Minecart with TNT

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Minecart with TNT
Minecart with TNT.png
Minecart with TNT








Network ID


Savegame ID


If not exploded


Health points

6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

First appearance

1.5 (13w02a)

Data value

dec: 407 hex: 197 bin: 110010111



The Minecart with TNT is a type of minecart that acts as a moving TNT block.


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Grid layout Arrow (small).png Minecart with TNT




A minecart with TNT can only be placed on a rail. Once it is pushed it will start to go along the rail like a rideable minecart.

It will detonate on these conditions:

  • It moves over a powered Activator Rail (after 4 second delay like the TNT block).
  • It derails and falls more than three blocks.
  • It's destroyed while in motion.
  • It's destroyed by fire, lava or an explosion.
  • It turns on a curved track too fast, with a solid block or entity located beside the track (in the previous movement direction).
  • It is hit by a flaming arrow

Upon detonation, it will act as normal TNT, exploding and damaging nearby scenery, players, and mobs. A useful fact about these TNT minecarts is that upon detonation after activating on Activator Rail, it will not destroy its rails and the blocks the rail is on. Note: Even though the rails and supports will be left unharmed, you will still take damage from the explosion, so make sure to be a reasonable distance from the cart. Minecarts with TNT can be used as a less complicated alternative to the conventional TNT cannon, requiring only one block of TNT.



Official release
1.5 13w02a Added Minecart with TNT.
13w02b Bugfixes.[1]
13w03a No longer destroys nearby rails and rail supports during explosion.[2]
1.8 14w11a Minecart with TNT explosions no longer stack.
14w26a Minecart with TNT can be detonated using fire arrow.


Issues relating to "Minecart with TNT" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • Unlike what can be seen when one Minecart with TNT detonates, stacking multiple carts into each other can destroy the rails that they were on.
  • It is possible to create an enormous crater using several Minecart with TNT's and having them all detonate at the same time. This will kill players wearing full-diamond armor and the resulting fall to the ground will deal well beyond what any armored player can resist in damage (hundreds of hearts worth). A direct hit from three stacked Minecarts can reduce a fully diamond armored player to half a heart. [3]
  • TNT Minecarts will not destroy rails or their supports upon detonation. It will, however, destroy blocks around and below the supports, so if they are made out of sand, the track will fall apart.
  • They cannot be set off by Flint and Steel or fire. However, if a launched Fire Charge hits a Minecart with TNT, it will explode instantly, making it good for insta-landmines. Shooting them with a bow with the flame enchantment will set the minecart on fire and it will blow up after a tick.
  • As with any minecart, placing 3 or more together and allowing them to exit a rail system will cause them to glide orthogonally or diagonally at an orthogonal movement speed similar to the player's walking speed. This means that, especially on flat-lands, TNT carts can be used as long-range weapons. Note that any wall at all or dip of over 1 block depth will cause the self-propelling TNT-carts to explode all at once, creating a large crater and killing players. This can also occur on contact with players, making TNT-carts the only weapon capable of being launched and exploding on contact with players instead of terrain.
  • If the minecart derails into fire, it will immediately explode while the minecart will be destroyed and will drop a minecart and strangely, with a TNT block, despite the explosion. Also, noted that the player does not take any damage from the explosion in Survival mode, making it easy to mine surface blocks, or clear out landscapes for building.


See also[edit]


  1. Issue tracker: MC-6833