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Redstone: 101 - The Basics

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Level 43 : Master Engineer
The Resource Pack I am using for these tutorials is Redstoner's Resource Pack, made by me!

I know there are so many of you out there that don't understand Redstone Circuitry and don't work with Redstone because of that exact reason. Well hopefully, I can be the one to help you guys understand and even learn how to work with Redstone.

Redstone can be absolutely expansive in the Minecraft world once you learn and how to utilize it. I wanted to do a tutorial of all of the Redstone blocks, and how they are used. This tutorial is for anyone; From beginner to advanced.

I will do my best to make sure I cover every single block and explain what it does, and how it works. This tutorial covers the basics. Check out my other Redstone: 101 tutorial blogs to learn more advanced Redstone.

Redstone Dust

We'll begin with the basic Redstone component: Redstone Dust.

Redstone Dust by default is unpowered. It will not power anything unless it is connected to a power source. Power source blocks are explained further down in the blog.

Analogy: Think of Redstone Dust as a wire. You can plug your phone charger wire into the charger block and the other end of the wire into your phone, but your phone isn't charging. Why not? Because it isn't plugged into a power source (the outlet on the wall).

Redstone: 101 - The Basics

Power Blocks

Now, let's talk about power source blocks.

The Redstone Block by default is always powered. The Redstone Block has a power of 15 units. This means it can power up to 15 blocks north, south, west, and east as well as upwards and downwards.

The same goes for Redstone Torch, except the torch cannot power anything below. It can only power up blocks that are north, south, west, east, and above the torch.

If you were to place down 15 Redstone Dust that is connected to the Redstone Block/Torch, each of that dust will be powered up. Every block further away from the Redstone Block/Torch itself will lose 1 unit of power of strength.

Analogy: In order to charge your phone, the charging block needs to be plugged into the wall outlet, right? Think of these components as the wall outlet, or the light switch in your room, even the doorbell in front of your house.

Redstone: 101 - The Basics
More Examples of Power Blocks
Redstone: 101 - The Basics

Other Power Blocks

There are several other power source blocks you can use to power up your Redstone projects. Levers, Buttons, and Pressure Plates work as a power source block, and also have a power output of 15 units. The only exception to those blocks is that they aren't an infinite power source like the Redstone Block and Redstone Torch.

  • Levers - Levers work the same way light switches do.
  • Buttons - Buttons work the same way doorbells do.
  • Pressure Plates - Pressure Plates work the same way Buttons do, except you walk on them instead of pressing them with your hand. Please note Mobs can walk on Pressure Plates too.

Examples of Levers, Buttons, and Pressure Plates


Pressure Plates

Redstone Repeater

Repeaters are amazing if you need to extend your Redstone power to further distances, and are also useful to adding delay in transmitting power.

If you add the Repeater to the 16th block after the Redstone Dust, it will extend 15 more power units further. This is great if you're making something that is large or long/tall.

Let's say you want your Redstone door to open with an added delay to it; this is where ticks on the repeaters come into play. There are four ticks on the repeater, the higher the tick, the higher the delay is. 1 tick, is pretty much no delay at all. As you increase the tick, you will notice an increase in the delay of the Redstone powering up your build.

Example Repeater Tick Images

I have made GIFs to show you what the Repeater does once you start upping the Ticks.
(please note that these GIFs are NOT in sync. Just watch the animation of each GIF a few times, you will see the difference in the Repeater lighting up, and the activation of the Piston.)

Check out my other Redstone tutorials to learn more!

Let me know if this was helpful or not. I'm open to feedback. :)
If I miss anything or explained something wrong, please let me know and I will update/correct the blog.

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08/10/2021 12:44 pm
Level 99 : Overlord Cake
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Ooooooo! Love your Redstone Blogs!! You should add all of them to a collection!
08/10/2021 1:16 pm
Level 43 : Master Engineer
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Thank you, and that's a good idea! I'll do it 😊
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