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
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.
|explode||Explosions, mob death, mobs spawned by monster spawners, silverfish entering blocks|
|largeexplode||Explosions, ghast fireballs, wither skulls, Ender Dragon death|
|hugeexplosion||Explosions, Ender Dragon death, shearing mooshrooms|
|fireworksSpark||Firework rocket trail and explosion (trail is not shown when the "Minimal" particle setting is used)|
|bubble||Entities in water, guardian laser beams, fishing|
|splash||Entities in water, wolves, boats|
|crit||Critical hits, bows|
|magicCrit||Sword or axe enchanted with Sharpness, Smite, or Bane of Arthropods|
|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]|
|largesmoke||Fire, Minecart with furnace, blazes, water flowing into lava [note 1], lava flowing into water [note 1]|
|spell||Splash potions, bottles o' enchanting|
|instantSpell||Instant health/damage splash potions|
|mobSpell||Status effects, trading, wither armor|
|dripWater||Water, wet sponges, leaves (when raining)|
|angryVillager||Attacking a villager in a village|
|happyVillager||Bone meal, trading with a villager, feeding a baby animal|
|portal||Nether portals, endermen, endermites, ender pearls, eyes of ender, ender chests, dragon eggs|
|enchantmenttable||Enchantment tables near bookshelves|
|flame||Torches, furnaces, Magma Cubes, monster spawners|
|reddust||Redstone ore, powered redstone, redstone torches, powered redstone repeaters|
|snowballpoof||Thrown snowballs, creating withers [note 1], creating iron golems [note 1]|
|snowshovel||Creating snow golems [note 1]|
|iconcrack_(id)_(data)||Eating, thrown eggs, splash potions, eyes of ender, breaking tools|
|blockcrack_(id|(data<<12))||Breaking blocks, sprinting, walking iron golems|
|blockdust_(id)||Breaking armor stands, falling|
- Does not spawn due to a bug.
|rd-160052||Particles now appear when you break a block|
|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||Added "largeexplode" particle|
|Added "portal" particle|
|1.2||Added "note" particle|
|1.8||Added "crit" particle|
|Added "hugeexplosion" particle|
|Added "townaura" particle|
|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
|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 relating to "Particles" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
- 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.