How to Mine Redstone in Minecraft


The most common way of getting redstone dust is by mining redstone ore. Redstone Ore can be found 10 blocks (or layers) above bedrock or in between bedrock. This means it can be found commonly from blocks 5-12, and rarely up to layer 16 or down to layer 2. You will need an iron pickaxe to mine any redstone ore.

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Mining

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Dig two blocks in front of you, and one block below them. Jump down and repeat.

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If there isn't any, dig out a bigger room and place torches on the walls to prevent hostile mobs from spawning. 5 blocks wide, 5 blocks long, and 3 blocks tall is usually a good start for a mine.

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) on the walls, ceiling, or floor.

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If you see it, dig back and collect it.

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Find a style that works for you.

Part 2
Caving

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If it goes straight down, you can mine out a staircase around the edges of the pit to get down.

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Part 3
Finding Redstone Dust in Other Places

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It can be traded for, dropped by dead witches, or used as wiring for traps in jungle temples.

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Jungle Temples

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Jungle Temples only spawn in the Jungle biome, when you have 'Generate Structures' turned on.

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Sometimes the dispenser can be hidden by vines, so be careful!

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Alternatively, you can knock the middle lever off the wall and dig through the wall behind it.

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By Trading

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Occasionally, a village priest will offer to trade 2-4 pieces of redstone for an emerald. Emeralds can be found while mining only in the Extreme Hills biome.

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Priests wear purple robes.

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Part 6
From Witches

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Witches are ranged enemies that only spawn in swamp huts, found in the swamp biome, that can drop redstone dust.

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The witch.

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