Fire Charge

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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 charges are items which light fires when used.



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

Fire charges can be used as ammunition for dispensers, or as an inefficient substitute for flint and steel.

When used, it instantly lights a fire, similar to flint and steel. The fire charge is consumed in the process. Unlike flint and steel, fire charges cannot be used to directly activate TNT, nor can they detonate Creepers.

When a fire charge is fired 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 (3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) hit damage, and 2 (Heart.svg) from burning).

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

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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Only one additional ingredient besides diamonds and glowstone dust can be used.



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.
Console Edition
TU9 Added fire charges.


Issues relating to "Fire Charge" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • Blaze and ghast fireballs share their texture with fire charges.
  • When a dispenser with a fire charge is placed with a block directly in front of it, the dispenser shoots through it and lights a fire on the other side.
  • A fire charge will fly infinitely far until it hits a block or an entity, even if it is outside the player's render distance.
  • When shot from a dispenser, the fire charge starts out stationary and accelerates, as though it is falling rather than being launched. Fireballs shot by blazes, however, maintain the same speed all the way up to the target.

See also[edit]