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Redstone (Minecraft)

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File:Redstone Dust Minecraft.png
Redstone Dust, from Minecraft
Plot element from Minecraft
First appearanceJuly 3, 2010
In-story information
FunctionLogic circuit construction, wire formation
Specific traits and abilitiesElectric

Redstone is a fictional material in the video game Minecraft, used within the game to construct logic circuits. It is the basis of Minecraft's rudimentary electricity mechanics, although it can be used in conjunction with other blocks in order to construct complex circuits. It was added into the game on July 3, 2010. It can be used to make primitive mechanical devices, electrical circuits, and logic gates, allowing for the construction of many complex systems.[1]


Markus Persson first mentioned the idea of adding Redstone wires to the game on May 21, 2010. He suggested wires that sent a pulse when a pulse was received[2]. He also suggested a pressure plate and some form of pulley system. Redstone was added to the game in an Alpha update on July 3, 2010, as part of a "Secret Update".[3] The original name for Redstone was "Red Ore Dust". The block gained functionality in the Beta versions of the game, where it was used to craft various blocks and to power circuits. Update 1.5, named the Redstone update, added a variety of Redstone mechanics, including Hoppers, Daylight Sensors, and Redstone Comparators.[4] Update 1.16 tweaked the placement of the Redstone wire, causing it to change state depending on the surrounding blocks[5].


Redstone can be found by mining its ore in caves. There are multiple uses for the material.[6] The dust can be placed to form wires, or used as a material to craft different blocks, which can be used in cirrcuits.[7][8] The most common applications include for use in mechanisms, electrics and illumination. More specifically, it can be used for traps, lighting, crafting, automatically operating farms, home defence and moving and storing items.[9][10][11] While Redstone is a specific block and item in Minecraft, it is used as an umbrella term to refer to all related blocks and circuits.[11]


Redstone has become a large subcommunity for Minecraft.[9]

In 2015, Microsoft codenamed its Windows 10 software updates "Redstone"[12]


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  2. "My list on tile types so far". The Word of Notch. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  3. "Seecret Friday update the third! OooooOOOoo!". The Word of Notch. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  4. "Minecraft Redstone Update hits March 13, pre-release out now". Engadget. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  5. "Minecraft's latest Java snapshot changes redstone wires a bit". Windows Central. May 1, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  6. "Minecraft: 15 Insanely Useful Redstone Contraptions". Game Rant. February 9, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  7. "Engineering with Redstone in Minecraft". dummies. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  8. "Minecraft: How to Make a Redstone Lamp". Twinfinite. August 4, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Getting started with Redstone in Minecraft". Minecraft Help Centre. Retrieved 2020-09-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Minecraft Redstone Tutorial: how to make your own mechanisms". PCGamesN. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "How to make a redstone repeater in Minecraft". Gamepur. July 17, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  12. Warren, Tom (2015-04-07). "Microsoft plans 'Redstone' updates for Windows 10 in 2016". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-09-14.

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