|Catches fire from lava||
See § Data values
See § Data values
|— Duncan Geere|
- 1 Natural generation
- 2 Obtaining
- 3 Usage
- 4 Sounds
- 5 Data values
- 6 Achievements
- 7 Video
- 8 History
- 9 Issues
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
Redstone dust can be obtained by mining or smelting redstone ore, destroying jungle temple traps, crafting it from blocks of redstone, killing witches, or by trading with villagers. It can also be found in chests that spawn in naturally generated structures.
Redstone dust can be broken instantly using any tool, or without a tool, and drops itself as an item. Its hitbox may cover only part of the surface below, depending on the orientation of the redstone.
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|
A single redstone ore yields 4–5 redstone when mined with an iron or diamond pickaxe. With the Fortune enchantment, additional redstone up to the enchantment level may be dropped (e.g. 0–3 extra are dropped with Fortune III).
Redstone dust can be found in 44.8% of village temple chests, 26.6% of dungeon chests, and 26.6% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–4; and in 12.1% of stronghold altar chests, 18.6% of stronghold storeroom chests, and 16.9% of chest minecarts in Mineshafts, all in stacks of 4–9.
|Redstone Ore +
In Java Edition, novice-level cleric villagers sell 2 redstone dust for one emerald.
Clerics may give players with the Hero of the Village effect redstone dust.
In Bedrock Edition, novice-level cleric villager sell 4 redstone dust for one emerald.
|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 +
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 and upside-down stairs, and hoppers. It can also be placed on some transparent blocks; see Opacity/Placement for more information.
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 directionless "dot",[Java and Legacy Console editions only] or a plus sign,[Bedrock Edition only] both of 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 and Legacy Console editions it does not. If such a configuration is desired, the other neighbors of the redstone wire must be arranged to create it.
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 exploited to create a kind of 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 and Legacy Console editions 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 "reddust" particles of the same color. Redstone wire cannot be seen from underneath.
|Sound||Subtitle||Namespaced ID||Subtitle ID||Source||Pitch||Volume||Attenuation distance|
||(Plays when fallen on from a height)||Blocks||0.75||0.5||16|
|Redstone Dust||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID[BE only]|
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)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Dispense With This||Construct a Dispenser.||Yes||PS3||Yes||Yes||20G||Silver|
|This page would benefit from the addition of isometric renders.|
Please remove this notice once you've added suitable isometric renders to the article. The specific instructions are: Redstone dust in v1.0.1.
|May 21, 2009||Notch shows interest in adding wire-type blocks.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.1||Added "Red Ore Dust" (item) and red ore dust (block).|
|Red ore dust in its item form is used to craft redstone torches.|
|v1.0.2_01||Red ore dust now doesn't connect through solid blocks diagonally down.|
|The texture of red ore dust has now been changed.|
|Walking on red ore dust no longer breaks it.|
|Red ore dust now gives off particles.|
|v1.0.4||"Red Ore Dust" has now been renamed to "Redstone".|
|In this version or prior, redstone has now been added to dungeon chests.|
|v1.1.0||Redstone is now used to craft compasses.|
|v1.2.0||?||Redstone is now used to craft clocks.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||Redstone is now used to craft dispensers and note blocks.|
|1.3||Redstone dust gets darker the farther away it is from a source of power. Previously, it was fully on until it reached its limit.|
|Redstone is now used to craft redstone repeaters.|
|1.5||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 abandoned 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.|
|RC1||Changed redstone dust placement on one block from a "+" to a "•" shape.|
|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 now 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 now been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.|
|1.8||14w02a||Trading has now been changed: cleric villagers now sell 1–4 redstone for 1 emerald.|
|14w25a||Redstone dust no longer changes to obsidian when lava flows into it.|
|14w27a||Redstone now extends the new potion of Leaping.|
|1.9||15w31a||Redstone can no longer be added to extended potions or tier-II potions.|
|15w44a||The average yield of redstone from dungeon chests has now been cut by more than half.|
|The average yield of redstone in mineshaft chests has now 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 now been renamed to "Redstone Wire".|
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 55, and the item's 331.|
|17w48a||"Redstone" has now been renamed again to "Redstone Dust".|
|18w07a||Redstone now extends the new potion of the Turtle Master.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of redstone dust has now been changed.|
|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 now 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 18.104.22.168||Cleric villagers now sell 1-4 redstone for an emerald.|
|1.1.0||alpha 22.214.171.124||Redstone can now be found in woodland mansions.|
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||The texture of redstone has now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Redstone can now be found in desert village temple chests.|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Cleric villagers now sell 4 redstone as part of their first tier trade.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 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 now 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.
- "Block of the Week: Redstone" – Minecraft.net, March 2, 2018
- "Microsoft plans ‘Redstone’ updates for Windows 10 in 2016" by Tom Warren. The Verge, April 7, 2015.