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Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 46 hex: 2E bin: 101110



Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png Go ahead, hit it! What's the worst that could happen?
Duncan Geere[1]

TNT is a block that can be used by the player to initiate a controlled explosion.


TNT can be broken instantly with any tool, or without a tool. However, primed TNT cannot be broken, as it is an entity. TNT will also drop when a minecart with TNT is broken.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gunpowder +
Sand or
Red Sand

Natural generation[edit]

Nine TNT blocks occur naturally in each desert temple trap.

Two TNT blocks flank a trapped chest in one secret woodland mansion room.

TNT can be found in 9.5% of shipwreck supply chests and 62.7% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 1–2. In 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 8.1% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 1–2.

In Bedrock Edition, they can be found in 34.3% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 1–2.


A TNT explosion.

TNT blocks can be activated by:


Primed TNT
Internal ID

JE: 20
BE: 65

Network ID

JE: 50

Entity ID


Once activated, TNT turns into an entity. It is spawned at the center (+0.5,+0.5,+0.5) of a powered TNT block, while itself is a cube with an edge length of 0.98. Its fuse lasts 40 redstone ticks (4 seconds/80 game ticks) if activated by redstone or fire, or a random number between 10 to 30 game ticks (0.5 to 1.5 seconds) if it's destroyed by an explosion.

Primed TNT's texture blinks, with its texture alternating between its standard texture and a pure white texture. The texture will blink at a rate of 2 times per second.

Once spawned, primed TNT is given a vertical velocity of 0.2 m/tick, and a horizontal velocity of 0.02 m/tick in a random direction. If it does not collide with another block, it will travel 0.166m horizontally on flat ground before it stops. When the countdown timer expires, the TNT explodes. When unsupported, it will fall for roughly 77 blocks before exploding. The explosion has an explosive force of 4.

Primed TNT will catch on fire if it is shot through lava. It can also be pushed by water currents.

When the player primes TNT and the primed block falls into an end portal, the TNT block will detonate when the player enters the End. When primed TNT is directed towards a nether portal, it will simply pass through the portal blocks and not travel into the Nether.

Primed TNT will explode immediately if summoned by a command without specifying the fuse time, because said time defaults to zero.‌[Java Edition only]

If TNT explodes in water, it will do no damage to blocks, but will still damage mobs. In the Console Edition, though, it does not damage mobs.

If the TNT is primed atop any sort of fence post that is two blocks high or larger, it will fall through the fence block it is activated on, and stop on the next one down. It will only damage the fence block it is 'stuck' in when it detonates.

To make TNT destroy blocks in the water, e.g. to enter an ocean monument from the top, one can place sand or gravel on the TNT before primed. The sand or gravel will fall down one block when the TNT is primed, so it is not immersed in water anymore, and will destroy all the surrounding blocks.

Redstone component[edit]

For redstone to activate TNT, it must either lead directly to the TNT, or power an adjacent block.


See also: Tutorials/Traps

TNT can be used in a variety of traps. The simplest of them - a land mine - is made of TNT connected to a pressure plate or tripwire with redstone. One such trap generates naturally in desert temples.


See also: Tutorials/TNT cannons

TNT cannons are mechanisms that launch primed TNT into the air. Some cannons can also be used to launch other entities into the air or into other objects.

Mob farms[edit]

See also: Tutorials/Mob farm

Mobs killed by player-ignited TNT (via flint and steel or by flaming arrows) will drop experience orbs as though they were killed by the player in regular combat.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Minecart with TNT TNT +

Underwater TNT Sodium +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Other uses[edit]

Because they are destroyed in one hit, they can be used in spleef arenas. They work better than dirt or other materials and do not need a tool to be destroyed. However, this use highly depends on no players coming in contact with items that could be used to activate TNT.

Due to their destructive force, they are commonly used by griefers.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Name Value Description
 unstablefalseThe TNT acts normally.
trueThe TNT can be ignited by being hit by a player.

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format § Dynamic tiles
  • Dynamic block entity data



Java Edition Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding "explosives", which would blow up when a pulse from a wire was received.
October 24, 2009TNT was teased in a blog post.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST Implemented TNT.
When TNT was added in Survival Test, it acted similar to how it did in beta 1.6. Players would have to hit it to prime the block, but the difference was players could hit it again to cancel the detonation.
The player started with 10 blocks of TNT in the inventory.
0.29 TNT now works in creative mode.
You can no longer pick up an already lit TNT block.
0.30 (Survival) Hitting an already active TNT block now defuses it and allows you to pick it up.
Java Edition Indev
0.31 0.31 (December 23, 2009, 2) When broken, TNT would replace every block one level below it which is of the same block type as the block directly below it with wood planks.
0.31 (January 29, 2010) TNT is now craftable.
Java Edition Beta
1.6 TNT's texture was rotated.
1.7 TNT can no longer be directly primed by the user, but only by redstone or any other mechanism that powers the TNT block, as well as by left clicking with flint and steel. Hitting the block will simply and safely destroy the block so it can be picked up. However, TNT can now be created (using map editors) with a data value of 1 to make it retain the old behavior of being primed when punched.
Monster traps can no longer be created by putting a pressure plate directly on top of the block of TNT.
TNT can no longer have torches placed on it. Any torches that were placed previously will disappear.
1.8 ?The smoke textures from TNT explosion have been replaced by shockwaves.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta Sound Update TNT was given a new explosion sound.
1.3.1 12w21a TNT can be naturally found (with structure generation turned on) in desert temples as a trap in the treasure room. It's a 3x3 square of 9 TNT under a sandstone floor with a stone pressure plate on the center sandstone block.
1.3-pre TNT no longer damages the player in Peaceful difficulty.
1.4.2 12w34b TNT can now be ignited when hit with an item that has the Fire Aspect enchantment or the Flame enchantment.
?TNT no longer drops as an item when broken in Creative mode.
1.5 13w04a TNT is now primed when released from a dispenser.
1.8 14w27b TNT's top texture is now rotated randomly, as part of the addition of arrays to block models.
14w31a Changed explosion physics, greatly reducing the range of TNT cannons
1.8.2 pre1 Reverted explosion physics to those before the 14w31a snapshot
Explosion force is no longer directionally biased
1.9 15w32c TNT's maximum fuse time is increased from 127 ticks into 32767 ticks.
15w47a Removed random rotation of TNT's top texture. [2]
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from PrimedTnt to tnt.
16w39a TNT now generates in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a The explode block states for the tnt ID has been removed. As a result, the old punch to prime behavior of TNT is no longer available.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 46.
18w10a TNT now generates in buried treasure chests.
18w11a TNT can now be found in the chests of shipwrecks.
1.13.1 18w30a Added the unstable block states for TNT, acting like the explode block states did.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 TNT could not be obtained except for via a hex editor. When edited in, the primed TNT would simply emit smoke particles, then disappear.
0.2.0 Edited-in TNT can be successfully primed and detonated.
0.4.0 TNT is now able to be obtained without a hex editor in both Survival and Creative.
0.9.0 build 1 Improved the performance of TNT.
0.12.1 build 10 Changed sound to that in Java Edition.
?TNT can now be ignited when hit with an item that has the Fire Aspect enchantment or the Flame enchantment.
0.13.0 build 1 TNT can be naturally found (with structure generation turned on) in desert temples as a trap in the treasure room. It's a 3x3 square of 9 TNT under a sandstone floor with a stone pressure plate on the center sandstone block.
0.14.0 build 1 TNT now can be used to craft minecart with TNT.
0.16.0 build 1 An explosion in creative gives you materials as in Survival.
Pocket Edition
1.0.5 alpha An explosion in creative no longer gives you materials as in Survival.
1.0.7 TNT no longer does damage to a player if the TNT is in water.
1.1 alpha The entity ID is changed from primedtnt to tnt.
TNT now generates in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta TNT can be found inside buried treasure chests.
beta TNT can now can be used to craft underwater TNT.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added TNT.
TU3TNT can no longer be directly primed by the user, but only by redstone or any other mechanism that powers the TNT block, as well as by using flint and steel. Hitting the block will simply and safely destroy the block so it can be picked up.
TU5Changed the explosion sound of TNT.
TU141.04TNT now makes a sound before exploding.
TNT does variable damage depending on difficulty setting.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added TNT.


Issues relating to "TNT" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • "TNT" stands for Trinitrotoluene.
    • However, the use of sand in the crafting recipe references dynamite, a different high explosive consisting of nitroglycerine mixed with diatomaceous earth (which is mostly silica, the same chemical compound as yellow sand).
  • If TNT is blown up just as an arrow passes by, then the arrow is redirected opposite of the blast.
  • Although flint and steel cannot light fires in Adventure Mode, it can still ignite TNT.
  • While under the effects of a Potion of Night Vision, TNT will appear full bright as usual, but will ignore the potion's effect and take on the light around it when primed, because it's an entity when it's primed.
  • If TNT, when primed, hops up and just barely lands on a block directly below and next to it, and then slides off, the TNT will fall, but the explosion will appear where the TNT almost landed before sliding off.
  • It takes 19.75 blocks to fall for it to reduce the timer for one second.
  • Although primed TNT will get caught in cobwebs, TNT propelled fast enough will fly through them without slowing down at all.
  • It is slightly smaller than a full block when activated, as with all entity versions of blocks.
  • Using flint and steel to ignite it will set it off at once, but fire must burn it for many seconds before triggering
  • In the Pi Edition, TNT by default won't do anything, but when set to data value 1, it will ignite when broken.
  • The longest fuse time of TNT is now 27 minutes and 18.35 seconds, or 32,767 ticks.
  • Attempting to ignite TNT while sneaking will result in the block being lit on fire, rather than the TNT becoming primed.
  • Standing behind blocks during an explosion will greatly reduce knockback and damage taken.
  • In the console edition, the quantity of TNT being primed at any one time is limited to 20.
  • TNT still destroys blocks when exploded in waterlogged blocks.



See also[edit]