Talk:Redstone Ore

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Redstone Glow in 1.0.0[edit]

"If a player left or right clicks on, or an Entity moves or falls on Redstone ore, the block will emit level 9 light for 3 seconds."

Does it seem to glow much much longer for anyone else? Perhaps it's because I was in creative mode, but I stepped on a redstone ore block and it must have been glowing for at least a minute. Subignition 09:06, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

There's a contradiction on the page at the moment. The main part of the page says it glows for 3 seconds, the trivia part says 30 seconds. Which one is it? One should be removed, cause just correcting it and leaving them both there would be redundant. Hydraxan14 16:03, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
Tested on Creative, it seems to be quite random. I've seen the glow last anywhere from about 5 seconds to over 3 minutes. Might need someone to check the source code for an authoritative answer. - Orthotope 16:38, 12 January 2012 (UTC)


future uses?[edit]

i feel like there should be more uses for this, like maybe a timed powersource. I currently use it as a redsmoke generater for some of my creative builds, and i think they should have a way KEEP it on or toggle it. i think maybe having charged wiring on top of it might have done the trick, but im not sure.TheHoodedTeddy13 14:28, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Does it really emit light?[edit]

Does it actually emit light when struck, or just turn a brighter shade of red? -–The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cheeseyx (Talk|Contribs) 20:36, 6 July 2010. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

It actually emits light (4 squares worth) when struck. With the latest update, it makes small particle effects when struck, in addition to being the lighter shade of red. So, when first implemented, it made four squares of light, now it makes four squares of light and turns a brighter shade of red. -–The preceding unsigned comment was added by 99.159.20.67 (Talk|Contribs) 21:28, 6 July 2010. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

Location[edit]

Should mention that it is found near lava as well as adminium? or is that just speculation? --Zaneo 19:26, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

I'd say speculation. In my current save I have yet to chance upon any lava, but have found several veins of Redstone. It will probably often be found near bedrock/adminium, if only because it appears more frequently in the lower regions of maps. --Keris Rain 20:42, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
I found mine near lava, and I have yet to see adminium, so I'm betting it to be true -–Preceding unsigned comment was added by Phoenyx (Talk|Contribs) 00:49, 8 July 2010. Please sign your posts with ~~~~
I found my first vein not so deep, behind a vein of gold. Also, Phoenyx, to make a signature, you put 4(four) tildes(~ this things) in a row. --Demki 20:28, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

Seriously need a better picture for this article.[edit]

- –Preceding unsigned comment was added by 98.80.182.227 (Talk) 19:15, 14 July 2010. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Someone submitting a picture of redstone glowing would be a nice addition. --Funkadacious –The preceding undated comment was added on 01:38, 28 October 2010. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

I don't think it needs a picture at all except for the infobox --prettycoolguy (talk) 21:58, 26 November 2010 (CST)

Mining time[edit]

I was wondering if someone could find the mining time for Redstone Ore - I know it takes a while, but I don't know whether you have to time it or if it's somewhere in the code... If someone could do that, that would be great! Bigreader 20:56, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

It depends on what you mine it with. 7rmb7 22:17, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
5 seconds with an iron pickaxe Rocĸetor talk 05:53, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

Do creepers really drop redstone??![edit]

I was just wondering, but I saw an edit showing that you can also get redstone from creepers. Possibly it was simply a newbie who mistook it for gunpowder, or a something like that? Or, was there recently an update where charged creepers drop them? Sorry, but I just wanted to clear it up before I edited it out. Thanks! RageDolphin 22:31, 10 May 2011 (UTC)RageDolphin

I went ahead and just removed it. I believe it was trying to say a creeper explosion would break the ore block and produce dust. But honestly, it was just confusing and kind of unnecessary. --Warlock 22:43, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
Just to clarify charged creepers still drop 1-3 gunpowder. None more or less or anything else to a standard creeper. --Rocĸetor talk 21:40, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

Sometimes, when I kill Creepers in SMP I get no gunpowder, and I don't think I ever got 3 Gunpowder. Calinou - talk × contribs » 22:00, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

Redstone is a metal, it conducts[edit]

It can't be smelted, but it does conduct electricity, so should be counted as a metal --Furtimos –The preceding undated comment was added on 08:55, 22 October 2011. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

So salt water would be a metal, too? Because that also conducts electricity. (In the real world I mean. Not in Minecraft) --Gitterrost4 09:25, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes, since it's the sodium (metal) in the salt water which makes it conductive, pure water doesn't conduct --Furtimos
Graphite, a form of carbon, conducts electricity but it is not a metal. 81.141.22.133 17:13, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
You conduct electricity... 116.102.19.7 05:09, 18 November 2011 (UTC)
Sodium chloride makes water conductive. Sodium in sodium chloride is not a metal. Metals conduct in a completely different way from salts.--128.223.222.18 01:22, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Science time, based on how it reacts to current and its electrical properties redstone is most likely a chemical compound with zinc related elements in it. Based on the fact that it can generate current, also it likely has phosphorus in it too because it glows, and it could have a silicon component too but that's unlikely because that wouldn't be a single compound but a mix of different things.--98.111.219.231 01:40, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

This is assuming that Redstone energy is, in fact, electricity, and not some other energy type. Cobalt32 01:45, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Red ore?[edit]

Why is this being moved back to red ore? Ingame it is called redstone and this just messes up the wiki. Red ore was the old name before it was called redstone. --Captain_Clam 15:42, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

Move this page back to Redstone Ore. --Captain_Clam 15:52, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

Time it glows[edit]

Looking at the article Tick, block updates happen every 14 seconds on average for a particular block. Is this when the ore stops glowing? HotdogPi 00:51, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Redstone Ore Power[edit]

Redstone ore is incapable of providing power to any circuits, regardless of the circumstances. The only way to use redstone ore to produce a current is with a toggleable BUD switch. The section on the page about redstone ore should be removed or heavily updated. --Deathpiston32:6 22:48, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Naturally Created?[edit]

It says on the Blocks page that redstone ore is naturally created. It says nothing about this in the redstone ore page. I'm wondering if this is true, and if it is, under what conditions does it get created. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by 98.110.182.23 (Talk) 23:25, 1 May 2012. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

It's referring to the “glowing” redstone ore, which is created when redstone ore is exposed or hit. That's a bit confusing, as it's named the same and it usually happens due to a player action... I think I'll mention "glowing" there. —kpreid 00:44, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for clarifying that. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by 98.110.182.23 (Talk) 01:40, 2 May 2012. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Right Clicking with Food[edit]

really a completely unimportant glitch, when you look at a block of ore and right click to eat it will act as if you've hit the block. maybe you could use the excuse that it's just the food flying everywhere that activates it. it's nice just to see a funny glitch that doesn't ruin the game for once. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by 50.70.193.123 (Talk) 15:18, 10 May 2012. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Failed smelting[edit]

You know, i thought of something. If you bother to take the time to mine redstone or lapis ore with an enchanted pickaxe, then would it not make more sense for when smelting it would be a slightly larger amount than by mining regularly? I mean, think of it this way: When mining something, you lose some of the mineral you were mining because it is buried in some rocks. But if smelted and all the stone is removed then there would be no loss, which to minecraft terms, would count for instead of 4-5 redstone, more like a definite 6 or 8 redstone. Just saying. Trigger hurt 13:21, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

I can't mine redstone ores[edit]

In survival mode, with an iron pickaxe, I can't mine the ore. Why can't I? I use a kindle fire 2nd generation. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by Mack477 (talkcontribs) 03:49, 7 November 2013 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Right now, it isn't mineable in Pocket Edition. This is expected to change when 0.8.0 is released. -- Orthotopetalk 05:49, 7 November 2013 (UTC)