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Redstone in Minecraft

Redstone is an element that can be found in various forms across the Minecraft world. It is most commonly used as an ingredient in mechanical creations. It can be found in the Overworld and the Nether. Redstone can be found as either redstone ore or as redstone dust.


A unit of redstone dust (via screenshot)


How to get redstone?


Redstone can be generated as either ore blocks underground or as a loot item in chests across various naturally generated structures.


Mining

Redstone ore needs to be mined using an iron pickaxe. It drops 4 or 5 redstone dust (or more with the fortune enchantment, averaging 6 redstone dust with Fortune III). If mined with the silk touch enchantment, the block drops itself instead of redstone dust.


Redstone ore found in a cave (via screenshot)


Loot

Redstone dust can be found in loot chests in naturally generated structures such as villages, mineshafts, dungeons, woodland mansions, and strongholds. The chances of a unit of redstone dust spawning in the loot chests are 44%, 14%, 26%, 26.6%, and 15.3% respectively.


Redstone dust in a village loot chest (via screenshot)


Mobs such as witches have a slight chance of dropping 0-2 redstone dust upon death; these odds can be increased to 0-5 with the Looting III enchantment.


Natural Generation

Players can find 15 lengths of redstone dust that 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. In ancient cities, multiple pieces of redstone dust can be found integrated into the circuitry.


Trading

The player can also obtain redstone dust by trading with cleric villagers, who sell you two units of redstone dust for one emerald.


What is the use of redstone?


Redstone has a plethora of uses; it is most commonly used to craft redstone components such as redstone torches, repeaters, etc. Redstone dust can be placed directly on the ground to make a redstone wire which can be used to then form circuits and conduct redstone power. Redstone is an important ingredient for brewing potions as well.


Conclusion


Redstone is a very useful material in Minecraft that can be found deep underground. You can find it in caves or by digging. It’s relatively rare, and you can only dig it up with a pickaxe made of iron or a greater material. Using redstone, you can create lights, open doors, and build mechanical contraptions that can lift stones, raise bridges, or move water.


FAQs


Q. How to mine redstone?

A. You can mine redstone ore blocks with an iron pickaxe or better.


Q. What is a redstone block?

A. A redstone block is used as an efficient solution for storing redstone dust in a compact way.


Q. Will mobs drop redstone?

A. Yes, hostile mobs such as the witch have a small chance of dropping some redstone dust.


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