Redstone Tutorial for Minecraft: What Can Redstone Be Used For?
More Than Just a Red Stone...
Redstone is a hidden gem in the Minecraft world. Its possibilities are endless, and everyday people are finding new and amazing ways to use redstone. One player even posted a video on YouTube of a working Mac PC keyboard using redstone circuits through the computers mainframe.
How cool is that?
Now in reality, no one's expecting to have that much free time and for the most part, you'll be using redstone for simpler things like torches and traps. For now, I'll give you some cool things that redstone can do, and how to make some items powered by it. Here we go!
1. Sliding Door
Yes, you read that right. Sliding doors are possible in Minecraft. Redstone can be used to power pistons that will move blocks aside either by using a lever or pressure plates. Look at the picture below.
Here's what you need to create sliding redstone doors:
- Sticky Pistons
- Blocks of your choice
- Redstone dust
- Pressure plates or lever
Place pistons on their side, so that when they are activated, they will push the blocks aside, just like a sliding door. Like in the picture, wire the redstone behind the piston and circuit it to where you want it to be activated at. In this picture, the door will be activated by pressure plates. The player here used redstone torches, however, I recommend not using redstone torches. Instead, I suggest you use redstone dust to power the entire thing. Wire the redstone back to a pressure plate or lever, and take care to hide the evidence. For instance, in the photo above, by placing blocks in front of the pistons, you can hide the ugly schematics for your contraption, so that when it is completed, the only thing that will be seen is your golden door powered by plates.
2. Redstone Lamps
Everyone needs lighting. In Minecraft, lights is what keeps enemies away and also what keeps them from spawning in your house. So how can redstone light your house? Well, by redstone lamps of course!
Redstone lamps will go off once redstone dust or a redstone torch is placed beneath it. A redstone torch will keep the lamp lit indefinitely, but if you wish to control when the lamp goes on, wire redstone dust underneath it and lead it back to a pressure plate, lever, or button.
In a world I recently created, I constructed a glass sphere from glass blocks and placed redstone lamps inside and powered them all so that the sphere lit up! And the best part? I controlled the lighting of the entire sphere via a lever. It took me a while, but it is definitely possible.
3. A Working Elevator
Yes, redstone can be used to create a working elevator. Don't believe me? Check out this video below. The instructions are too complex to simply write in a Hub, so this video tutorial will give you all the detail you need to start constructing your own working elevator!
Zipper Elevator Tutorial (Compact)
Traps are common in Minecraft. Whether it be to catch unwary zombies off their guard, or to protect a chest full of diamonds from plundering thieves, redstone can power the traps that do just that.
A few of these examples include:
Redstone can be used to power pressure plates that, when stepped on, will trigger dispensers to shoot arrows at unsuspecting victims. A good idea in protecting hard-earned loot.
You can create a ledge with a single block walkway. A pressure plate can be placed on the ground, powered by redstone. Once the redstone is activated, a piston can push an unsuspecting victim off the ledge, causing them to fall to their death.
Pistons can be used in the same way as the piston-pusher trap. However, instead of pushing someone into lava, a pressure plate can activate pistons above that can open and allow lava to drop, or even lock a player in a room with bedrock so they cannot break their way out, and then fill the room with lava. It's a harsh death, but hey, it's Minecraft.
Pistons can also be powered from up above, and once triggered via redstone, can close and allow gravel to fall on your victim and suffocate them
This trap is perfect for enemies that you don't want to come into your home. The design is quite complex, so for instructions, visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWWkCpm39jk
There are plenty of more traps available, it's all a matter of being creative and tinkering around with pistons and plates/levers/tripwires, etc. There are endless possibilities!
5. Hidden Staircase
This redstone powered contraption is the neatest. You can actually create a hidden staircase using pistons, and have it concealed to perfection so that it looks like plain old grass or sand. Check out this video below:
6. Hidden Platforms
Pistons can be hiding blocks underneath lava and be activated with a lever or button so that they push blocks up so that your character can jump across the lava safely via these elevated blocks.
Redstone possibilities are endless. It can be used for so many things, traps, hidden contraptions, and functioning appliances. By using a little creativity, you too can create amazing redstone ideas that you can put in your home or elsewhere. And if you recall earlier in this Hub, I mentioned the guy who made a working Mac PC out of redstone? Well you're in luck, because I've offered you the video so that you can see what it looks like. He does not, however, give you the instructions to make it (which I'm sure would take an eternity), but it's there just so you can see the power of redstone and what it can do!
Keep Minecrafting my friends, and stay tuned for more Hubs on this topic!