Mastering Redstone: Advanced Contraptions


Learning about Redstone in Minecraft is a learning curve for all players, some players never really get into it and others are the people creating Minecraft inside Minecraft without giant Redstone computers. In this blog, we will explore the basics of Redstone to help you on your way to building any automated farm or super computer inside Minecraft.

As a game server host, we understand the toll giant Redstone contraptions can actually have on your server performance. However, we know UltraServers can be the perfect choice for such experiments, as our testing shows our severs can run just as smoothly as usual with hundreds of Redstone inventions on the server.

The Basics

To begin with, it helps to learn all the different Redstone components and what they actually do. Each piece of Redstone plays a different role in making your inventions work. You can read in depth about Redstone components on the Minecraft Wiki but, here is a rundown of how each component can be used and utilized:

Redstone dust: Redstone dust is the main “wire” of all contraptions. It is used by placing it on the ground and connecting it to and between other Redstone items.

Redstone repeater: Redstone repeaters can be used to extended Redstone dust signal length, by default Redstone dust only reaches 15 blocks. For every 1 repeater you place, you extend the connection for 15 blocks.

Redstone torch: A Redstone torch powers circuits (horizontally and vertically), and can invert signals.

Observers: An observer can be placed anywhere and can face in any direction, including up or down. When placed, the side that detects block changes is the face, it even looks like a face, so it’s easy to tell! It gives off a Redstone pulse when the face detects block updates.

Redstone comparator: A Redstone comparator is used to compare or subtract two signals, or to measure how full a container is. A Redstone comparator is marked with an arrow that points toward its front. The comparator takes a signal from its back as its input, and outputs a signal to the block in front of it.

Lever: A lever is used to switch circuits on or off, or to permanently power a block. A lever can be attached to any part of most opaque blocks, levers are a good choice of switch as they can be switched on and off very quickly as well as being left on or off until changed.

Redstone Creations

There are a lot of Redstone creations you can make, from automatic farms to sliding door or even auto smelters. If you are a beginner of Redstone, here are some things you can try making for the first time:

Automatic sugar cane farm: You can create an automatic sugarcane farm with only a few blocks. You will need 1 Observer, 1 Redstone repeater, 15 pistons, 17 Redstone dust, 15 hoppers and 1 water bucket. Here is an example image:

Automatic smelter: To make an automatic smelter, you will need lots of furnaces, lots of fuel for the furnaces, hoppers and chests. You will need to have an input chest for your smelter with a hopper leading into the furnace as well as an output chest. In its simplest form, an auto smelter can look like this:


There you have our run-down of Redstone in Minecraft and some farms you can try to get started! These farms are definitely worth a try on UltraServers, so you can experience smooth gameplay regardless of how complicated your Redstone becomes. To start your journey at UltraServers you can sign up here for free, during alpha phase!

Now that you have learned all about Redstone components and have seen some easy beginner farms, you’re sure to go far and become a master of Redstone, thanks for reading, and we hope you return to read again!