|Catches fire from lava||
A lightning rod must be mined with a stone pickaxe or better, or else it drops nothing.
- Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
Lightning rods can be oriented in different directions. Lightning rods redirect lightning strikes within a spherical volume having a radius of 128 blocks in Java Edition and 64 blocks in Bedrock Edition. The block emits particles during thunderstorms as an indicator. Lightning rods do not divert the lightning created by a trident enchanted with Channeling thrown at an entity during a thunderstorm, or the lightning summoned by commands.
Unlike in real life, a lightning rod doesn't require a direct connection to ground in order to work.
Diverted lightning strikes cannot summon skeleton trap horses.
A lightning rod emits a redstone signal for 8 game ticks when struck by lightning. A trident with Channeling can be thrown at a lightning rod to create lightning, which also emits a redstone signal. It is recommended to enchant your trident with Loyalty first, because if not, you will not get your trident back.
Lightning diverted by a lightning rod can still start fires on flammable blocks and inflict lightning damage on mobs within a 5×5 horizontal area centred on the lightning rod. The lightning rod must be mounted on a flammable block for adjacent blocks to ignite.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Once the block has broken||?||?||?|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||?||?||?|
|Block breaking||Blocks||While the block is in the process of being broken||?||?||?|
|Block placed||Blocks||When the block is placed||?||?||?|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||?||?||?|
|Lightning Rod||Block & Item|
|Name||Identifier||Numeric ID||Form||Item ID[i 1]||Translation key|
|Lightning Rod||Block & Giveable Item[i 2]||Identical[i 3]|
- ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
- Available with
- The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|facing||The direction that the lightning rod is facing, determined by its anchoring.|
|powered||Whether or not the lightning rod is powered.|
|Name||Metadata Bits||Default value||Allowed values||Values for
|facing_direction||Not Supported||The direction the lightning rod faces.
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Resource location|
|Surge Protector||Protect a villager from an undesired shock without starting a fire||Adventure||Be within 30 blocks of a lightning strike that doesn't set any blocks on fire, while an unharmed villager is within or up to six blocks above a 30×30×30 volume centered on the lightning strike.|
|October 3, 2020||Lightning rods are revealed at Minecraft Live 2020.|
|Inventory model was different.|
|October 20, 2020||LadyAgnes shows a lightning rod can be placed in different positions, and can emit a redstone signal.|
|1.17||20w45a||Added lightning rods.|
|20w46a||The texture of lightning rods has been changed to match copper blocks.|
|The range of lightning rods has been increased from 16 blocks to 32 blocks.|
|21w05a||Lightning rods are now shaded properly.|
|21w10a||Changelog states they can now be waterlogged, though this is not the case.|
|21w11a||When lightning strikes, the lightning rod turns white due to its new blockstate, powered.|
|Lightning rods can now be waterlogged.|
|Lightning emits particles during thunderstorms as an indicator.|
|21w13a||The model of the lightning rod has been changed that the underside texture is corrected.|
|Caves & Cliffs (experimental)||beta 22.214.171.124||Added lightning rods under the Caves and Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle.|
|It also has a broken texture in the inventory.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||Lightning rods can now be waterlogged.|
|Now emits particles when in contact with rain.|
|1.17.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Blocks connected to a Lightning Rod now correctly conduct redstone signal when the rod is hit by lightning.|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Lightning Rods are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.|
- According to Minecraft Live 2020, Ulraf had the idea of lightning rods when a lightning strike burned down his wooden house.
- In Minecraft Dungeons, there are lightning rod blocks as well. These generate on the roof of the Woodland Mansion Ancient Hunt to charge creepers.
/item replaceis used to place a lightning rod on a player's head, the item appears upside-down and to the right of their head, somewhat resembling a robot's antenna.[Java Edition only]
- - fixed in 21w05a despite that being an affects version; see comments
- "Minecraft Live: Caves & Cliffs - First Look @ 29:53" – Minecraft on YouTube, October 3, 2020