You may have thought that copper blocks are diverse enough and don’t really need to be expanded. Well, Mojang definitely doesn’t agree with that. The Minecraft 1.21 update is bringing five more copper blocks that are all unique in their own way. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of these new blocks called a copper grate and cover its crafting recipe and uses in Minecraft 1.21. So, without any further delay, let’s jump straight in!
Copper grate is a decorative block from the copper block family. It goes through all 4 oxidation stages, can be waxed with honeycomb, and can be scraped with an axe. Moreover, it has some similarities to the glass block, as they let the light through completely.
What You Need to Make a Copper Grate
Since there are two ways to craft copper grates, the requirements differ a little. The copper grates require a minimum of 4 copper blocks when using the crafting table or a minimum of 1 copper block for you to craft them using a stonecutter.
You can make copper blocks with nine copper ingots filling the 3×3 crafting grid completely. The copper blocks you use to craft the grates can be at any oxidation stage, but make sure you use only the ones from the same stage.
Make Copper Grates Using Crafting Table
First, we will show you the steps to make copper grates using a crafting table and then the stonecutter. So, after you gather the resources, choose the way you want to craft the copper grates and follow the steps explained below.
- Place the crafting table or the crafter in your world. Then, right-click on it to open the block’s UI.
- Now, you need to place 4 copper blocks in a diamond shape. Start by placing one of them in the center slot of the topmost row of the grid.
- Then, place the second copper block in the center slot of the bottom row of the grid.
- After that, you need to place copper blocks in the center slot of the left and right columns.
- And that’s it. You have successfully crafted four copper grates in the game.
If you using a crafter in Minecraft, you will need to power it with a redstone signal to get the copper grates. For that, you may use a button, lever, or even a redstone block.
Make Copper Grates Using a Stonecutter
- Place the stonecutter in your world and right-click to open its UI.
- As you can see, it’s different from the regular crafting grid. What you’ll need to do here is place a copper block in the input slot on the left.
- Then, you can select the copper grate block that appears in the central area of this UI.
- And that’s it. You can now click on the copper grate block on the right and move it to your inventory.
Where to Find Copper Grates in Minecraft
Similarly to other copper blocks added in the Minecraft 1.21 update, copper grates are generated naturally in the trial chambers. They are structures that are generated below the deepslate layers in the Overworld dimension. Trial chambers also contain procedurally generated rooms, which means every one of them is unique. Plus, they are meant to represent exciting combat challenges, and therefore, expect a lot of dangers inside.
Copper grates usually generate as the floor of upper levels inside the trial chamber rooms. Furthermore, they occasionally make up the walls between rooms or parts inside the rooms, so you can see what awaits you on the other side. All in all, there are quite a few copper grate blocks to be found in the trial chambers. So, if you’re into exploring and fighting mobs, it’s a great place to stock up on these fancy blocks.
How to Use Copper Grates in Minecraft 1.21
Copper grates have one and only one use in the game, at least so far, and it is to enhance your Minecraft builds as much as possible. These building blocks have four different textures for each stage of oxidation, like all other copper blocks. So, for the cost of one, we received four beautiful blocks in total.
The copper grate at any of the first three stages will slowly oxidize over time, changing its color from orange to green. You can easily stop this process from advancing if you right-click the grate with honeycomb. This will freeze its stage and appearance. Alternatively, you can craft the waxed version of this block by combining it with the honeycomb item in the crafting grid.
If you perhaps want to revert the grate block one oxidation stage back, you can do so by right-clicking it with an axe. However, if you have already applied honeycomb to the copper grate, you’ll just scrape off the wax by using an axe and allow the block to continue oxidizing if it hasn’t yet reached the final stage.
As we already mentioned, copper grates have a couple of special properties. They are transparent blocks, which means they let the light to fully pass through. Moreover, hostile mobs are unable to spawn on top of the grate blocks. This makes copper grates useful in farms or for spawnproofing an area.
Also, when a mob is stuck inside the copper grate block, it won’t suffocate. This feature is more practical than you think since it makes sure the mob is safe and stationary in a certain spot. One more notable fact about the copper grates is that they cannot conduct redstone signals, which is also a property of glass blocks.
Congrats! Now you know everything about the new copper grate block. In short, they are gorgeous new building blocks that will make many Minecraft builders’ dreams come true. Copper grates may possibly become the next best window blocks in the game. We really can’t wait to see what the community will create with them. That said, what do you think about the copper grate? Which oxidation stage is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!