How to Make a Trapped Chest in Minecraft

With Minecraft being around for so long, we tend to forget some of the items that were incredible when they were first released. Today, we’ll time-travel back to 2013, when several new redstone-related blocks were added to the game. And more specifically, we’ll look at one of my favorites; the Trapped Chest. Here’s how to make a Trapped Chest in Minecraft.

What Is a Trapped Chest in Minecraft

Trapped vs Regular Chest

Trapped Chests were one of the first traps we could use as booby traps. Even though they’ve been around for more than a decade, they’re still one of the best ways to trick your friends and steal all their loot. But we’ll talk more about that later on.

For now, let’s see how you can find one of these or, better yet, how you can craft one.

Where Can You Find a Trapped Chest in Minecraft

Finding a Trapped Chest in Minecraft might be more difficult than defeating the Wither. These only generate inside a fake End portal room located in Woodland Mansions. The issue with this is that this room is the rarest one you can find inside these buildings. And the mansion itself is hard to find unless you’ve traded for an Explorer map with a cartographer.

So, you’re better off crafting one rather than searching for it.

How to Craft a Trapped Chest in Minecraft

Trapped Chest Recipe

To craft a Trapped Chest in Minecraft, you’ll need to use the following materials according to the recipe above:

  • 1 Chest 
  • 1 Tripwire Hook

Even though making a chest is easy (it only requires 8 Wood Planks), you’ll have to get a hold of an iron ingot to make a Tripwire Hook. You can also find these inside a Jungle Temple or a Villager Outpost chest.

How to Use a Trapped Chest in Minecraft

Using a Trapped Chest to Detonate TNT

Once you’ve got your hands on a Trapped Chest, it’s time to learn how to use it. Admittedly, if you’re not a big fan of redstone circuits, you can use these just like a regular Chest. But that misses the entire point of crafting this.

So, the best way to use a Trapped Chest is by adding it to a redstone circuit. Or, better yet, just connect it with a couple of TNT blocks using redstone dust, and enjoy the explosions as you trick your friends. Just be careful not to add any valuable items inside, as these are likely to get destroyed.


That’s how you can make a Trapped Chest in Minecraft. I’ve got countless instances of tricking players in old Minecraft servers using these. What about you? What’s the best trap you’ve made with these chests? Let us know over on the Minecraft Forum!