Uses and Mechanisms of Activator Rails in Minecraft 1.19

Activator Rail

Minecraft provides various kinds of transportation that will help the player's journey. One of them is an item called rail activator.

This time, VCGamers will discuss the rail activator mechanism and its uses. Curious how the rails work? Come on, let's look at the general discussion about the following activator rails first!

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What is Rail Activator?

Uses of Rail Activator
Example Villager in Minecart. Source: YouTube/RajCraft

rail activator is a type of rail that players can operate to activate certain things against Minecarts that cross the rail.

If the Minecarts cross the activator rail, then something will be activated in the Minecart, such as TNT.

Players can destroy this type of rail with their normal hands and with any tool such as Pickaxe to Axe.

However, using the Pickaxe will destroy that rail type more quickly.

The activator rail will drop as an item when the block below it is lost or destroyed. The rail will also fall when the piston changes the position of the type of rail to a place that has no floor.

To create that type of rail, the player must own Iron Ingots, Sticks, and Redstone Torches.

The Iron Ingot needed to make the drive rail is six Iron Ingots. After that, you'll need two Sticks and a Redstone Torch to create a moving rail on the Crafting Table.

By placing three Iron Ingots on the left and right, two Sticks on the top center and bottom center, and placing a Restone Torch in the middle, you can get six rail drives.

Apart from going through the Crafting Table, players can also get rail drives in Chests randomly in the Mineshaft.

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Usage Mechanism

Rail Activator Mechanism
Rail Activator Mechanism. Source: Minecraft Forums

These rails can be used as Redstone rails and components. To place the rails, use items to block as the floor.

You can place these rails in various blocks, such as solid blocks like Stone, Blocks of Gold, Dirt, and others.

After that, hoppers, slabs, and upside down stairs can also act as floors. Finally, players can also use transparent blocks such as glass as floors.

When installed, the drive rail will adjust its direction with other rails already installed such as detector rails, powered rails and other rails.

These rails can be a road for Minecarts that cross them. The speed of Minecarts crossing the activator rail will not be increased, so players will need powered rails to keep Minecart moving.

Players can activate rail activators with power components such as Redstone Torch, Redstone blocks, daylight sensors, and others.

Apart from that, players can also use powered blocks with strong or weak power near the rails.

Third, players can use a powered Redstone Comparator or Redstone Repeater facing the rail.

Finally, players can use powerful Redstone dust, configured to aim at the rail.

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Rail Activator Function

TNT on Minecart
TNT activation in Minecart. Source: YouTube/mcspotlight

Activator rails can be very useful as a means of transportation for mobs that the player wants to move.

As we know, there are various kinds of items that can be placed on Minecart, one of which is a mob like Villager.

By using an active rail, a Villager who is in the Minecart will get off the Minecart when crossing the rail.

Apart from being used for ease of transportation, players can also place TNT in the Minecart and the TNT will explode when it crosses the activator rail.

The explosive power of the TNT will correspond to the speed of the TNT-carrying Minecart.

Thus the discussion on how to make, mechanisms, and functions of rail activators, hope this is useful!

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