How to make a drawbridge in Minecraft

How to make a drawbridge in Minecraft: Now that you’ve built your castle in Minecraft, it’s time to create a drawbridge over the moat you dug. Unfortunately, however, you have no idea how to carry out this project and you have sought help on the Web, stumbling upon this guide of mine. This is how things are, am I right? Then you will be happy to know that you have come to the right place at the right time.

In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you in detail how to make a drawbridge on Minecraft, through two distinct projects: one that consists of creating a bridge that is realistic in appearance, but unfortunately does not work, while the other that allows you to build it. one less “scenographic” but working. Of course, before doing everything I will list all the materials you will need to bring these projects to life.

How do you say? Can’t wait to start reading this guide? Well then what are you waiting there standing there? Let’s not waste any more precious time and let’s get to work immediately. What you need to do is start Minecraft and take all the time you need to carefully read and put into practice the instructions you will find in the next chapters. All that remains for me is to wish you a good read and, above all, good fun!


  • Gather the necessary materials
  • Building a drawbridge
  • Build an automatic drawbridge

Gather the necessary materials

Before talking to you about how to make a drawbridge in Minecraft, it is important to point out which materials you will need to recover to tackle the projects that I will tell you about in the next chapters. As they are two separate projects, you will need specific materials for each of them. Let’s go in order.

If you want to build a realistic drawbridge that you won’t be able to operate in any way, you’ll need some wood. From the wood you will then have to make blocks of stepswooden slabs and fences, using a workbench.

As for the blocks of steps, only 6 units of wooden planks are needed to make them, while for the slabs only 3 units of wooden planks. For the fence, however, you need to use 4 units of wooden planks and 2 units of sticks, which you can also make with 2 units of planks.

To make the leashes (you will only need two), you need to get 4 units of string and 1 unit of slime ball. The string is easily found by defeating spiders or destroying cobwebs; the slime ball, however, is obtained by defeating the Slime: creatures present in the subsoil or swamps.

If, on the other hand, your intent is to create an automatic and functioning drawbridge, you must procure different resources than those indicated for the other project. First, you need sticky plungers, which you can get by joining a plunger with a ball of slime on a workbench. A simple piston can be made with 3 units of wooden planks4 units of crushed stone1 unit of iron ingot and 1 unit of redstone.

In addition, you will need to create redstone repeaters, which are obtained with 3 units of stone1 unit of redstone and 2 units of redstone torch. The latter can be easily created with 1 unit of redstone and 1 unit of staff.

The Redstone, in addition to being useful for making the materials I indicated in the previous paragraphs, you also need to create the bridge activation circuit. This resource can be found underground or even in chests during your explorations.

Finally, you need a lever, useful for operating the bridge mechanism: you can create one, in a workbench, using 1 unit of crushed stone and 1 unit of stick. Also, build buckets with 3 units of iron ingots, with which you have to collect water or lava to fill the moat.

Building a drawbridge

If you want to build a drawbridge in Minecraft, in the next few lines I’ll explain how to make this project. I will show you the procedures to follow to make a realistic one, which you will not be able to operate (so you will not be able to raise or lower it on the moat in front of your shelter).

The first thing you need to do is dig a moat (no matter how deep it is). Once this is done, place two fence units on the upper ends of the shelter entrance. At the fences you will then have to hook the rope, but I will tell you about it in detail later in my guide.

After doing this, use the wooden step blocks and the wooden slab blocks to build the drawbridge.

Therefore, start from the entrance to your shelter, placing 2 blocks of wooden steps on both sides. Once this is done, place the wooden slabs along the entire length of the bridge, until they reach the opposite bank of the moat.

Now, leaving a block of space from the moat, dig a hole two blocks deep and place a rabbit or chicken inside it. This is necessary so that you can simulate the ropes pulling up the drawbridge. In fact, you will have to attach a leash to the animal, and then connect it to the fence that you placed at the top of the entrance to your shelter.

Before carrying out this operation, however, after putting the leash on the animal, cover the hole with wooden steps, so that the latter cannot get out.

Repeat the same operation on the other side and complete the drawbridge with the last pieces of wood to be placed. You just have to fill the moat with water or lava to complete your project.

Build an automatic drawbridge

If, on the other hand, you want to build an automatic drawbridge, so that you can activate and deactivate it as often as you see fit, you must carefully follow the procedures that I will show you in the next paragraphs. It will not be a bridge that you can raise and lower as it happens in reality, but it will be an equally functional project for your purpose.

The first thing you need to do is dig a moat in front of the entrance to your shelter. No matter how far the two sides of the moat are, the important thing is that it is three blocks deep.

Once this is done, at the bottom of the ditch, place some sticky pistons and also dig two lines of blocks on each side, right next to the pistons. In the latter, you must place a line of redstone repeaters, which will serve to operate the pistons, connected together by a redstone line.

At this point, add blocks of any material on the sticky pistons, which will be the walkable base of the bridge, when you activate it.

The only operation left to do is to bring the redstone circuit to the entrance of your shelter, in order to position a lever, through which you can operate the drawbridge. To do this, dig a ladder system, starting at the bottom of the moat and taking care to connect both sides of the circuit.

Good! At this point, you are almost at the end of the project. Cover with the blocks around the redstone circuit, so that it can not be seen, or destroyed, in case riempissi the lava moat. Then fill the moat with water or, if you prefer, with lava, using a bucket.

If you have followed the instructions I have given you to the letter, you will have built a drawbridge that you can activate and deactivate using a simple lever, to be placed at the entrance, right near the end of the circuit: the same one you have created using the stairs excavated earlier. It was easy, wasn’t it?


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