Fire Charge

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[edit]Fire Charge
Fire Charge.png
Fire Charge







Yes (64)

Network ID


Savegame ID


First appearance

1.2.1 (12w04a)

Data value

dec: 385 hex: 181 bin: 110000001



Fire charge is an item which produces fire when used. It can be fired from dispensers, or used as an inefficient substitute for flint and steel.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Blaze Powder +
Gunpowder +
Coal or

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Fire Charge3
Blaze Powder CoalCharcoal

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Dispensing Fire Charge

When used, it instantly produces fire, similarly to flint and steel. The fire charge is consumed in the process. Unlike flint and steel, fire charges can not be used to detonate creepers.

When a fire charge is dispensed from a dispenser, it acts like a blaze fireball, flying in a straight line (with random aim). When it hits a block, it will place fire. It produces no explosive effect. If it hits a player, it deals a total of 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) damage (It deals 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) health points of hit damage, and 2 (Heart.svg) health points from burning).

Fire charge can also be used to light a Nether portal and it can be used to craft firework stars with the large ball effect.

As a crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Any Firework Star

Gunpowder +
Any Dye +
Fire Charge

Grid layout Arrow (small).png White Firework StarOrange Firework StarMagenta Firework StarLight Blue Firework StarYellow Firework StarLime Firework StarPink Firework StarGray Firework StarLight Gray Firework StarCyan Firework StarPurple Firework StarBlue Firework StarBrown Firework StarGreen Firework StarRed Firework StarBlack Firework Star
Gunpowder Bone MealOrange DyeMagenta DyeLight Blue DyeDandelion YellowLime DyePink DyeGray DyeLight Gray DyeCyan DyePurple DyeLapis LazuliCocoa BeansCactus GreenRose RedInk Sac

Fire Charge
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Official release
1.2.1 12w04a Added fire charge, could only be crafted with coal.
12w05a Could now be crafted with charcoal.
1.4.2 12w38b Changed sound when using the fire charge, now same as when using flint and steel.
1.4.6 12w49a Fire charges can be used to craft fireworks.
1.5 13w02a Shot fire charge's texture was accidentally changed from Fire Charge.png to Grid Diamond Helmet.png
13w02b Shot fire charge's texture was changed back from Grid Diamond Helmet.png to Fire Charge.png
Console Edition
TU9 Added fire charges.


  • The sprite for fire charges are the same as blaze and ghast fireballs.
  • When a dispenser with a fire charge is placed with a block directly in front of it, the charge shoots through it and creates a fire on the other side.
  • Using a fire charge will cause a block update (regardless of whether the block it is used on can actually burn). This makes it a useful tool for triggering BUD switches.
  • A fire charge will fly infinitely far until it hits a block, even if the block is outside of the players render distance.
  • Since coal, blaze powders and gunpowder can be found from various mobs in the Nether, fire charges can be used as an emergency substitute of flint and steel when trapped in the Nether.
  • When shot from a dispenser, the fire charge starts out stationary and accelerates, as though it is falling rather than being launched.

See also[edit]