Gunpowder

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Gunpowder
Gunpowder JE2 BE2.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Gunpowder is an item that is used for explosion-related recipes.

Obtaining[edit]

Creepers[edit]

Creepers can drop 0-2 pieces of gunpowder upon death. Looting can increase this by one per level, with a maximum of 5 gunpowder.

Ghasts[edit]

Ghasts can drop 0-2 pieces of gunpowder upon death. Looting can increase this by one per level, with a maximum of 5 gunpowder.

Witches[edit]

Witches can drop 0-6 pieces of gunpowder upon death. Looting can increase this by three per level, with a maximum of 15 gunpowder.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Coal or
Charcoal +
Sulfur +
Bone Meal

3
[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Trading[edit]

Wandering traders have 16 chance to sell Gunpowder for an emerald.

Natural generation[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Gunpowder Dungeon Chest 1–8 57.8%
Desert temple Chest 1–8 59%
Shipwreck Supply chest 1–5 22.4%
Woodland mansion Chest 1–8 57.8%
Bedrock Edition
Gunpowder Dungeon Chest 1–8 57.8%
Desert temple Chest 1–8 59%
Shipwreck Supply chest 1–5 22.4%
Woodland mansion Chest 1–8 57.8%

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Fire Charge Blaze Powder +
Coal or
Charcoal +
Gunpowder
Firework Rocket Any Firework Star +
Paper +
Gunpowder
Adding more gunpowder increases the duration of the rocket. Up to three gunpowder can be used. Up to five firework stars can also be used with three gunpowder. Up to seven firework stars can be used by using firework stars instead of additional gunpowder. All firework stars explode almost simultaneously when the rocket detonates.
Firework Rocket Paper +
Gunpowder
When crafted this way (without a firework star), the rocket does not have explosion effects. More or less Gunpowder affects the Flight Duration
Firework Star Gunpowder +
Matching Dye +
Extra ingredients (optional)


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.
TNT Gunpowder +
Sand or
Red Sand

White Firework Star or
Blue Firework Star or
Brown Firework Star or
Black Firework Star
Gunpowder +
Bone Meal or
Lapis Lazuli or
Cocoa Beans or
Ink Sac +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +
Diamond


[Bedrock and Education editions only]
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.

Brewing ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe
Splash Potion Gunpowder +
Any Potion



Splash Potion of HealingSplash Potion of Fire ResistanceSplash Potion of HarmingSplash Potion of PoisonSplash Potion of RegenerationSplash Potion of SlownessSplash Potion of StrengthSplash Potion of SwiftnessSplash Potion of WeaknessSplash Potion of Night VisionSplash Potion of InvisibilitySplash Potion of Water BreathingSplash Potion of Leaping

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Gunpowdergunpowder item.minecraft.gunpowder

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Gunpowdergunpowder 289item.gunpowder.name

History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.310.31 (January 29, 2010)Gunpowder JE1 BE1.png Added gunpowder.
Gunpowder is a crafting ingredient for TNT.
Gunpowder can be dropped by any mob.
February 19, 2010Gunpowder now drops only from creepers.
Java Edition Infdev
June 25, 2010, 2Gunpowder can now found in the new dungeon chests.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded ghasts, which drop gunpowder upon death.[needs testing]
Java Edition Beta
1.0Gunpowder has been renamed to Sulphur.
1.3Sulphur has been renamed back to Gunpowder.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Gunpowder is now usable in brewing to create splash potions.
1.2.112w04aFire charges are now crafted with gunpowder.
1.4.212w38bWitches may now drop gunpowder.
1.4.612w49aGunpowder can now be used to craft a firework star and a firework rocket.
1.915w44aGunpowder now generates in desert temple chests.
The average yield of gunpowder in dungeon chests has now doubled.
1.1116w39aGunpowder can now found in the new woodland mansion chests.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 289.
18w11aGunpowder can now generate in the chests of shipwrecks.
1.1418w43aGunpowder JE2 BE2.png The texture of gunpowder has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0Gunpowder JE1 BE1.png Added gunpowder.
Gunpowder can be used to craft TNT.
0.12.1build 1Added gunpowder to the creative inventory.
Gunpowder is now usable in brewing to create splash potions.
0.13.0build 1Gunpowder can now be found inside desert temple chests.
0.14.0build 1Gunpowder can now dropped by witches.
0.15.0build 1Gunpowder can now used to craft fire charges.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Gunpowder now generates inside woodland mansion chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Gunpowder can now be used to craft firework rockets and firework stars.
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Gunpowder now generates inside shipwreck chests.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Gunpowder JE2 BE2.png The texture of gunpowder has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Gunpowder JE1 BE1.png Added gunpowder.
1.90 Gunpowder JE2 BE2.png The texture of gunpowder has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gunpowder JE1 BE1.png Added gunpowder.

Issues[edit]

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