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For other redstone-related objects found in Minecraft, see Redstone (disambiguation).
Redstone Ore
Redstone Ore
First Appearance Alpha 1.0.1 (Computer)
0.1.0 (Pocket Edition)
Type of Block Ore
Tool Used IPickaxegraphic
Data Values Hex: 49
Dec:
73
Stackable?
Yes
(64)
Obeys Physics?
No
Luminosity
Yes
Transparency
No
Redstone Ore is a type of ore that is found 16 or less levels above bedrock. It drops redstone dust when mined, and it can be crafted into redstone-related mechanisms. If it is hit with anything or walked on, it will begin to glow and will light a small area.

Trivia

  • It can be smelted to give one redstone dust; however, this is inefficient as it requires Silk Touch, yields very little XP, and will not give more than one redstone per ore.
  • When added to the game, all Redstone-related blocks had no official name. In 1.0.4, July 9, 2010, the name Redstone was given by Notch after demands from the community.
  • One may only obtain Redstone Ore as a block through Silk Touch enchanted tools, cheats/hacks, or creative mode.
    • It is best to mine the Redstone Ore instead of using Silk Touch because when smelting it, it gives only one piece of Redstone, but when mined directly, it drops 1-4 pieces.
  • Lit Redstone Ore is defined as a separate block in the source code.
  • For beginner Minecraft players, Redstone Ore might be mistaken for Rubies.
  • There is a glitch, that when dug with a Silk Touch pick, a redstone ore is obtained that is unstackable. Placing it and destroying it with Silk Touch again fixes that glitch.
  • Redstone can essentially be determined to represent copper, but contains a more red hue in Minecraft than it is in real life. It also has a powdery texture. However, both objects take the same basic function, conducting power.
  • Redstone ore can be mined using an iron pickaxe or better. It cannot be mined with a wooden or stone pickaxe. Although it can be destroyed by them, it will not yield anything.
  • Redstone is used to make many items that cannot be made with other materials because it is a good conductor of electricity. A useful thing to make on survival mode would be a compass and/or map, as it can be used to venture from the player's home and can help players easily find their way back.
  • If the player touches redstone ore, it will glow.
  • When hooked up to a BUD switch, it makes a useful pressure plate, in a similar way to String.

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