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A Guide to the Lightning Rod in Minecraft

Posted: Aug 25, 2021 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


The Caves and Cliffs update has been released, and although we haven’t received the update in its entirety, we have more than enough content to play with. One of the newest items comes in the form of an incredibly useful block that does something incredibly cool! Today, we’re going to go over Lightning Rods, how they work, their functionality, and more. Let’s get started.

Lightening Rod Recipe

lightning rod crafting recipe

All you will need to craft the Lightning Rod is 3 Copper Ingots. You can obtain Copper Ore through mining in the new caves, and it’s about as rare as Iron. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding it.

What does a lightning rod do in Minecraft?

The Lightning Rod, to put it simply, diverts lightning strikes toward itself. This can be extremely useful, as not can it protect your wooden/wool builds with ease, but it can also power Redstone contraptions that you would like to activate only when there is a thunderstorm. It can also be used as an easy means of striking captured mobs or even yourself with lightning.

lightning rod working

The Lightning Rod can be oriented in different directions, meaning it can be placed on the floor, wall, or ceiling. They redirect lightning within a 32×32 area, which covers even more than a full chunk! The block will emit particles during thunderstorms as an indicator it is working properly. A Redstone signal is created by the rod when it is struck by lightning.


  • 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.


I hope you enjoyed this short and sweet explanation of one of the newest blocks included in Part 1 of the Caves and Cliffs update! Overall, it’s a very easy-to-understand block with a cheap recipe and a simple purpose, but it never hurts to know more. In any case, I’m glad if this guide helped you, and have a great day!

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