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Beacons! No, not "bacon", but a beam of light to pimp your castle with!
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A beacon is a unique block that projects a light beam skyward and can provide status effects to players in the vicinity.



  • The player can leave a resource in the beacon block without clicking "Done".
  • The texture of the beacon is 16ℂₗ16, but only renders the 10ℂₗ10 area in the center.


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Nether Star+


Beacon blocks can function as light sources, emitting a light level 15. Like other light Light (or lighting) in Minecraft affects visibility, mob spawning, and plant growth. Contents 1 Brightness 1.1 Spread 2 Sources of light 2.1 Blocks 2.2 Other 3 Light-filtering blocks 4 Effects of light 4.1 Mobs 4.2 minecraft sources, they will melt snow Snow (layer) Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 0.5 Tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Snowball (2–9) (one per level, plus one) Data value dec: 78 hex: 4E bin: 1001110 Name snow_layer Snow, or top minecraft and ice Ice Transparency PC: Partial (-2 to light) PE: No Luminance No Blast resistance 2.5 Tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops None Data value dec: 79 hex: 4F bin: 1001111 Name ice See minecraft . They cannot be pushed by pistons.

When "activated", beacon blocks provide two unique functions:

  • An aesthetic landmark beam reaching into the sky, which can be visible from far away.
  • Powers, which give players status effects within a certain range.


In order to activate a beacon, the beacon must adhere to the following requirements:


The four possible pyramid arrangements when using the beacon block. From left to right the pyramid structure decreases in complexity.

Pyramids are the structures required to activate beacons. There are four possible pyramid heights. The more levels a pyramid has, the more powers will be available to choose from, and the wider its affected vicinity will be. The type of mineral block used to build the pyramid is entirely cosmetic and has no functional effect. Several different block types can be mixed without affecting functionality. If the pyramid is damaged so that the beacon is deactivated, it will "remember" the powers it was set for, and will reactivate once the pyramid is repaired with no additional resource cost. This applies to piston Piston Transparency Yes Luminance None Blast resistance 2.5 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data values See Data values Pistons are blocks capable of pushing most blocks, depending on minecraft -altered pyramids as well.

A single Beacon Pyramid
Level Mineral Blocks Stacks of Blocks Minerals Stacks of Minerals Layers
1 9 blocks 81 minerals 1 stack + 17 minerals 3⃗3, Beacon
2 34 blocks 306 minerals 4 stacks + 50 minerals 5⃗5, 3⃗3, Beacon
3 83 blocks 1 stack + 19 blocks 747 minerals 11 stacks + 43 minerals 7⃗7, 5⃗5, 3⃗3, Beacon
4 164 blocks 2 stacks + 36 blocks 1,476 minerals 23 stacks + 4 minerals 9⃗9, 7⃗7, 5⃗5, 3⃗3, Beacon
This six-Beacon pyramid provides all six effects from a single structure using the fewest possible mineral blocks.

Multiple beacons can make use of the same specific mineral blocks below them. Combined pyramids do not need to be symmetrical. The image to the right shows a 6-beacon (2 by 3) pyramid. It requires a total of 244 mineral blocks, with a base layer of 10 by 11.

Multiple Beacons Pyramid (enables all buffs)
Level Mineral Blocks Stacks of Blocks Minerals Stacks of Minerals Layers
1 20 blocks 180 minerals 2 stacks + 52 minerals 4x5, 2x3 Beacons
2 62 blocks 558 minerals 8 stacks + 46 minerals 6x7, 4x5, 2x3 Beacons
3 134 blocks 2 stacks + 6 blocks 1,206 minerals 18 stacks + 54 minerals 8x9, 6x7, 4x5, 2x3 Beacons
4 244 blocks 3 stacks + 52 blocks 2,196 minerals 34 stacks + 20 minerals 10x11, 8x9, 6x7, 4x5, 2x3 Beacons


A beam appears from a beacon if the beacon is activated, extending from the beacon block up to Y=255. The beam is visible from roughly the same distance as a single ordinary stack of blocks. If a render distance of 16 chunks is set, the beam of light is visible from up to 255 blocks away.

The color of the beam may be changed by placing blocks of stained glass Glass Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 1.5 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops None Data values Glass: dec: 20 hex: 14 bin: 10100 Stained Glass: PC: dec: 95 hex: 5F bin: 1011111 PE: dec: 241 hex: F1 minecraft (or stained glass panes) anywhere above the beacon block. The beam will change colors according to the colors of glass placed above it: the first block will set the beam color, while each additional block will set the color by averaging the red, green, and blue components of the current beam color and the block color. The color values are the same as those for the corresponding dye.


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The GUI shown when pressing use on the block.

Once the beacon is emitting a beam, it can then be fed 1 iron ingot Iron Ingot Type Raw materials Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See History Data value dec: 265 hex: 109 bin: 100001001 Name iron_ingot Iron ingots are versatile metal crafting ingredients. They are most commonly obtained minecraft , 1 gold ingot Gold Ingot Type Raw materials Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Data value dec: 266 hex: 10A bin: 100001010 Name gold_ingot See the crafting material. For the ore, see gold ore. For the mineral minecraft , 1 emerald Emerald Type Raw materials Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See History Data value dec: 388 hex: 184 bin: 110000100 Name emerald See the gem. For the ore, see Emerald Ore. For minecraft , or 1 diamond Diamond Type Raw materials Durability N/A Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See History Data value dec: 264 hex: 108 bin: 100001000 Name diamond See the gem. For the ore, see Diamond Ore. For minecraft , in order to provide powers (status effects) to players who remain within a certain range. This is done through the beacon`s GUI, which is displayed by pressing use while looking at the beacon block. The item used has no effect on the powers provided.

In the GUI, place the item to be fed in the empty slot shown, and choose a primary power by clicking one of the choices displayed. Beacons sitting atop 4-level pyramids will also display secondary power choices, one of which can be clicked to provide a second simultaneous boost. When the Done button (green check mark) is clicked, the item will be consumed and the power will be activated. To set a beacon to different powers, another gem/ingot must be consumed.

The five primary powers are:

  • Speed
    I: Increased movement speed.

  • Haste
    I: Increased mining speed.

  • Resistance
    I: decreased nearly all incoming damage (2-level pyramid required).

  • Jump Boost
    I: Increased jumping distance and height (2-level pyramid required).

  • Strength
    I: Increased melee damage (3-level pyramid required).

Secondary powers are available with a 4-level pyramid:

  • Regeneration
    I: Regenerates health.
  • Increase the primary power to level II.

Every four seconds, the selected powers are applied with a duration of 9 seconds, plus 2 seconds per pyramid level, to all players in range. Thus, when powers are changed or a player travels outside the area-of-effect, the powers will persist for 5⃢₀ₓ9 seconds, or 13-17 seconds with a full pyramid.


The beacon forms a squared affected area around itself, the size of which depends on the pyramid size. The affected area extends range blocks (see the table below) from the beacon block horizontally and downward and range + 256 blocks above, except on console, where its vertical range is the same as its horizontal range.

The distance from the player to the beacon block does not affect the intensity of the status effect.

Pyramid size Effect range Effect duration
1 level 20 11
2 levels 30 13
3 levels 40 15
4 levels 50 17

Data values

See also: Block entity format

A beacon has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block. The beacon`s block entity ID is beacon.

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template

    • Lock: Optional. When not blank, prevents the container from being opened unless the opener is holding an item whose name matches this string.

    • Levels: The number of levels available from the pyramid.

    • Primary: The primary power selected, see Potion effects for IDs. 0 means none.

    • Secondary: The secondary power selected, see Potion effects for IDs. 0 means none.



Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
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Beaconator Create a full beacon Be within a 20ℂₗ20ℂₗ14 cuboid centered on the pyramid when the beacon block realizes it is fully powered. Yes Yes Yes Yes 60G Gold


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Bring Home the Beacon Construct and place a Beacon Withering Heights Be within a 20⃗20⃗14 cuboid centered on a beacon block when it realizes it has become powered. minecraft:nether/create_beacon
How Did We Get Here? Have every effect applied at the same time A Furious Cocktail Have all of these 20 effects applied to you at the same time. minecraft:nether/all_effects
Beaconator Bring a beacon to full power Bring Home the Beacon Be within a 20⃗20⃗14 cuboid centered on a beacon block when it realizes it is being powered by a size 4 pyramid. minecraft:nether/create_full_beacon


Official release
1.4.2 12w32a Beacon Block old.png Added the "Work in Progress" block.
12w34a Removed the beacon from the creative inventory.
12w36a The "Work in Progress" block is now called "Beacon", can be found in the creative inventory, and is craftable.
Beacon Block old2.png The texture was changed.
12w38a Beacon Block old3.png The texture was changed again. The beacon beam changed from a semi-transparent smooth beam (which conflicted with water transparency), to a pattern with 0% transparency.
12w40a Beacon.png The texture was changed again, and the beacon beam changed again.
1.5 13w05a Effect range increased from 16/24/32/40 blocks to 20/30/40/50 blocks.
1.6.1 13w23a With the regeneration effect being nerfed slightly, the same effect produced from the beacon did too.
1.7.2 13w36a The player can achieve the Beaconator achievement by placing a beacon on a level-4 pyramid of specific mineral blocks.
1.8 14w29a Now displays the cracking animation.
Aug. 5, 2014 Dinnerbone tweets a screenshot containing a colored beacon beam. The color appears to change when the beam passes through stained glass.
14w32a Beacon light changes as it goes through stained glass.
Aug. 7, 2014 Dinnerbone tweets that the beacon beam can now pass through blocks that only block light slightly.
14w32b Beacon beams show if going through a block that doesn`t completely block light rather than partially block light. This allows beacon beams to go through water and lava.
Beacons in the Nether and the End only check for blocks and render the beam up to the world height (Y=127).
1.8.2 1.8.2-pre5 Bedrock no longer obstructs beacon activation or beams.
Beacons in the Nether and the End check and use the full build height (Y=255) rather than the world height (Y=127).
1.9 15w31a Beacons generate naturally in end ships.
15w32c Beacons no longer generate in end ships, being replaced by pumpkins.
15w47a A new tag, PaymentItem, stored the sacrifice item within the beacon`s block entity data (until 15w49a).
Beacons would no longer drop their contents when broken or when the interface is exited (until 15w49a).
Beacons were made able to interact with hoppers (until 15w49a).
15w47b Effect duration now increases with pyramid level (formerly was a constant 9 seconds).
15w49a Removed the PaymentItem tag (introduced in 15w47a).
Beacons once again drop their contents when broken or when the interface is exited (as they had before 15w47a).
Beacons can no longer interact with hoppers (as they had since 15w47a).
1.11 16w32a Changed block entity ID from Beacon to beacon.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0 build 4 Added beacons, which are opaque.
Console Edition
TU19 CU7 1.12 Patch 1 Added beacons.
TU25 CU14 1.17 Beacon beams now change colors when shining through stained glass Glass Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 1.5 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops None Data values Glass: dec: 20 hex: 14 bin: 10100 Stained Glass: PC: dec: 95 hex: 5F bin: 1011111 PE: dec: 241 hex: F1 minecraft or stained glass panes.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Nerfed vertical range of beacon to match horizontal range.


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Official release




    Possible beacon arrangements.

    Beacon Blocks, when added to the top of a pyramid made of either iron, gold, diamond or emerald blocks, can grant the player potion or Status Effects for eight seconds, but these effects will last indefinitely if the player remains in range of the beacon. Beacons also shoot a beam of light up into the sky that can help with navigating the world when active.

    Any accepted block type can be used in any layer, regardless of what the other layers are made of. The pyramid should be protected by some means, as griefers may attempt to steal some of the blocks.

    Beacon Blocks can only function when they are added on the top of a pyramid, and when not being blocked by a solid block on top of the beacon. The GUI consists of a primary, and secondary effect selection screen, a material acceptance selection header, and the player`s inventory. The player must place the material (iron ingot, gold ingot, diamond, or emerald) in the header to activate the effects. When the material is placed, the player is free to choose an effect located in the primary effect screen. Whenever the player is in-range of the pyramid, the player will receive the effect. The effect(s) last forever, as long as the player is in range, wearing off 8 seconds after moving out of range. The selection and strength of the effects are enhanced by each layer added to the pyramid, along with the range of the beacon.


    Minecraft Blocks & Items- Beacon Usage


    The current crafting recipe for this block is 3 Obsidian, 5 Glass blocks, and one Nether Star, the last of which is only obtainable by killing a Wither.

    Nether Star