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A weighted pressure plate is a block that can be used to measure the number of entities on it.

There are two versions of the weighted pressure plate: the light weighted pressure plate (aka "gold plate": 16px) and the heavy weighted pressure plate (aka "iron plate": 16px). The only difference between the two are the number of entities required to produce specific signal strengths.


A weighted pressure plate can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing.

Block Weighted Pressure Plate
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 2.5
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

A weighted pressure plate will also be removed and drop itself as an item:

  • if its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Weighted Pressure Plate (Heavy) Iron Ingot
Weighted Pressure Plate (Light) Gold Ingot


See also: Redstone circuit

A weighted pressure plate can be used to measure the number of entities on it.

Required Entities for Weighted Pressure Plate Signal Strength
0 0 0
1 1 1–10
2 2 11-20
3 3 21-30
4 4 31-40
5 5 41-50
6 6 51-60
7 7 61-70
8 8 71-80
9 9 81-90
10 10 91-100
11 11 101-110
12 12 111-120
13 13 121-130
14 14 131-140
15 15+ 141+
To place a weighted pressure plate, use the Place Block control while aiming at the face of a block adjacent to the destination space.
A weighted pressure plate can be attached to:
  • the top of any full solid opaque block (stone, dirt, blocks of gold, etc.), and some solid transparent blocks like glass and glowstone, including full-block mechanism components (command blocks, dispensers, droppers, note blocks, and redstone lamps)
  • the top of a hopper, fence, nether brick fence, an upper slab, or upside-down stairs.
A weighted pressure plate cannot be attached to the side or bottom of any block, but attempting to make such an attachment may cause the plate to attach to the top of a block under the destination space. For example, if a fence is on the ground, attempting to attach a plate to the side of the fence will cause the plate to be attached to the top of the ground next to the fence instead.
A weighted pressure plate activates when an entity is on top of it (specifically, when the entity's collision mask intersects the bottom quarter-block of the weighted pressure plate's space, which may include entities flying close to the ground) and deactivates 5 redstone ticks (0.5 seconds, barring lag) after no entities are on top of it, with a minimum activation time of 10 redstone ticks (1 second, barring lag).[Verify]
A minecart traveling on rails will activate a weighted pressure plate next to a diagonal track but not one next to a straight track.
While active, a weighted pressure plate:
  • powers adjacent redstone dust, or adjacent redstone comparators facing away from the plate, to a power level proportional to the number of entities on the plate (see table, right)
  • strongly powers a full solid opaque block beneath the weighted pressure plate to a power level proportional to the number of entities on the plate (see table, right)
  • powers adjacent redstone repeaters facing away from the weighted pressure plate to power level 15
  • activates adjacent mechanism components, including above or below, such as pistons, redstone lamps, etc.
An item stack counts as a single entity, no matter how many items are in the stack. When multiple items of the same type fall on a weighted pressure plate, they may initially be separate item entities and the weighted pressure plate will count them separately, but if they then collapse into a single item stack entity the signal strength from the weighted pressure plate may go down.

Water and lava will flow around a weighted pressure plate without affecting it.

Weighted pressure plates are not solid (they are not a barrier to entity movement). A block under a weighted pressure plate can provide a solid surface underneath it (for mobs to walk across, items to fall on, etc.), but when a weighted pressure plate is placed on a block with a small collision mask, such as a fence or nether brick fence, it is possible for entities to move through the plate while still activating it (walking through it horizontally, or falling through it vertically). Thus, a weighted pressure plate on a fence can be used to detect entities without stopping them (more compactly than a tripwire circuit).

Weighted pressure plates are 0.0625 blocks high (116 of a block) when inactive and 0.03125 block high (132 of a block) when active, but because they are not solid they do not affect the position of entities "on top" of them (for example, a player on top of a weighted pressure plate is actually standing on the block beneath it).

Data values[]

A weighted pressure plate is defined by its ID and block data. A weighted pressure plate also has a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.


A weighted pressure plate's ID specifies what type of weighted pressure plate it is.

Name ID Name Block ID
Weighted Pressure Plate (Heavy) minecraft:heavy_weighted_pressure_plate 148
Weighted Pressure Plate (Light) minecraft:light_weighted_pressure_plate 147

Block data[]

See also: Data values

A weighted pressure plate's block data stores its power level:

Bits Values
A four-bit field storing a value from 0 to 15 representing the weighted pressure plate's current redstone power level.

Block state[]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
 power0—15Specifies the redstone power level currently being produced by the weighted pressure plate.



Official release
1.513w01aΑρχείο:Grid Light Weighted Pressure Plate pre 1.9.pngΑρχείο:Grid Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate pre 1.9.png Added weighted pressure plates.
1.7.213w36aRescaled output strength of weighted pressure plates.
Allowed all entities to trigger weighted pressure plates.
1.915w31aΑρχείο:Grid Light Weighted Pressure Plate pre 1.9.pngΑρχείο:Grid Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate pre 1.9.png Now have a slightly flatter look in the inventory.
15w43aWeighted pressure plates are given a different, more high-pitched activation sound, so that they no longer match the sound of stone pressure plates.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0build 1Added weighted pressure plates.
Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Added weighted pressure plates.

Pre-1.7.2 requirements[]

Required Entities for Weighted Pressure Plate Signal Strength
Gold plate Iron plate
Iron plate (stacks)
1 1–4 1–42 1 block–42 blocks
2 5–8 43–85 43 blocks–1 stack 21 blocks
3 9–12 86–128 1 stack 22 blocks–2 stacks
4 13–16 129–170 2 stacks 1 block–2 stacks 42 blocks
5 17–20 171–213 2 stacks 43 blocks–3 stacks 21 blocks
6 21–24 214–256 3 stacks 22 blocks–4 stacks
7 25–28 257–298 4 stacks 1 block–4 stacks 42 blocks
8 29–32 299–341 4 stacks 43 blocks–5 stacks 21 blocks
9 33–36 342–384 5 stacks 22 blocks–6 stacks
10 37–40 385–426 6 stacks 1 block–6 stacks 42 blocks
11 41–44 427–469 6 stacks 43 blocks–7 stacks 21 blocks
12 45–48 470–512 7 stacks 22 blocks–8 stacks
13 49–52 513–554 8 stacks 1 block–8 stacks 42 blocks
14 53–56 555–597 8 stacks 43 blocks–9 stacks 21 blocks
15 57+ 598+ 9 stacks 22 blocks+


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