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How many Minecraft blocks are required for a full beacon?

A beacon is a unique block that players can set up to boost their stats. Here’s a detailed guide to setting up beacons in Minecraft.

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A Minecraft Beacon Pyramid

Towards the end game, Minecraft players can set up beacons in their Overworld for navigation and status effects. The block can be extremely helpful if used correctly, and here’s everything you need to know about beacons in Minecraft.

Minecraft offers a wide range of items and blocks that players can experiment with. While some blocks like cobblestone are as basic as it gets, others like beacon have complex uses. Accordingly, making a beacon requires you to defeat bosses and extensively explore the Overworld.

From its crafting recipe to the blocks required for a full beacon, this guide will cover everything about beacons in Minecraft.

Minecraft beacon pyramid in the form of a lighthouse

What do beacons do in Minecraft?

Beacons emit a beam towards the sky and provide buffs and status effects to nearby players. Some players use beacons to improve their speed and jumping ability while others simply use them for navigation as their beam is visible from 1342 blocks away in the Java edition and 64 blocks away in Bedrock.

You can change the color of the beacon’s beam by placing stained glass (obtained by placing eight blocks of glass and one dye in the middle of the crafting table) above it. This is helpful if you’re willing to set up multiple beacons in your Overworld, and each beacon can help in identifying landmarks.

A beacon has primary and secondary powers:

Primary Powers

  • Speed I- Increases movement speed.
  • Haste I – Increases mining and attack speed.
  • Resistance I – Decreases all incoming damage.
  • Jump Boost I – Increases jumping distance and height.
  • Strength I – Increases Melee damage.

Secondary Powers

Secondary Powers are only available with a tier 4 pyramid:

  • Regeneration – provides healing.
  • Increases Primary Power to level 2

When activated, a beacon’s powers are applied to all players in range for a duration of 9 seconds plus 2 seconds per pyramid level. This means that a full pyramid can apply the status effects for 17 seconds. This process takes place every four seconds.

Primary and seconday powers of a Minecraft beacon

How to choose primary and secondary powers of a Minecraft beacon

Even though there are many options, a Minecraft beacon can only provide players with one primary effect and a secondary effect. To activate them, you must feed the beacon an iron, gold, diamond, netherite, or emerald ingot.

Following activation, you can choose the primary and secondary effects based on the pyramid level. To use two primary powers, you can choose the Secondary power that increases the primary power to level 2.

You can change the primary and secondary powers of your beacon but to do so, you’ll always have to feed the device another ingot.

How to make a beacon in Minecraft

You need the following items to craft a beacon in Minecraft:

  • Five blocks of glass
  • Three obsidian blocks
  • A nether star

The crafting pattern for a Minecraft beacon is:

Crafting recipe to make beacon in Minecraft

Here’s how you can obtain these items:

Glass

You can easily get glass in Minecraft by smelting Sand. If you want to mine it naturally, make sure to use tools with Silk Touch enabled. It generates inside the secret rooms in woodland mansions and in ancient cities.

Obsidian

Obsidian blocks in Minecraft are created when water flows over a lava source. You can also find them naturally in all three worlds:

  • Overworld – Woodland mansions, ocean ruins buildings, ravines, caves, ruined portals.
  • The Nether – ruined portals.
  • The End – on the main island at Y=0, end ship, and end cities.

Nether Star

You can get a nether star in Minecraft by defeating the Wither. This is the only source to get this item and interestingly, a nether star’s sole purpose is to be a crafting ingredient for beacons.

You can summon a Wither by placing four blocks of soul sand/ soul soil in a T shape and three wither skeleton skulls on the top. Your world’s difficulty must not be at Peaceful if you want to spawn the boss.

Soul sand structure to spawn the Wither boss in Minecraft

How to make pyramids for a single beacon in Minecraft

Beacons in Minecraft only work when they’re placed above a Pyramid made of iron, gold, emerald, diamond, or netherite. A pyramid can consist of different types of blocks. There are four types of Pyramids that you can make and their height impacts the capabilities of the beacon.

The procedure to make a beacon pyramid also depends on the number of beacons you’re willing to use.

This chart will illustrate the number of blocks you require to make a fully functioning single beacon Pyramid:

Pyramid levelBlocks LayersPowers and buffs availableRange
1204 x 5, beaconsHaste and Jump20
2626×7, 4 x 5, beaconsHaste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance30
31348 x 9, 6 x 7, 4 x 5, beaconsStrength, Haste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance40
424410 x 11, 8 x 9, 6 x 7, 4 x 5, beaconsStrength, Haste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance with Secondary Powers (passive regen or upgrade all Primary Powers to Level 2)50

It is evident that making a tier 4 beacon pyramid is hard but it allows you to choose from all primary and secondary powers.

How to make pyramids for multiple beacons in Minecraft

You can place multiple beacons on the top of a Minecraft pyramid to use all the available buffs together. By placing six beacons on the top and assigning different primary and secondary powers to each one, you’ll be able to get level II Strength, Haste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance alongside Passive Regeneration from a single pyramid.

This chart will reveal the number of blocks required to make a pyramid with multiple beacons on top:

Pyramid levelBlocks LayersPowers and buffs availableRange
193 x 3, beaconHaste and Jump20
2345 x5, 3 x 3, beaconHaste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance30
3837 x7, 5 x 5, 3 x 3, beaconStrength, Haste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance40
41649 x 9, 7 x 7, 5 x 5, 3 x 3, beaconStrength, Haste, Speed, Jump Boost, and Resistance with Secondary Powers (passive regen or upgrade all Primary Powers to Level 2)50

Lastly, remember that a beacon can be activated only when it has a clear view of the sky. Having said that, you can place transparent blocks like water or glass above a beacon and it won’t affect the device’s working.

Minecraft pyramid with six beacons

This is everything you’ll ever need to know about beacons, beacon pyramids, and blocks required to make a full beacon in Minecraft.


While this guide can be useful for players who’ve reached the endgame, we have a ton of guides for beginners as well. Make sure to check out how to breed horses in Minecraft, how to make Stone Bricks in Minecraft, and how to get a Saddle in Minecraft

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MultiVersus Season 1 update: Release date, Morty, Battle Pass price

MultiVersus Season 1 will bring a ton of new content to the game including Battle Pass rewards and a new Morty character.

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MultiVersus has been a massive success since launching its open beta, and fighting game fans now have Season 1 content to look forward to. Here’s everything coming to MultiVersus Season 1 including a new Morty character.

MultiVersus players have been enjoying the game’s open beta, but the platform fighter will soon officially enter its first season. The free-to-play game has been nothing short of a major hit with MultiVersus surpassing 11 million active players.

It’s safe to say that as more fighting game fans get their hands on MultiVersus, it is destined to continue its upward trajectory as Season 1 approaches. While MultiVersus already delivers a varied cast of characters from several notable franchises, more are on the way in Season 1.

Here’s everything you need to know about MultiVersus Season 1 including its release date, Battle Pass details, and new characters.

MultiVersus Season 1 Snapshot

MultiVersus Season 1 release date

Season 1 of MultiVersus will begin on August 15, 2022. Season 1 was previously set to launch on August 9, but the devs pushed back the date of the update to better prepare for the new content.

Technically Season 1 will be considered the full release of MultiVersus, since players have been enjoying the open beta for about a month.

It’s also important to note that the devs state Season 1 content will be rolled out periodically following the initial release on August 15. In other words not all Season 1 MultiVersus content will arrive on August 15: “new modes and content will be spread through the life of the Season.”

MultiVersus new characters & Morty release date

As the snapshot for Season 1 revealed, Rick and Morty will be making their way to MultiVersus in Season 1. While the image shows both Rick and Morty, the devs only provided information concerning Morty’s arrival.

Morty will officially join the roster of MultiVersus characters on August 23, just over a week after the initial Season 1 update. In addition, a MultiVersus Game Director confirmed that Morty will be characterized as an “expert” level fighter.

A ton of rumors have been swirling when it comes to possible new MultiVersus characters. Leaks have pointed toward the possible arrival of Eleven from Stranger Things, and given her powers in the Netflix series, she would make a great fit for the fighting game.

MultiVersus Season 1 Battle Pass

In addition to a Classic Arcade Mode and a proper Ranked Mode, MultiVersus Season 1 will also provide players with a new Battle Pass.

The Season 1 MultiVersus Battle Pass will have 50 tiers of rewards to unlock, giving players plenty of content to work toward. While this will deliver more rewards than the beta Battle Pass of 15 tiers, it will come at a greater cost.

MultiVersus uses an in-game currency called Gleamium to purchase content like the Season 1 Battle Pass. The Season 1 Battle Pass will cost 950 Gleamium, and players can purchase 1000 Gleamium for $9.99 / £7.99.

Players can also expect some notable balance changes to arrive with the Season 1 update, and we’ll be sure to detail those for you when it releases on August 15.


For more, check out our guides to the highly-anticipated Hogwarts Legacy and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

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Hogwarts Legacy: Release date, gameplay, trailer, more

Harry Potter fans will soon be able to live out their wizarding dreams with the release of Hogwarts Legacy, an upcoming action RPG.

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The Harry Potter franchise is soon to deliver its most expansive game yet and here’s everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy’s release date, gameplay, and more.

Harry Potter is one of the most iconic film and literature franchises in the world with countless fans across the globe. Hogwarts Legacy is looking to be the most comprehensive Harry Potter game yet.

With the content-rich wizarding world to draw upon, the highly anticipated Hogwarts Legacy will immerse players into the Harry Potter universe like never before.

Here’s everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy including the release date, gameplay details, and more.

Hogwarts Legacy release date

Hogwarts Legacy inside Hogwarts

Hogwarts Legacy’s release date is officially confirmed as February 10, 2023, for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC players. The game was previously slated for a Holiday 2022 release, but the devs explained that they needed a little bit more time to polish their product.

Potterheads won’t have to wait too long for the release of Hogwarts Legacy, but it is important to note that the game will be available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC as of February 10, 2023, but not the Nintendo Switch.

The release date for the Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy has yet to be revealed. Considering that the devs claimed it would be revealed soon, it will likely be some time after February 10.

Hogwarts Legacy gameplay details

Hogwarts Legacy spells

Prior to the massive gameplay reveal trailer, developers Avalanche Software teased that the game would take place in the 1800s. According to the devs this was a conscious decision to prevent your wizarding story to be overshadowed by a certain modern-day wizarding hero.

As the protagonist, your character will be tasked with investigating a gobline-led rebellion. The goblins have allied with dark wizards and you’ll have to take on some dangerous foes along the way. Hogwarts Legacy will allow you to explore Hogwarts’ massive grounds as well as many surrounding areas.

Wizard character customization

Hogwarts Legacy customization

Players will have the opportunity to fully customize their character for this grand adventure. Once you’ve created your character, you’ll arrive at Hogwarts as a new student. Naturally, this means the Sorting Hat will place you in one of the four Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

Life as a Hogwarts student

Hogwarts students in potions class

Once you’ve been placed in a Hogwarts house, you’ll have access to your dorms and begin to attend classes. From Potions to Defense Against the Dark Arts you’ll attempt to hone your wizarding skills all while making new friends along the way.

As a student, you’ll be able to create bonds with classmates that could prove valuable in learning new skills later in the game.

Hogwarts Legacy RPG elements

Hogwarts Legacy upgrades

As you attempt to tackle the dark secrets that await you outside of the castle, you’ll certainly grow as a wizard. You’ll be able to upgrade your talents and abilities with the experience points you’ve earned from completing challenges.

Players will also be able to upgrade their catalog of spells making them more effective and powerful as they progress through the game.

In Hogwarts Legacy, combat between wizards will include the use of offensive and defensive spells but that’s not all. Players can also brew powerful potions to give them an advantage when facing enemies.

Is Hogwarts Legacy on Xbox Game Pass?

Hogwarts Legacy wand shop

At this moment, there is no indication that Hogwarts Legacy will appear on Xbox Game Pass. The game will be available to purchase on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.

There are sure to be graphical differences in the game between console generations. Xbox Game Pass members would love to see Hogwarts Legacy available on the service and the devs will likely address its availability as we get closer to the February 2023 release.

Hogwarts Legacy reveal trailer

Avalanche Software treated players to a gameplay trailer on March 17. The nearly 15-minute trailer showcased the most in-depth look at Hogwarts Legacy yet. The trailer unveils several key aspects of the game as it details the plot, combat elements, RPG elements, and of course a massive overview of the world you’ll be able to explore.


For more upcoming gaming content check out our guides to FIFA 23, CoD: Modern Warfare 2, and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

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FIFA 23 players can’t play beta after crashing & connection errors: How to fix

While FIFA 23 players were excited to play the beta, crashing and connection errors are ruining the fun. Here’s how to fix the errors on PS5.

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Several players are reporting that they cannot access the FIFA 23 beta due to crashing and connection errors. If you’re hoping to get a first look at the new game, here’s how to fix FIFA 23’s beta bugs.

FIFA 23’s close beta went live on August 11 and countless players rushed to their platforms to get a first look at EA Sports’ new iteration of the franchise. Unfortunately, a considerable amount of players were met with FIFA 23 beta bugs that prevented them from accessing the game.

This is far from an ideal situation as the beta is only available until September 1. It seems the luck of players who were fortunate enough to receive a code for the closed beta is beginning to change.

However, there’s no real reason to worry as we’ll provide a fix for the FIFA 23 beta errors to get you back into matches.

It turns out there are a few separate FIFA 23 beta errors that are ruining the fun at the moment. One of the errors leads to the game crashing after players attempt to open the FIFA 23 application. This one is particularly frustrating as players can’t even get to the main menu to access any of the modes on offer.

Meanwhile, other players can access the menu but cannot play any modes, including the Kick-Off mode that should be available to everyone. With the player unable to select a mode, the FIFA 23 beta becomes utterly useless.

How to fix FIFA 23 beta errors on PS5

To fix the connection and crashing errors for FIFA 23’s beta you have to delete friends on your PlayStation account until you have less than 100. The issues were primarily impacting players on PS5.

This should work for PS5 players, while others are reporting that completing training matches eventually unlocks other modes. It seems there are more than a few bugs that players have to deal with. For the time being the method above is your best bet until the devs address these issues.

EA have yet to comment, but with the FIFA 23 beta available until September 1, there’s no doubt that they will work on delivering a fix for players soon.


For more, check out how FIFA 23’s new FUT Moments rewards have Ultimate Team players delighted.

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