Flint and Steel

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Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel.png
Flint and Steel








Data value

dec: 259 hex: 103 bin: 100000011



Flint and steel is a tool used to place fire.



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Iron Ingot +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Flint and Steel
Iron Ingot Flint

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Damaged Flint and Steel

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel Flint and Steel

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The durability of the two flint and steels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Natural generation[edit]

Nether fortresses chests may contain flint and steel.


When used with right-click on top of a solid, fully opaque block or on the sides of a flammable block, flint and steel places fire in the air block directly adjacent to the surface on which it is used. In both Survival and Creative using (right-clicking) flint and steel on TNT will set it off. Flint and steel has 65 uses. When right-clicked to place fire, a point of durability is drained whether or not the surface it is used on is correct for the placement of fire. It also can be used to light a Nether Portal.

The fire-starting ability of Flint and Steel makes it a versatile tool and weapon. Despite the reduction of its spread, fire can still be useful for some clearing jobs. It has the advantage of working on its own while the player can do something else productive.

Flint and steel can also be used to set off the detonation sequence on Creepers.



The older texture in Indev 0.31.
The player started with flint and steel in their inventory. Flint and steel was also found as loot from killing mobs.
0.31 Flint and Steel had a darker texture: Flint and Steel (Early Indev).png
Before furnaces were added, flint and steel could be used to smelt ores and cook food.[1]
1.0.15 Furnaces were added to replace the cooking/smelting function of flint and steel.
1.6 Before, fire could spread indefinitely, making flint and steel an effective weapon of mass destruction in areas with large, interconnected sections of flammable blocks. Many servers banned the use of flint and steel as it can be used for griefing. After, fire no longer spreads infinitely.
1.7 Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are the only ways to activate TNT.[2]
Official release
1.3.1 12w21a The player can now trade emeralds for flint and steel.
1.4.2 12w38a Changed sound when using flint and steel.
1.6.1 13w25a Now loses durability when igniting TNT.
1.7.2 13w36a Flint and steel now has a shapeless crafting recipe.
Igniting a Creeper with Flint and Steel causes it to explode on impact.
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer sell flint and steel, making it no longer renewable.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added flint and steel.
0.8.0 build 2 Added flint and steel to the creative inventory.
Console Edition
TU1 Added flint and steel.
TU3 Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are the only ways to activate TNT.


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  • In Adventure mode, flint and steel cannot light fires, nor can it ignite Nether portals. However, it can still ignite TNT.
  • If you right-click with Flint and Steel on a transparent block such as glass, or a block which is underwater, it will not start a fire but still consume durability.
  • Flint and steel can be enchanted, but only by using an enchanted book and an anvil. The only enchantment that can get is unbreaking I, II or III.