There’s no better way to show off your Minecraft survival chops than by becoming a redstone engineer. The best way to learn? Watch redstone youtube videos, copy others, then create your own projects. If you’re entirely new to redstone, you may want to do some basic tutorials.
Redstone circuitry uses many of the same rules as real circuitry. Your computer uses some of the same rules as redstone logic. Redstone geniuses even build whole computers using redstone.
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In Survival Mode, good redstone designs can take care of many of the problems posed by the game. By investing in your base you can automate tasks and increase your access to resources.
Need help figuring out how to craft different redstone blocks? Check out Gamepedia’s redstone crafting guide for a full list. If you have never used redstone before you can learn more about the basics here.
Building something for the first time with redstone can be really challenging. While tutorial videos are a great way to get started, learning more about how redstone works will really up your game. Fortunately there are many great series that teach the ins and outs of redstone. Flabaliki’s Redstone tutorials offer an introduction to all the basic redstone mechanics. Whether you’re new to redstone or want to learn more, his redstone tutorial playlist is a fantastic resource.
Automated farms are the holy grail of survival mode redstone builds. Rather than spending your time gathering valuable resources you can use redstone to redesign the world, building a machine that will take care of this for you. Players have designed machines to grow and harvest melons, pumpkins, and other food. They’ve even designed farms for items like mobs drops, cobblestone, and more.
One of the best places to get involved with automated farming is to make a water farm. Water farms won’t plant your seeds for you, but they will help you harvest your wheat, potatoes or carrots. Use dispensers (or pistons) with water source blocks and flood the fields to harvest all the produce.
Go Further with Farming
MrCrayfish’s Youtube channel has tons of innovative, interesting, and useful farming builds. He shows off how redstone can be used to create a fully automatic food supply. The builds are simple, compact, and efficient. You’re going to need a lot of hoppers to make a bigger farm. Try adding sorting machines to your farm, and if you’re on a multiplayer server you can even add a redstone vending machine.
A Minecraft Rail System
Rails are an easy way to get into redstone for the first time. At the most basic level they are easy to figure out and use. Check out Zaxxon825’s basic rails guide, where he explains how to use railways to get around the Survival World:
Take Your Rails to the Next Level
While building a basic railway is fairly easy, rails can also be incorporated into your other builds. Try building a hopper-railway that collected the goods from your automated farm. Rather than just unloading all your goods into one chest, try attaching an item sorter that will automatically sort your produce into different chests.
Basic Redstone Survival Builds
From automated doors to item transportation systems and mob farms, Mumbo Jumbo’s popular redstone video shows off just a few of the many possibilities. Beyond these builds, Mumbo Jumbo’s channel is full of innovative redstone builds that will inspire your own creations. What redstone conveniences can you add to your survival base?
Odd and Unusual Redstone
Some of the coolest redstone builds aren’t very practical or useful. But what they lack in survival mode usefulness they make up for by being totally awesome. Check out this cool Atlas Mech Robot Suit by Cubehamster:
There are all kinds of cool, moving machines you can make with redstone. Escalators and elevators are some popular and easy builds. For a greater challenge, try making one of those weird slime block cars.
- The Slime Rocket Challenge: After building your first slime block car try using the same principals to build a slim rocket ship that will carry you high into the sky.