How to make and use a Beacon in Minecraft PE (MCPE 0.16)?

Minecraft Pocket Edition just got updated to Minecraft PE version 0.16. And one of the coolest new features is the beacon. In Minecraft PE, beacons are one of the many mechanisms that you can make. A beacon can give you status effects such as Haste, Regeneration, Resistance, Speed or Strength. Beacons in Minecraft PE can help you find your way but proper Minecraft Beacons also have the added bonus of providing status effects, improving your damage, armor, and other attributes.

Follow our guide closely if you want to make and use a Beacon in Minecraft PE

Required Materials to make a Beacon

In Minecraft, these are the materials you can use to craft a beacon:

  1. Glass: In Minecraft, glass is one of the many building blocks that you can make. This block is not made with a crafting table but rather with a furnace.
  2. Obsidian: In Minecraft, obsidian is one of the many building blocks that you can make.
  3. Nether Star: In Minecraft, a nether star is an item that you can not make with a crafting table or furnace. Instead, you need to find and gather this item in the game.

Step 1 – Get Glass


Mine sand from the beach, and smelt it in a furnace to make glass. You need five glass blocks.

Step 2 – Get Obsidian


Make a bucket (crafted from three iron ingots) and fill it with water. Then go deep underground until you find lava.

You’re looking for the “lava source”, which doesn’t have a fast-flowing animation. Empty your bucket of water onto a block above the lava source so it drips down, lands on the lava, and cools it.

Scoop up the water to reveal blocks of obsidian. Then pluck them out of the ground using a diamond pick axe. You need three obsidian blocks.

Step 3 – Make a Wither


Enter the Nether and get four blocks of soul sand and three wither skeleton skulls. These are rare drops so you’ll have to kill a lot of skeletons.

Once you have all that, make a T-shaped soul sand sculpture, like above, and place the three skulls on the top row. When you place the final one…

Step 4 – Fight a Wither!


A Wither will appear. This is an extremely dangerous boss monster that is immune to many attacks, can spawn wither skeletons, and will generally ruin your day.


When it finally dies it will explode, and drop a Nether Star.

Step 5 – Craft a Beacon


Right, got all that? Use your glass, obsidian, and Nether star to make a beacon.

Step 6 – Make a pyramid


You’re also going to need at least nine iron blocks, gold blocks, emerald blocks, or diamond blocks. Those are crafted from nine iron ingots, gold bars, emeralds, or diamonds. So yeah, you better be rich.

There’s no functional difference in which mineral you use.

You then need to plop the bricks down and place the beacon on top. The most basic (and least powerful) pyramid is nine blocks with a beacon in the middle, like above.


The most powerful and expensive pyramid is like this: a nine by nine layer, a seven by seven, a five by five, and a three by three layer. 164 blocks, 1,476 minerals. Phew!

Step 7 – Feed the beacon


You can now “feed” the beacon to give it power. Tap on the beacon to open this window. Then place one mineral (either a diamond, an emerald, an iron ingot, or a gold bar) in the slot at the bottom.

Now you can choose a primary power. The wing increases movement speed, the golden pickaxe increases mining speed, the shield decreases incoming damage, the rabbit boosts jump, and the sword increases damage.

You can also set a secondary power. You can either set it to regenerate health, or increase the effectiveness of the primary power.

As you can see, the height of your pyramid dictates which powers you can apply.

Step 8 – Feel the effect


All players standing in the vicinity of the beacon will get the selected power. The range is also based on the height of the pyramid.

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