Traps are an essential part of playing Minecraft. If you are on a server with friends, you may want to rig their door to blow up right as they enter, causing a bit of an explosion. This is all in good fun, but with the 1.19 update, you can now make traps that are triggered by movement.
In this guide, we are going to go over the basics of making traps with Sculk Sensors. These unique (and noisy) blocks can only be found in the Deep Dark, so let’s take a look at how to get them first.
Venturing To The Deep Dark
As mentioned above, you will need to go to the Deep Dark in order to get your hands on a Sculk Sensor. This is a new underground cave biome that is home to the Warden. The Warden is quite deadly, and he also happens to appear if you set off enough Sculk Sensors.
To obtain a Sculp Sensor, we recommend crouching as you walk; this will lessen the amount of noise that you make. Additionally, try to lay down wool or carpet as you walk so you will make even less noise.
Once you find a Sculk Sensor, you can destroy it the quickest with a hoe that has been enchanted with Silk Touch.
If you use a tool without Silk Touch, the sensor will be destroyed.
After gathering your Sculk Sensor, there is a very likely possibility that you will set it off, as well as others around the area. We recommend getting out of here as soon as possible. If you tunneled down, return to your tunnel. If you do have an elytra on, you can fly to safety at the top of the cave.
For those of you feeling brave, you can also go face-to-face with the Warden. Be sure to check out this guide on the Warden’s mechanics so you are prepared.
Basics Of Redstone Trap Making
In general, redstone traps are pretty simple to set up. Above, you can see a redstone lamp attacked to redstone, which connects to a lever. The lever acts as a trigger, sending a signal through the redstone, going to the lamp and turning it on. You can replace the lever with a pressure plate, button, or trip wire to get the same effect.
This will also work if the redstone lamp was replaced with TNT.
Sculp sensor triggers
Now, with the basics of redstone traps in mind, let’s look at how to make a trap with a Sculk Sensor.
In the example in the previous section, you had to flip the switch to activate the redstone. This can be replaced by a button or a pressure plate, but it still requires action, which can be hard if you are setting up a secret trap.
That’s where Sculp Sensors come in handy. These sensors are triggered by movement, which means that if you set up a basic TNT trap, it will explode once the Sculk Sensor detects movement.
Sculp Sensors detect vibrations in a nine-block area around them. Pretty much every noise in the game can set off a Sculk Sensor.
TNT Minecarts And Sculp Sensors
There is a delay in TNT exploding, but you can create instant explosions if you use TNT minecarts.
To create a Sculk Sensor trap with TNT minecarts, you will need to place two powered rails between two blocks, as shown in the image above. From here, you will place two TNT Minecarts on one of the powered rails. It’s important that you place these minecarts on the side of the rail, which is also highlighted in the image above.
Now, it’s time to place the Sculp Sensor. With the sensor placed, any movement will trigger the minecarts to instantly blow up. You can place the sensor directly next to the TNT, or distance it by using a line of redstone dust.
If a Sculk Sensor is anywhere near a Sculk Shrieker, the shrieker will trigger with the sensor, letting out a loud noise. Traps made with shriekers offer you an opportunity to jumpscare your friends without damaging any property.
Sensors can trigger multiple shriekers at the same time, which makes for a louder noise.
Setting Off Your Own Trap
Sculp Sensors can be quite dangerous to work with. If you plan to use these sensors to make traps, you will need to be cautious not to set off your own trap.
Because of this, we recommend placing the Sculk Sensor once your trap has been completed. This will ensure that you don’t fall victim to your own trap while still making it.
Be sure to always be crouching with a Sculk Sensor placed. You can opt-in place wool and carpets as well, so you don’t accidentally trigger the sensor.
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