How to Create a Beacon in Minecraft: Illuminate Your World

Creating a beacon in Minecraft is not just about lighting up your surroundings; it's a symbol of achievement and power, marking your progress in the game. Beacons provide not only a high-reaching beam of light visible from afar but also grant special status effects to nearby players, such as Speed, Haste, Resistance, Jump Boost, and Strength, enhancing your gameplay and giving you an edge in both exploration and combat.
This guide will walk you through the steps to create and activate a beacon, along with tips to maximize its benefits. Constructing a beacon requires dedication, as it involves gathering rare materials, including a Nether star, which is obtained by defeating the formidable Wither boss, and building a pyramid base from iron, gold, emerald, diamond, or netherite blocks. 
This process not only tests your resource-gathering and combat skills but also rewards you with a powerful ally that lights up the world and provides you with ongoing benefits. Whether you're a seasoned Minecraft veteran or a new player looking to make your mark, this guide will help you unlock the full potential of beacons, turning your base into a beacon of strength and prosperity in the vast, blocky expanse of Minecraft.

Step 1: Gathering the Materials

Before you can create a beacon, you need to gather the necessary materials:
  • Nether Star: The heart of the beacon, obtained by defeating the Wither, a powerful boss mob in Minecraft.
  • Glass: You'll need 5 glass blocks, which can be made by smelting sand in a furnace.
  • Obsidian: 3 obsidian blocks, obtained by mining obsidian formed when water touches a lava source block, using a diamond or netherite pickaxe.

Step 2: Crafting the Beacon

Once you have all the materials, it's time to craft your beacon:
  1. Open your crafting table to access the 3x3 crafting grid.
  2. Place the Nether Star in the center slot.
  3. Place the 3 obsidian blocks in the bottom row.
  4. Fill the remaining slots with glass blocks.
Congratulations, you've crafted a beacon!

Step 3: Building the Beacon Base

For your beacon to function, it must be placed on top of a pyramid made of iron, gold, emerald, diamond, or netherite blocks. These pyramid bases can be 1 to 4 layers high, with each additional layer unlocking more powers and increasing the radius of the beacon's effects.
  • 1-Layer Pyramid: Requires a 3x3 base of mineral blocks (9 in total).
  • 2-Layer Pyramid: Adds a 5x5 layer beneath the first, requiring 34 blocks.
  • 3-Layer Pyramid: Adds a 7x7 layer, needing 83 blocks in total.
  • 4-Layer Pyramid: The final layer is 9x9, requiring a total of 164 blocks.

Step 4: Activating the Beacon

With the pyramid base built, place your beacon at the top center. Then:
  1. Interact with the beacon to open its GUI.
  2. Place at least one iron ingot, gold ingot, emerald, diamond, or netherite ingot in the item slot to activate it.
  3. Choose your desired primary power (Speed, Haste, Resistance, Jump Boost, or Strength).
  4. For pyramids of 4 layers, you also have the option to choose a secondary power (Regeneration or an upgrade to your primary power).
  5. Hit the checkmark to activate the beacon.

Tips for Maximizing Beacon Benefits

  • Strategic Placement: Place your beacon in a central location where you spend most of your time to maximize its benefits.
  • Multiple Beacons: For larger areas or to benefit from multiple effects simultaneously, consider building more than one beacon and arranging them strategically around your base.
  • Base Materials: While iron blocks are the most economical choice for the pyramid base, you can use any combination of the allowable materials to create a visually appealing base.


Creating and activating a beacon in Minecraft is a rewarding endeavor that not only marks your progress but also provides tangible benefits to enhance your gameplay. With its towering light and special abilities, a beacon can be a game-changer in your Minecraft adventures, offering both aesthetic beauty and practical advantages. Whether you're looking to speed up your mining with Haste or defend your base with Resistance, a beacon brings a touch of magic and mastery to your Minecraft world. Illuminate your realm with the power of a beacon and enjoy the fruits of your labor in this endlessly creative game.

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