Gunpowder

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Gunpowder
Gunpowder.png
Rarity

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 289 hex: 121 bin: 100100001

Namespaced ID

gunpowder

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Gunpowder came to Minecraft in Indev version 0.31 as a crafting ingredient for TNT, though it was originally called sulphur and dropped from any mob. It became gunpowder in beta version 1.3. As well as crafting TNT, you can use gunpowder to make fire charges, as well as firework rockets and firework stars. Adding more to a rocket during crafting will increase the height it soars to before it explodes. Wheeeee.

Duncan Geere[1]

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 have a chance of dropping up to 2 pieces of gunpowder upon death. Looting can increase this by one per level, with a maximum of 5 gunpowder.

Witches[edit]

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

Trading[edit]

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

Natural generation[edit]

Gunpowder can be found in 22.4% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 1–5, and in 57.8% of dungeon chests, 59.0% of desert temple chests, and 57.8% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–8.

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Fire Charge Blaze Powder +
Coal or
Charcoal +
Gunpowder
Firework Rocket Paper +
Gunpowder
When crafted this way (without a firework star), the rocket has no explosion effects.
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 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


[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console 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



History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.310.31 (January 29, 2010)Gunpowder Revision 1.png Added gunpowder as a crafting ingredient for TNT. It can be dropped by any mob.
February 19, 2010Gunpowder will now only drop 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 will drop gunpowder upon death.[needs testing]
Java Edition Beta
1.0Gunpowder has now been renamed to Sulphur.
1.3Sulphur has now been renamed back to Gunpowder.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Gunpowder has now been made 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 will now generate in desert temple chests.
The average yield of gunpowder in dungeon chests has now been 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.png The texture of gunpowder has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0Gunpowder Revision 1.png Added gunpowder.
Gunpowder can be used to craft TNT.
0.12.1build 1Added gunpowder to the creative inventory.
Gunpowder has now been made 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 will now generate 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 will now generate inside shipwreck chests.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Gunpowder.png The texture of gunpowder has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Gunpowder Revision 1.png Added gunpowder.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Gunpowder.png The texture of gunpowder has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Gunpowder Revision 1.png Added gunpowder.

Issues[edit]

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