The Minecraft 1.17 update is quite impressive, adding a lot of block types, items, creatures, etc. One of the fairly simple additional features is the lightning rod, which can be used not only for deflection, but also for using the power of lightning during thunderstorms. If you like its sound, be sure to continue reading our content explaining how to make a lightning rod and how to use it to protect your buildings and send redstone signals through all your gadgets.
Minecraft Lightning Rod recipe
To make a lightning rod, you need to place 3 copper ingots vertically on the workbench, one stacked on top of each other. This will create a lightning rod that you can place wherever you want, but if you want to pick it up again, be sure to use a stone Pickaxe.
Uses of the Lightning Rod in Minecraft
As expected, the lightning rod in Minecraft is used to deflect lightning during electrical storms. You can place the lightning rod vertically and horizontally on a surface, and it will redirect any lightning that hits anywhere in the 32x4x32 area around it so that the lightning hits the top of the pole.
This is useful in two ways. First: protect the area from the destructive effects of lightning. Lightning strikes usually cause fires and can penetrate wooden houses and other flammable structures, which is why lightning rods are a boon here.
Another useful thing is that the lightning rod will emit a redstone signal when struck by lightning, which means it has interesting applications in redstone circuits.