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Particles are special graphical effects in Minecraft.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Particles always seem to face the player and will usually disappear after a short period of time. Particles collide with solid blocks and are slowed by cobwebs, but are unaffected by other entities. They can be created using the /particle command.

Types of particles[edit | edit source]

The types of particles and their names in the game's code are displayed below. Particle names in italic are shown when using the "Minimal" particles setting.

Particle name Block/entity/event Image
explode Explosions, mob death, mobs spawned by monster spawners, silverfish entering blocks Particle cloud.png
largeexplode Explosions, ghast fireballs, wither skulls, Ender Dragon death, shearing mooshrooms Particle largeexplode.png
hugeexplosion Explosions, Ender Dragon death Particle hugeexplosion.png
fireworksSpark Firework rocket trail and explosion (trail is not shown when the "Minimal" particle setting is used) Particle fireworksSpark.png
bubble Entities in water, guardian laser beams, fishing Particle bubble.png
splash Entities in water, wolves after swimming, boats Particle splash.png
wake Fishing Particle wake.png
suspended Underwater Particle suspended.png
depthsuspend Particle depthsuspend.png
crit Critical hits, bows, evocation fangs Particle crit.png
magicCrit Sword or axe enchanted with Sharpness, Smite, or Bane of Arthropods Particle magicCrit.png
smoke Torches, primed TNT, droppers, dispensers, end portals, brewing stands, monster spawners, furnaces, ghast fireballs, wither skulls, taming, withers, lava (when raining), placing an eye of ender in an end portal frame,[note 1] redstone torches burning out [note 1] Particle smoke.png
largesmoke Fire, Minecart with furnace, blazes, water flowing into lava,[note 1] lava flowing into water [note 1] Particle largesmoke.png
spell Splash potions, lingering potions, bottles o' enchanting, evokers Particle spell.png
instantSpell Instant health/damage splash and lingering potions, spectral arrows Particle instantSpell.png
mobSpell Status effects, lingering potions, tipped arrows, trading, wither armor (linger effect not shown when the "Minimal" particle setting is used) Particle mobSpell.png
mobSpellAmbient Beacon effects Particle mobSpellAmbient.png
witchMagic Witches Particle witchMagic.png
dripWater Water, wet sponges, leaves (when raining) Particle dripWater.png
dripLava Lava Particle dripLava.png
angryVillager Attacking a villager in a village Particle angryVillager.png
happyVillager Bone meal, trading with a villager, feeding a baby animal Particle happyVillager.png
townaura Mycelium Particle townaura.png
note Note blocks Particle note.png
portal Nether portals, endermen, endermites, ender pearls, eyes of ender, ender chests, dragon eggs, eating chorus fruits, end gateway portals Particle portal.png
enchantmenttable Enchantment tables near bookshelves Particle enchantmenttable.png
flame Torches, furnaces, Magma Cubes, monster spawners Particle flame.png
lava Lava Particle lava.png
footstep Particle footstep.png
reddust Redstone ore, powered redstone, redstone torches, powered redstone repeaters Particle reddust.png
snowballpoof Thrown snowballs, creating withers,[note 1] creating iron golems [note 1] Particle snowballpoof.png
slime Slimes Particle slime.png
heart Breeding, taming Particle heart.png
barrier Barriers Particle barrier.png
cloud Particle explode.png
snowshovel Creating snow golems [note 1] Particle snowshovel.png
droplet Rain Particle droplet.png
mobappearance Elder guardians Particle mobappearance.png
iconcrack Eating, thrown eggs, splash potions, eyes of ender, breaking tools Particle iconcrack.png
blockcrack Breaking blocks, sprinting, walking iron golems Particle blockcrack.png
blockdust Breaking armor stands, falling Particle blockdust.png
endRod End rods, shulker bullets Particle endRod.png
dragonbreath Ender Dragon's breath, ender charges Particle dragonbreath.png
damageIndicator Mobs when hurt by sword, axe or shovel Particle damageIndicator.png
sweepAttack Swords Particle sweepAttack.png
fallingdust Unstable sand and gravel Particle unstable gravel.png
Squid ink[Pocket edition only] Particle squid ink.png
spit Llamas Particle spit.png
totem Totems of Undying Particle talisman.png
  1. a b c d e f g Does not spawn due to a bug.

Note that the calculation method for blocks with metadatas when using in the params tag of the /particle command, is (id+(data*4096))

History[edit | edit source]

rd-160052 Added "blockcrack" particle
January 25, 2010 Added "flame" particle
June 18, 2010 Added "bubble" particle
Added "splash" particle
1.0.1 Added "reddust" particle
1.0.5 Added "snowballpoof" particle
1.2.0 Added "largeexplode" particle
Added "portal" particle
1.2 Added "note" particle
1.8 Added "crit" particle
Added "hugeexplosion" particle
Added "townaura" particle
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 Added "magicCrit" particle
Added "spell" particle
Added "instantSpell" particle
Added "mobSpell" particle
Beta 1.9-pre6 Added "Particles" setting in Video Settings
? Added "dripWater" particle
Added "dripLava" particle
1.4.2 12w32a Added "angryVillager" particle
Added "happyVillager" particle
12w38a Added "witchMagic" particle
1.4.4 Added "mobSpellAmbient" particle
1.4.6 12w49a Added "fireworksSpark" particle
1.7.2 13w36a Added "wake" particle
Added falling particles
1.8 14w04a Particles can now be spawned with /particle
14w06a Added "barrier" particle
14w25a Added "droplet" particle
Added "take" particle
Added "mobappearance" particle
14w27a Falling particles now move in a random direction
14w31a Thrown eggs now use the iconcrack particle instead of the snowballpoof particle
14w34c The void no longer produces "depthSuspend" particles.
1.9 15w31a Added "dragonbreath" particle
Added "endRod" particle
15w32c Particles are no longer handled as entities.
Range increased from 16 blocks to 32 blocks.
Count limit of particles increased from 4,000 to 16,384.
15w34b Added "damageIndicator" particle
15w34c Added "sweepAttack" particle
1.10 16w20a Added "fallingdust" particle
1.10-pre1 fallingdust particle now collides with blocks.
1.11 16w39a Added "spit" particle
Added "talisman" particle
16w39c Renamed "talisman" to "totem"
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added "blockcrack" particle
Added "flame" particle
Added "smoke" particle
Added "bubble" particle
Added "splash" particle
0.3.2 "flame" particles now appear near furnaces.
0.4.0 Added "crit" particle
Added "snowballpoof" particle
0.5.0 Added "reddust" particle
0.9.0 build 1 Added "dripWater" particle
Added "dripLava" particle
Added "townaura" particle
Added "heart" particle
Added "portal" particle
0.10.0 build 1 Added particles for unstable sand and gravel.
0.11.0 build 1 Added squid ink particles
Added "spell" particle
Added "instantSpell" particle
Added "mobSpell" particle
Added "wake" particle
0.12.1 build 1 "crit" particles now appear when performing a critical hit
"portal" particles now appear near nether portals
Added "angryVillager" particle
Added "largeexplode" particle
Added "hugeexplode" particle
Added "blockdust" particle
Added "slime" particle
Added "enchantementtable" particle
Added "droplet" particle
Added "snowshovel" particle
build 8 "largeexplode" and "hugeexplosion" particles now have a higher definition.
build 9 Particles are now visible through water.
Particles will no longer appear darkened when inside a block.
0.13.0 build 1 Particles are no longer handled as entities.
"reddust" particles now appear near powered redstone
Added "happyVillager" particle
Added "note" particle.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Added "endRod" particle.
Added "dragonbreath" particle.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Most particle colors can be changed using resource packs, however the color of smoke particles used in redstone, portals, and endermen can not be changed without mods.
  • Status effect particles will appear where your face is pointing.
  • Bubble and suspended particles seem to only appear when they are in water.
  • The "mobappearance" particle will always follow the player regardless of what its location has been set to.
  • The torches on redstone repeaters spawn particles, but the torches on redstone comparators do not.
  • In Pocket Edition, Burning entities emit rounded particles with Fire's animation.

Gallery[edit | edit source]