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.



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]

Flint and steel can be found in 19.0% of nether fortress chests in groups of 1.



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.


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


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

Into The Nether Build a portal to the Nether Light a nether portal. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
We Need to Go Deeper Build, light and enter a Nether Portal Ice Bucket Challenge Enter the Nether dimension. minecraft:story/enter_the_nether



0.31 (December 31, 2009, 1)
Added flint and steel, it has no functionality and can't be obtained yet.
0.31 (January 11, 2010, 1) Flint and steel can be obtained and is used to create fires.
0.31 (January 29, 2010)
The steel part of the texture is brightened.
Flint and steel can be used alongside lava to smelt ores and cook food.[1]
0.31 (February 1, 2010, 2) Flint and steel is now sometimes dropped as loot from killing mobs.
February 19, 2010
Flint and steel no longer drops from mobs, it has to be crafted from an iron ingot and the newly added flint instead. The texture is adjusted to resemble this.
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.
1.5 13w04a Dispensers are able to use flint and steel on the block in front of them.
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 don't sell flint and steel anymore, making it no longer renewable.
1.9 15w43a Slightly reduced average yield from nether fortress chests.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 259.
Pocket Edition Alpha
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
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1
Added flint and steel.
TU3 Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are the only ways to activate TNT.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Flint and steel now makes sounds when igniting blocks.


Issues relating to "Flint and Steel" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • 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.


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