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Redstone Update
Edition

Java Edition

Official name

Redstone Update

Released versions

This guide is a simplified overview of all the changes in the Redstone Update (Java Edition 1.5.x releases), which assumes at least some familiarity with the Pretty Scary Update (Java Edition 1.4.x releases).

Mobs[]

Changed[]

Name Image Changed
All mobs
  • Mobs no longer walk over rails unless they are pursuing the player
Skeletons Skeleton Revision 4.png
  • Now shoot from 15 blocks away, instead of 10
  • Now shoot faster when their target is close, depending on difficulty
Slimes Slime JE2 BE1.png
  • Slime spawn rates in swamps now depend on the current moon phase
Zombies Zombie JE2 BE1.png
  • Now group up on targets
  • They can now set players on fire when on fire themselves
  • Increased zombies attack damage
  • Increased player detection range

Blocks[]

New[]

Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Activator Rail Activator Rail (NS) JE1 BE1.pngPowered Activator Rail (NS) JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot +
Stick +
Redstone Torch
Pickaxe
  • Triggers players, if rail is powered.
  • Can be used to explode TNT Minecart.
Block of Redstone Block of Redstone JE2 BE2.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone

Pickaxe
  • Acts as a redstone power source
Daylight Sensor Daylight Detector JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Glass +
Nether Quartz +
Any wood Slab

Any
  • Produces redstone power only during the day.
Dropper Dropper (S) JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Cobblestone +
Redstone

Pickaxe
  • Item transport
Hopper Hopper (D) JE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot +
Chest

Pickaxe
  • Can be used to transfer items without the danger of them despawning
Redstone Comparator Redstone Comparator (S) JE2 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone Torch +
Nether Quartz +
Stone

Any
  • Compares redstone signals
Trapped Chest Trapped Chest.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Chest +
Tripwire Hook

Axe
  • Can be used for traps
Weighted pressure plate Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.png
Light Weighted Pressure Plate JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot

Pickaxe
  • More items on pressure plate increases the redstone signal.
    • Full signal strength is reached at 60 items
    • Full signal strength is reached at 600 items
Nether Quartz Ore Nether Quartz Ore JE1 BE1.png
  • Generates in any Nether biome.
Pickaxe (Drops Nether Quartz unless Silk Touch is used)
  • Drops nether quartz when mined.
Block of Quartz Block of Quartz JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Nether Quartz

Pickaxe
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Quartz Pillar Quartz Pillar (UD) JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Quartz
Pickaxe
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Chiseled Quartz Block Chiseled Quartz Block (UD) JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Quartz Slab

Pickaxe
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Quartz Slabs and Stairs Quartz Slab JE1 BE1.png

Quartz Stairs (N) JE2 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Quartz
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Quartz
Pickaxe
  • Can be used as decorative blocks

Changed[]

Name Image Changed
Beacon Beacon JE4 BE1.png
  • Increased effect radius from 16/24/32/40 blocks to 20/30/40/50 blocks
Brewing Stand, Chest, Detector Rail and Jukebox Brewing Stand (empty) JE1 BE1.pngChest (S) JE2 BE2.pngDetector Rail (NS) JE1 BE1.pngJukebox JE1 BE1.png
  • Now emit a redstone signal into an adjacent comparator. Signal strength depends on the fullness of the block
Dispenser Dispenser (S) JE2 BE1.png
  • Now equip armor to players that are up to 1 block away
  • Can place and activate TNT
  • Now use bone meal on a crop or sapling in front of them
  • Can create fire in front of them with flint and steel, which consumes durability
  • They can now face all 6 directions and use a different texture when facing up or down
  • No longer fire while updated, instead they fire when their input becomes powered
  • Now emits a redstone signal into an adjacent comparator. Signal strength depends on the fullness of the dispenser
Lava Lava JE5.png
  • Flows faster in the Nether
  • Updated texture
Nether Bricks Nether Bricks JE1 BE1.png

Items[]

New[]

Name Image Obtaining Uses
Nether Brick (item) Nether Brick JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Netherrack +
Any fuel


Nether quartz Nether Quartz JE1 BE1.png

Changed[]

Name Image Changed
Bone Meal Bone Meal JE2 BE2.png
  • Now picks a random stage of growth each time, as opposed to automatically pushing them to the final growth stage
  • Saplings take 2–4 bone meal to sprout into a tree
  • Gives off green particles when used

Non-mob entities[]

New[]

Name Image Creation Drops Note
Minecart with hopper Minecart with Hopper JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Hopper +
Minecart

  • Can only be emptied by passing over a hopper
  • Can pick up items from containers when it passes under them
Minecart with TNT Minecart with TNT JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
TNT +
Minecart

  • Gets triggered by activator rails
  • Explodes more violently the faster it goes
  • Doesn't destroy rails, supporting blocks or redstone materials

Structures[]

Changed[]

Name Image Changed
Mineshaft Old Mineshaft.png

Enchantments[]

Changed[]

Name Changed
Fortune
  • Now affects apples and potatoes.
Efficiency
  • Tools enchanted with efficiency now only speed up the mining of blocks that the tool is intended for.