Pressure Plate

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Pressure Plate
Oak Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.pngSpruce Pressure Plate JE4 BE2.pngBirch Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.pngJungle Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.pngAcacia Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.pngDark Oak Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.pngCrimson Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.pngWarped Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.pngStone Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.pngPolished Blackstone Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.png
Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate JE2 BE2.pngLight Weighted Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png
Renewable

Polished Blackstone: No
All others: Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tools

Blast resistance

0.5

Hardness

0.5

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

Overworld wood: Yes
All others: No

A pressure plate is a non-solid block that can be used to detect players, mobs, items, etc. It has four variants:

Wooden pressure plate: Can detect all entities, giving out a maximum signal strength.

Stone pressure plate: Can detect only players and mobs, giving out a maximum signal strength.

Light weighted pressure plate: Can detect all entities. The signal strength increases as more entities are added.

Heavy weighted pressure plate: Similar to a light weighted pressure plate but measures groups of 10 entities.

Obtaining

Breaking

A wooden pressure plate can be mined using any tool, or without a tool, however, axes are the fastest. All other types can be mined only with a pickaxe.

Block Stone
Polished Blackstone
Weighted Pressure Plates
Wooden Pressure Plates
Hardness 0.5 0.5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 2.5 0.75
Wooden 0.4 0.4
Stone 0.2 0.2
Iron 0.15 0.15
Diamond 0.1 0.1
Netherite 0.1 0.1
Golden 0.1 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

A pressure plate is removed and drops itself as an item if:

  • the block beneath it is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space

Natural generation

One stone pressure plate is generated naturally in each desert pyramid.

Oak pressure plates can generate in some plains village houses.

Acacia pressure plates can generate in some savanna village houses.

Spruce pressure plates can generate in some snowy tundra village houses.

Chest loot

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Light Weighted Pressure Plate Ruined portal Chest 1 7.3%
Bedrock Edition
Light Weighted Pressure Plate Ruined portal Chest 1 7.3%

Crafting

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stone Pressure Plate Stone

Wooden Pressure Plate Matching Planks

Polished Blackstone Pressure Plate Polished Blackstone

Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate Iron Ingot

Light Weighted Pressure Plate Gold Ingot

Usage

Crafting ingredient

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Detector Rail Iron Ingot +
Stone Pressure Plate +
Redstone Dust

Redstone component

See also: Redstone circuit

A pressure plate can be used to detect entities on top of it (players, mobs, items, etc.).

Placement
Pressure plate placement and behavior.
Pressure plates on fences.

To place a pressure plate, use it while aiming at the face of a block adjacent to the destination space.

A pressure plate can be attached to:

A pressure plate cannot be attached to the side or bottom of any block, but attempting to make such an attachment may cause the plate to attach to the top of a block under the destination space. For example, if a fence is on the ground, attempting to attach a plate to the side of the fence causes the plate to be attached to the top of the ground next to the fence instead.

More information regarding placement on transparent blocks can be found at Opacity/Placement.

Activation

A pressure plate activates when an entity is on top of it (specifically, when the entity's collision mask intersects the bottom quarter-block of the pressure plate's space, which may include entities flying close to the ground) and deactivates 5 redstone ticks (0.5 seconds, barring lag) after no entities are on top of it, with a minimum activation time of 10 redstone ticks (1 second, barring lag).

A stone pressure plate is activated only by mobs (including players), while a wooden pressure plate or a weighted pressure plate is activated by all entities (including players, mobs, items, arrows, experience orbs, fishing bobs, etc.) besides snowballs.

A minecart traveling on rails activates a pressure plate next to a diagonal track but not one next to a straight track (stone pressure plates are activated only if the minecart contains a mob or player).

Behavior
Required Entities for Weighted Pressure Plate Signal Strength Table
Signal
Strength
Number of entities required
Gold Plate Iron Plate
0 0 0
1 1 1–10
2 2 11–20
3 3 21–30
4 4 31–40
5 5 41–50
6 6 51–60
7 7 61–70
8 8 71–80
9 9 81–90
10 10 91–100
11 11 101–110
12 12 111–120
13 13 121–130
14 14 131–140
15 15+ 141+

While active, a pressure plate:

For stone and wooden pressure plates, the power level is always 15. For weighted pressure plates, the power level varies depending on the number of entities.

The signal strength from a weighted pressure plate does not vary with the type of entity: all entities have the same "weight" (for example, two mobs produce the same strength as two dropped items). An item stack counts as a single entity, no matter how many items are in the stack. When multiple items of the same type fall on a weighted pressure plate, they may initially be separate item entities and the weighted pressure plate counts them separately, but if they then collapse into a single item stack entity the signal strength from the weighted pressure plate may go down.

Water and lava flows around a pressure plate without affecting it.

A pressure plate is not solid (it is not a barrier to entity movement). A block under a pressure plate can provide a solid barrier underneath it (for mobs to walk across, items to fall on, etc.), but when a pressure plate is placed on a block with a small collision mask, such as a fence or nether brick fence, it is possible for entities to move through the pressure plate while still activating it (walking through it horizontally, or falling through it vertically). Thus, a pressure plate on a fence can be used to detect entities without stopping them (more compactly than a tripwire circuit).

Pressure plates are 0.0625 blocks high (116 of a block) when inactive and 0.03125 blocks high (132 of a block) when active, but because they are not solid they do not affect the position of entities "on top" of them (for example, a player on top of a pressure plate is actually standing on the block beneath it).

Fuel

Wooden pressure plates can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per pressure plate.

Sounds

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 2]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 2]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.wood.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 3]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.wood.fallNone[sound 3]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.wood.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.wood.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
Pressure Plate clicks??block.stone_pressure_plate.click_offsubtitles.block.pressure_plate.click?(<1.0)16
Pressure Plate clicks??block.stone_pressure_plate.click_onsubtitles.block.pressure_plate.click?(<1.0)16
Pressure Plate clicks??block.wooden_pressure_plate.click_offsubtitles.block.pressure_plate.click?(<1.0)16
Pressure Plate clicks??block.wooden_pressure_plate.click_onsubtitles.block.pressure_plate.click?(<1.0)16
Pressure Plate clicks??block.metal_pressure_plate.click_offsubtitles.block.pressure_plate.click?(<1.0)16
Pressure Plate clicks??block.metal_pressure_plate.click_onsubtitles.block.pressure_plate.click?(<1.0)16
  1. a b MC-177082
  2. a b [[Mojira:MC-None[sound 1]|MC-None[sound 1]]]
  3. a b [[Mojira:MC-None[sound 1]|MC-None[sound 1]]]

Data values

ID

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem tags (JE)Translation key
Light Weighted Pressure Platelight_weighted_pressure_plate piglin_lovedblock.minecraft.light_weighted_pressure_plate
Heavy Weighted Pressure Plateheavy_weighted_pressure_plate Noneblock.minecraft.heavy_weighted_pressure_plate
Stone Pressure Platestone_pressure_plate Noneblock.minecraft.stone_pressure_plate
Polished Blackstone Pressure Platepolished_blackstone_pressure_plate Noneblock.minecraft.polished_blackstone_pressure_plate
Oak Pressure Plateoak_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_platesblock.minecraft.oak_pressure_plate
Spruce Pressure Platespruce_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_platesblock.minecraft.spruce_pressure_plate
Birch Pressure Platebirch_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_platesblock.minecraft.birch_pressure_plate
Jungle Pressure Platejungle_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_platesblock.minecraft.jungle_pressure_plate
Acacia Pressure Plateacacia_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_platesblock.minecraft.acacia_pressure_plate
Dark Oak Pressure Platedark_oak_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_platesblock.minecraft.dark_oak_pressure_plate
Crimson Pressure Platecrimson_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_plates
non_flammable_wood
block.minecraft.crimson_pressure_plate
Warped Pressure Platewarped_pressure_plate wooden_pressure_plates
non_flammable_wood
block.minecraft.warped_pressure_plate

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Weighted Pressure Plate (Light)light_weighted_pressure_plate 147tile.light_weighted_pressure_plate.name
Weighted Pressure Plate (Heavy)heavy_weighted_pressure_plate 148tile.heavy_weighted_pressure_plate.name
Stone Pressure Platestone_pressure_plate 70tile.stone_pressure_plate.name
Polished Blackstone Pressure Platepolished_blackstone_pressure_plate 550tile.polished_blackstone_pressure_plate.name
Oak Pressure Platewooden_pressure_plate 72tile.wooden_pressure_plate.name
Spruce Pressure Platespruce_pressure_plate 409tile.spruce_pressure_plate.name
Birch Pressure Platebirch_pressure_plate 406tile.birch_pressure_plate.name
Jungle Pressure Platejungle_pressure_plate 408tile.jungle_pressure_plate.name
Acacia Pressure Plateacacia_pressure_plate 405tile.acacia_pressure_plate.name
Dark Oak Pressure Platedark_oak_pressure_plate 407tile.dark_oak_pressure_plate.name
Crimson Pressure Platecrimson_pressure_plate 517tile.crimson_pressure_plate.name
Warped Pressure Platewarped_pressure_plate 518tile.warped_pressure_plate.name

Block data

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, a pressure plate's data value specifies whether is it active:

Stone or wooden pressure plate
Bits Values
0x1 If this bit is set, the pressure plate is active.
0x2
0x4
0x8
Unused.
Weighted pressure plate
Bits Values
0x1
0x2
0x4
0x8
A four-bit field storing a value from 0 to 15 representing the weighted pressure plate's current redstone power level.


Block states

See also: Block states

Java Edition:
Stone and wooden pressure plates

Name Default value Allowed values Description
poweredfalsefalse
true
True if pressure plate is depressed, providing power.

Weighted pressure plates

Name Default value Allowed values Description
power00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Specifies the redstone power level currently being produced by the weighted pressure plate.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
redstone_signal00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Specifies the redstone power level currently being produced by the pressure plate.

Video

Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Oooh, shiny!.pngOooh, shiny!Distract a Piglin using gold.Give a piglin a gold item while it is aggressive toward the player.30GSilver

Advancements

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Oh Shiny
Distract Piglins with goldNetherGive a piglin one of these 22 gold-related items in the #piglin_loved entity tag while not wearing any golden armor. If this advancement is attempted while the player is wearing golden armor but piglin(s) are still aggressive toward them, the advancement does not trigger. Other gold-related items, if any, may be used, but are ignored for this advancement and by the piglin.nether/distract_piglin

History

Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding pressure plates.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.132px 32px Added wooden and stone pressure plates.
The inventory textures of wooden and stone pressure plates are considerably thick and centralised.
Java Edition Beta
1.3Pressure plates now require only two wood planks/stone to craft; previous versions required three (this recipe now creates wooden or stone slabs).
1.5Stone pressure plates are now used to craft detector rails.
1.6?Wooden plates no longer require a pickaxe to be successfully extracted; before they used to.
Both types of pressure plates can now also be recovered by destroying the block they are on.
Pressure plates may no longer be placed on leaf blocks or TNT. Pressure plates placed on such blocks prior to this update drop when disturbed (whether by stepping on them or by placing/breaking adjacent blocks) and may be recollected, though they can still ignite TNT.
1.8Pre-releasePressure plates are now placeable on fences, though they are not functional as pressure plates in this configuration due to the fence's hitbox.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Pressure plates now function when placed on top of fences.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 532px 32px The textures of wooden and stone pressure plates have now been changed.
1.3.112w21aA stone pressure plate now generates in desert temples.
12w23aWooden pressure plates can now be activated by arrows.
November 2?, 2012Weighted pressure plates announced at minecon 2012. It was mentioned that they would, in addition to the functions actually given to them upon introduction, also be able to detect how full a minecart with chest is, functionality that was instead given to the detector rail and redstone comparator.
1.513w01a32px 32px Added weighted pressure plates.
Weighted pressure plates have thick inventory models.
1.7.213w36aThe output strength of weighted pressure plates has now been rescaled.
All entities are now allowed to trigger weighted pressure plates.
1.8?Pressure plates now have unique item names.[1]
1.915w31a32px 32px 32px 32px The inventory and item appearances have now been made thinner and closer down.
15w43aNon-stone pressure plates have now been given a different, more high-pitched activation sound, so that they no longer match the sound of stone pressure plates.
15w46aMobs no longer spawn on pressure plates.
1.1317w47aThe oak pressure plate ID has now been changed from wooden_pressure_plate to oak_pressure_plate.
32px 32px 32px 32px 32px Pressure plates now come in all six types of wood.
"Wooden Pressure Plate" has now been renamed to "<wood type> Pressure Plate".
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 70, 72, 147 and 148.
18w20a"Weighted Pressure Plate (Heavy)" has now been renamed to "Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate".
"Weighted Pressure Plate (Light)" has now been renamed to "Light Weighted Pressure Plate".
1.1418w43a32px The texture of stone pressure plates has now been changed.
32px 32px 32px 32px 32px 32px The textures of wooden pressure plates have now been changed.
Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate JE2 BE2.png 32px The textures of weighted pressure plates have now been changed.
18w44aStone Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.png The texture of stone pressure plates has now been changed.
18w47aOak Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.png Birch Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png 32px Jungle Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Acacia Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Dark Oak Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Light Weighted Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png The textures of wooden and golden pressure plates have now been changed.
18w50aSpruce Pressure Plate JE4 BE2.png The texture of spruce pressure plates has now been changed.
19w12bPressure plates and Weighted pressure plates can now be placed on glass, ice, glowstone and the sea lantern.
1.14.3pre3Pressure plates can now be placed on iron bars and glass panes.
1.1620w06aCrimson Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.png Warped Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.png Added crimson and warped pressure plates.
20w15a32px Added polished blackstone pressure plate.
20w16aLight weighted pressure plates now generate in ruined portal chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0build 132px 32px 32px 32px Added pressure plates and weighted pressure plates.
Stone pressure plates are used to craft detector rails.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.232px 32px 32px 32px 32px Pressure plates now come in all six types of wood.
Water can now be placed in the same block as pressure plates.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Stone Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.png The texture of stone pressure plates has now been changed.
Oak Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.png Birch Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Spruce Pressure Plate JE4 BE2.png Jungle Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Acacia Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Dark Oak Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png The textures of wooden pressure plates have now been changed.
Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate JE2 BE2.png Light Weighted Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png The textures of weighted pressure plates have now been changed.
An oak, acacia, and spruce pressure plate generate in new villages.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Crimson Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.png Warped Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.png Added crimson and warped pressure plates.
beta 1.16.0.5732px Added polished blackstone pressure plate.
Light weighted pressure plates can now be found in ruined portal chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 132px 32px Added pressure plates.
TU5Pressure plates are now placeable on fences.
TU14 1.04 Wooden pressure plates can now be activated by arrows.
TU19CU7 1.12 32px 32px Added weighted pressure plates.
TU69CU57 1.76 Patch 3832px 32px 32px 32px 32px Pressure plates now come in all six types of wood.
1.90 Stone Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.png The texture of stone pressure plates has now been changed.
Oak Pressure Plate JE5 BE2.png Birch Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Spruce Pressure Plate JE4 BE2.png Jungle Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Acacia Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png Dark Oak Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png The textures of wooden pressure plates have now been changed.
Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate JE2 BE2.png Light Weighted Pressure Plate JE3 BE2.png The textures of weighted pressure plates have now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.032px 32px 32px 32px Added pressure plates.

Pre-1.7.2 requirements

Before Java Edition 1.7.2, weighted pressure plates could be activated only by drops, and they required larger quantities.

Required Entities for Weighted Pressure Plate Signal Strength
Signal
strength
Number of entities required
Gold plate Iron plate
(blocks)
Iron plate (stacks)
1 1–4 1–42 1 block–42 blocks
2 5–8 43–85 43 blocks–1 stack 21 blocks
3 9–12 86–128 1 stack 22 blocks–2 stacks
4 13–16 129–170 2 stacks 1 block–2 stacks 42 blocks
5 17–20 171–213 2 stacks 43 blocks–3 stacks 21 blocks
6 21–24 214–256 3 stacks 22 blocks–4 stacks
7 25–28 257–298 4 stacks 1 block–4 stacks 42 blocks
8 29–32 299–341 4 stacks 43 blocks–5 stacks 21 blocks
9 33–36 342–384 5 stacks 22 blocks–6 stacks
10 37–40 385–426 6 stacks 1 block–6 stacks 42 blocks
11 41–44 427–469 6 stacks 43 blocks–7 stacks 21 blocks
12 45–48 470–512 7 stacks 22 blocks–8 stacks
13 49–52 513–554 8 stacks 1 block–8 stacks 42 blocks
14 53–56 555–597 8 stacks 43 blocks–9 stacks 21 blocks
15 57+ 598+ 9 stacks 22 blocks+

Issues

Issues relating to "Pressure Plate" or "Weighted Pressure Plate" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

References