Minecraft 1.20 SkyBlock: Redstone Guide

In this blog, we're going to take a deep dive into the world of redstone, and how it can be used to transform your Minecraft SkyBlock experience.

SkyBlock Islands in Minecraft
SkyBlock Islands in Minecraft

What is Redstone?

Redstone is Minecraft's version of electrical circuits. It allows you to power devices, create automated systems, and really push the boundaries of what's possible in the game. In SkyBlock, though, things work a little differently. Resources are limited, and that means you'll need to make the most out of every bit of redstone you can get.

For starters, you'll need a redstone dust, which can be obtained from redstone ore. Remember, every bit of redstone counts, so be sure to store it carefully.

Sky Island in Minecraft
Sky Island in Minecraft

Redstone Items

  • Redstone Dust: It can be placed on the ground to create redstone wire, which will carry power from one place to another.
  • Redstone Torch: It can be used in circuits as a not-gate.
  • Redstone Block: Redstone blocks will activate adjacent redstone devices.
  • Redstone Repeater: Repeaters can extend your signal's reach, delay the signal, and lock signals. It's also a diode, allowing current to flow in only one direction.
  • Redstone Comparator: This clever device compares inputs and gives out a signal based on the results. Great for making more complex contraptions, like item sorters.
  • Pistons and Sticky Pistons: Push or pull blocks with these handy devices. Essential for creating moving contraptions like doors, traps, or elevators.
  • Observer: Observers detect block updates and emit a redstone pulse when one is detected. They're super helpful in automation setups like farming.
  • Dispenser and Dropper: Need to shoot arrows, dispense water or just move items around? These blocks are what you need.
  • Hopper: Hoppers are fantastic for item collection and sorting systems. They can also be used to create redstone signals with comparators.
  • Redstone Lamp: Need to light up your island? Redstone lamps are your go-to, providing a bright, pleasant light when powered.
Minecraft SkyBlock Server Island
Minecraft SkyBlock Server Island

Tips & Tricks

  • Always plan your build beforehand. Sketching out a blueprint can save you from lots of headaches down the line.
  • Remember, redstone signal can only travel 15 blocks. After that, you'll need a repeater to extend the signal.
  • Water and lava can destroy redstone. Make sure to keep them away from your systems.
  • Use repeaters, droppers and other redstone blocks to create efficient designs which don't lag out your island!
Small SkyBlock Minecraft
Small SkyBlock Minecraft

Starter Redstone Systems

  • Automatic Farms: By using a few bits of redstone, some pistons, and a timer, you can create an automated farm that will harvest crops for you. It's an efficient way to get the most out of your limited space and keep those resources rolling in!
  • Item Sorters: By creating an item sorter using redstone comparators and redstone repeaters, you can sort and store your items efficiently, saving you from the mess of unorganized chests.

Advanced Redstone Systems

  • Mob Grinders: Using redstone, you can create a mob grinder to farm those precious mob drops. The design involves pistons, dispensers, redstone clocks, and water currents. But the rewards are totally worth it!

  • Elevators: Forget those slow ladders, build a redstone elevator! Utilizing the power of slime blocks and pistons, you can zip up and down your SkyBlock 1.20 server base like a pro.

Redstone is an amazing tool that can turn your SkyBlock island from good to legendary. Whether you're creating automated farms, sorting your items, or just trying to keep those pesky mobs in check, redstone is your friend!