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Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 18-05-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-02-2019 / 20:29 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 19-05-2019 / 09:12 GMT

Minecraft Guide

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Redstone Application

How to Create Redstone Circuits

When it comes time to get truly creative in Minecraft you’ll need to look into the Redstone Circuit. Want to tie a button to a door? Redstone. Want to create a trapdoor? Redstone. Elevator? Tricky but yes, Redstone.

So how does one go about making a circuit? Were you awake during science classes at school? Because that knowledge might come in handy now.

The basic components of a Redstone Circuit are as follows:

  • A Power Source
  • A Line of Redstone
  • A Gadget
So put simply, you'll place a power source (Block of Redstone, Button, Switch, Pressure Plate, Trap Chest, Redstone Torch etc.) and you'll place a gadget (Door, Gate, Note block, Piston, Trap Door etxc.) and you will then link these two items via a Redstone line, or wire.

A basic Redstone Circuit (lever, wire, trapdoor) that could be effectively camouflaged with a wall placed block over the wire that is connected to the trap.

Where the Wire can sit to accept and pass on a current is a trick that is best learned through experimentation. Rules of thumb; An input will pass a signal to the block below and to its immediately adjacent blocks. A gadget will accept a signal from a wire pointing at it or pointing at the block the gadget is sitting upon. A wire will transfer a minor current to adjacent squares even if it is sitting horizontally to the gadget. The only way to 'send' current vertically is via Redstone Torch. Experiment, you’ll get it.

There are untold depths to creating circuits. Redstone Repeaters and Comparators provide two distinct ways to boost signals and create delays in the transition, for instance, and through clever use of items like this you can even make working clocks within the world of Minecraft!

Redstone Circuitry - Video Explanation


Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Microsoft Game Studios
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    18 May 2013
  • Last Updated
    12 February 2019
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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