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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. 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 Video Settings 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.

Particles can be spawned with the /particle command.

Particles[edit]

The types of particles and their 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
explode Explosions, mob death, mobs spawned by monster spawners, silverfish entering blocks Particle explode.png
largeexplode Explosions, Ghast fireballs, Wither skulls, Ender Dragon death Particle largeexplode.png
hugeexplosion Explosions, Ender Dragon death, shearing Mooshrooms 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, boats Particle splash.png
wake Fishing Particle wake.png
suspended Underwater Particle suspended.png
depthsuspend Particle depthsuspend.png
crit Critical hits, bows 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, bottles o' enchanting Particle spell.png
instantSpell Instant health/damage splash potions Particle instantSpell.png
mobSpell Potion effects, trading, Wither armor 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 in a village, 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 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
take
mobappearance Elder Guardians Particle mobappearance.png
iconcrack_(id)_(data) Eating, thrown eggs, splash potions, eyes of ender, breaking tools Particle iconcrack.png
blockcrack_(id|(data<<12)) Breaking blocks, sprinting, walking Iron Golems Particle blockcrack.png
blockdust_(id) Breaking armor stands, falling Particle blockdust.png
  1. a b c d e f g
    Does not spawn due to a bug.

History[edit]

Pre-classic
rd-160052 Particles now appear when you break a block
Indev
January 25, 2010 Added "flame" particle
Infdev
June 18, 2010 Added "bubble" particle
Added "splash" particle
Alpha
1.0.1 Added "reddust" particle
1.0.5 Added "snowballpoof" particle
1.2 Added "largeexplode" particle
Added "portal" particle
Beta
1.2 Added "note" particle
1.8 Added "crit" particle
Added "hugeexplosion" particle
Added "townaura" particle
Official release
1.0 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 Removed void particles.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Particles" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Eating particles appear as miniature versions of the food being eaten.
    • Burning entities emit rounded particles with Fire's animation.

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