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Raw materials






Yes (64)

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 289 hex: 121 bin: 100100001



Gunpowder, formerly known as sulphur, is an item that is used for explosive-related actions.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Creepers[edit | edit source]

Creepers have a chance of dropping up to 2 pieces of gunpowder upon death.

Ghasts[edit | edit source]

Ghasts have a chance of dropping up to 2 pieces of gunpowder upon death.

Witches[edit | edit source]

Witches have a chance of dropping up to 6 pieces of gunpowder upon death.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Gunpowder can be found in 54.0% of dungeon chests, in stacks of 1–4.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Any Firework Star

Gunpowder +
Any Dye +
Extra ingredients (optional)

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.


Gunpowder +
Sand or
Red Sand

Fire Charge

Blaze Powder +
Gunpowder +
Coal or

Firework Rocket

Paper +

When crafted this way (without a firework star), the rocket will have no explosion effects.

Firework Rocket

Any Firework Star +
Paper +

Adding more gunpowder increases the duration of the rocket. Up to three gunpowder can be used. Furthermore, up to 5 firework stars can also be used, in which case all will go off simultaneously when the rocket detonates.

Brewing ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe

Splash Potion

Gunpowder +
Any Potion

History[edit | edit source]

January 29, 2010 Added gunpowder (originally sulphur) as a crafting ingredient for TNT. It could be dropped by any mob.
February 19, 2010 Gunpowder now only drops from creepers.
1.3 Sulphur was renamed to Gunpowder
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 Gunpowder was made usable in brewing to create splash potions.
1.2.1 12w04a Fire charges are crafted with gunpowder.
1.4.2 12w38b Witches may now drop gunpowder.
1.4.6 12w49a Gunpowder is used to craft a firework star and a firework rocket.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added gunpowder to the creative inventory.
Console Edition
TU1 Added gunpowder.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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