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How to Make a Tripwire Hook in Minecraft

Posted: May 19, 2021 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


Redstone has always been a fickle thing to me. It’s extremely fragile, yet very capable in that you can break it instantly but every high tier base has Redstone contraptions. Redstone engineering is a part of Minecraft with one of the highest skill ceilings, and part of that comes from its viability in protecting bases in the form of PvP and PvE. One of the ways this is done is with a little item called Tripwire Hooks. Today, I’m going to teach you how to make, use, and operate Tripwires along with everything you need to surround them. Let’s get started.

tripwire hook

The Tripwire Hook

The Tripwire Hook is a block that can be used to detect enemies when part of a tripwire circuit is passed through. (This can be players, mobs, items, etc.) Tripwire Hooks must be placed on a block and then tied to another Tripwire Hook with string. This is done by placing the string adjacent to the Tripwire Hooks, and having the second Hook across from the first. This creates a Tripwire Circuit which can then be triggered by anything that touches the line.

Tripwire Setup

Interestingly enough, the Tripwire Hook does not actually trigger based on if the Hook itself is touched, only the wire. Once the Hook is triggered it will send out a Redstone signal with a power of 15. The signal is sent adjacent to the Hook and beneath it. Breaking the wire or Tripwire Hook does not trigger any signal, and can be used as a safe way to avoid setting off the mechanism.

Hw to make a Tripwire Hook

Acquiring Tripwire Hooks is pretty simple, as there are many ways. The simplest and easiest way to cop yourself one is to craft it. All you’re going to need is:

tripwire hook crafting recipe

– 1 Iron Ingot
– 1 Stick
– 1 Wooden Plank

You can also potentially find Tripwire Hooks in other ways. Other methods consist of trading through Villagers on Bedrock Edition, finding them set up as a trap in Jungle Pyramids, finding them as loot from fishing, and also in chests in Pillager Outposts.

Jungle Pyramid


That’s all there is to it. The Tripwire Hook is a fairly simple item, but it can be utilized in many different ways through the use of Redstone contraptions. Whether you want to make a TNT trap, a trap door that throws a player into a lava pit, or just an alarm system that can’t be easily seen, Tripwire Hooks work like a charm. Anyway, I hope you learned something from this blog, and have a great day!

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