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How to Summon Lightning in Minecraft

Lightning is a rare occurrence in Minecraft as it only happens during thunderstorms, and even then for lightning to strike anywhere near you you have to be very lucky; or unlucky depending on your point of view This blogpost will highlight all the ways in which you can summon lightning.
Note that lightning can only occur during thunderstorms; so if you are using the following methods in broad daylight, they will have no effect.

Method 1 (Trident)

1. Acquire a trident.
2. Enchant it with channeling.
3. Strike a mob with your trident, lightning will be summoned at that mob's location and potentially even kill it.

Method 2 (Lightning Rod)

1. Acquire three copper ingots.
2. Place the ingots vertically in a crafting table to make a lightning rod.
3. Place the rod and wait for lightning to come to it!
Note that the above method only works in version 1.17 and up.

Method 3 (can be used regardless of weather)

1. Open the chat window.
2. Type the following command: “/summon lightning_bolt”.

Uses of Lightning

Lightning can be used to light things on fire as well as change something about mobs. For example if a creeper is struck by lightning it becomes a charged creeper or if a pig is struck by lightning it becomes a zombified piglin.
If you are interested in more Minecraft content, checkout our Minecraft glossary, what horses eat in Minecraft, how to get scutes, villagers opening doors, getting Acacia wood, and our blogpost on how to kill mobs in Minecraft. You might also like our blogpost on Minecraft Player-vs-Player mode of gameplay. Also checkout and participate in Kodeclik's Minecraft Settlement Creation contest. Also learn about Minecraft MLG.
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