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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.


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
hugeexplosion Explosion Particle hugeexplosion.png
largeexplode Ghast fireballs, Wither skulls Particle largeexplode.png
fireworksSpark Firework Rocket trail and explosion (trail is not shown when the "Minimal" particle setting is used) Particle fireworksSpark.png
bubble Water Particle bubble.png
suspended Underwater Particle suspended.png
depthsuspend Particle depthsuspend.png
townaura Mycelium Particle townaura.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 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, dragon eggs Particle portal.png
enchantmenttable Enchantment tables near bookshelves Particle enchantmenttable.png
explode Explosion, mob death, mobs spawned by monster spawners 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 Particle explode.png
reddust Redstone Ore, powered Redstone, Redstone Torches, powered Redstone Repeaters Particle reddust.png
snowballpoof Thrown snowballs, creating Snow Golems or Iron Golems Particle snowballpoof.png
dripWater Water, wet sponges 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, feeding a baby animal Particle happyVillager.png
barrier Barriers Particle barrier.png
droplet Particle splash.png
mobappearance Elder Guardians Particle mobappearance.png
blockcrack_(id|(data<<12)) Breaking blocks, sprinting, falling, ocelots Particle blockcrack.png
iconcrack_(id)_(data) Eating, thrown eggs, eyes of ender, breaking tools Particle iconcrack.png


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
Official release
1.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 Added "magicCrit" particle
Added "spell" particle
Added "instantSpell" particle
Added "mobSpell" particle
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 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 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.