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Redstone Dust
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Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Let me tell you a little bit about my first redstone creation. I hadn't been playing very long, but I had amassed a huge farm of wheat, which I would harvest and replant any time about half the field had fully grown. This quickly became a pain. So I unleashed my engineering skills on the problem. EAT THAT, PROBLEM!

Duncan Geere[1]

Redstone dust[n 1] is a mineral that can transmit redstone power when placed as a block.


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 only cover part of the surface below, depending on the orientation of the redstone.

Redstone dust will also be removed and drop as an item if:

  • its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • water flows into its space
  • a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space

If lava flows into redstone dust's space, the redstone dust will be destroyed without dropping itself as an item.


Redstone can be crafted from blocks of redstone.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Redstone



Witches have a chance of dropping 0–6 redstone dust upon death. This is increased by 3 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-15 redstone dust.


A single redstone ore will yield 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 will be dropped with Fortune III).

Natural generation[edit]

15 lengths of redstone dust are naturally generated as part of the trap in each jungle pyramid. 5 lengths of redstone dust can be found in one type of jail cell room in a woodland mansion.

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.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 11.8% of stronghold altar chests and 15.2% of stronghold storeroom chests in stacks of 4–9.


Ingredients Smelting recipe
Redstone Ore +
Any fuel


Novice-level cleric villager sell 4 redstone dust for one emerald as part of their trade.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Novice-level cleric villagers will sell 2 redstone dust for one emerald.‌[Java Edition only]


Redstone dust is used for brewing, crafting, and in redstone circuits by placing it on the ground to create redstone wire.

Brewing ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe
Mundane Potion Redstone Dust +
Water Bottle

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

Decreases Level Redstone +
Potion of Harming II or
Potion of Healing II or
Potion of Leaping II or
Potion of Poison II or
Potion of Regeneration II or
Potion of Strength II or
Potion of Swiftness II

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Block of Redstone Redstone Dust

Clock Gold Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Compass Iron Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Detector Rail Iron Ingot +
Stone Pressure Plate +
Redstone Dust
Dispenser Cobblestone +
Bow or
Damaged Bow +
Redstone Dust

The bow must be undamaged.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]
Enchantments on the bow do not affect the resulting dispenser.
Dropper Cobblestone +
Redstone Dust

Note Block Any Planks +
Redstone Dust

Observer Cobblestone +
Redstone Dust +
Nether Quartz

Piston Any Planks +
Cobblestone +
Iron Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Powered Rail Gold Ingot +
Stick +
Redstone Dust
Redstone Lamp Redstone Dust +

Redstone Repeater Redstone Torch +
Redstone Dust +
Any Stone

[Legacy Console Edition only]
Redstone Repeater Redstone Torch +
Redstone Dust +

Redstone Torch Redstone Dust +

Redstone component[edit]

When placed in the world, redstone dust becomes a block of "redstone wire", which can transmit redstone power.


Examples of redstone wire configuration. Top Left: Redstone wire will connect diagonally vertically through non-opaque blocks. Top Right: Redstone wire will not connect diagonally vertically through opaque blocks. Center: Redstone wire gets darker as its power level drops, to a maximum of 15 blocks from a power source.
Redstone dust can be placed on opaque blocks as well as glowstone, upside-down slabs and upside-down stairs, and hoppers. In Bedrock and Java editions, it can also be placed on some transparent blocks. See Opacity/Placement for more information.
Redstone wire will configure itself to point towards adjacent redstone power components and transmission component connection points. Redstone wire will also configure itself to point towards 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 will configure 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 will point at them, forming a line, an "elbow", a "T", or a cross. If there are no such adjacent redstone components, redstone wire will configure 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.
Redstone wire will‌[Bedrock Edition only] or will not‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only] automatically configure itself to point towards adjacent blocks or mechanism components. 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 will 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.


However, the signal can never go down from slabs.
In Bedrock Edition, the signal can go down through transparent blocks.

Redstone wire can transmit power, which can be used to operate mechanism components (doors, pistons, redstone lamps, etc.).
Redstone wire can be "powered" by a number of methods:
  • 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 which 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.
Redstone wire can transmit power up to 15 blocks.
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 will "weakly"-power the block. A weakly-powered block will not power other adjacent redstone wire, but will still power redstone repeaters and comparators and activate adjacent mechanism components. Transparent blocks cannot be powered.
When redstone wire is unpowered, it will appear dark red. When powered, it will turn bright red at power level 15, fading to darker shades the lower the power gets. Powered redstone wire also produces "reddust" particles of the same color.

Data values[edit]


Redstone Dust Namespaced ID Numeric ID‌[BE only]
Block redstone_wire 55
Item redstone 331

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, redstone wire uses the following data values:

Bits Values
A four-bit field storing a value from 0 to 15 specifying the redstone dust's current redstone power level.

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The way redstone dust connects to the east, side can also mean down.
The way redstone dust connects to the north, side can also mean down.
The redstone dust's current power level.
The way redstone dust connects to the south, side can also mean down.
The way redstone dust connects to the west, side can also mean down.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Dispense With ThisConstruct a Dispenser.YesPS3YesYes20GSilver
PS4, PSVitaBronze



May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding wire-type blocks.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Added "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_01Red ore dust now won't connect through solid blocks diagonally down.[needs testing]
Redstone Dust Revision 1.png Changed Red dust texture.[needs testing]
Walking on Red ore dust no longer breaks it.[needs testing]
Red ore dust now gives off particles.[needs testing]
v1.0.4Renamed to Redstone.
In this version or prior, added redstone to dungeon chests.
v1.1.0Redstone is now used to craft compasses.
v1.2.0?Redstone is now used to craft clocks.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Redstone is now used to craft dispensers and note blocks.
1.3Redstone dust will get 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.
1.5Redstone dust can be placed on snow.
Redstone is now used to craft powered rails and detector rails.
1.6.6Changed the material of glowstone from "glass" to "stone", allowing redstone dust to be placed on it.
1.7Redstone dust now will connect to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.
Redstone is now used to craft pistons.
1.8Pre-releaseRedstone can be found in the new stronghold storeroom chests, and in the new abandoned mineshaft chests.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Redstone can now be brewed in a water bottle to create a mundane potion.
It can now be found in the new stronghold altar chests.
It now extends the potions of Fire Resistance, Slowness, Swiftness, Poison, Weakness and Strength.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Redstone now extends the new potion of Regeneration.
RC1Changed redstone dust placement on one block from a "+" to a "•" shape.
1.2.112w07aRedstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.
1.3.112w21aRedstone can now be bought from priest villagers, at 2–4 redstone for 1 emerald.
12w22aRedstone dust now generates in jungle temples.
12w25aRedstone dust can now be placed on top of upside-down slabs and stairs.
1.4.212w34aRedstone now extends the new potions of Night Vision and Invisibility.
12w38aWitches are added. They sometimes drop redstone when killed.
1.513w01aRedstone is now used to craft blocks of redstone and droppers.
1.7.213w36aRedstone now extends the new potion of Water Breathing.
13w37aThe item form of block ID 55 (redstone wire) was removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.814w02aTrading changed: cleric villagers now sell 1–4 redstone for 1 emerald.
14w25aRedstone dust no longer changes to obsidian when lava flows into it.
14w27aRedstone now extends the new potion of Leaping.
1.915w31aRedstone can no longer be added to extended potions or tier-II potions.
15w44aCut average yield from dungeon chests by more than half, and increased yield from mineshaft chests.
15w46aThe hitbox now only covers part of the surface of the block below, based on the orientation of the redstone.
1.1116w39aRedstone dust can now be found in woodland mansions.
Redstone is now used to craft observers.
1.1317w47aRenamed the item to redstone wire.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 55, and the item's 331.
17w48aRenamed again to redstone dust.
18w07aRedstone now extends the new potion of the Turtle Master.
1.1418w43aRedstone Dust.png Changed the texture of redstone dust.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0build 2Redstone Dust Revision 1.png 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.
0.11.0build 1Redstone is now used to craft redstone blocks.
0.12.1build 1Added redstone to the creative inventory.
0.13.0build 1Redstone dust can now be placed.
Redstone is now used to craft redstone lamps, note blocks, detector rails and redstone torches.
0.14.0build 1Redstone is now used to craft dispensers and droppers.
0.15.0build 1Redstone is now used to craft pistons and observers.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha villager sell 1-4 redstone dust for an emerald.
1.1.0alpha dust can now be found in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Dust.png Changed the texture of redstone dust.
1.11.0beta dust can be found in desert village temple chest.
beta villager now sell 4 redstone dust as part of their first tier trade.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Redstone Dust Revision 1.png Added redstone.
TU3Redstone dust now will connect to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Redstone Dust Revision 1.png Added Redstone Dust.


Issues relating to "Redstone", "Redstone dust", or "Redstone wire" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  1. Known as Redstone Dust in Java Edition and Redstone in Bedrock and Legacy Console editions.


  1. "Block of the Week: Redstone" –, March 2, 2018