edit]

Breaking[edit]

Lightning rods must be mined with a stone pickaxe or better, or else it drops nothing.

Block Lightning Rod
Hardness 3
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 15
Wooden 7.5
Stone 1.15
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.6
Netherite 0.5
Golden 1.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Copper Ingot

Usage[edit]

Lightning rods can be oriented in different directions. Lightning rods redirect lightning strikes within an area of 32×4×32 ‌[Java Edition only] / 64×64×64 ‌[Bedrock Edition only] blocks to the top of the rod, which can prevent flammable structures from catching on fire during thunderstorms. Lightning rods divert the lightning created by a trident enchanted with Channeling thrown at an entity during a thunderstorm, or the lightning summoned by commands.[1][Bedrock Edition only]

A lightning rod emits a redstone signal when struck by lightning. A trident with Channeling can be thrown at a lightning rod to create lightning, but no redstone signal is emitted this way.[2][Java Edition only]

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.copper.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.copper.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.copper.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.copper.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.copper.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Lightning Rodlightning_rodBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.lightning_rod

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Lightning Rodlightning_rod?Block & Itemtile.lightning_rod.name

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
facingupup
down
north
south
east
west
The direction that the lightning rod is facing, determined by its anchoring.
poweredfalsefalse
true
Whether or not the lightning rod is powered.

History[edit]

October 3, 2020Lightning Rod (U) JE1.png Lightning rods are revealed at Minecraft Live 2020.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w45aLightning Rod (U) JE1.png Lightning Rod (D) JE1.png Lightning Rod (N) JE1.png Lightning Rod (E) JE1.png Lightning Rod (S) JE1.png Lightning Rod (W) JE1.png Added lightning rods.
20w46aLightning Rod (U) JE2 BE1.png Lightning Rod (D) JE2.png Lightning Rod (N) JE2.png Lightning Rod (E) JE2.png Lightning Rod (S) JE2.png Lightning Rod (W) JE2.png The texture of lightning rods has been changed to match copper blocks.
The range of lightning rods has been increased from 16 blocks to 32 blocks.
21w05aLightning Rod (U) JE3.png Lightning Rod (D) JE3.png Lightning Rod (N) JE3.png Lightning Rod (E) JE3.png Lightning Rod (S) JE3.png Lightning Rod (W) JE3.png Lightning rods are now shaded properly.[3]
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.57Lightning Rod (U) JE2 BE1.png Lightning Rod (D) BE1.png Lightning Rod (N) BE1.png Lightning Rod (E) BE1.png Lightning Rod (S) BE1.png Lightning Rod (W) BE1.png Added lightning rods.
Lightning Rod (inventory) BE1.png It also has a bugged texture in inventory.

Trivia[edit]

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Lightning Rod" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

References[edit]

  1. MCPE-117987
  2. MC-203620
  3. MC-204446 - fixed in 21w05a despite that being an affects version; see comments
  4. "Minecraft Live: Caves & Cliffs - First Look @ 29:53"– Minecraft on YouTube, October 3, 2020