How to Make a Tripwire Hook in Minecraft

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

It is a very versatile and easy to make block.

If you have been experimenting with redstone, a tripwire hook many be just the next thing you need to upgrade your different circuits and mechanisms. In this article we will show you how to make and use a tripwire hook effecitvely.

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 which you will likely have way before getting to mid game.

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.

Other Ways to Obtain a Tripwire Hook

There are chances to obtain tripwire hooks by other means than crafting.

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

The one place they naturally generate is inside jungle temples in jungle biomes.

Using a Tripwire Hook in Redstone Circutry

A tripwire hook functions exactly as you think it does. 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 would need two hooks in order to make something called 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 exactly across from one another.

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 one is using them to trigger a TNT launcher at unsuspecting passerbies.

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.