Lightning Rod

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For the feature in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Lightning Rod.
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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.
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Lightning Rod
Lightning Rod (U) JE2.pngLightning Rod (D) JE2.pngLightning Rod (N) JE2.pngLightning Rod (E) JE2.pngLightning Rod (S) JE2.pngLightning Rod (W) JE2.png
Renewable

No

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[note 1]
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 redirect lightning strikes within an area of 32×4×32 blocks to the top of the rod, which can prevent flammable structures from catching on fire during thunderstorms, and it emits a redstone signal when struck by lightning. Lightning rods also divert the lightning created by a trident enchanted with Channeling thrown at an entity during a thunderstorm, but they won't output a redstone signal. Lightning rods can be oriented in different directions.

Channeling tridents thrown at lightning rods will always create thunder without the need for a mob.

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 IDItem form?Translation key
Lightning Rodlightning_rod Yesblock.minecraft.lightning_rod

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.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.

Trivia[edit]

Issues[edit]

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

References[edit]