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New in 1.5

NameIngredientsCraftingDescription
Redstone Block Redstone Dust The Redstone Block acts as an always-on power source. It can be moved by pistons. It will not power blocks adjacent to it.
Daylight Sensor Glass + Nether Quartz + Wood Slabs Emits a redstone charge during the day. Its signal strength depends on the time of day.
Redstone Comparator Stone + Redstone Torch + Nether Quartz Compares signal strength from two directions. Click here for a full list of uses.
Dropper Cobblestone + Redstone Dust Acts similar to a dispenser except it always drops the item instead of using it e.x. A dispenser fires arrows when triggered, a dropper drops the item. It will also place items into an adjacent chest.
Hopper Iron + Chest Sucks up blocks dropped onto it. It will deposit items to a chest placed underneath it, and withdraw items from a chest placed above it.
Activator Rail Iron + Sticks + Redstone Torch Activates TNT Minecarts and Hopper Minecarts. If powered, it will cause a Hopper Minecart to stop taking in items.
Hopper Minecart Hopper + Minecart Picks up blocks from around the cart and chests above the track.
TNT Minecart TNT + Minecart A cart with TNT in it. Will blow up if triggered by an activator rail or hit while moving.
Weighted Pressure Plate (heavy) Iron

It can only be triggered by dropped items and its signal strength depends on the amount of items.

Signal Strength Blocks
1 1 block - 42 blocks
2 43 blocks - 1 stack 21 blocks
3 1 stack 22 blocks - 2 stacks
4 2 stacks 1 block - 2 stacks 42 blocks
5 2 stacks 43 blocks - 3 stacks 21 blocks
6 3 stacks 22 blocks - 4 stacks
7 4 stacks 1 block - 4 stacks 42 blocks
8 4 stacks 43 blocks - 5 stacks 21 blocks
9 5 stacks 22 blocks - 6 stacks
10 6 stacks 1 block - 6 stacks 42 blocks
11 6 stacks 43 blocks - 7 stacks 21 blocks
12 7 stacks 22 blocks - 8 stacks
13 8 stacks 1 block - 8 stacks 42 blocks
14 8 stacks 43 blocks - 9 stacks 21 blocks
15 9 stacks 22 blocks+

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Weighted Pressure Plate (heavy) Gold

Requires less blocks than the above.

Signal strength Blocks
1 1 - 4
2 5 - 8
3 9 - 12
4 13 - 16
5 17 - 20
6 21 - 24
7 25 - 28
8 29 - 32
9 33 - 36
10 37 - 40
11 41 - 44
12 45 - 48
13 49 - 52
14 53 - 56
15 57+

 

Trapped Chest Tripwire Hook + Chest Emits a one block redstone signal when opened.
Quartz Nether Quartz Decoration. Nether Quartz is mined in the Nether.
Quartz Slabs Quartz Decoration.
Quartz Stairs Quartz Decoration.
Pillar Quartz Quartz Decoration.
Netherbrick Nether Bricks Netherbrick can now be crafted by smelting netherrack into bricks.

New Items

IconName Data Value Description Uses
Nether Quartz 406 Mined from Nether Quartz Ore in the Nether. Quartz Block, Daylight Sensor, Redstone Comparator
Nether Quartz Ore 153 Found in the nether at all levels Nether Quartz
Nether Brick 405 Obtained by smelting netherrack. Netherbrick