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dec: 289 hex: 121 bin: 100100001



Gunpowder is an item that is used for explosive-related actions.



Creepers have a chance of dropping up to 2 pieces of gunpowder upon death.


Ghasts have a chance of dropping up to 2 pieces of gunpowder upon death.


Witches have a chance of dropping up to 6 pieces of gunpowder upon death.

Natural generation[edit]

Gunpowder can be found 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. In 1.13[upcoming] they can be found in 26.4% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 1–5.


Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Fire Charge Blaze Powder +
Coal or
Charcoal +
Firework Rocket Any Firework Star +
Paper +
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 will go off simultaneously when the rocket detonates.
Firework Rocket Paper +
When crafted this way (without a firework star), the rocket will have no explosion effects.
Firework Star Gunpowder +
Matching Dye +
Extra ingredients (optional)

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a 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

Brewing ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe
Splash Potion Gunpowder +
Any Potion


January 29, 2010 Added gunpowder (originally sulphur) as a crafting ingredient for TNT. It could be dropped by any mob.
February 19, 2010 Gunpowder now only drops from creepers.
Seecret Friday 2 Gunpowder is found in the new dungeon chests.
1.3 Sulphur was renamed to Gunpowder
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre4 Gunpowder was made usable in brewing to create splash potions.
1.2.1 12w04a Fire charges are crafted with gunpowder.
1.4.2 12w38b Witches may now drop gunpowder.
1.4.6 12w49a Gunpowder is used to craft a firework star and a firework rocket.
1.9 15w44a Added to desert temple chests.
Doubled the average yield from dungeon chests.
1.11 16w39a Gunpowder is now found in the new woodland mansion chests.
1.13 18w11a Gunpowder now can generate in the chests of shipwrecks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added gunpowder. It can be used to craft TNT.
0.12.1 build 1 Added gunpowder to the creative inventory.
0.15.0 build 1 Gunpowder is now used to craft fire charges.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added gunpowder.


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