The Lightning Rod is a helpful utility block in Minecraft for diverting lightning strikes away from nearby blocks. It was introduced during the Minecraft 1.17 Caves and Cliffs Update, which also added Copper, the material needed to craft the Lightning Rod. Players can use the rod to keep their more vulnerable structures safe during thunderstorms, especially tree houses or buildings made with highly flammable materials like Minecraft wool. The area under the rod’s protection is 32x4x32 blocks in the Java Edition, and in Bedrock, its range is 64x64x64. Read on to learn the recipe to craft a Lightning Rod in Minecraft.
How to Make a Lightning Rod in Minecraft
The Lightning Rod’s recipe in Minecraft is Copper Ingots x3. Place the ingots in a vertical column within the 3×3 crafting menu. Players can find Copper Ore in caves and mines, and it is just about as common as Iron in Minecraft. Like any ore, Copper can be smelted within a Furnace to be forged into its ingot form.
The Lightning Rod in Minecraft has several other potential uses other than just protecting surrounding blocks from lightning strikes. First, it keeps various mobs from transforming into their more dangerous forms. For example, Villagers who are struck by lightning can become Witches, and Creepers can become Charged Creepers. The Lightning Rod can also activate Redstone circuits, and clear oxidation from Copper blocks.
Additionally, players can force spawn “lightning-struck” mobs by trapping a mob within a small space and building a Lightning Rod between the mob and the stormy sky. The Channeling Trident can likewise be used to summon a lightning bolt when thrown at a Lightning Rod.
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