How To Make A Trapped Chest In Minecraft (And Blow Players Up)

In this tutorial we will show you step by step how to make a trapped chest in Minecraft. We’ll even show you how to booby trap and blow up another player in our how-to video.

Minecraft locked chests are used to store items and produce Redstone energy when opened.

Available Platforms

Edition Platform Available
Java Edition Windows, Mac & Linux PC’s Yes
Bedrock Edition Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC’s Yes
Education Edition Mac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC’s Yes
PlayStation Edition PlayStation 3 & 4 Yes

Items Needed To Make A Trapped Chest

Steps To Make A Trapped Chest

1. Open Your Crafting Menu

First, let’s open your artboard in Minecraft. You should see the grid in the image below.

How To Make A Trapped Chest In Minecraft

2. Add Chest & Tripwire Hook

In the craft menu, add the chest and bow hook to the grid.

Remember to add each item to the grid exactly as shown in the image below. The second row should contain 1 string hook in the first box and 1 chest in the second box. This is essentially everything in the Minecraft Trapped Chest recipe.

How To Make A Trapped Chest In Minecraft

Now that you’ve added the items to the grid in the correct order (as shown above), you’ll notice a trapped chest appear in the box on the right.

3. Move The Trapped Chest To Your Inventory

Move the captured chest to your inventory so you can start using it.

How To Make A Trapped Chest In Minecraft

Now you have a locked chest! You can use your locked Minecraft chest to store items and even as a trap for unlucky players!

How To Make A Trapped Chest In Minecraft

Minecraft Trapped Chest Command

You can also use a Give command to create a locked chest in Minecraft. The Trapped Chest Command is available in the following editions:

  • Java edition
  • Pocket edition
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10 Edition
  • Educational Edition

To run the chest command in Minecraft, open your chat window and enter the command below for your particular version.

Java Edition 1.13 and higher

/give @p trapped_chest 1

PE, Xbox One, Switch, Win 10, Education Edition

/give @p trapped_chest 1 0


1. How do trapped chests work in Minecraft?

A Trapped Chest is a Redstone-related block that will emit a weak Redstone signal when a player opens it. As more players peer into the chest, the Redstone signal will gradually increase. Trapped chests can primarily be used to create traps, but can also create a few nifty Redstone creations.

2. Can you lock chests in Minecraft?

Chests (and maybe other inventories and doors) can be locked with a key that can be crafted with gold. To lock a chest, you hold a key and shift-right-click the chest to be locked. The Key and the chest will now have sort of an id or something, that makes the key unique and the key is bound to that chest.

3. How do you make a minecraft trap?

Just build a hole in the floor next to a wall in your house. Cover it with a trap door and then put a button on the wall next to it. Now, if you press the button the trap door will open. Any nosy neighbours will fall to their doom!

4. How do you lock a trapped chest?

A trapped chest can be “locked” by setting the trapped chest’s Lock tag. If a trapped chest’s Lock tag is not blank, the trapped chest cannot be opened except by players holding an item with the same name as the Lock tag’s text. A trapped chest’s Lock tag can be set or unset with the data command.

5. Can villagers open trapdoors?

Yes. In fact, villagers can only open wooden doors. Villagers can’t open fence gates or trap doors, nor can they use buttons or levers, allowing you to use iron doors, iron trapdoors, or just about any redstone-based door mechanism without them being able to escape.

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