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Particles are a graphical effect in Minecraft. Particles always seem to face the player and will usually disappear after a short period of time. They only appear from another entity such as fire. Particles collide with solid blocks and are slowed by cobwebs, but are unaffected by other entities. Each particle texture is 8x8 pixels.

You can reduce the amount of particles visible in the Options menu. These options range from "All" to "Minimal". "All" renders all particles, "Decreased" renders half the amount of particles, and "Minimal" only renders block breaking particles, explosion particles, and firework particles.

Use the particle command to summon particles.


[edit] Particles

The types of particles and their coding names in the game's code are displayed below.

Particle names in italic will always be shown, even if the "Minimal" particle setting is used.

Particle name Block/entity/event Image
hugeexplosion Explosion Particle hugeexplosion.png
largeexplode Small explosion Particle largeexplode.png
fireworksSpark Firework trail and explosion Particle fireworksSpark.png
bubble Water Particle bubble.png
suspended Underwater Particle suspended.png
depthsuspend The void Particle depthsuspend.png
townaura Mycelium Particle townaura.png
crit Critical hits 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 Particle smoke.png
mobSpell Potion effects, trading Particle mobSpell.png
mobSpellAmbient Beacon effects Particle mobSpellAmbient.png
spell Splash potions, bottles o' enchanting Particle spell.png
instantSpell Instant health/damage splash potions Particle instantSpell.png
witchMagic Witches Particle witchMagic.png
note Note Blocks Particle note.png
portal Nether portals, Endermen, Endermites, ender pearls, eyes of ender, ender chests Particle portal.png
enchantmenttable Enchantment tables near bookshelves Particle enchantmenttable.png
explode Explosion Particle explode.png
flame Torches, furnaces, Magma Cubes, monster spawners Particle flame.png
lava Lava Particle lava.png
footstep Particle footstep.png
splash Water, rain, wolves Particle splash.png
wake Fishing Particle wake.png
largesmoke Fire, Minecart with Furnace, Blazes Particle largesmoke.png
cloud Mob death, mobs spawned by monster spawners Particle cloud.png
reddust Powered Redstone, Redstone Torches, powered Redstone Repeaters Particle reddust.png
snowballpoof Snowballs, eggs, creating Snow Golems or Iron Golems Particle snowballpoof.png
dripWater Water Particle dripWater.png
dripLava Lava Particle dripLava.png
snowshovel Particle snowshovel.png
slime Slimes Particle slime.png
heart Breeding, taming Particle heart.png
angryVillager Attacking a villager in a village Particle angryVillager.png
happyVillager Bone Meal, trading in a village Particle happyVillager.png
barrier Barriers Particle barrier.png
mobappearance Guardians Particle mobappearance.png
(data<<12)) Breaking blocks, sprinting, falling, ocelots Particle blockcrack.png
iconcrack_(id)_(data) Eating, eyes of ender, breaking tools Particle iconcrack.png

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[edit] Trivia

  • Most particle colors can be changed using resource packs, however the color of smoke particles used in redstone, portals, and Endermen can't be changed without mods.
  • The rain particles affect the rain sound.
  • Status effect particles will appear where your face is pointing.
  • Bubble particles seem to only appear when they are in water.
  • In Pocket Edition:
    • Eating particles appear as miniature versions of the food being eaten.
    • Burning entities emit rounded particles with Fire's animation.

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