|Type of Block||Solid Block|
|Data Values||Hex: 8A|
The Beacon is an item added in the 1.4 update. Beacon Blocks, upon added to the top of a pyramid made of either iron, gold, diamond, and emerald blocks, can grant the player potion effects for eight seconds but will last indefinitely if the player is in range of the beacon. The Player will need to make a pyramid with the blocks above, but it is easier to build it top to bottom first place a 3x3 diamond, then make the same thing with emerald under it then make the edges bigger then the diamond, and repeat until The Player has a diamond, emerald, iron, and gold pyramid.
The blocks can be placed in any order but the bottom part of the pyramid will cost 81 blocks of the material chosen which is a very high price, This may want to be secured too, as griefers may steal all of the blocks and use them for thier own means.
Beacon Blocks can only function when they are added on the top of a pyramid, and when not being blocked by a solid block on top of the beacon. The GUI consists of a primary, and secondary effect selection screen, a material acceptance selection header, and the player's inventory. The player must place the material (iron ingot, gold ingot, diamond, or emerald) in the header to activate the effects. When the material is placed, the player is free to choose an effect located in the primary effect screen. Whenever the player is in-range of the pyramid, the player will receive the effect. The effect(s) last forever, as long as the player is in range.
- As of Minecraft 1.8 update you can color the light of a Beacon putting Stained Glass or Stained Glass Pane over it.
- Also, you can mix the colors (for example, if a red stained glass is placed over it, and then a blue one over that, the light will have a purplish color).