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How to make a Beacon in Minecraft

Beacons were first seen in Update 0.16.0 and function as a useful but expensive block that emits a bright beam of light into the sky. Beacons in their current state are mainly used to provide potion effects such as Speed, Jump Boost, Haste, Regeneration, Resistance, or Strength to nearby players

 

Beacons are also commonly utilized by players as a source of light, as they emit a light source value of 15.


Required Materials to make Beacon


In order to make a beacon, you will need:

  1. 1 Nether Star
  2. 3 Obsidian
  3. 5 Glass


If you’re unsure on how to obtain these items, refer to these tutorials.


Tutorial on How to get a Nether Star

Tutorial on How to get Obsidian

Tutorial on How to make Glass 


How to make a Beacon in Minecraft?


To make a beacon in minecraft, you need to follow these step-by-step guide:


Step-1 First, open a crafting table menu.


Open Crafting table menu


TIP: If you are unsure how to use a crafting table or how to make one, check out this guide.


Step-2 Once inside the crafting table menu, place 3 glass blocks throughout the top row. In the second row, there should be 1 glass block in the first box, 1 nether star in the second box and 1 glass block in the third box. In the bottom row, there should be 3 obsidian throughout the row. Make it identical to the image below.


Place 3 glass blocks throughout the top row


Step-3 Simply drag the newly crafted beacon out of the crafting table menu and into your own inventory.


Explainer Video



FAQs


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Q. How many blocks does a full Beacon take?


A. It requires a total of 164 blocks to form the pyramid you place the Beacon on.


Q. How do you fully power a Beacon?


A. First, 81 blocks are placed on the bottom layer in a 9x9 square. Then, 49 blocks are placed in a 7x7 square. Next, 25 blocks are placed in a 5x5 square. After that, 9 blocks are placed in a 3x3 square. Finally, to complete the pyramid, you set the Beacon on top. 


The block types that are valid in the pyramid must be either iron blocks, gold blocks or diamond blocks.


Conclusion


Beacons are not a necessary item in Minecraft, but they can be very useful as you can add potion effects to help with nearby tasks. Beacons also act as dependable landmarks since they spawn an unmissable beam of light into the sky, essentially advertising their exact location to afar. To both use and power a beacon, a pyramid structure of expensive mineral blocks will need to be constructed as a base for said beacon, as detailed above.


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