Redstone Dust

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Redstone Dust

Redstone Dust.png

Name:Redstone Dust
Type:Item, Non-solid
Physics:Requires supporting block
Found naturally:Yes

Redstone dust is a item obtained by mining redstone ore.


When broken, redstone dust drops itself. If there is no solid block beneath it, it will drop as an item.


When redstone ore is mined with an iron pickaxe or better, it drops 3-5 redstone dust.

Natural Generation

Redstone dust can be found in 21.8% of loot chests in stacks of 1-10.


Redstone dust can be placed on solid blocks.

Redstone Circuitry

Redstone dust can conduct redstone power, so when attached to a power source or powered block it will become "powered" and appear brighter. As a redstone wire becomes longer, the signal becomes weaker. After sixteen blocks, the signal will have ran out and the redstone dust there will no longer be powered. Two redstone torches can be used to repeat a signal. When a piece of redstone dust is powered, it can be used to turn on redstone related blocks such as wooden doors, redstone lamps, and pistons.

Crafting Ingredient

Empty Redstone dust
Empty Stick
Redstone torch

One piece of redstone dust is required in the recipe for a clock.

Empty Gold ingot Empty
Gold ingot Redstone dust Gold ingot
Empty Gold ingot Empty

The crafting recipe for a compass is very similar to that of a clock, but it requires iron ingots instead of gold.

Empty Iron ingot Empty
Iron ingot Redstone dust Iron ingot
Empty Iron ingot Empty


  • Redstone torches can be deactivated by redstone and lamps if placed really close.
  • Redstone can go downhill, but can not activate if placed at a diagonal if a block is in its path.
  • If lava touches redstone dust after it has been placed, the redstone dust will disappear.
  • You can create a repeating system using a variety of arrangements using redstone dust, redstone torches, or even sticky pistons.

See also