A tripwire hook is a block used in redstone circuitry as well as tripwire traps. It is a useful tool to detect entities in Minecraft.

It’s a very versatile and easy to make block.

If you have been experimenting with using redstone, a tripwire hook may be just the next thing you need to upgrade your different circuits and mechanisms. In this article, we’ll look at how to make a tripwire hook in Minecraft.

Minecraft Tripwire Hook Recipe

  • 1 iron ingot
  • 1 stick
  • 1 wooden plank block (any wood)

To make a tripwire hook all you need are very basic materials. It’s likely that you’ll already have most of them in your inventory.

Any wooden planks can be used, including the two Nether types of wood.

Assemble these ingredients on a crafting table like you can see in the image below.

Tripwire Recipe

Other Ways to Obtain a Tripwire Hook

There are other ways of getting a tripwire hook in Minecraft that don’t require crafting, too.

The first way is through fishing. Tripwire hooks are one of the many junk items that you can fish out instead of fish.

You can also find tripwire hooks in temples in jungle biomes, too.

Using a Tripwire Hook in Redstone Circuitry

A tripwire hook functions in a very simple way. The hook is used to create a tripwire, which, when walked over or interacted with, would activate some sort of mechanism.

To set up a tripwire, you will need two hooks in order to make a tripwire circuit. This requires two hooks to be placed opposite of each other on a wall with a line of string attaching them.

The string can be gathered from spiders. The hooks must be placed exactly across from one another.

Tripwire Minecraft

When the player, a mob, or certain items ‘step’ on the string it will activate the tripwire.

You will be able to hear a soft click and will see both of the tripwire hooks bend down. This immediately creates a redstone pulse of 15, which will trigger any redstone mechanism adjacent to it.

Placing other parts of redstone circuitry on blocks adjacent to one of the hooks will cause them to be powered and carry the redstone pulse.

The best example of this can be seen in jungle temples, where tripwires are used to trigger a dispenser to fire arrows at you while you explore the structure. Similar things can be done outside.

My favorite way to use a tripwire hook is to use one to trigger a TNT launcher at unsuspecting passers-by.

Crafting With a Tripwire Hook

Other than redstone circuits, tripwire hooks can be used as a crafting ingredient in two different recipes.

One of them is a trapped chest, which gives out a redstone pulse when interacted with and can be part of redstone circuitry.

The other and far cooler recipe you can use a tripwire hook in is the crossbow. It is one of the essential ingredients needed to make this amazing long range weapon.