Lightning Rods

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Lightning Rods

Module TypeReliant
Created byEease
Last Updated bySpecialBuilder32
Required ModulesCustom Crafters
Compatible MC Versions1.8 - 1.16.5

This module adds lightning rods that can summon lightning bolts.


Throwing a lightning rod on the ground starts a countdown until lightning will strike. The time until lightning strikes is displayed above the rod. The countdown can be cancelled by picking up the lightning rod. Once the countdown reaches zero, a bolt of lightning is summoned, consuming the item.

Multiple lightning rods in a stack will not strike lightning

If there is more than one item in a stack of lightning rods, an error will be displayed above the lightning rod and the countdown will stop. This prevents dying with multiple lightning rods in your inventory from summoning lightning and destroying all your items, but dying with a single lightning rod in your inventory will.


Lightning rods can be crafted in a Custom Crafter with blaze powder surrounding a stick.

Item Ingredients Recipe (Custom Crafter)
Lightning Rod Blaze Powder +


Special Effects


Striking a purpur block with lightning will transform it into a Shulker. These shulkers drop shulker shells less often than naturally occurring shulkers.

Creating a shulker using Lightning Rods
Creeper Spawners

Striking a creeper spawner with lightning changes the spawner into a charged creeper spawner.

Converting a creeper spawner using Lightning Rods

Technical Details

The rod will only start counting down once it touches the floor.

When a shulker is created with lightning rods, it will have a 1/10 chance to drop a shulker shell upon death. Looting does not affect this drop rate.


Advancement Requirement
Dr. Frankenstein
It's alive! Create a Shulker
Strike a purpur block with a lightning rod

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Previous Versions

MC 1.8 Version

Shulkers were not in the game, thus could not be created by striking a purpur block.


Version Date Change
1.8 17 Feb 2014 Released Lightning Rods
1.9 17 Oct 2016 Added Purpur Block -> Shulker conversion
Added "Dr. Frankenstein" achievement[note 1]
1.17 22 Aug 2021 Lightning Rods has been discontinued.


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