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 NetherBuild a portal to the NetherLight a nether portal.YesYesYesYes40GSilver


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



Java Edition Indev
0.31 20091231-1 Added flint and steel. It has no functionality and cannot be obtained yet.
20100111-1Flint and steel can now be obtained and is used to create fires.
20100129 The steel part of the texture has now been brightened.
Flint and steel can be used alongside lava to smelt ores and cook food.[1]
20100201-2Flint and steel can now sometimes be dropped as loot from killing mobs.
Indev20100219 The texture of flint and steel has now been changed, due to its new crafting recipe.
Flint and steel can now no longer drop from mobs.
Flint and steel can now to be crafted from an iron ingot and the newly added flint.
Furnaces have now been added to replace the cooking and smelting function of flint and steel.
Java Edition Beta
1.7 Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are now the only ways to activate TNT.[2]
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w21a The player can now buy 1 flint and steel from farmer villagers for 3 emeralds.
1.4.2 12w38a The sound when using flint and steel has now been changed.
1.5 13w04a Dispensers are now able to use flint and steel on the block in front of them.
1.6.1 13w18a Flint and steel can now found in the new chests in nether fortresses.
13w25a Flint and steel will now lose durability when igniting TNT.
1.7.2 13w36a Flint and steel now has- a shapeless crafting recipe.
Using flint and steel on a creeper will now cause it to automatically explode.
1.8 14w02a Villagers will now no longer sell flint and steel, making it no longer renewable.
1.9 15w43a The average yield of flint and steel in nether fortress chests has now been slightly reduced.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 259.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added flint and steel.
0.7.4 Using flint and steel on a creeper will now cause it to automatically explode.
0.8.0 build 2 Added flint and steel to the creative inventory.
0.12.1 build 1 Flint and steel can now be used to activate a nether portal.
Flint and steel can now be found in nether fortresses.
Flint and steel can now be enchanted in anvils.
0.14.0 build 1 Flint and steel can now be used inside dispensers when powered.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1 Added flint and steel.
TU3Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are now the only ways to activate TNT.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Flint and steel will now make sounds when igniting blocks.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Flint and Steel.
?Flint and Steel can now make fire[verify]


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.