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Raw materials




Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 289 hex: 121 bin: 100100001

Namespaced ID


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.


Wandering traders can 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.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 25.3% 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.
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

Brewing ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe
Splash Potion Gunpowder +
Any Potion


Java Edition Indev
0.310.31 (January 29, 2010)Added sulphur as a crafting ingredient for TNT. It can be dropped by any mob.
February 19, 2010Sulphur will now only drop from creepers.
Java Edition Infdev
June 25, 2010, 2Sulphur can now found in the new dungeon chests.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded ghasts, which will drop sulphur upon death.[needs testing]
Java Edition Beta
1.3Sulphur has now been renamed 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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0Added gunpowder. It 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 will now generate inside woodland mansion chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta can now be used to craft firework rockets and firework stars.
1.4.0beta will now generate inside shipwreck chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added gunpowder.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Gunpowders.


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