Beacons in Minecraft
In Minecraft, beacons are a strong endgame item. They have the advantage of not only operating as location markers that can be seen from great distances but also providing a strong status impact in a given region. As a result, despite how difficult it is to obtain one, beacons are one of the most popular uncommon blocks in the game.
However, the game does not describe how beacons should be utilized or triggered. Even when a beacon block has been created, constructing a foundation for it is time-consuming and costly. Because of this, it's even more crucial to understand how beacons operate, where they should be put, and what form and size the base for a maximum power beacon should be.
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Crafting a Beacon
The first step is to make the beacon block itself. In their surviving universe, the player may make as many as they like as long as they have the necessary ingredients. Here's everything you'll need for a single beacon block:
- Five glass blocks
- Three obsidian blocks
- A star from the Netherworld
Glass may be simply created by smelting sand in a furnace. Obsidian is mined using a diamond pickaxe from a still lava surface that has come into touch with water. Both of these are quite easy to obtain, but the Nether star is a different matter.
To obtain the Nether star, you must battle the Wither, a boss monster in the game. Summoning him takes three Wither Skeleton heads, which drop randomly and seldom from Wither Skeletons, who are most typically found in Nether castles. Using a Looting III sword increases the drop chance somewhat.
Gather four pieces of soul sand when you have three Wither Skeleton heads, which can be obtained in the Nether's Soul Sand Valley habitat. To call the Wither, arrange the soul sand in a T-shape on the ground or upright and place the skeleton heads on the top, horizontal portion of the T-shape.
Fighting the Wither is a difficult endeavor that will need much planning. The final line is that you shouldn't summon him just anyplace, especially near your house or any other structure you truly like. He will drop a Nether star when you vanquish him.
Laying the Groundwork
The beacon block cannot work on its own. To function, the beacon must be put on top of a pyramid-shaped foundation or base constructed completely of whole blocks of ores. Regardless of how deep it is buried, the beacon block must have access to the sky.
To maximize the beacon's strength, the player should preferably construct four layers, with the beacon put on top, in the center block of a 3x3 space, which is the top layer of the beacon base.
All ores, with the exception of redstone and quartz, will work just well for the base. When transformed into entire blocks, diamonds, gold, iron, and emeralds are all viable possibilities that may be blended. However, considering how valuable diamonds, gold, and emeralds are in trade and constructing gear, it's best to stick with iron blocks, which are the least expensive investment.
Since the 1.16 update, Netherite blocks can also be used as pyramid base blocks, but this would be a terrible waste of a valuable resource. In all circumstances, iron is the best option, and the choice of blocks has no influence on the actual strength of the beacon.
Here's how big each layer should be for a full pyramid with four tiers, what abilities are accessible, and what the block range for each option is.
- Fourth layer: 9x9 blocks in size, with all major and secondary abilities available, with a maximum range of 50.
- Third layer: 7x7 blocks in size, with all major abilities available and a maximum range of 40.
- Second layer: 5x5 blocks in size, with just Haste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance accessible, with a maximum range of 30.
- First layer: 3x3 blocks in size, with just Haste and Speed accessible, with a maximum range of 20.
Remember that the beacon block is positioned on top of the first layer, above the 3x3 area's center block. Your beacon should now be fully operational. While a beacon may work with just a 3x3 layer, it is advised that you invest in and create a triple tiered pyramid to get the most benefits.
Beacons of three layers or less only have main status effects, which means that they only provide the player access to one particular power while they are within range. If you've created the fourth tier, you'll be able to select a secondary status effect, which will increase the beacon's power.
To change the capabilities of the beacon, right-click on it to open the interface. It requires one Netherite ingot, one each of an emerald, diamond, gold, or iron ingot before it can begin to be used. This must also be done if the status effects are changed.
The primary abilities are available in five variations. When it comes to secondary powers, you can choose between passive Regeneration or upgrading all main powers to level II strength, making them much more effective when selected. In essence, players can select one primary and secondary power, or even two primary powers.
- Strength: your sword damage has increased.
- You move more quickly.
- Haste allows you to mine and fight more quickly.
- Resistance: the amount of damage sustained is lowered.
- Leap Boost allows you to jump higher and further.
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