Flint and Steel

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Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel.png









Data value

dec: 259 hex: 103 bin: 100000011



The flint and steel is a tool used to light fires.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Iron Ingot +

Damaged Flint and Steel

The durability of the two flint and steels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Flint and steel can be found in 19.2% of nether fortress chests in groups of 1.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Igniting[edit | edit source]

When used on top of a solid, fully opaque block or on the sides of a flammable block, the flint and steel sets a fire on the surface on which it was used. Flint and steel has 65 uses. If used on a transparent block (such as glass) or a block which is underwater, it will not start a fire but still will consume durability. Durability is also consumed if it is used on an already existing fire.

It also can be used to light nether portals.

In both survival and creative, using flint and steel on TNT will set it off. Flint and steel can also be used to detonate creepers.

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

Flint and steel can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil:

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Into The NetherBuild a portal to the NetherLight a nether portal.YesYesYesYes40GSilver

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
We Need to Go DeeperBuild, light and enter a Nether PortalIce Bucket ChallengeEnter the Nether dimension.minecraft:story/enter_the_nether

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.31 January 11, 2010 Flint and Steel (Early Indev).png Added flint and steel, which the player starts with in the inventory.
January 29, 2010 Flint and steel can be used to smelt ores and cook food.[1]
February 1, 2010 Flint and steel is now dropped as loot from killing mobs.
February 19, 2010 Furnaces were added to replace the cooking/smelting function of flint and steel.
1.7 Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are the only ways to activate TNT.[2]
Official release
1.3.1 12w21a The player can now buy 1 flint and steel from farmer villagers for 3 emeralds.
1.4.2 12w38a Changed sound when using flint and steel.
1.6.1 13w18a Flint and steel is now found in the new chests in nether fortresses.
13w25a Now loses durability when igniting TNT.
1.7.2 13w36a Now has a shapeless crafting recipe.
Using flint and steel on a creeper will cause it to automatically explode.
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer sell flint and steel, making it no longer renewable.
1.9 15w43a Slightly reduced average yield from nether fortress chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added flint and steel.
0.7.4 Using flint and steel on a creeper will cause it to automatically explode.
0.8.0 build 2 Added flint and steel to the creative inventory.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added flint and steel.
TU3Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are the only ways to activate TNT.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Flint and steel now makes sounds when igniting blocks.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Adventure mode, flint and steel cannot light fires, nor can it ignite nether portals (unless it has the tag {CanPlaceOn:obsidian}). However, it can still ignite TNT and creepers.
  • The name "Flint and Steel" is inaccurate considering there is no steel in the game and it's made with iron instead.

References[edit | edit source]

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