How many Minecraft blocks are required for a full beacon?

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A Minecraft Beacon Pyramid
How many Minecraft blocks are required for a full beacon?

Towards the end of the game, Minecraft players can set up beacons in their Overworld for navigation and status effects. The block can be extremely useful if used correctly, and here’s everything you need to know about beacons in Minecraft.


Minecraft offers a wide range of items and blocks that players can experiment with. While some blocks like the cobblestone are as basic as it sounds, others like the lighthouse have complex uses. Consequently, making a beacon requires you to defeat bosses and extensively explore the Overworld.

From your crafting recipe to the blocks needed for a full beacon, this guide will cover everything about beacons in Minecraft.

Minecraft beacon pyramid in the form of a lighthouse

What do beacons do in Minecraft?

Beacons emit a beam into the sky, providing buffs and status effects to nearby players. Some players use beacons to improve their speed and jumping ability, while others simply use them to navigate, as their beam is visible from 1342 blocks away in the Java edition and 64 blocks away in Bedrock.

You can change the color of the beacon’s light beam by placing stained glass (obtained by placing eight glass blocks and a dye in the middle of the artboard) on top of it. This is useful if you’re willing to set up multiple beacons in your Overworld, and each beacon can help identify waypoints.

A beacon has primary and secondary powers:

primal powers

  • Speed ​​I- Increases movement speed.
  • Haste I: Increases mining and attack speed.
  • Resistance I – Decreases all incoming damage.
  • Jump Boost I: Increases jump distance and height.
  • Strength I: Increases melee damage.

secondary powers

Secondary powers are only available with a level 4 pyramid:

  • Regeneration – provides healing.
  • Raise primary power to level 2

When activated, a beacon’s powers apply to all players within range for a duration of 9 seconds plus 2 seconds per pyramid level. This means that a full pyramid can apply status effects for 17 seconds. This process occurs every four seconds.

Primary and Secondary Powers of a Minecraft Beacon

How to choose primary and secondary powers of a minecraft beacon

Although there are many options, a Minecraft beacon can only provide players with one main effect and one secondary effect. To activate them, you need to feed the beacon an iron, gold, diamond, netherite, or emerald ingot.

After activation, you can choose the primary and secondary effects depending on the level of the pyramid. To use two main powers, you can choose the secondary power that increases the main power to level 2.

You can switch your beacon’s primary and secondary powers, but to do so you’ll always have to power the device with another ingot.

How to make a beacon in Minecraft

You need the following items to create a beacon in Minecraft:

  • five glass blocks
  • three blocks of obsidian
  • a lesser star

The pattern of making a Minecraft beacon is:

Preparation of recipe to make beacon in Minecraft

This is how you can get these items:

Glass

You can easily get glass in minecraft by smelting sand. If you want to extract it naturally, make sure you use tools with Silk Touch enabled. It spawns inside secret rooms in forest mansions and ancient cities.

Obsidian

Obsidian blocks in Minecraft are created when water flows over a lava fountain. You can also find them naturally in the three worlds:

  • Overworld: Woodland mansions, ocean ruined buildings, ravines, caves, ruined portals.
  • The Nether: portals in ruins.
  • The End – On the main island at Y=0, finish the ship and finish the towns.

nether star

You can get a nether star in Minecraft by defeating Wither. This is the only source to obtain this item, and interestingly enough, the sole purpose of a nether star is to be a crafting ingredient for beacons.

You can summon a Wither by placing four Soul Sand/Soul Soil Blocks in a T-shape and three Wither Skeleton Skulls on top. Your world difficulty should not be Peaceful if you want to spawn the boss.

Soul sand structure to spawn the Wither boss in Minecraft

How to make pyramids for a single beacon in Minecraft

Beacons in Minecraft only work when placed on a pyramid made of iron, gold, emerald, diamond, or netherite. A pyramid can consist of different types of blocks. There are four types of pyramids you can make and their height affects the beacon’s capabilities.

The procedure for making a beacon pyramid also depends on how many beacons you are willing to use.

This chart will illustrate the number of blocks you need to make a fully working single beacon pyramid:

pyramid level blocks layers Powers and benefits available Range
1 twenty 4×5, beacons hurry up and jump twenty
two 62 6×7, 4 x 5, beacons Haste, Speed, Jump Boost and Stamina 30
3 134 8 x 9, 6 x 7, 4 x 5, beacons Strength, Haste, Speed, Jump Momentum, and Stamina 40
4 244 10 x 11, 8 x 9, 6 x 7, 4 x 5, beacons Strength, Haste, Speed, Jump Momentum, and Stamina with Secondary Powers (Passive Regeneration or upgrades all primary powers to level 2) fifty

Obviously making a level 4 beacon pyramid is difficult, but it allows you to choose between all the primary and secondary powers.

How to make pyramids for multiple beacons in Minecraft

You can place multiple beacons on top of a Minecraft pyramid to use all the available buffs together. By placing six beacons on top and assigning different primary and secondary powers to each, you’ll be able to gain tier II strength, haste, speed, jump boost, and stamina along with passive regeneration from a single pyramid.

This chart will reveal the number of blocks needed to make a pyramid with multiple beacons on top:

pyramid level blocks layers Powers and benefits available Range
1 9 3 x 3, beacon hurry up and jump twenty
two 3. 4 5×5, 3×3, beacon Haste, Speed, Jump Boost and Stamina 30
3 83 7×7, 5×5, 3×3, beacon Strength, Haste, Speed, Jump Momentum, and Stamina 40
4 164 9 x 9, 7 x 7, 5 x 5, 3 x 3, beacon Strength, Haste, Speed, Jump Momentum, and Stamina with Secondary Powers (Passive Regeneration or upgrades all primary powers to level 2) fifty

Lastly, remember that a beacon can only be activated when it has a clear view of the sky. That said, you can place transparent blocks like water or glass on top of a beacon and it won’t affect the device’s operation.

Minecraft pyramid with six beacons

This is everything you will need to know about beacons, beacon pyramids, and blocks needed to make a complete beacon in Minecraft.


While this guide may be helpful for players who have reached the end of the game, we have plenty of guides for beginners as well. Be sure to check out how to breed horses in minecraft, how to make stone bricks in minecraft, and how to get a saddle in minecraft.

Image credits: Mojang

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