|Catches fire from lava||
- 1 Obtaining
- 2 Usage
- 3 Sounds
- 4 Data values
- 5 Achievements
- 6 Video
- 7 History
- 8 Issues
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
Redstone ore mined using an iron pickaxe or higher drops 4 or 5 redstone dust (or more with Fortune, averaging at 6 redstone dust with Fortune level 3). If mined with Silk Touch, the block drops itself rather than redstone dust.
Redstone dust can be broken instantly using any tool, or without a tool, and drops itself as an item.
Redstone dust is removed and drops as an item if:
- its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
- water or lava flows into its space
- a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space
Redstone can be crafted from blocks of redstone.
|Block of Redstone|
|Redstone Dust||Redstone Ore +
In Java Edition, novice-level cleric villagers sell two redstone dust for one emerald.
Clerics may give players with the Hero of the Village effect redstone dust.
In Bedrock Edition, novice-level cleric villagers sell four redstone dust for one emerald.
Redstone dust is used for brewing, crafting, and in redstone circuits by placing it on the ground to create redstone wire. It can also be used to make an elevator, or to power pistons and sticky pistons.
|Mundane Potion||Redstone Dust +
|Increased Duration||Redstone Dust +
Potion of Fire Resistance or
Potion of Invisibility or
Potion of Night Vision or
Potion of Poison or
Potion of Regeneration or
Potion of Slowness or
Potion of Strength or
Potion of Swiftness or
Potion of Water Breathing or
Potion of Weakness or
Potion of Leaping or
Potion of Slow Falling
|Block of Redstone||Redstone Dust|
|Clock||Gold Ingot +
|Compass||Iron Ingot +
|Detector Rail||Iron Ingot +
Stone Pressure Plate +
Damaged Bow +
|Enchantments on the bow do not affect the resulting dispenser.|
|Note Block||Any Planks +
Redstone Dust +
|Piston||Any Planks +
Iron Ingot +
|Powered Rail||Gold Ingot +
|Redstone Lamp||Redstone Dust +
|Redstone Repeater||Redstone Torch +
Redstone Dust +
|Redstone Torch||Redstone Dust +
|Target||Redstone Dust +
When placed in the world, redstone dust becomes a block of "redstone wire", which can transmit redstone power.
Redstone dust can be placed on opaque blocks as well as glowstone, upside-down slabs, glass, upside-down stairs, and hoppers. It can also be placed on some transparent blocks; see Opacity/Placement for more information. It cannot be placed suspended in midair, even with commands, which is not unintentional.
Redstone wire configures itself to point toward adjacent redstone power components and transmission component connection points. Redstone wire also configures itself to point toward adjacent redstone wire one block higher or lower – unless there is a solid opaque block above the lower redstone wire, or if the higher redstone wire is on a transparent block such as glowstone, an upside-down slab or stairs, or a hopper.
If there is only one such adjacent redstone component, redstone wire configures itself into a line pointing both at the neighbor and away from it. If there are two or more such adjacent redstone components, redstone wire connects them in the form of a line, an "elbow", a "T", or a cross as needed. If there are no such adjacent redstone components, redstone wire configures itself into a plus sign, which can provide power in all four directions.
In Bedrock Edition, redstone wire automatically configures itself to point toward adjacent blocks or mechanism components. In Java Edition, it does not. If such a configuration is desired, the other neighbors of the redstone wire must be arranged to create it, i.e the redstone dust must be placed in a way that it would be pointed at the block’s location even if it were not there.
When redstone wire is reconfigured after placement, it does not update other redstone components around it of the change unless that reconfiguration also includes a change in power level or another component provides an update. This can create situations where a mechanism component remains activated when it shouldn't, or vice versa, until it receives an update from something else – a "feature" of redstone wire that can be used to make a block update detector.
- from an adjacent power component or a strongly-powered block
- from the output of a redstone repeater or redstone comparator
- from adjacent redstone wire. The powering dust can be a level higher or lower, but with restrictions:
- Redstone dust can be powered by redstone dust that is one level lower, or on an opaque block one level higher. A transparent block cannot[Java Edition only] pass power downward.
- The block "between" the two dust blocks must be air or transparent. A solid block there "cuts" the connection between the higher and lower dust.
The "power level" of redstone dust can vary from 0 to 15. Most power components power-up adjacent redstone dust to power level 15, but a few (daylight sensors, trapped chests, and weighted pressure plates) may create a lower power level. Redstone repeaters output power level 15 (when turned on), but redstone comparators may output a lower power level.
Power level drops by 1 for every block of redstone wire it crosses. Thus, redstone wire can transmit power for no more than 15 blocks. To go further, the power level must be re-strengthened – typically with a redstone repeater.
Powered redstone wire on top of, or pointing at, an opaque block provides weak power to the block. A weakly-powered block cannot power other adjacent redstone wire, but can still power redstone repeaters and comparators, and activate adjacent mechanism components. Transparent blocks cannot be powered.
When redstone wire is unpowered, it appears dark red. When powered, it becomes bright red at power level 15, fading to darker shades with decreasing power. Powered redstone wire also produces "dust" particles of the same color.
Since Java Edition 1.16, while redstone wire always provides power to the directions it points into, it can still point into directions in which it cannot give power. If redstone wire comes in the from of a cross, the player can right-click to toggle it between a cross and dot. A redstone dot does not power anything adjacent to it, but powers the block under it.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|Sound||Source[upcoming: BE 1.16.200]||Description||Namespaced ID||Volume||Pitch|
|?||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||?||Jumping from the block||?||?|
|?||?||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Placing the block||?||0.8|
|Redstone Dust||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Redstone Dust||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
In Bedrock Edition, redstone wire uses the following data values:
|A four-bit field storing a value from 0 to 15 specifying the redstone dust's current redstone power level.|
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|east||The way redstone dust connects to the east, side can also mean down.|
|north||The way redstone dust connects to the north, side can also mean down.|
|power||The redstone dust's current power level.|
|south||The way redstone dust connects to the south, side can also mean down.|
|west||The way redstone dust connects to the west, side can also mean down.|
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|redstone_signal||The redstone dust's current power level.|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Dispense With This||Construct a Dispenser.||—||20G||Bronze|
|May 21, 2009||Notch shows interest in adding wire-type blocks.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.1||Added redstone dust as an item.|
Added redstone dust as a placed block.
|Redstone dust as a placed block has two power appearances; either completely on, or completely off.|
|The block form of redstone wiring, which is usually not obtainable, appears red in the inventory.|
|Redstone dust is used to craft redstone torches.|
|At this time, redstone has not been given an official name.|
|v1.0.2_01||Redstone dust now doesn't connect through solid blocks diagonally down.|
|The texture of redstone dust has been changed. Whether this is referring to the block or item is unknown.|
|Walking on redstone dust no longer breaks it.|
|Redstone dust now gives off particles.|
|v1.1.0||Redstone is now used to craft compasses.|
|v1.2.0||?||Redstone is now used to craft clocks.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.0||With the addition of inventory tooltips, the item form of redstone dust has been named "Redstone", and the usually unobtainable block form has been named "Redstone Dust".[is this the correct version?]|
|1.2||Redstone is now used to craft dispensers and note blocks.|
Redstone dust gets darker the farther away it is from a source of power, using a dedicated tint system. Previously, it was fully on until it reached its limit.
|Due to these changes, redstone dust appears gray or white in the inventory in block form, as do its particles.|
|Redstone is now used to craft redstone repeaters.|
Fully off redstone wire is no longer black.
|Redstone dust can now be placed on snow.|
|Redstone is now used to craft powered rails and detector rails.|
|1.6.6||Redstone dust now checks if the block below has a solid top face or glowstone, allowing it to be placed on it.|
|1.7||Redstone dust now connects to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.|
|Redstone can now be used to craft pistons.|
|1.8||Pre-release||Redstone can now be found in the new stronghold storeroom chests, and in the new mineshaft chests.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||Redstone can now be brewed in a water bottle to create a mundane potion.|
|Redstone can now be found in the new stronghold altar chests.|
|Redstone now extends the potions of Fire Resistance, Slowness, Swiftness, Poison, Weakness and Strength.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4||Redstone now extends the new potion of Regeneration.|
Redstone dust placement on one block has been changed from a "+" to a "•" shape.
|?||Redstone wire block particles are now correctly colored.|
|1.2.1||12w07a||Redstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Redstone can now be bought from priest villagers, at 2–4 redstone for 1 emerald.|
|12w22a||Redstone dust now generates in jungle temples.|
|12w25a||Redstone dust can now be placed on top of upside-down slabs and stairs.|
|1.4.2||12w34a||Redstone now extends the new potions of Night Vision and Invisibility.|
|12w38a||Witches are have been added, which sometimes drop redstone when killed.|
|1.5||13w01a||Redstone can now be used to craft blocks of redstone and droppers.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Redstone now extends the new potion of Water Breathing.|
|13w37a||The item form of block ID 55 (redstone wire) has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.|
|1.8||14w02a||Trading has been changed: cleric villagers now sell 1–4 redstone for 1 emerald.|
|14w25a||Redstone dust no longer changes to obsidian next to water when lava flows into it.|
|14w27a||Redstone now extends the new potion of Leaping.|
Some slight changes have been made to redstone wire's appearance - the dot now extends outwards with two more pixels, and the south-facing section of bends, T shapes and crosses now has one fewer pixel. It also appears straighter and more continuous in straight wire form.
|Redstone can no longer be added to extended potions or tier-II potions.|
|15w44a||The average yield of redstone from dungeon chests has been cut by more than half.|
|The average yield of redstone in mineshaft chests has been increased.|
|15w46a||The hitbox of redstone now covers only part of the surface of the block below, based on the orientation of the redstone.|
|1.11||16w39a||Redstone can now be found in woodland mansions.|
|Redstone can now used to craft observers.|
|1.13||17w47a||The item form of "Redstone" has been renamed to "Redstone Wire".|
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 55, and the item's 331.|
|17w48a||"Redstone" has been renamed to "Redstone Dust".|
|18w07a||Redstone now extends the new potion of the Turtle Master.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of redstone dust has been changed.|
|19w12b||Redstone dust can now be placed on glass, ice and sea lanterns.|
|1.16||20w06a||Redstone dust now has a bottom texture.|
|20w09a||Redstone can now be used to craft targets.|
|20w18a||Redstone dust placement on one block has been changed from a "•" back to a "+" shape.|
|Redstone dust's hitbox is now no longer strictly a cuboid, and more closely matches the shape of the wiring.|
|Upwards going redstone dust now has a hitbox on the side of the block too, rather than only on the floor.|
|Unconnected redstone dust now has all direction block states set to "side".|
|The direction block states of redstone dust are now properly set to "side" at the end of a redstone wire on both ends, rather than only the one with other redstone besides it.|
While not accessible in normal gameplay, redstone dust that points into one side, but not the opposite, now visually reaches halfway across the block.
|20w19a||Redstone dust now visually connects when going up soul sand, 8-layer snow stacks and the back side of upside-down stairs.|
|Particles are now generated across the length of the redstone wire rather than the center of the block.|
|20w21a||Redstone dust placement on one block is now toggleable between a "+" and a "•" shape, by interacting with it.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.8.0||build 2||Added redstone as an item.|
|Redstone is now dropped when mined from redstone ore.|
|Redstone can be used to craft compasses, clocks and powered rails.|
|0.11.0||build 1||Redstone is now used to craft redstone blocks.|
|0.12.1||build 1||Redstone has been added to the creative inventory.|
|0.13.0||build 1||Redstone can now be placed.|
|Redstone is now used to craft redstone lamps, note blocks, detector rails and redstone torches.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Redstone is now used to craft dispensers and droppers.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Redstone is now used to craft pistons and observers.|
|1.0.4||alpha 220.127.116.11||Cleric villagers now sell 1–4 redstone for an emerald.|
|1.1.0||alpha 18.104.22.168||Redstone can now be found in woodland mansions.|
|?||Placed redstone now assumes its current appearance with a more solid center.|
|1.10.0||beta 22.214.171.124||The texture of redstone has been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Redstone can now be found in desert village temple chests.|
|beta 188.8.131.52||Cleric villagers now sell 4 redstone as part of their first tier trade.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added redstone.|
|TU3||Redstone now connects to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.|
|1.90||The texture of redstone has been changed.|
|1.95||Redstone can now be placed on glass.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added redstone dust.|
- Five updates for Windows 10 released from 2016 to 2018 were codenamed "Redstone", referencing Minecraft.
- The block has 16 * 3^4 = 1296 possible block state combinations, the highest of all blocks as of 1.15.2.
- "Microsoft plans ‘Redstone’ updates for Windows 10 in 2016" by Tom Warren – The Verge, April 7, 2015.