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Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 288 hex: 120 bin: 100100000

Namespaced ID


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Feathers were added during the 0.31 Indev phase of Minecraft’s development. They were originally dropped by every mob, and could only be used to make arrows. Shortly afterwards, they were patched to only drop from zombies, and then from chickens, but it was a while until zombies started dropping rotten flesh instead, and chickens became the only source of feathers.

Duncan Geere[1]

Feathers are items dropped by chickens and parrots, as well as tamed cats as gifts.



Adult chickens drop 0–2 feathers upon death. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 with Looting III.

Parrots drop 1–2 feathers upon death. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 1-5 with Looting III.

Foxes that are holding a feather also have a chance of 8.5%‌‌[JE only]/100%‌‌[BE only] to drop the feather they are holding upon death. Alternatively, player can drop a food item, which will cause the fox to drop the feather.

Natural generation[edit]

Feathers can be found in 12.1% of plains village house chests in stacks of 1, in 55.8% of village fletcher chests in stacks of 1–3, and in 60.0% of shipwreck map chests in stacks of 1–5.


Tamed cats have a 16.13% chance of giving the player feathers as a gift.


Feathers are used to make arrows. They are also used to make a book and quill and firework star effect (Burst explosion).

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Arrow Flint +
Stick +
Book and Quill Book +
Ink Sac +

Firework Star Gunpowder +
Matching Dye +
Feather +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
One head, gold nugget, feather, or fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.


Expert-level fletcher villager buy 24 feathers for an emerald as part of their trade.


Java Edition Indev
0.31 (January 30, 2010)Feather Revision 1.png Added feathers. They can be used to craft arrows and are dropped by every mob in quantities of 0 to 2.
February 6, 2010Feather Revision 2.png The feather's texture has now been changed; it is now not as straight anymore.
February 19, 2010Zombies are now the only mob that can drop feathers. Notch has stated he currently doesn't know what else they should drop.[2]
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14The chicken will now drop 0 to 2 feathers upon death.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseZombies will now drop rotten flesh, instead of feathers. The reason zombies used to drop feathers was because feathers were used as a placeholder (before chickens were implemented in the game). It stayed this way because Notch did not know what exactly zombies would drop.
Chickens are now the only source of feathers.
Java Edition
1.3.112w17aFeathers are now used to craft book and quills.
1.4.612w49aFeathers are now used to craft a firework star with a burst effect.
1.1217w13aParrots will now drop feathers.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 288.
18w11aFeathers will now generate in shipwreck chests.
1.1418w43aFeather.png The texture of features has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3Feather Revision 2.png Added feathers. They can be used to craft arrows.
0.11.0build 1Zombies will now drop rotten flesh, instead of feathers.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta can now be used to craft book and quills.
Added parrots, which drop feathers.
Feathers can now be used as an ingredient to craft a firework star.
1.4.0beta can now be found in shipwreck chests.
1.8.0beta can now be given as a gift to the player by tamed cats.
1.10.0beta The texture of feathers has now been changed.
Feathers can now be found in the new plains village house.
1.11.0beta can now be found in village fletcher chests.
beta can now be sold to fletcher villagers.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta foxes, which can drop feathers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Feather Revision 2.png Added feathers.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Feather.png The texture of feathers has now been changed.


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