When it comes to redstone contraptions in Minecraft, pistons are almost certainly always involved. The piston block allows for blocks to be moved without direct player or mob interaction. As soon as any piston block receives some form of redstone power, it will extend and push the block its head faces. This short guide will explain how to craft pistons and will cover all important questions you might have about Minecraft pistons in their current state.
If you’re planning on making any neat redstone contraptions, pistons will most likely be a vitally needed component. Luckily for us however, crafting this extremely useful block is quite cheap, and typically, beginners won’t have much trouble gathering the needed resources.
Required Materials to make a Piston:
3 Wood planks
1 Iron ingot
1 Redstone dust
To make piston, you would need Wood planks that can be crafted by simply placing a block of wood in your 2x2 inventory crafting menu:
Cobblestone can be easily obtained by mining any stone block with any type of pickaxe. If you are unsure how to make a pickaxe, watch this simple video here.
Iron ingots can be obtained via smelting iron ore. Iron ore can be obtained through mining an iron ore block with a pickaxe.
If you are unsure how to make a furnace or how to smelt blocks, click here.
Redstone dust can easily be obtained simply by mining redstone ore with any pickaxe.
Pistons allow for blocks to be seamlessly moved without any player or mob interaction, this allows for players to come up with their own designs for mechanisms which open up the world of Minecraft to a lot of technical possibilities.
The different uses for pistons in the game is literally pretty much infinite, however some of the most commonly seen applications range from simple piston doors, sand doors, draw bridges, hidden rooms, castle gates, piston tables & much more.
FAQs on Pistons
Q. How do you power a piston in Minecraft?
A piston can easily be powered via an active redstone signal. If a piston is connected to a signal with power, it will extend, if this signal is cut, it will return to normal.
Q. What blocks can pistons not push?
In the current state of the game, pistons are unable to push: barriers, beacons, bedrock, campfire blocks, command blocks, obsidian, enchantment tables, end portals, ender chests, jukeboxes, lodestone, other pistons, spawners, barrels, beehives/nests, furnaces, droppers, chests, lecterns, hoppers, droppers, brewing stands & dispensers.
Q. Where do pistons naturally generate in the world?
Pistons naturally only generate within jungle temples, where 3 can be found.
Pistons are an absolutely vital block for any aspiring redstone engineer. They allow for the automation of mundane tasks such as harvesting crops manually. Although It can take a while to master the mechanics of the piston, it’s a universally fan favourite block due to it’s extremely unique & unmatched properties which expose Minecraft to a bucketload of engineering possibilities.