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Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel.png







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Data value

dec: 259 hex: 103 bin: 100000011

Namespaced ID


A 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 fortress chests in groups of 1.


Despite using iron in its crafting recipe, it cannot be smelted into iron nuggets.[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.YesPS3YesYes40GSilver
PS4, PSVitaBronze


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



Java Edition Indev
0.3120091231-1 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.[2]
20100201-2Flint and steel can now sometimes be dropped as loot from killing mobs.
Indev20100219Flint and Steel.png 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
1.7Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are now the only ways to activate TNT.[3]
Java Edition
1.3.112w21aThe player can now buy 1 flint and steel from farmer villagers for 3 emeralds.
1.4.212w38aThe sound when using flint and steel has now been changed.
1.513w04aDispensers are now able to use flint and steel on the block in front of them.
1.6.113w18aFlint and steel can now found in the new chests in nether fortresses.
13w25aFlint and steel will now lose durability when igniting TNT.
1.7.213w36aFlint and steel now has a shapeless crafting recipe.
Using flint and steel on a creeper will now cause it to automatically explode.
1.814w02aVillagers will now no longer sell flint and steel, making it no longer renewable.
1.915w43aThe average yield of flint and steel in nether fortress chests has now been slightly reduced.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 259.
1.1418w43a Changed the texture of flint and steel.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added flint and steel.
0.7.0Flint and steel now creates fire.[more information needed]
0.7.4Using flint and steel on a creeper will now cause it to automatically explode.
0.8.0build 2Added flint and steel to the creative inventory.
0.12.1build 1Flint 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.
0.14.0build 1Flint and steel can now be used inside dispensers when powered.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta and Steel TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of flint and steel.
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.


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.