Yes, 9 (when updated, clicked, or stepped on)
Redstone ore is the ore form that redstone dust takes when generated in a map. Redstone is a fictional mineral with magnetic and conductive properties, as it is used in all circuitry and compasses. Redstone ore is most commonly found within 10 blocks of bedrock.
In the full version of Minecraft, redstone ore drops 4–5 piles of redstone dust when mined with an iron pickaxe or better. However, in Minecraft PE redstone ore can only be destroyed, and cannot be successfully mined by any tool as of version 0.6.1. Redstone ore forms in veins made up of 4–8 blocks. However, multiple veins together or things that are not stone surrounding it can change those numbers. This makes it relatively easy to obtain large amounts of redstone.
Redstone ore veins form at the bottom 16 layers of the map. Below layer 14, it can be found in 1.025% of stone. There are an average of about 24.8 redstone ores per chunk.
Redstone ore can be obtained by the enchantment Silk Touch on a pickaxe.
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Note that the redstone ore block can only be mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch. Also, smelting the ore instead of mining it is highly inefficient, as mining the ore block yields 4-5 redstone dust rather than the single dust that smelting yields.
Coming in contact with redstone ore or hitting it will cause it to emit the same amount of light as a redstone torch as well as red particles for a few seconds. Redstone ore can also become powered by a mob in contact with it. This can be used as a substitute for pressure plates, when combined with a block update detector, as it can be used also on a wall or a ceiling. However, the ore can be hard to blend in as a trap as it does not blend in with some building materials such as wooden planks, bricks, or cobblestone. Redstone ore also does not power if the player sneaks while standing on it, which can ruin traps.
|1.0.1||Redstone Ore added in Seecret Friday Update 3. Mining time took far longer compared to other ores (4.5 seconds with iron pickaxe).|
|1.9pre6||Mining time significantly reduced - it now has the same mining time as other ores.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Mining redstone ore, along with other ores, gives the player experience orbs. One stack of redstone ore will give roughly 10 levels of experience.|
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- When added to the game, all redstone related blocks had no official name. In Alpha 1.0.4, July 9, 2010, the name redstone was given by Notch after demands from the community.
- With the Silk Touch enchantment, this ore can be collected as an item. It can be smelted into a single redstone dust, but it should rather be used for decoration, especially for its unique glowing trait.
- The block updates when stepped on, making it useful for traps and secret entrances. The block is also updated whenever the player either hits or right-clicks the block.
- Coal is more common as an ore when mining, but technically, redstone is more plentiful since when deep enough, the ore is 1.5x more common than iron, and yields 4-5 redstone dust for every ore.
- Like all ores, redstone ore is fairly evenly distributed horizontally. It is not more common near lava pools but may appear more common near deep lava pools because more blocks are pre-exposed by the world generator boring out the cave.
- Redstone ore can be found in Pocket Edition but has no use besides a make-shift underground light source and is currently unobtainable with any pickaxe.
- Redstone, coal, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, Nether Quartz, and Emerald ores are the ores that require a silk touch tool to obtain the ore block in survival.
- In creative, Redstone Ore and Glowing Redstone Ore are considered as different blocks.
- Redstone is the only ore found in the overworld that does not exist in real life.
- Redstone ore can appear at the same level as Diamond Ore, so finding large chunks of Redstone means that there may be Diamond nearby.
- In the Pocket Edition, stepping on redstone ore does not cause a block update.
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