How to make TNT in Minecraft

TNT is a dangerous block in Minecraft that can blow up your entire base in a second. This is a favorite block of Grian and we can see a consequence of using TNT blocks out of control! In today’s article we are going to show you how to craft TNT in Minecraft!

Three steps to create TNT in Minecraft

#1 Collect 5 Gunpowder

Gunpowder is the main drop of 3 hostile mobs: creepers, ghasts, and witches. Creepers can be found anywhere in the overworld and drop 0-2 gunpowder on death. Ghasts are the horrible creature that spawn in the Nether dimension and also drop the same amount of gunpowder as creepers on death. While Witches can drop up to 6 Gunpowder upon death. And these amounts can be increased with the Looting III enchantment.

The best way to get gunpowder in large quantities is to farm vines. Even if it’s really hard at first, the result really pays off! In addition to farming, you can explore dungeons, desert temples, wooded mansions, or shipwrecks. They contain multiple chests with 1-8 gunpowder per chest.

Additionally, you can exchange 1 Emerald with the Traveling Merchant for 1 Gunpowder. This method is really expensive and difficult to perform.

#2 Collect 4 Sand/Red Sand

Blood is a common repeatable block in Minecraft that can be found almost anywhere in the world. Besides the desert biome, which contains millions of blocks of sand, you can also find sand in rivers, beaches, and at the bottom of all ocean biomes.

Red sand is another variation of sand, only found in badlands biomes. Just like the desert, you can get a lot of red sand in these biomes!

You can get more sand or red sand by trading 1 emerald with the good wandering traders. They have a chance to sell 8 sand blocks or 4 red sand blocks.

#3 TNT Crafts

Crafting TNT in Minecraft requires a crafting table since you will need all 9 blocks. When you have one, right click on it and put 5 gunpowder in an X shape, then fill the remaining slots with sand or red sand to craft 1 block of TNT.

As you can see, TNT is quite expensive, especially when it comes to gunpowder. So use it wisely and carefully!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the easiest way to get TNT in Minecraft?

The easiest way to get TNT in Minecraft is to search for wreckage and buried treasure. They contain 1-2 blocks of TNT per chest. However, if you want to craft a large amount of TNT, consider building a creeper farm, then find a desert biome and collect a pile of sand blocks.

How to dye TNT in Minecraft?

You cannot officially dye TNT in Minecraft yet! But if you really want it, this mod provides several new TNT blocks with different colors and explosion effects.


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Release date:

December 17, 2015